Can Marijuana reduce a golfer’s muscular and mental anxiety?

 
Content starts with short darting clips of psychological meltdowns, interspersed with quotes.

“Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.”

Arnold Palmer.

“It’s such a psychological and mental game, golf, that the smallest wrong can distract you from what you’re trying to achieve.”

Lee Westwood.

“The mind messes up more shots than the body.”

Tommy Bolt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlfcxMKcCTY

“Golf requires coordination and mental strength, it demands precision. If you consider the average player spends 0.3% of their round completing a golf swing, you begin to appreciate the premeditated nature of our sport. Many athletes can rely on reaction and instinct developed away from a pressure situation; the wide receiver has seconds to question his ability to complete a catch, but the golfer has minutes to ponder a swing. An Olympic diver will face this anticipation but can rely on an action that has been repeatedly trained. The golfer faces a variety of contexts in which to execute a variety of shots. You can’t specifically train for a swinging 10-foot putt that you’ve never seen. You can’t rely on repeated action when your feet are in a bunker and you have to play under a tree.”

“A study found that the average player can process as many as 10,000 thoughts during a round of golf. This exposes the golfer to their own mental fragilities, which will inadvertently influence their ability to cope with golf’s technical demands. So this begs the question: “Can cannabinoids improve a player’s ability to deal with this pressure?”

Answering this question THC vs CBD:

  • Non-psychoactive testing:

“THC is probably best known for being the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. CBD, however, is is non-psychoactive. In other words, CBD can’t get you high. Studies show CBD can reduce anxiety.  Research published in 2011 involved 24 patients with social anxiety disorder, who were given a 600 mg dose of CBD before undergoing a simulated public speaking test (meant to induce anxiety). The results showed that a single dose of CBD taken 90 minutes before the public speaking simulation could reduce anxiety as well as cognitive impairment.”

“We wanted to replicate this test on a golf course. Would our patients be able to overcome the anxiety brought on by first tee nerves and the shots that follow?” [body massage].

 

  • Psychoactive testing:

Sativa and Indica are the two major types of cannabis plants. The high produced from smoking Indica bud is a strong physical body high that will make you sleepy or ‘couch-locked’ and provides a deep relaxation feeling compared to a sativa high, which is known to be more energetic and up-lifting. Will smoking the psychoactive element of a

Reflection (post-round):

  • Gaining insight from the conventional golfer would help create an interesting generational tension. “30 million Americans smoke Marijuana last year, what would you say if you saw someone smoking weed on a golf course?”
  • Record our participants heading to the 19th hole to order an inordinate amount of food. Discuss findings as they splurge through food. Would they describe Marijuana as a “performance enhancing drug?”

 

Additional:

  • Simple objective testing by matching our “Alcohol in Golf” video formula to answer the question on a simulator: “Can Marijuana increase your driving distance?” “Can Marijuana alter your ability to judge distance on a putt?”

A Marijuana Energy Bar recipe for your golf bag:

  • Ground weed (a little goes a long way – make sure you use a digital kitchen scale and know exactly what a “gram” of ground weed is if you don’t want to repeat Ben’s mistakes!)
  • At least 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • ¼ cup butter or coconut butter
  • 2 cups of unsalted cashews
  • 1 cup of pitted dates
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Sea salt
  • 2/3 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • A brownie pan
  • Parchment paperA food processor