A Slice Of Golf & Cannabis

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Right now, you’re either someone who has played golf stoned or someone who hasn’t played golf stoned.  

Golf Digest, to find out if more of us should be in the former pool, used their ‘The Loop’ section to document an unofficial study where they got three golfers—advanced, amateur, and casual—high and ran them through three classic skill drills. The driving range, “closest to the pin” to test their approach, and putting. 

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They did each drill once sober to get the baseline skill levels of the three men and then repeated them, getting progressively higher each time, under the influence of 6mg, 18mg, 34mg, and 50mg respectively.

The video shows us that after using 6-34mg of cannabis, the golfers’ drives improved, possibly because they’re relaxed and focused on generating power. 

“When you smoke cannabis, you might see them start to relax, and the performance might actually get better,” says sports medicine physician, Dr. Ara Suppiah, in the video. Putting is where we see a steep decline in each player’s finesse, and Dr. Suppiah points out that eventually, they reach a point of not caring at all. 

And it’s true. The golfers found a sweet spot at 18mg where attributes like hand-eye coordination, energy, and focus were enhanced without detracting from any other faculties; any more, and the golfers lost all attention in the game.

To help fill us in on what the stoned non-golfers and un-stoned golf fans have been missing, we asked Stephen Gold of Fore Twenty Sports about his and business partner, Andy Yashar about combining the two. They’ve been hosting golfers in 420-friendly experiences since 2014 in Oregon. 

 

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“While consuming a ton of cannabis over a prolonged period will wear a person out, it all depends on the strain of cannabis and the type of consumption,” says Gold. ” We would always recommend a strain that allows for an uplifting feeling producing energy and NOT that couch lock feel.  Also, CBD products will help energize someone and help alter the effects if a person ends up feeling a little too high.”

He recommends to stay away from edibles on the golf course and keep things casual. “Edibles take usually take a long time to hit a person (sometimes hours) You might bring a pack of gummy’s to share with your buddy’s on the green, but end up not feeling the effects until halfway through the day.  I’d suggest having a joint in your pocket for the right hole where the shade is extra nice, and you are in the privacy of your group and not disturbing others around you.”

In Canada, it’s not permitted for patrons to smoke on most golf courses, but in provinces like Regina, private clubs can make an exception to that. 

“Regardless of cannabis regulation,” says Gold, “I’d say it comes down to the golf course and how lenient their staff is in allowing consumption. I’d say no matter where you are, golf rules reign supreme and a person still has to act as if they belong on a golf course.” 

Sparking up a joint on the course could be seen in the same light as having a beer; it’ll help to relax but shouldn’t be leaned on completely to enhance one’s performance or enjoyment of the day. Gold’s personal suggested strain recommendations for a day on the greens is some Lemon Haze or Headband. 

June 21, 2018

by Alana Armstrong

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Alana seeks to see cannabis from the perspective of politicians, advocates, entrepreneurs, and consumers. She got her start with a byline in the arts and culture section and crossed over into cannabis after using it medicinally. Current projects include investigations into cannabis and wellness; entrepreneurs of the Green Rush; cannabis for athletes; and the evolution of cannabis laws and culture in Canada.

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