CBD Buyer’s Guide for Golfers
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CBD Buyer’s Guide for Golfers

CBD Buyer’s Guide for Golfers

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64 million Americans, including a growing number of golfers, have tried CBD. 21 million say they used CBD to reduce stress or anxiety. 63% of those people said it was “extremely or very effective.”

That’s fine, but how are consumers supposed to navigate a minefield where 70% of the products on the market are contaminated? In other words, what can you do to make sure you’re not wasting your money on some bullshit product that isn’t worth the bottle it’s shipped in? Not to worry. While there are thousands of CBD companies out there, we have compiled a list of trusted brands for you.

CBD and Golf

CBD using is growing across the professional tours. Bubba Watson calls CBD a “no brainer” for golfers. PXG staffer Pat Perez says it’s been “a total game-changer” for him. Whether it’s managing anxiety or dealing with typical aches and pains, one could argue that golfers are possibly the ideal audience for CBD products.

While the benefits may sound almost too good to be true, CBD is the latest and fastest-growing alternative health trend in the United States. CBD is among the most discussed, yet least understood topics in the world of nutritional supplements. It’s sold in coffee shops, supermarkets, and every corner of the wellness world, but what is it, and what does it do?

Is this something that could help your golf game, and is it even legal?

We’ve heard your questions, so we decided to create a comprehensive CBD Buyer’s Guide for golfers to help sort things out.

Let’s dig in.

What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol. It’s a chemical compound found in the Cannabis Sativa plant, known more commonly as marijuana or hemp (US National Library of Medicine).

It’s an organic substance used in oils and edibles to generate a feeling of relaxation and calm. Conversely, it’s cousin, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is the active ingredient in marijuana.

THC vs. CBD

DID YOU KNOW: The cannabis plant has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. It was not until the 1960s that Israeli scientist, Dr. Mechoulam, mapped the structure and synthesized the CBD molecule from scratch. In the Cannabis plant, there are actually over 85 compounds called cannabinoids. The two most researched and discussed are THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive ingredient (gets you stoned) in marijuana. CBD is the non-psychoactive portion (doesn’t get you stoned) of the plant.

CBD harnesses the power of the plant without the high.

MGS CBD Buyer's Guide - CBD vs. THC

What does CBD do? How does it work?

Think of CBD as a coach shouting instructions from the sidelines and THC as another player on the field.

The human body naturally produces neurotransmitters called cannabinoids that play a significant role in moderating inflammation processes. Yep, everyone has an endocannabinoid system with different types of receptors with specific functions. The types of receptors are termed CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors exist throughout the body but are mainly in the brain and central nervous system. CB2 receptors are most common in the immune system.

THC (the psychoactive element in marijuana) attaches to CB1 receptors in the brain that impact coordination, mood, pain, movement, emotions, etc.. Without getting too far into the weeds (sorry, bad pun) on the neurology of everything, the “high” feeling people experience is a result of THC acting on the chemical transmission between two neurons and overwhelming that system.

With CBD, as opposed to attaching directly to CB2 receptors, it appears CBD directs the body to use more of its own cannabinoids. CBD causes CB2 receptors to lose some ability to bind to cannabinoids.

What are the potential benefits of CBD?

If you’re a golfer, you’ve likely experienced some type of acute or chronic pain. Maybe you pop some ibuprofen before (and after) a round but don’t completely understand the impact NSAIDs can have on the kidney and liver. Perhaps you haven’t tried CBD because you had no idea what it was or didn’t have a way to separate legitimate industry leaders from those schlepping contaminated (and potentially dangerous) junk product. Again, our preferred list of companies, based on interviews and recommendations from industry experts (and our own analysis), appears at the end of this CBD Buyer’s Guide.

CBD users report a wide range of benefits; notably in the areas of:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Anxiety
  • Epilepsy/seizures
  • Smoking cessation
  • Insomnia
  • Focus/attention
  • Acne
  • Alzheimer’s.

To date, there is a single FDA-Approved Prescription Cannabidiol (CBD). It’s called Epidiolex. It is used to help treat two specific types of epilepsy – Dravet syndrome and Lennon-Gastaut syndrome.

EXPERT TIP: Just Relax

"What I can say with clarity, is that CBD does support calming one's nerves and relaxing in a non-intoxicating/psychedelic way."

-Peter Van Newhyzen - Kanibi CBD

Legality

CBD extracted from hemp (less than 0.3% THC content) is legal throughout the United States. However, CBD extracted from cannabis is a different story, and its legality varies from state to state. The EU is all over the map (again, bad pun) when it comes to CBD legislation and legality. In general, CBD is legal in Europe, though laws can vary from country to country.

