Paul Kimmage: ‘Your heroes are chewing CBD but we’d rather you didn’t know’


We didn’t get where we are today by pandering to trends on Twitter but that ‘five jobs I’ve had’ thing does have a certain appeal so – just this once – we’ll indulge you: paper boy (Evening Herald), labourer (Cement Roadstone), apprentice plumber (Dublin Airport), professional cyclist (RMO), caddie (Nick Faldo) . . .


“Yeah, thought that might surprise you.”

“You caddied for Faldo?”



“A top-class amateur with aspirations of going pro: ‘Hi Paul. In the past few weeks there has been a marked increase in professionals chewing gum on the course during tournaments. I wanted to contact you and see if you were aware that the PGA Tour recently issued an update on the use of CBD products the week before the Masters and warning them to be careful’.”

“What’s CBD?”

“A non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis.”

“What was the update?”

“It was sent to the pros in a newsletter that was obtained by a website called ‘Marijuana Moment’. The kid sent a link: ‘The PGA Tour is warning golfers to use CBD at their own risk. While the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) dropped the marijuana compound from its list of banned substances for athletes last year, the golf organisation wants its players to be advised that some CBD products may contain THC, which is still prohibited’.”

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