4

Ask a Stoner: Would Weed Help Me Win an Eating Contest?

Ask a Stoner: Would Weed Help Me Win an Eating Contest? (2)EXPAND
Westword
^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Dear Stoner: Watching Joey Chestnut crush hot dogs had me wondering: Are professional
eaters tested for weed before competing?
Anaya

Dear Anaya: Smoking a joint before hitting up a buffet might make you the hungriest person at the table, but that’s not what eating competitions are about. Slamming down as many hot dogs as one gullet can hold inside of ten minutes is about how fast you can eat and how much your insides can stretch. There are drugs and medical procedures that can actually help people accomplish that, but cannabis isn’t one of those eating aids.

There are drugs and medical procedures that can actually help people eat more food at a faster pace, but cannabis isn’t one of them.
There are drugs and medical procedures that can actually help people eat more food at a faster pace, but cannabis isn’t one of them.
Eric Gruneisen

Major League Eating, the organization responsible for overseeing Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest, doesn’t test for recreational or performance-enhancing drugs, according to MLE communications director George Shea, and that includes cannabis. So Joey Chestnut could be on whatever he pleases before taking the stage every July 4, though I highly doubt cannabis is his first choice if he wants to win. If only the Olympics and USA Track and Field understood that, maybe Sha’Carri Richardson would be wearing a medal this summer. Not everyone’s as cool as the folks running pie-eating contests, though.

Send questions to marijuana@westword.com.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.