Smoking CBD Oil
Illustration by Rami Niemi

Q: I hear some tour players are using CBD oil for aches and pains and to calm their nerves. Is this legal? – Brent Davidson, Lexington, Ky.

A: Yeah, dude. CBD (or cannabidiol) is extracted from hemp or marijuana plants but doesn’t get you high. Hemp-based CBD is legal in 48 states (Nebraska and Idaho are unclear about it). Because it has no appreciable THC—the get-high compound in pot—CBD oil shouldn’t trigger a positive result on a drug test, which could get a professional in hot water with his or her tour. Users say CBD reduces inflammation, improves sleep and, yes, calms the nerves. Companies are starting to market CBD liquid, pills and salves to weekend warriors for sports recovery, and Colorado-based Functional Remedies even signed up Champions Tour player Scott McCarron as an endorser. At around $200 for a month’s supply, it isn’t cheap—but there’s no free parking at the Fountain of Youth.