Is Cannabis the New PED for Golfers?

I’d love to catch Tiger and Phil smoking a joint together. They’ve both been linked to CBD-infused gum. Why not take that extra step and add a little THC? A few of my friends have told me that getting high on the course actually improves their game. I don’t smoke, but it wouldn’t surprise me if there was some truth to the statement. Weed and golf have been linked together for a long time.

Just to clarify. CBD in any form does not get you stoned. THC does. Both can be found in cannabis marijuana plants. Hemp plants contain less than 0.3% THC. The PGA Tour tests their players for performance enhancing drugs and considers marijuana to be one of them. They suspended Matt Every for twelve weeks last year after he tested positive. It was the THC that got him, not the CBD.

Here’s the crazy part. CBD oils and gummies are not considered PEDs by the PGA, yet studies have shown that CBD is the ingredient in marijuana that most likely enhances performance. It’s been used medically to treat inflammation, pain, nausea, migraines and anxiety. Full-spectrum hemp oil, which also contains CBD, is used in energy drinks. That sounds performance enhancing to me.

Of course, taking CBD is not the same as firing up a fatty while walking down the first fairway. I speak from experience. When I first learned to play the game thirty years ago, I indulged in a bad habit or two. The golf course was the only place I knew where I could smoke weed and not get busted. It’s also where I was introduced to cigars, but that’s a story for another day. Perhaps I’ll tell it on Thursday.

Should CBD be Banned from Pro Golf?

I’m just going to leave this right here. Personally, I’m a proponent of CBD and think that we’ve only just scratched the surface of how it can be used medically. Do golfers who use it have an unfair advantage over those who don’t? I’m not so sure it gives you that much of an edge, if any. I also don’t know if THC enhances your game.

I’m sure there are many of my readers who’d like to weigh in on this, so we’re going to open up the comment section. State your opinion. Tell us a funny weed-induced golf story. Post a video if you dare. This is all for fun, so don’t worry. Your wife will never see it. She doesn’t read October Golf Magazine (you hope).

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this video:

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