Retired NFL players Steve Smith Sr. and Jonathan Stewart also recently partnered with the firm. “After the constant contact and injuries my body endured throughout my career in the NFL, cbdMD has been able to help me live a better quality of life during retirement,” Stewart said in a press release.
McCarron did his research before taking CBD oil to help him sleep at night. That was more than two years ago when he was at risk of being sanctioned, and he is among those on the PGA Champions Tour who use CBD oil. He still stresses the importance of being educated on what is going into your body and on the risks of being negligent.
“If you’re on the PGA Tour, you better do your homework and make sure there’s nothing in it that can give you a positive test,” McCarron told ESPN in July 2019.
Corey Kirk is a masters sports journalism student at Arizona State University
Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson is another big advocate of CBD oil. Watson was looking for a way to treat inflammation and enhance sleep.
“It is also a natural product, so then word of mouth, it really took off,” Steve Patterson, the director of sales at Functional Remedies EndoSport, said to ESPN. “That’s where the popularity and acceptance came in.”
Through its rise in popularity on the PGA Tour Champions (the senior tour), CBD oil has slowly gained acceptance across the PGA Tours even though officials remain cautious due to where it derives from.
CBD is steadily becoming one of the worst kept secrets in golf.
CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. The product does not contain THC, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that gives the high sensation.
You’ll undoubtedly have heard chatter on the PGA Tour news wheel when it comes to the product, which an increasing number of professionals are using to maximise their recovery, reduce anxiety and improve concentration.
“It’s not what people think, it’s not marijuana”, he said.
Another man who is all-too-familiar with second-place finishes at his national championship is Phil Mickelson.
CBD is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the golf space, and with each day that passes it feels as though CBD’s influence on the sport grows. Phil Mickelson was spotted using CBD oil during the 2019 Masters while Bubba Watson, Charley Hoffman and Lucas Glover are just a few names on the PGA Tour who now have a CBD sponsor. (Despite the Tour reportedly issuing a warning to its golfers about the use of CBD last year.)
You’d be hard-pressed to walk around a pro shop these days and not stumble upon some sort of CBD product. While business might be booming, a cloud of uncertainty surrounding CBD remains: many consumers aren’t exactly sure what it does. Hand up, I’m one of them. With that in mind, I caught up with Taylor Massey, Director of Golf for Medterra CBD, one of the leading companies in the CBD arms race to learn more. Massey laid out and explained the five reasons why a golfer would benefit from using CBD:
1. Golfers can play more
4. Relieve aches and pains
5. More focused energy