Are you wondering if cannabidiol (CBD) can improve your golf game? Look no further – here’s what you need to know.
Chances are you’ve heard of CBD. Over the last few years, it’s gained a great amount of traction. In fact, it’s likely you’ve had a discussion about it before, even if it’s to ask what it is and what all the rage is about. Let’s be real, CBD is taking the world by storm, popping up at gas station checkout counters, and being discussed all across the country.
The research on CBD is still relatively new, with new scientific research being done every single day on the wide array of health benefits, the safety of CBD, and much more. Many of these studies have been promising for a several people, especially those who suffer from limited mobility.
However, what about CBD for sports? More and more research is being published around this topic, and the potential benefits include enhanced recovery time, reduced inflammation, and reduced nerves. CBD in the sports space is an exciting topic right now – so much so, that this article will specifically look at how CBD can improve your golf game.
Nevertheless, before we dive into whether or not CBD is the right choice to up your golf game, let’s first explain what CBD is, so we’re all on the same page.
What is CBD?
If you don’t already know, CBD is one of the many chemical compounds found in the Cannabis plant. However, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD will not produce a psychoactive high. This is because the chemical THC is either not included or included in only imperceptible amounts, allowing CBD products to produce wellness results similar to traditional Cannabis without the need to binge eat a bag of chips.
So, what are the benefits of taking CBD, and who is it for?
The research on CBD is still preliminary; however, the existing research points to a wide range of benefits. These benefits include reduced anxiety, insomnia, stiffness, including movement concerns caused by arthritis.
Okay, that’s all good but what about CBD for sports? Well, as you can imagine, many of the above benefits can also be applied to sports, such as golf. To provide a quick example, golfers who suffer persistent back pain, which impacts their game or ability to walk around the course, may benefit from this wonder supplement.
Are there any side-effects?
While the benefits sound great, are there any side-effects we should know about?
There are some potential side effects, although these may differ from person to person, also impacted by your chosen method of supplementation. However, that being said, some previously reported side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Low blood pressure
However, these symptoms were overwhelmingly mild and usually a result of
heavy, consistent CBD use. Most users experience no side effects whatsoever. It’s entirely individual-based, so you’ll have to try it yourself. However, if you’re unsure, we recommend visiting a healthcare professional for confirmation and support on choosing your preferred method.
How to supplement CBD?
The magic question, how do I take CBD? Well, there are many different ways to use CBD. From tinctures to topicals, there’s a way for everyone.
Popular methods of supplementation include:
- CBD sublingual tablets
- CBD tinctures
- Creams and topicals
- CBD edibles
- CBD oil
Panacea sells sublingual tablets under our golf brand Mulligan. This tablet works well for relaxation, loosening your grip, and taking the pressure off intensive shots.
We recommend starting with these due to their easy-to-dose properties, but it’s really down to personal preference. Those listed are some of the most simple and convenient methods to get a daily or occasional dose of CBD.
CBD for sports such as golf
Existing research on CBD suggests supplementing CBD to help achieve a sense of calm and even reduce inflammation. As you can imagine, this can be seen as a great tool for professional and even amateur athletes who suffer from post-play stiffness, intense exercise, or even difficulty sleeping – another factor that affects recovery.
Likewise, golfers who’ve been players for years themselves or have run into a few chronic pain issues, either from playing or general wear and tear, may also benefit – mainly due to the inflammation reduction benefits. For example, let’s say you deal with lower back tightness daily, affecting your swing and sometimes even stopping you from heading onto the course to complete nine or eighteen holes.
Enter CBD – with this housing the ability to reduce inflammation such as that which can cause lower back pain, you may know be able to continue playing – with increased recovery time. Perhaps re-lighting a passion, you were unable to continue with due to pain.
Awesome, right? Right.
Let’s take a look at some of the key benefits of supplementing CBD for golfers:
Reduced lower back discomfort
As previously mentioned, supplementing CBD into your diet may help reduce lower back tightness. As you can imagine, being able to maintain proper posture is essential to a good swing – if you currently have lower back tension, whether this is minor or much more serious, CBD may be the calling you’ve been looking for.
Likewise, taking CBD may result in enhanced recovery – allowing you to get back on the course sooner with less discomfort and fatigue. The question you are most likely asking is how?
Well, this is down to numerous reasons. For example, CBD may help you to relax, helping you fall asleep quicker while also potentially increasing your overall quality of time hitting the pillow. As you most likely know, during exercise, our muscle fibers are broken down, and it is during sleep that the vast majority of rebuilding and recovery occurs. Therefore, supplementing CBD may be able to speed up your recovery, also reducing your risk of injury.
Similarly, as CBD may help you achieve a state of calm, this will also aid in relaxation – helping you fall asleep and get that well-needed recovery you deserve from a good day out on the course. However, anxiety also contributes to nerves – whether you were anxious about a test back in school, your driving test, or a round of golf with your friends, CBD may be able to help with this – subsequently improving athletic performance.
Finally, athletes and competitors looking to benefit from CBD, including golfers, should use full-spectrum products for the relief benefits. Whether fatigued from your last round the day before, everyday tasks preventing you from that second eagle of the day or general fatigue, CBD may be able to reduce this, allowing you to take your golf game to the next level.
The bottom line
CBD is no longer just for those suffering from epilepsy and mental health issues. Instead, CBD has found itself in the world of sports. While existing research is limited, the current known benefits suggest CBD to be an effective supplement to enhance sporting performance, including taking your golf game to the next level.
If you’re looking to purchase some CBD products yourself, whether it’s your first time or want to stock up your supply for your next golfing trip, you can visit our online shop by clicking here. We have many different CBD products, including sublinguals, soft gels, edibles, creams, and tablets.
Finally, it’s important to note that research is still currently limited. Nonetheless, scientific research is pointing in the right direction, with millions of people across the globe benefitting from CBD.
The question is: are you ready to lower your handicap by 2 to 3 points?