The multi-billion CBD behemoth is penetrating every industry and the latest is golfing. CBD products are now everywhere, from cosmetic stores to smoke shops and convenience shops. You can now order CBD infused foods and drinks in some of the top restaurants.
In the most recent PGA merchandise show, a handful of exhibitors had CBD products. But is the growing CBD trend in the golfing industry justified?
What is CBD?
The cannabis plant has various compounds, and CBD is among them. But unlike its close sibling, THC, CBD does not have any psychotropic characteristics. You will not get high from consuming cannabidiol, and that is one quality that makes it popular among athletes.
Typically, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the main factor that separates legal hemp from cannabis. The CBD from hemp contains less than 0.3% of the psychotropic element.
Well, the benefits of cannabidiol do not stop the fact that it is non-psychoactive. It has several potential health benefits as well.
The cannabis compound came into the limelight in 2013, when Dr. Sanjay Gupta hosted a documentary on CNN. It was about a five-year-old Charlotte Figi who was suffering from Dravet syndrome epileptic seizures, and whose condition improved when treated with high-CBD cannabis oil.
Since then, a wide range of companies have developed CBD products to help with different conditions.
As a golfer, the best CBD oil is from the hemp plant because chances of psychotropic effects are minimal or zero. The CBD oil promotes the quality of sleep, reduces inflammation and pain, and helps with muscle relaxation, among other benefits.
Can Golfers Legally take CBD Oil?
Hemp became legal to grow and sell with the passing of the 2018 Farm bill. Producers use a sophisticated CO2 method to extract CBD from the hemp plant.
The PGA Tour executive director for anti-doping admits that CBD is not prohibited. Also, the organization that governs banned substances, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) updated its prohibited list by removing CBD. However, THC remains illegal.
It is essential to note that CBD is not under the regulation of the FDA. It is, therefore, up to the manufacturer to ensure that the CBD oil is pure. CBD oil can come from the marijuana plant or the hemp plant. It is up to you to use discretion and check the production process of the CBD oil that you want to purchase.
There is always a risk that some CBD supplements have more than the required percentage of THC. Be careful where you get your CBD oil. CoreBionics uses the CO2 method to extract CBD in it's purest form. Our CoreActive line can contain up to .03% THC, where the CoreRevive line doesn't contain any THC.
The Benefits of CBD Oil for Golfers
Among the top golfing personalities that use CBD oil include Scott McCarron to improve his concentration on the game. He partners with a Colorado-based CBD company to cater to his CBD needs. Others include Lucas Glover and Bubba Watson.
Here are a couple of the benefits of CBD oil for golfers.
Injury and Inflammation Management
Of course, golf is not a contact sport and not aggressive. Regardless, golfers are prone to common 18-holes injuries on wrists, hips, shoulders and elbows. Such injuries as back pain from swinging the club, knees and wrist pains are quite common. And even though such injuries may not be extensive, they can significantly affect your game and the quality of your life.
There is evidence that CBD oil can reduce inflammation and pain. As a result, it can prove quite useful for golfers after a competitive game. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in your body to possibly manage the perception of pain and other feelings and emotions. There is some proof to show that CBD may also be helpful for arthritis inflammation. Similarly, taking CBD as a golfer reduces inflammation.
CBD can Reduce Anxiety and Improve Focus
There is also evidence to show that CBD reduces anxiety by interacting with the endocannabinoid system in your brain. During times of stress, the brain excretes neurotransmitters that may be helpful in dangerous situations. However, much of these are not useful when playing golf or doing other things.
One study shows that taking CBD before a public-speaking event or stressful situation reduces anxiety.
Well, the benefit of managing anxiety or arousal is improved concentration. The ideal mindset for athletes is striking a balance between nerves and alertness. This is where CBD comes in to provide the best mental condition for that A+ performance.
CBD can Help with Sleep
Your body needs sleep for recovery. Without sufficient sleep, it will be an uphill task to manage an 18-hole. Your energy levels and moods drop significantly, and you cannot compete successfully.
Furthermore, your visual attention deteriorates ominously, and you cannot hit your target. One study showed that adding just a few hours of sleep improves the performance of basketball players. Golfing is no different, and you need to get enough sleep for the best game.
Knowing the distance to the hole and having the concentration to tee accurately demands the best from your mental faculties. CBD improves the onset of sleep, REM and its overall quality which considerably improves performance on the golf course.
Anecdotal evidence and studies are everywhere highlighting the benefits of CBD. As a golfer, CBD can be quite helpful in recovering from injuries, pain, and improving your focus on the golf course. It is always best to research your product and know the production process.
Even though CBD oil does not have side effects, it is always good to check with a medical professional. That is especially so if you have health concerns or medical issues.