Ask anyone who knows me, and they know I don't like to medicate.
I avoid pain medication at pretty much all cost. Maybe it's the Catholic in me.
If I drink way too much, I feel I deserve the headache. If I do something too strenuous, then I accept my muscles are going to ache a little.
But when I play golf, I don't want to feel pain. Pain has a direct effect on my score. If my shoulder hurts or my back is strained or my knees are a little twitchy, that can cost me a
match, some money and a good day on the golf course. It's really the one and only place I want to make sure I'm feeling my absolute best.
That means wearing a hat and plenty of sunscreen. And that has meant, for years, carrying numbing pain spray in my golf bag. I don't use it much, but I like to have it for just-in-case emergency situations. But the cold-hot spray is something I'd much rather not use.
First of all, it stinks, making me and my shirt smell like a medicine chest or a package of moth balls.
Second, the stuff is often greasy and can get on my hands and mess with my grips.
God forbid if it explodes in my bag. I'll have to throw it in the trash.
Then, I was introduced to Sagely Naturals and their line of CBD products.
You've probably heard of CBD and its derivatives -- creams, gums, drops, oils and pills -- that have pain-relieving properties.
CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it's a compound extracted from the flowers and buds of cannabis plants (hemp and marijuana) hat has become popular as cannabis 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.
The number of pro golfers using CBD products has exploded on the PGA Tour, including Bubba Watson becoming the first player to sign an endorsement deal with a CBD company. Naturally, given the amount of golf I watch, CBD piqued my interest.
I received a box of Sagely Naturals hemp-derived CBD products, including cream, capsules and a roll-on, and the timing was perfect.
After a particularly strenuous day of golf not too long ago, my back was in pain and my head was throbbing. Instead of popping some pills or putting on spray, I rubbed some Sagely Natural's CBD cream on my back and used the roller on my head. I kid you not, within 15 minutes, the pain was gone in both places. The products smelled good, with a blend of natural herbs to give a calming aroma. I could've played another 18 after, but I was in great shape to play with my kids, get stuff done around the house and have a productive rest of my day.
There's no high with CBD products, so you just ditch the pain and feel good. And that's without having to put something on or in your body that might concern you.
The Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery line has four options: a cream, pills, the roll-on and a spray, ranging from $20 to $50 each, which should last you a while. 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.
Sagely Naturals uses hemp sourced in the United States and its products are free from parabens, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, dyes or sulfates. The products can be
ordered online easily and shipped to your home.
The CBD movement is here, and after some initial skepticism, my curiosity led me to not only trying Sagely Naturals products but being very happy to have them in my golf bag when I need them