Given the lack of uniform laws, it’s best to check out the situation in each country individually, particularly if you’re traveling to Slovakia or Lithuania, where CBD is illegal.

MGS CBD Buyer's Guide - Legalization

Questions to consider

Everyone has questions – and you should. Critical consumers make the most informed decisions. Our CBD Buyer’s Guide provides answers to several of the most asked questions regarding CBD.

Q: Do I get high?

A: Full-spectrum CBD can’t legally contain more than 0.3% THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Simply, you have a better chance of finding Bigfoot.

Q: Is it legal?

A: Generally, yes, but this isn’t an absolute truth, particularly outside of the US. If you’re not 100% certain, check the laws in your country/state.

Q: What are the possible side effects?

A: Though quite uncommon, some users report feelings of fatigue, increased weight loss, and diarrhea.

Q: What are the risks?

A: There isn’t sufficient evidence to determine the long-term risks and benefits of CBD, but currently, it’s fair to state that the most significant risk is likely from consuming a contaminated product.

Q: Should I consult a doctor?

A: It’s always a good idea to consult a medical professional, particularly if you take several medications.

CBD Buyer’s Guide: How to consume?

It’s important to match the method of consumption with the objective. If you’re looking for acute pain relief (say elbow tendonitis from hitting too many range balls), a cream or balm is likely going to serve you better than take CBD drops or gummies. But, if you’re looking to add CBD as a daily nutritional supplement, tinctures or edibles will probably be more beneficial.

MGS CBD Buyer's Guide - Ways to consume

Dosage

Even though bottles may be the same size, the amount of CBD in each serving isn’t always equal. It’s like taking a 12-ounce glass of water and stirring in different quantities of powdered lemonade. The total volume remains the same, while the strength changes.

CBD Buyer’s Guide Game Plan

As in golf, it’s best to have a strategy when starting a CBD regimen. The following criteria are generally accepted guidelines to help you determine the best course of action.

Get Fit – Much like getting fit for a golf club, it can help to know what you’re looking to accomplish before you begin. Before experimenting with CBD, determine why you want to take it and select the form of CBD best-suited to that objective. Are you looking for faster-acting treatment of anxiety, soreness or muscle cramps, or more general application as a daily nutritional supplement?

Origin Check – The quality and composition of CBD products can vary wildly based on the source of the hemp plants. Colorado and Oregon both have long track records and refined quality control processes. Kentucky also passed a law in 2013 to support the hemp industry, but beyond that, it can get a little dicey. Hemp imported from abroad should be a red flag with flashing neon lights. Such products aren’t subject to the same federal or state testing and simply aren’t worth the risk.

Trust, But Verify – Every CBD product should have a COA (Certificate of Analysis) stating the levels of CBD and THC as well as declaring the presence of any contaminants. You can also use the COA to determine if the testing lab used meets “ISO 17025” standards. If so, it gets a thumbs up. Also, check to see if the company works with any of the following trusted organizations: Association of Official Agricultural Chemists (AOAC), the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), or the U. S. Pharmacopeia (USP). If a company can’t or won’t produce a COA, take your business elsewhere.

EXPERT TIP: Science is Catching Up

After years of studying the cannabinoids, it fascinates me how we've discovered CBD's ability to cause such a range of effects at the biochemical level. There's a clear reason why so many people respond positively to CBD-rich hemp extracts. The CBD molecule, along with all the other ingredients in a well-made hemp extract, work together well for overall health in a wonderful variety of ways. With the nontoxicity of hemp products and the stories we're all hearing about the ways it helps, it's gratifying to watch the science dovetail with the anecdotes.

-Lex Pelger -Director of Education CV Sciences, Inc.

Quantity Matters – Pay attention to the quantity of CBD in each dose, typically expressed in milligrams (mg). Depending on the product type, this amount can vary wildly. Also, if you see terms like “total cannabinoids” or “whole-plant” products, the company is telling you they’ve likely added something other than pure CBD to the recipe. Defer to the information on the COA, and again, if one isn’t available, find a different vendor.

Avoid Propylene Glycol – If you do opt for a vaping product, steer clear of those with propylene glycol. At high temperatures, propylene glycol can break down into formaldehyde, which the EPA has classified as a “probable human carcinogen.” Instead, look for vape pens advertising “solvent-free oils.”

Journal/Tracker – It can be tricky to know how CBD will affect an individual, as this can vary from person to person. One helpful tip is to use a Journal/Tracker to log the results of CBD usage. This also allows you to track any potential side effects you might experience. We’ve created a free downloadable journal you can fill out to keep track of your CBD journey.

