Since the World Anti-Doping Agency removed organic CBD oil from its banned substance list in 2018, the PGA Tour Anti-Doping organization does not list CBD as a banned substance for players. Its focus instead is on the benefit of THC.
According to the former Executive Director of the PGA Tour’s Anti-Doping Program, Andy Levinson, CBD has become a popular topic among PGA Tour athletes and his department has seen an increase of questions regarding its legality on the PGA Tour.
“CBD in its pure form is not prohibited,” Levinson said. “But the use of CBD oil in any of its currently available forms would be at a player’s own risk.”
CBD is sold and marketed as a food supplement, which generally have very poor regulation when it comes to the U.S. and the FDA, Levinson said. The lack of federal regulation has led to issues in the marketplace. Products are often mislabeled or include very little CBD. Companies are able to make large claims with little supporting research.
“People have a tendency to trust sports labels and if it something says organic ‘all-natural’ or ‘safe for athletes’ or something like that, there is really no recourse for that to be put on a CBD oil label and it not be true,” Levinson said. “So if players want to take supplements, and a supplement can be anything from a multivitamin to CBD oil, we strongly suggest that they only use certified supplements from the NSF Certified for Sport List.”
Among the organizations researching CBD further, the World Health Organization has published a report clearing the safety of the course, stating, “To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” The University of Miami has been conducting studies on how CBD oil may be an effective treatment for concussions; and the FDA approved one CBD product called Epidiolex, which is a treatment for pediatric epilepsy.
More reliable consumer-based CBD products will come with certificates proving its purity and true CBD level. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about purity, taste and dosages before you purchase a CBD product. With prices starting at $50 per 30 ML bottle of tincture or bag of full spectrum gummies, it’s worth a few extra minutes of research.
There are several ways to take CBD or hemp oil. Topical cream for pain and lotions, which take the longest to be absorbed but have longer-lasting effects, are the easiest to start with and are known for calming skin and muscles, reducing redness and relieving back pain. CBD has also become extremely common in beauty products with claims to treat acne, have anti-aging qualities or smooth skin. CBD lotions are often used in place of traditional cream to relieve muscle aches and pains.
Gummies and chocolate edibles have become a popular form of ingesting CBD for a two-for-one dessert and supplement experience. Some mixologists have even developed CBD cocktails that claim to reduce hangovers.
Inhaling or vaping CBD will get the compound into your system the quickest, but will also fade out faster as well. This can come in the form of vaping CBD oils or e-cigarettes that heat the CBD liquid to be inhaled. Many companies offer disposable CBD vape oil products. These products typically have a slight cannabis scent despite the lack of THC.
Regardless of how you take CBD, always start small and build on the dosage. Some products may take up to three hours to take effect, so don’t overdo it early on. Also, be sure to check with your doctor to clear any medical problems. CBD can raise levels of medications in your body similar to the reaction grapefruit juice can have on medicine.
Many local corner shops have started selling CBD products, with more online retailers offering it as well. Sephora became the first major retailer to carry CBD products, a major endorsement for the trend.