I was at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando in January, having a chat with some friends in the industry when some guy walking around the media center came over.
"CBD oil!" he shouted to no one in particular. "Hey guys, want some samples?"
I was more peeved he was carnival barking during a conversation, so I said I didn't. Everyone else declined. The guy didn't care; he threw down a handful of sample packets in the middle of the table. None of us took one. Who knows what happened to them. I didn't think much of it.
Then I turned on the Masters in April to find some of the best golfers in the world suddenly chewing gum all round and taking breaks to put some drops from a pipet in their mouths. It didn't make sense at first, but then I put two and two together.
Golfers were using CBD products.
Is this legal?, was my first thought, and I researched the topic for Golf News Net.
Turns out, CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it's a liquid extracted from the flowers and buds of marijuana that has become popular as marijuana has become legal for medical or recreational purposes across more of the United States.
CBD is said to help with anxiety, sleep trouble, pain and other health problems, all while not containing the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which triggers the high users get from smoking marijuana.
CBD is legal throughout the United States and is not considered a performance-enhancing drug. It's all good. And suddenly, my opinion on CBD changed. If it's good enough for the best players in the world, why wouldn't it be good enough for me.
I wondered if CBD would be helpful for me and some of my friends who play golf together frequently. A number of them are older and have regular aches and pains. Some have to take medication just to be able to play golf. Others don't like the wear and tear that really only catches up with them after the round it done and the beers are gone.
Fortuitously, that's when I met folks from Sagely Naturals. They were founded in 2015 by Kerrigan Behrens and Kaley Nichol in California with the goal of unlocking the benefits of CBD from hemp while removing the psychoactive elements of THC. They created a line of products that blended CBD with other natural herbs and products. Some of the products were for pain relief, some for stress and anxiety relief and some for helping with sleep.
I received some a few products from the Relief & Recovery line to try. After a long day of golf recently, my body wasn't feeling too happy. So, I used a Relief & Recovery Roll-On on my headache and some CBD cream on my back. Boom. Within a matter of minutes, I was feeling back to normal, like I hadn't walked the course all day whacking a ball all over. I suddenly got why top-name golfers are using CBD.
And that's to say nothing of how calm and stress-free I felt with the pleasant scent from the cream, which is a much different feeling than using other pain-relief products.
The Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery line has four options: a cream, pills, the roll-on and a spray, ranging from $20 to $50 each. There's enough in each product to get plenty of use out of them and try for yourself.
The company also has a Tranquility line combining CBD and stress-relieving natural elements. There are extra strength products, too, as well the Drift & Dream sleep-aiding line.
Try the Sagely Naturals products for yourself and see if you can enjoy the game even more, pain-free.