Golfers Bubba Watson, Lucas Glover and Charley Hoffman have a few things in common — they are all big names on the PGA Tour and all have CBD (short for cannabidiol) sponsors. And there is a good reason for this. CBD has a huge number of benefits that can be a game changer when it comes to giving it your best shot on the green. Whether you are dealing with anxiety or pesky aches and pains, here is how CBD can help to take your game to the next level.
What's the CBD story?
CBD is one of the components of the cannabis sativa plant, which is more commonly known as marijuana. However, the naturally-occurring chemical compound will not get you high. This is because the high usually associated with marijuana is caused by THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is another component of cannabis.
CBD is legal in the UK, as long as it contains no more than 0.2 percent of THC and has been sourced from an industrial hemp strain. Companies like Nordic stock a huge range of CBD products, including oils, balms and even vapes.
The benefits of CBD
Lower anxiety and better focus
While anxiety and stress play a very important function by altering us about potentially dangerous situations, there is very little that is dangerous about golf. As such, stress and anxiety can only hinder your game. Taking CBD before a game can help you win by lowering your anxiety levels and increasing your concentration and focus. And since CBD has a positive effect on attention, cognition and emotional processing, it can also boost your mental game — which is a good thing, no matter whether you are playing at a professional or an amateur level. Many CBD products contain a variety of supplements, which are also great for increasing concentration, such as fish oils, creatine and ginkgo biloba, highlighted the owner of sundt.uk.
Not getting enough quality sleep each night is likely to affect your performance on the green. Without sleep, we can become lethargic, confused and even depressed. Since CBD is used to treat anxiety, stress and PTSD — all conditions that often affect sleep — it can promote a more restful sleep. A study published in the Permanente Journal conducted on 47 subjects with anxiety and 25 subjects with sleeping problems found that 66.7% of the participants said that they had a better sleeping experience after taking 25 milligrams of CBD for a month.
Faster recovery time
Golf can be surprisingly tough on the body. A golf swing engages the entire body, so it is not surprising that they can place pressure on your muscles, joints and tendons, especially if repeated over and over again. As a result, many golfers experience a variety of aches and pains after a game, such as back and knee pain, and elbow tendonitis. CBD speeds up recovery after a game by reducing the perception of pain, as well as any residual inflammation.