Taking CBD is not going to stop you from missing putts, but there’s plenty of evidence to suggest it can improve your sleep, and the calming effect can make a huge difference both on and off the golf course.
Combats anxiety symptoms, which can have huge benefits on and off the golf course. Wide range of products means you can find one that's easiest for you to incorporate into your lifestyle.
It's not addictive, but some people may feel that if they don't take it, they won't play as well - in which case it almost becomes like a reverse placebo effect. There's still a stigma associated with CBD, although it appears this is slowly changing.
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Golfer's CBD Review
CBD stands for cannabidiol. 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”.
CBD is widely used to treat pain, anxiety and sleep disorder, as well as a number of medical conditions and illnesses, but there are wider benefits, too, especially for golfers.
Golfer’s CBD have created a range of products, including edibles (gummy bears), capsules and oils, which work by focusing on the receptors that affect the golfer’s emotions, mindset and reaction to events.
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Arguably the biggest appeal is the impact CBD can have in combating anxiety symptoms. A number of professional players use CBD and have reported feeling calmer.
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.
I've tried each of Golfer’s CBD products, bar the vape and atomiser spray, and it’s the capsules that I've stuck with, as well as the muscle rub.
Taking two capsules before bed has helped me to get off to sleep so much faster - and this is crucial, because it's sleep that drives recovery.
For me, it was evident just how much less sleep was accumulated during a five-day spell of not taking the capsules.
Was this a case of the placebo effect? Possibly, but my results were backed up by my WHOOP data, a fitness tracker the team and I have also been trialling.
The oil is another option, although the taste won't appeal to everyone - unlike the gummy bears, which are quite palatable.
I've used the body salve extensively, and I'm at the point now where I never forget to take it, because it's proving so effective in relieving muscle soreness.
What about the downsides?
Well, if you commit to taking CBD on a regular basis - and you'll need to find the dosage that works best for you - it can be expensive.
Should you take two capsules a day, for example, you could be looking at £60 a month.
However, the question you need to ask yourself is: how much do you value your sleep? Or, what price do you put on those potential marginal gains on the golf course?
Whilst CBD is not addictive, some people may get into the habit of feeling like they must take it, otherwise they won't play as well - so you're almost getting that reverse placebo effect.
What we'd say on this point, however, is you need to be rational. You obviously need to drink water, so you do it; it's a case of reframing your mind.
If you're expecting your golf game to be transformed by taking a few tablets here and there, you'll be disappointed - it's not a magic pill.
However, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest it can improve your sleep, and the calming effect can make a huge difference both on and off the golf course.
Our advice would be to give it time; it’s 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.
Mike has been a journalist all his working life, starting out as a football writer with Goal magazine in the 1990s before moving into men’s and women’s lifestyle magazines including Men's Health, In 2003 he joined Golf Monthly and in 2006 he became only the eighth editor in Golf Monthly’s 100-plus year history. His two main passions in golf are courses, having played over 400 courses worldwide, and shoes; he owns over 40 pairs.
Mike’s handicap index hovers at around 10 and he is a member of four clubs: Hartley Wintney, Royal Liverpool, Royal North Devon and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
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