Decoding the label

CBD is yet to be regulated as strictly as other drugs or food. With this in mind, it’s essential to know as much as you can about what you’re putting in your body. Keep an eye out for labels that detail the following information:

CBD Buyer’s Guide: Myth vs. Fact

It’s both amazing and terrifying what some people believe and pass off as factual statements. Case in point? Bats are not blind, and dogs’ mouths are no cleaner than humans. It’s true.

MGS CBD Buyer's Guide - Myth vs. Fact

By The Numbers

Statistics and quantitative information can often tell a story from a different perspective. Some of what we found when researching this CBD Buyer’s Guide confirmed personal experiences while others made us pause for a second and say, “DAMN!”

  • 70% of top-selling CBD products were deemed “highly contaminated,” according to a study performed by Ellipse Analytics.
  • 3.4+ million people in the US are living with epilepsy. Nearly 500,000 of those are children. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 40% of individuals experience uncontrollable seizures despite available treatments.
  • In a study performed by AES (American Epilepsy Society), 57% experienced a 50% reduction in average monthly seizure frequency. The test group included 92 adults and children (ages 1-37) whose seizures were not well-managed with AED (Anti-Epileptic Drugs).
  • CBD consumers generally have a higher-ed degree and are more likely to have a full-time job than those who don’t consume CBD (BDS Analytics).
  • 97% of CBD users take it for chronic pain relief.
  • Bladder cancer rates dropped by 45% with CBD use (National Cancer Institute).
  • Taking CBD w/in 1 hour of experiencing symptoms of PTSD and significantly lower the effects among veterans and combat soldiers (VA.org).
  • CBD for pets – the global veterinary CBD market is projected to reach $125 million by 2022.
  • Direct sales of CBD oil expected to surpass $1 billion by 2020 (MarketWatch).

EXPERT TIP: Take Your Time

New users should take a CBD regimen for at least two-weeks and increase the CBD as needed based on your own body’s endocannabinoid system. Experiment with different types of CBD products (ingestible vs topical) to find what works best for you. Make sure you do your research on a CBD brand to first ensure they quality test their products and have a certificate of analysis available.

-Jason Waring - Affiliate Manager, Charlotte's Web

 

CBD Buyer’s Guide: More Tips

  • Slow and Low – Start slow and maintain a low dosage.
  • Get Comfy – Listen to your body and adjust accordingly.
  • Temper Expectations – CBD isn’t a magic pill or panacea. For many, there are clear and lasting benefits, but everyone is different.
  • Give It Time – Commit to taking CBD for 14-30 days to see what does or doesn’t work for you.
  • Log On – Maintain a daily log to keep track of types, dosages, and results so you can determine the best course of action.

Expert Recommended Brands

BrandCOA3rd Party TestingCostHemp OriginVarietyUSHA Certified
Kanibi

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YesYes$$USA (varies)Very HighNo
CV Sciences/ PlusCBD

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YesYes$USA (varies)Very HighYes
Charlotte's Web

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YesYes$$$USA (varies)Very HighYes
PureKana

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YesYes$$KentuckyVery HighNo
Elixinol

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YesYes$USA (varies)HighYes
Green Roads

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YesYes$$$USA (varies)Very HighNo

Conclusion

Consumption of CBD is a relatively new trend that hasn’t been thoroughly tested by the FDA. It’s long term effects are still unknown, but with proper research, you too can try the potential benefits of CBD out for yourself.

CBD Buyer’s Guide Disclaimer

MyGolfSpy does not provide medical. This CBD Buyer’s Guide is for information purposes only.  The medical and/or nutritional information within this guide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. It should go without saying, but never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read on this or any other website.

The legal information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice. If you have questions about the legality of CBD in your area, check state laws, or consult a licensed attorney.

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      Mike Gibson

      3 years ago

      CBD has been such a huge help to my golf game. Try it if you haven’t already!
      It makes such a huge difference with me as I have sore muscles after a round and the CBD takes away the majority of my pain. Thanks for the article!

      Reply

      Tex Hooper

      3 years ago

      I didn’t know that THC is closely related to CBD. I need something to soothe my stomach ulcer. I’ll have to try applying a few drops to my stomach when it hurts.

      Reply

      Dexter Lorenzo

      3 years ago

      As a beginner who has less knowledge on CBD, this article is very useful to me. I didn’t even know the difference of CBD and THC. Thanks for sharing this article.

      Reply

      Doug Businger

      4 years ago

      I find it curious that the brands that Bubba, Charlie H. and Scott McCarron use aren’t on the list.

