What is CBD Oil and What Can It Do for Your Golf Game?
CBD oil is one of the major trends today in the world of healthy living. But what is CBD? Is it legal? What does it do? And why are there rumors that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson used it at the Masters?
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What Is CBD Oil?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is an extract from cannabis plants (yes, you heard that) known to be a cure all for many ailments. CBD does not get you high. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive chemical compound in cannabis that gets the user high. Chemically speaking, the two substances are very similar, but due to a slight difference in structure, one gets you high and the other doesn’t. Isn’t chemistry fun?
There are multiple species of cannabis plants, but the two you’ve (probably) heard of are hemp and marijuana. CBD is generally extracted from hemp due to its incredibly low levels of THC. It can be extracted from marijuana, but this form of CBD is prohibited in many states. This has to do with the levels of THC in each of the plants with marijuana plants having higher levels of the substance.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
Well, it depends on where you live. National law states that hemp-derived CBD from a plant with less than 0.3% THC is legal as long as it follows the state’s regulations. Most states have deemed hemp-derived CBD as legal with a few leaving a sort of grey area on the matter. If there are CBD shops flooding your area like we see here in Georgia, then CBD is probably legal and those stores are using hemp plants that adhere to the national and state laws.
What Does CBD Oil Do?
Okay so it’s a ‘legal’ extract from cannabis plants that doesn’t get you high. So what’s the point? CBD oil has been cited as a remedy for numerous health issues. CBD has been heavily used as a medication for seizures and/or forms of epilepsy, and one formulation has been specifically approved by the FDA to treat two forms of epilepsy.
Aside from such a serious condition, research indicates that CBD can help with:
- Pain, be it neuropathic, chronic, cancer-related, or something else
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Broken Bones
- Mad Cow Disease
- Bacterial Infections
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Substance Abuse/Withdrawal
- Heart Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Thousands have described CBD as being incredibly beneficial for their health, and as that number increases, the concentration of CBD products on the market has as well.
What Does Any of This CBD oil stuff Have to Do with Golf?
For golfers, many of those ailments listed above are a daily fight, be it mentally or physically. CBD oil just may help you with any health issue you have. Both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, are well-known to have aches and pains, so CBD is an easy choice with it being allowed in the PGA. If you think you want to give it a shot, there are dozens of products on the market for you to choose from.
Most opt for taking CBD oil orally. Some are designed to be diffused under your tongue while others should be added to food or drinks for ingestion. Plain CBD oil may have somewhat of an herb-y taste that is off-putting for some, so flavored tinctures are also available for a better aftertaste. CBD oil has also been incorporated into gummy candies, chocolates, and even some cocktails! Ingesting CBD is great for long term use, but it takes awhile to really kick in.
For a faster effect, inhaling CBD is the way to go. However, it also wears off much quicker. Vaping oils, e-cigarettes, or any other inhalant form of CBD heats the oil so it can be inhaled. These products may have a slight cannabis scent, but they still do not contain THC.
Lastly, topical creams and ointments are a way to incorporate CBD into your daily regimen. For any pain you may have, muscle-related or not, these lotions can be used to decrease the pain much like an arthritic pain cream would.
Be it overly strained muscles, sore knees, or Golfer’s Elbow, CBD oil just may be the answer you’ve been looking for. If it can help Tiger Woods win the Masters, it must be something good.