MLF pro Mark Davis uses CBD to help with the aches and pains that come with fishing day in and out. Photo by Josh Gassmann
By Joel Shangle - July 15, 2020
STURGEON BAY, Wis. – As MLF pro Mark Davis begins to count off his surgeries and general aches and soreness, he sounds like the dictionary description of “fishing injuries and ailments.”
“I’ve had three shoulder surgeries – two on my right, one on my left,” Davis begins. “I’ve had surgery on my left elbow, a hip replacement, and I’ve had my neck fused. Every one of those are fishing related. It’s all the wear and tear of fishing all day, every day for years and years.”
Davis is far from the only MLF pro who suffers from near-constant, nagging soreness and inflamation created by the demands of the profession. Rotator cuff, elbow, wrist, hand and finger soreness are the wages of repetitively casting, flipping and cranking a fishing rod hundreds of thousands of times a year.
Hip, knee and back ailments are common conditions caused by standing on one leg on a trolling motor for 10 to 12 hours a day. Head-to-toe soreness are the price to be paid for running through bone-jarringly rough water, and sitting behind the wheel of a tow rig for days at a time.
“There are so many guys out here who have tennis elbow and carpal tunnel and back issues,” Davis admits. “Repetitive motion and just the wear and tear on your body, if you fish a lot – especially as much as we do – you learn to live with aches and soreness.”
Finding Relief with CBD
Davis underwent hip replacement surgery in the spring of 2018, sitting out most of the season to rehab before the inaugural Bass Pro Tour event of the 2019 season. He recovered quickly from surgery, but as he continued to fish and hunt his way through the fall, he did it with familiar soreness and inflamation in his surgically repaired shoulders.
Fortunately for Davis, he discovered the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD).
Davis had heard about the anti-inflammatory and soreness-relieving properties of high-quality CBD like that produced by Medterra, and finally tried a CBD tincture in the fall of 2018 after word-of-mouth testimonials by some close friends.
“My shoulders and elbows are still the ones I have trouble with,” Davis admits. “I remember having a lot of shoulder inflammation that fall, and two buddies who had great success with CBD telling me, ‘You know, you really need to try this stuff.’ I started using it that fall, and man, it really helped me a ton.”
A CBD Regimen That Works
As Davis fishes his way through his 33rd year as a tour-level pro, the Bass Fishing Hall-of-Famer utilizes a regimen of CBD tincture and topical applications to alleviate soreness and inflammation in his wrists and shoulders (and other spots where soreness develops).
Medterra’s CBD Tincture is U.S. Hemp Authority certified 99.6% pure CBD, an oil taken sub-lingually in 500-, 1,000- and 3,000-milligram strengths.
“I take CBD oil every day,” Davis says. “It’s not like an aspirin to me, where I take it when I have a headache. You’ll start to see some benefits immediately, but the real benefits come when you take it daily, over time. Before I was taking it, if I fished an event and was power fishing – speed reeling, etc. – I would have a lot of soreness and inflammation afterwards. It would take me 7 to 10 days to get over it, but I don’t have that problem anymore.
“The biggest thing for me since I started using CBD is that I believe it’s sped up my recovery. Overall, if you have some relief from that inflammation and soreness, you naturally feel and fish better. You can perform better.”
Medterra’s CBD topicals (Pain Cream + CBD, CBD Roll-On, CBD Rapid Cooling Cream and CBD + Manuka Cream) provide relief to joints and muscles through rapid delivery of CBD with all-natural ingredients that go beyond skin deep.
Davis added topical applications to his CBD regimen during the 2020 season to alleviate the effects of soreness under his shoulder blade.
“If you have an aching joint or sore muscle, that’s where a cream or roll-on will help you,” Davis says. “I’ve had great success with topical cream. The first time I tried that, I had a muscle ache right under my shoulder blade, and started putting it on twice a week. I could tell pretty quickly that it was making a difference for me. It helped me a lot.”
Medterra’s 99.6% pure, all-natural CBD products are available in tinctures, capsules, gummies, topicals and supplements, and in tinctures and soft chews for pets.
“I really believe in CBD, that stuff really works for me,” Davis says.
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