By: Cyrus Sepahbodi
Arnold Palmer once said that in the game of golf, concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger. But nothing can shake the confidence of amateur or pro golfers alike than the presence of pain in the wrists, back, or knees when taking a swing on that first par 4 on the course in Palm Springs. Golf is a game that requires upper and lower body strength to play consistently, but the repetitive nature of the game can lower performance and make it harder to get through all 18 holes. Enter CBD, or cannabidiol, one of the active ingredients in Hemp and cannabis. CBD is gaining steam as a viable method for athletes to help recover after performing and as a means to combat aches and pains associated with their respective sports. For golfers, CBD can aid in sleep, reduce swelling in key areas of the body, and help to minimize sensations of pain so that they can get back on the course and play their best game.
What is CBD and How Does it Work in the Body?
Whether you are an amateur linksman or one of the golfing greats, the repetitive movements of golf can take start to take a toll on your body. These movements can lead to inflammation, and overall aches and discomfort. This is where CBD can work best to help you recover after a strenuous day on the links. CBD is one of the primary cannabinoids found in hemp that act on the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) within our bodies. The ECS has two main receptors, CB1 and CB2, and both regulate different systems of the body. Through these receptors, the ECS assists in regulating functions such as By stimulating the ECS and binding to its receptors, CBD can reduce pain sensations and decrease inflammation. When taken topically, this is especially effective because you can target pain precisely where it occurs.
Why Golfers Should Embrace CBD
First and foremost Hemp-derived CBD is an all-natural, non-intoxicating form of relief from exercise induced inflammation that is federally legal throughout the United States. As a means to avoid taking more opioids or traditional painkillers such as ibuprofen or Tylenol, CBD can provide pain relief and reduce inflammation throughout the body. One of the regular concerns of golfers is the injuries they develop due to the repetitive nature of the movements involved in playing the game. CBD can help mitigate physical wear and tear, while maintaining homeostasis in the body. You may have seen articles circulating online about PGA pro golfers such as Scott McCarron, Bubba Watson, David Toms, Vaughn Taylor, DJ Trahan, Kenny Perry, Tom Kite, Scott Piercy, and others have embraced CBD to improve performance and recovery on and off the course.
Key Benefits of CBD for Golfers
Manage back pain: Taking a CBD topical like Papa & Barkley’s CBD balm can help target lower back pain that is commonly associated with playing golf.
Natural stress relief: CBD is a natural stress reliever and can help with concentration. Ever needed to sync the final putt to beat your opponent? CBD can help you regulate your stress in crucial moments on the course.
Regulate healthy sleep: CBD can help aid in healthy sleep, allowing your body and mind to recover naturally instead of with sleeping pills or other medication.
Full spectrum pain relief: Using full spectrum CBD can help target local pain, or provide you with whole body relief of aches and pains when added to your daily routine.
Final Thoughts on CBD for Golfers
There is a lot of hype about CBD and many different companies are jumping onto the CBD train. But not all CBD is created equally. In fact, if you are looking for maximum benefits for your game, it is important that you find products that contain a full spectrum of cannabinoids derived from the whole plant. Many companies use chemical solvents to extract isolate or distillate CBD, but we believe that CBD is most efficacious when it is obtained through a Whole Plant infusion process.
If you are an avid golfer and need to supplement your recovery or increase your performance on the course, it may be worth considering CBD products to help your game. For those of you in California, you can locate a dispensary near you by checking our store locator. If this is your first experience with CBD I highly recommend using Papa & Barkley’s pain balm. If you are in need of whole body relief try the Releaf tinctures. Need perfect post recovery pain relief? Try the Releaf soak or Releaf body oil.
For those of you not in California worry not, Papa & Barkley has a national line of CBD products available to ship throughout the United States! Are you a golfer that uses CBD? Leave your experience in the comments or reach out to us on social at the Papa & Barkley Instagram or Facebook.