      Reply

      Moe Hickey

      4 years ago

      I have been using CBD for almost a year. Has it helped me , yes. I am a diet and exercise controlled type 2 diabetic. My first A1C after 2 months of CBD was 5.9! I suffer from massive leg cramps at night (stenosis of my spine), since I started CBD they have significantly decreased. Has my golf game benefited? I don’t know. Anecdotally this past year I broke 80 a couple of times and I won my senior men’s group match play championship. I use tincture and gummies. A half dose of tincture in the morning and the other half at night. I carry some gummies in my golf bag to take during a round. I tried some topical that was handed out at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show and didn’t notice any effects. I get my CBD tincture from Joy Organics and CBDistillery, taking advantage sales. This is a good review site https://www.guidetocbd.org/best-cbd-oil-review/

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      Mike

      4 years ago

      There is no doubt that the story behind CBD as “medicine” is compelling. None more so than the story behind “Charlottes Web”. I live in Washington State where it is all legal. I have found regular weed better for both acute and chronic pain. Plus the “side effect” is much better.. As far as the mental effects….uhh I forgot. Seriously I have toked for over 50 years. Like anything else you can overdo it. Be smart

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      mackdaddy9

      4 years ago

      I am a poster child for cbdMD. I have had 21 knee surgeries on my right knee and 14 on my right ankle from an injury in the army. I took 4 Alieve every morning, afternoon and night. Before that it was the same count of Motrin. I was having to get my blood tested regularly because it was damaging my kidneys. What sucked was it wasn’t helping much. I started using cbd when it was new to the market. It helped some but was only 200 mg cream. Then I tried 400 mg roll on. That was better. Next I went with 700 mg. My daughter saw what I was using and asked if the product was third party tested. I asked at the shop and they said no it was locally made. I then did some computer research. I found that only independently tested products could be trusted to be clear of thc. I discovered cbdMD products last year. I use a 1500 mg roll on called cbd freeze. It has an ice hot type of feel. It brings significant relief about 20-30 minutes after I put it on. I only take Alieve when I my pain spikes from over use. I have such improved mobility I now walk 4-5 miles a day. I can climb stairs and ride in the car for more than 2 hours without tears in my eyes. I can play 27 if I want to. I also use the 1500 mg drops morning and night. I swear by that stuff.

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      Jon Silverberg

      4 years ago

      The fact that you did not include a major warning with regard to vaping disqualifies the rest of the article. Vaping can do serious lung damage. At the moment, with all of our lungs under threat from covid 19, to leave out such warnings and cautions is highly irresponsible. You should be ashamed.

      Reply

      Tom

      4 years ago

      Agreed!

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      Scoot 24

      4 years ago

      They explained explicitly that you needed to verify everything with your medical provider and did mention there are certain vaping products to avoid.. Like any medication there are risk that are for the consumer to determine. This was some very good preliminary information for us to take to the next level if we want to try the products. You should be ashamed of allowing your bias towards these products show when there was no need.

      Reply

      MyGolfSpy

      4 years ago

      Since you did not read the article and see the exact warning you mention, should that disqualify you as a reader? Reading is important prior to criticizing.

      Reply

      Jon Silverberg

      4 years ago

      Warning against propylene glycol is fine. There is no vaping warning aside from the propylene glycol warning in the article. The vast majority of physicians believe vaping is dangerous, propylene glycol or not (I have verified this statement with a physician.). My original comment still stands.

      Chris Nickel

      4 years ago

      Jon – If the vast majority of physicians believe vaping is dangerous and we clearly state that everyone should consult a medical professional prior to use, how is that at all irresponsible?

      Isn’t it, in point of fact, exactly the converse?

      Over 1/4 of all motor vehicle accidents are due to distracted driving/cell phone use. Should we produce some disclaimer reminding people not to surf MGS while driving? Or is that pretty much just common sense?

      Andy

      4 years ago

      I took a 25 mg edible before my round and played really well with CBD. I agree with the earlier comments about it behaving like a NSAID. It also seemed to relax me, which really helped my game the most. I played 5 – 10 additional rounds with CBD and had similar experiences mentally and physically. I think it is better than advil, but maybe not as safe as advil.

      My advice would be to stick to around 10-15 mg instead of 25 that I started with and buy in a small qty to see if it works for you.

      Edible was easy for me to take about 30 mins before the round with water.

      Do your research about the company as many CBD’s might be cheap in more ways than just cost. The FDA did not have many positive tests of the CBD industry and that is what scared them from allowing in foods.

      Just be careful about trying to save a few dollars. with your purchase..

