Best CBD For Golf
Walk past a pharmacy and it's quite possible that you’ll see a Cannabidiol (CBD) product displayed. CBD is used to treat pain, anxiety and sleep disorder, as well as a wide range of medical conditions and illnesses.
It is derived directly from the hemp plant, and whilst it’s a component of marijuana, it’s the legal part of the cannabis plant, and by itself does not cause a high. As well as occupying a prominent spot on the shelf in your local pharmacy, it's also finding its way into golf pro shops.
Well, there's growing evidence to suggest that it can help your golf game - and a number of professional golfers do use it. Of course, taking CBD is not going to stop you from missing putts, but it can improve your sleep, and the calming effect that it offers might just help your golf game.
We have been testing a range of products over the past year - so here's our guide to the best CBD for golf. If you're interested in those marginal gains, you may also want to view the 10 best supplement and sports nutrition products for golf.
Best CBD For Golf
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+ Quite palatable
+ Easy to consume during or before round
- Some won't want sweet taste
Golfer’s CBD has created a range of products, including edibles (gummy bears), which work by focusing on the receptors that affect the golfer’s emotions, mindset and reaction to events.
The gummies are the brand's best-selling product - and it's easy to understand why. Some people might not like the idea of having 'sweets', but they are easy to consume during or before your round.
Golfer's CBD recommends taking up to four before you play, and then a couple more over the course of a round (maximum seven a day). Of course, it means you can end up spending a fair bit of money, so it's about establishing whether any performance benefits make it a worthwhile cost.
+ Easy to take
+ Noticeable benefits on course, including reduced anxiety
- Wasn't so effective, for us, in alleviating post-round soreness
Available in two flavors, forest fruits and precision orange, in testing we found mood and concentration levels improved while taking a pre-round 'hit' of this CBD.
Additionally when taking before bed we noticed there were less disturbances through the night and the amount of deep and REM sleep increased, on average, too.
More continued use would enable us to produce more in-depth findings, but overall there was enough there for us to deduce that it would be a worthwhile investment for those looking to play the game for as long as possible and improve their general quality of life.
+ Relieves muscle soreness
+ Helps manage joint pain
- Applying during play not so practical
For us, the body salve from Golfer's CBD has the potential to be a real game-changer for an awful lot of golfers. Why?
Well, because we golfers are a battle worn bunch. If you're someone who suffers from a lot of aches and pains - pre, during and post round - then we recommend giving this muscle rub a go.
Its formula harnesses the spirit-lifting properties of the hemp plant and many have found that it's particularly effective in helping ease the symptoms of arthritis, golfer’s elbow, joint pain and back pain. When applied to the affected area, the CBD works fairly swiftly.
+ Quick and easy to consume
+ Get 30 capsules
- Take longer to enter your system
Of all the Golfer's CBD products we tested, we believe it's the capsules that will appeal to most golfers. The reason being is that they're so simple to take, and easy to make part of your daily routine should you decide to give CBD a go.
They do take a little looker to enter your system, so the recommendation is that you consume one to two capsules 30 minutes before your round.
For us, it was evident just how much less sleep was accumulated during a five-day spell of not taking the capsules. This could be a crucial benefit, because it's sleep that drives recovery.
+ Quick to take effect
+ Comes in various strengths
- Application might be something players don't stick to
The recommended application is four to five drops under the tongue, and to hold for 45 seconds, which will help the CBD to enter the system more rapidly. Some players, according to the brand, will benefit from a second application during the round.
It wasn't our tester's preferred CBD product, although this was more down to the taste - and some players might actually like the mint flavor. It's all about finding the most palatable way of taking it and choosing a product that’s easiest to incorporate into your lifestyle, or for when you need it.
+ Added benefit of taking food on when you play
+ Can provide a mental boost in a short space of time
- Not ideal if you like to enjoy other snacks when playing
We were excited to take delivery of Purity Hemp Company's CBD golf starter kit - and immediately got started on the jelly domes. These gluten free sweets each contain 10mg of CBD, and you get a mixture of three different flavors: orange, lemon and grape.
Over time, we did feel a benefit, in particular when it came to the mental side of the game. Regular intake of CBD had us more relaxed both on the course and off it, which helped us enjoy playing under less self-induced pressure.
How we test
The quality of Golf Monthly's reviews and buyers guides is built upon a rigorous testing procedure as well as the knowledge and experience of the test team that has a sterling reputation in the industry, known for delivering the key points you want to know in a concise, easy-to-digest manner.
This procedure involves using the products, like the CBD ones above, out on the golf course, before and after the round, and also away from the course as well to gauge impact and effectiveness. What should also be acknowledged is that no manufacturer can pay for a good review from us, because our testing team tells it how it is.
Is CBD good for golf?
CBD is an an acronym for cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. It doesn't contain THC though, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that gives the high sensation.
The product above contain this compound and are designed to increase recovery, reduce fatigue, eliminate pain and discomfort, as well as help calm your nerves in pressure filled situations. For golfers, this can result in better concentration and faster recovery from injury, among other things. From helping you to feel more relaxed on the first tee and over those nervy three-footers, to improving your overall enjoyment of the game, there are numerous benefits on offer.
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Michael has been with Golf Monthly since 2008. As a multimedia journalist, he has also worked for The Football Association, where he created content to support the men's European Championships, The FA Cup, London 2012, and FA Women's Super League. As content editor at Foremost Golf, Michael worked closely with golf's biggest equipment manufacturers, and has developed an in-depth knowledge of this side of the industry. He's now a regular contributor, covering instruction, equipment and feature content. Michael has interviewed many of the game's biggest stars, including six world number ones, and has attended and reported on many Major Championships and Ryder Cups. He's a member of Formby Golf Club.
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