Golf is not a contact sport, but it’s common for golfers to deal with injury nonetheless. Sports medicine doctors often see golfers for injuries caused by:
- traumatic force to the body from a poorly executed swing
- poor swing mechanics (including over-swinging)
- failure to warm up muscles properly
- rotational stresses placed on the spine
- incorrect grip and setup
Of course, golf is also a mental game – and feeling stressed or anxious can sink your score just as quickly as any physical injury.
CBD FOR ACHES, PAINS AND POST-GAME RECOVERY
While a majority of professional golfers will experience nagging injuries over the course of their careers, even casual golfers can sustain some of the most common injuries in golf. The five most common injuries for golfers are:
Back pain – the rotational stresses of a golf swing place considerable pressure on the spine and muscles. Combined with the fact that golfers often spend four to five hours mostly bent-over, repeating the same motions hundreds of times, and it’s no surprise that playing golf can lead a range of back problems from minor strains to severe injuries.
Tendinitis in the elbows – tendinitis (irritation and inflammation of the tendon tissue) is the most common condition affecting the elbow. It is frequently referred to as “tennis elbow” when there is an injury to the outer tendon, although golfers also risk this type of injury, which can be further aggravated by an improper golf swing.
Knee pain – this is most commonly caused by the strain placed on a weak knee to stabilize the rotation of the hip at the beginning of a golf swing.
Rotator cuff injuries – most often sustained through traumatic force as a result of a poorly executed golf swing or hitting a rock or a tree root, or from overuse.
Wrist injuries – pain and tenderness on the top of the wrist are common, as is tendonitis (painful swelling of the tendons responsible for wrist movement.)
As well as these five injuries, golfers also frequently sustain injuries to their hands and fingers, neck, feet and ankles, and hips. Since so many of the most common golfing injuries are caused by damage to the joints, age and arthritis can both contribute to making golf-related aches and pains even worse.
The faster you recover after any aches or sprains, the faster you can get back to playing golf again; it’s never a good idea to try to play around an untreated injury that is still causing you pain.
FOCUS AND ANXIETY
Golf is much more than a physical game – it’s a mental game as well. It requires skill, focus, and perseverance to play well, and mental fortitude too; anxiety and stress can quickly lead to distraction, misjudged swings, and a disastrous day on the green, both for your scorecard and your body.
HOW CAN CBD OIL HELP YOUR GOLF GAME?
A growing number of people are potentially finding a positive effect by taking CBD Oil to help improve their pain symptoms during and after playing golf.
CBD may make a difference by diminishing pain and also by reducing anxiety, helping you maintain a clear mind and better focus on the golf course.
HOW BEST TO TAKE CBD OIL FOR GOLFERS
We like to recommend that people who haven’t taken CBD before begin on a low dose, which will allow your body’s endocannabinoid system to get used to it first. Our 4% Full Spectrum CBD Oil is a good strength for newcomers. If you choose to increase your dose, or if you have used CBD before and know you need a higher dose, we also stock an 8% CBD Oil and a 15% CBD Oil.
Taking CBD Oil orally, you need to take 1 to 3 drops under the tongue 2 or 3 times per day. Keep the drops under your tongue for at least one minute before swallowing, which enables the CBD to get into your bloodstream quicker so it can start taking effect. A good tip is to look in a mirror whilst administering the drops!
If absorbing CBD oil under the tongue is not your favoured way to enjoy the potential benefits of CBD, you can also try vaping, where the oil can be added to liquid for e-cigarettes, or topical products like balms can be rubbed onto the skin. These are simple and convenient ways that CBD can get straight to areas of pain and inflammation.
The We Are Kynd CBD Balm is another all-natural way to apply CBD topically, and with natural preservatives, it can be stored for up to 2 years, making it perfect for occasional use to potentially ease muscle and joint aches or pains.
Overall, using CBD Oil to aid in your recovery for golfing injuries is a somewhat quick and easy approach for reducing your pain symptoms.
For anxiety symptoms and to improve mental clarity, most people find that taking CBD at roughly the same time each day has the best overall results. Unlike most prescription medicines for anxiety, CBD Oil does not have the side effects of sedation and drowsiness – in fact, some users report feeling more awake and alert for up to 2-3 hours after taking CBD, so taking it immediately before your golf game may be best to help with concentration and focus.
WHAT TO CHECK BEFORE USING CBD OIL FOR GOLF
The World Health Organisation has concluded that Cannabidiol (CBD) ‘does not appear to have the potential for it to be abused or induce harm.’ This ‘high’ associated with recreational use is caused by another cannabinoid, THC, which can also be found in the primary plant but is not found in CBD oil.
CBD is not a psychoactive compound, and can not get you high. Most CBD users will not have any negative side effects, although it could be possible to experience a dry mouth, feeling lightheaded, and possibly low blood pressure.
Nonetheless, you should consult your doctor if you’re on any other medications, especially medications for treating pain or arthritis. CBD interacts with and may delay the liver enzymes breaking down some prescribed medications, making it advisable to get medical advice before using CBD. It is always good to check these things out if you are unsure.