Given some of the past ambivalence about CBD and its use within a sports context, you’d be forgiven for being a little hesitant about using it. Once shrouded in uncertainty, CBD for sports is now a popular solution for golfers who want to improve their performance, recovery and mindset. It is approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the PGA Tour, and there are countless advocates from the golf community who enjoy the benefits of CBD oil today.
Most importantly, its benefits are supported by years of ongoing scientific enquiry. With each major study that gets published, we learn a little more about how CBD can support our essential functions to help us pre-game, during a game, and long after you’ve returned to daily life.
If you’re new to all this, you’ll understandably want to know what to expect when you first start taking CBD. So, we’ve compiled a list of top tips for golfers trying CBD for the first time.
First of all, let’s look closer at CBD
Since you’re new to CBD, it makes sense to take a closer look at the science behind CBD and how it can help both amateur and professional golfers. We started this article with a nod to some of the past uncertainty that surrounded CBD at the very beginning, and we think the best way to clear this up is simply with science and empirical research. When it comes to our range of CBD oils, we let science do the talking.
What is CBD?
The cannabis plant contains many compounds called cannabinoids, and all cannabinoids produce certain effects within the body by interacting with cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Two of the most prominent compounds are cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC is the psychoactive ingredient that makes you feel ‘high’. However, CBD is distinctly different from THC, simply because it is not psychoactive and will not make you feel high.
How does CBD work?
Cannabinoid receptors are part of an intricate brain network called the endocannabinoid system. After much contention and controversy surrounding CBD and the cannabis plant in general, it is almost hard to believe that our brains have a network dedicated to interacting with cannabis plant compounds.
The endocannabinoid system produces two cannabinoid receptors, which are:
These are found throughout the body but are particularly active in the brain, central nervous system and spinal cord regions. CB1 receptors are responsible for coordinating movement, pain, appetite, memories, thinking, emotion, mood and motor control. Generally speaking, CB1 receptors help to regulate a wide range of bodily functions and are even present in our lungs, kidneys and liver.
CB2 receptors are much more common in the immune system. They’re responsible for pain treatment and, specifically, inflammation and neuroinflammation.
Herein lies one of the most impactful differences between THC and CBD. Where THC simply fixes itself onto cannabinoid receptors, CBD does that too but it also actively stimulates the receptors. This stimulation then causes the body to produce its own cannabinoids (these are known as endocannabinoids).
With the creation of endocannabinoids, the essential functions which CB1 and CB2 receptors are responsible for have much more support. From movement and memory to pain and inflammation, the essential functions of CB1s and CB2s are strengthened by this increase of endocannabinoids. This brings us nicely to the benefits of CBD.
What are the benefits of CBD for golf?
Since CBD positively affects our endocannabinoid system and our essential functions, these effects manifest themselves on the golf course. Here are just a few ways that CBD benefits golfers:
- It can help you play more regularly. Post-game tiredness will hinder your chances of winning a 2-3 day tournament, and CBD can help with that sluggishness.
- It can help you calm down during a game. Golf can be a very stressful game. Whether it’s the pressure of making (or breaking) a certain shot or you’re just uncomfortable with crowds, CBD quite simply calms you down.
- It can relieve aches and pains. If you find that it takes you a while to recover from muscle soreness, CBD is said to have anti-inflammatory properties.
- It can help improve your concentration. Mindset is vital in golf, and CBD can help to improve positive thinking and keep your mind focused on the game.
What is the best time to take CBD?
If you are a newcomer to CBD, we recommend that you first take your daily dose at bedtime. A lot of people prefer to take CBD oil in the morning, it really does not matter, but we recommend that you take it at the same time each day. Once you’re used to your CBD oil and you have implemented a daily routine with it (usually after a period of 1-2 weeks), you’ll be thinking about how to use it on a game-day. On game-day, we recommend that you take your daily dose an hour before you play to give you enough time to feel the benefits.
How much should I take?
Whether you choose our 1000mg oil or the stronger 2000mg product, the recommended dose is always one full pipette (this amounts to 1ml) per day. Simple!
Improve your performance and more with CBD
Making any new addition to your golfing routine can be daunting, so if you have any questions about implementing CBD oil within your lifestyle (on and off the course), then feel free to get in touch with us. Our FAQs page is also a valuable tool to answer any questions you may have.
We’re often working on new resources for the CBD and golf communities, and our CBD & Golf page is one that we’re particularly proud of. Here you’ll find a comprehensive picture of CBD’s benefits for golfers, so be sure to take a look.