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      Mark

      4 years ago

      In Canada CBD oil in very pure form is very easy to get through regulated provincial providers, without prescriptions. It was a game changes for my golf game last year. I didn’t notice or feel any difference after taking it, I didn’t feel calmer, but I scored better. My scoring average improved by 3 strokes per round with no additional practice, swing or equipment changes. I truly believe it is worth trying for every golfer out there. It is a fairly cheap and work wonders for me. If it doesn’t work for you it is a small trial…..way cheaper than any new piece of equipment.

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      Rick

      4 years ago

      American Shaman is another good one…..only water soluble CBD on the market….you can mix it with your morning coffee or anything else…great product.

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      Dan

      4 years ago

      Guys, I appreciate that you may be trying to educate people who may be curious about what CBD is, but this is really dangerous stuff. Your experts quoted are not medical professionals, and have vested interests in their own company’s products. There are no citations for any of the used numbers or data.
      I understand this is for informational purposes only, but its about as informational as a tabloid.

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      TR1PTIK

      4 years ago

      Not sure what article you read, but they provided plenty of sources apart from CBD companies. While I would like to see something more akin to a works cited page at the end of the article, there is no requirement for them to do so and I think MGS did a great job overall.

      I honestly had zero interest in CBD products, and originally scoffed at the idea of MGS doing an article about it, but they knocked this out of the park. I even went ahead and purchased a topical ointment from Purekana. I certainly doubt it’s going to do any worse damage than the NSAIDs I regularly take – I’m at least willing to give it a shot.

      BTW – MGS, you may want to double-check the links for your recommended products. When I used them on my phone, the Purekana link took me to CV Sciences and CV Sciences link took me to Purekana.

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      THOMAS

      4 years ago

      Like Bacon and eggs
      A few years ago they were deemed unhealthy Then Healthy Then moderation – No one knows – just another money-making scheme.
      Can’t drug your way to health – only make it a little better sustainable

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      AlanSF

      4 years ago

      Tried 1/2 to 1/3 dosage of CBD to start. Could not notice any good changes. After 14 days, went to a full dosage. Made my legs fell as if they had run a marathon. Not for me. .

      Reply

      Robin

      4 years ago

      I’m a pain patient who has had multiple fractures and total joint surgeries.
      I have been prescribed medical CBD it’s more effective and more expensive.
      But you know it’s the real stuff not the play school stuff, and I get medical Thc from my Dr too but that’s for bedtime.

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      Steve

      4 years ago

      Great article, and definitely great at explaining the basics! I find it’s actually most beneficial for its calming effects as we all know golf is a mental game.

      What I really wanted to say was what is with the lack of love for Canada anywhere in this site or in articles. We have lots of courses (top 5 per capita is the world) , some of the most active forums, literally legal cannabis nationwide as it pertains to this article and still absolutely no mention. I think you’re missing a big opportunity and it’s frankly somewhat frustrating given our proximity

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      Viking or Randy

      4 years ago

      Right on Steve. From a fellow Canadian..

      Reply

      GolfHo

      4 years ago

      Who cares about Canada other than Canadians.? MyGolfSpy is a worldwide site. I live in Asia with many great golf courses..should MyGolfSpy be building up Asia? or Australia or Europe?

      Reply

      Viking or Randy

      4 years ago

      GolfHo they do already. Look at the top right of you screen here. they have separate flag of US, Korea and Japan you choose your site.. Should be a Canadian one as well.

      Bill Eaves

      4 years ago

      Wow a great in-depth study…. Thanks for spend so much time on this product…. I’ve been taking the wrong product….

      Reply

      Ednolan220

      4 years ago

      Bodycheck wellness is good too they are owned by Riley Cote (ex NHL player) and Todd herrmans (ex NFL player).

      Reply

      chillax

      4 years ago

      I’d love to see how much better or worse people golf while consuming regular marijuana.

      Reply

      Bryce

      4 years ago

      I am a 15 year old male, is this product for me?

      Reply

      jerry

      4 years ago

      Really glad you guys made this! Great work!

      Reply

      Bryce

      4 years ago

      I am a 15 year old male, is this product safe for me?

      Reply

      Greg Wyatt

      4 years ago

      Just to let you know, I live in Kansas, and in the city I live in we probably have at least 5 CBD shops all operating legally. Thanks

      Reply

      Mark A

      4 years ago

      Started using Plus CBD from CV Sciences last year. Had most lowest tournament scores in my time playing. Another advantage was quicker recovery physically. I have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

      Reply

      John

      4 years ago

      Tried it for awhile. It doesn’t do anything at all.

      Reply

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