CBD, the wellness supplement health fanatics cannot get enough of, is continuing to rise in popularity due to its non-psychoactive nature (it will not get you high) and laundry list of therapeutic benefits including fighting inflammation, treating anxiety, proliferating cancer cells and lessening seizures.
Due to the many positive testimonials from CBD users, not to mention the scientific research backing the natural cannabinoid’s healing potential up, it is no wonder everyone — and we mean everyone — is snatching up the product faster than manufacturers can keep up with.
If you have already incorporated CBD into your wellness routine, you know firsthand the mood-boosting and focus-improving benefits this lovely supplement provides.
And if you are new to the CBD realm, welcome! This post is dedicated to CBD as it pertains to travel, which begs the question…
Can you travel with your CBD?
Yes you can, but you need to abide by the laws of the TSA (Transportation Security Administration).
Described by a fitness editor as “liquid Xanax from Mother Nature,” CBD oil (along with other CBD-infused products) is 100 percent legal to purchase and consume, so long as it is derived from industrial hemp, and contains no more than 0.3 percent of THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid from cannabis responsible for the “high” people feel.
Here is everything you need to know about traveling with your CBD belongings, from utilizing the cannabinoid for travel-related issues like nausea and motion sickness to getting through the security line at the airport to adjusting from jet lag once you have landed safely and cozied up in your hotel.
TSA Education First, Pack CBD Product Second
The TSA is a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that has authority over the security of the traveling in public in the United States. It was created as a response to the September 11 attacks. And airports, being pretty big sticklers as is, are subject to the federal laws enforced by the TSA. Aka no messing around with the TSA and their rules.
Because marijuana is still prohibited federally, the TSA can and most likely will stop you from attempting to travel with dried flower or other forms of cannabis that contain copious amounts of THC.
But, CBD is the exception to the rule, especially if it is derived from hemp. CBD extracted from the hemp strain of the cannabis plant differs from CBD extracted from the marijuana strain of the cannabis plant — the main difference being high (marijuana) and low (hemp) THC levels.
The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) do not consider hemp-derived CBD to be the same as marijuana-derived CBD. (ps if you are confused here, you’re not alone — the grey area on CBD legality is very grey).
Here is the deal: As long as the THC content in your CBD product is below 0.3 percent, you are in the clear. Check the label of your product to ensure it is within the legal limit. It should give you a clear understanding of the contents.
Ultimately, the safest move is to check your product’s label. If the product (oil, capsule or other) says it came from “industrial hemp” or does not mention the actual levels of THC, you are very unlikely to encounter a run-in with the TSA.
And, if it is CBD oil you are carrying, make sure it stays within the confines of TSA requirements (no larger than 3.4 oz), just like your travel size shampoo or perfume.
Follow those simple guidelines and you and your CBD will breeze through security without any hiccups.
Now, onto discussing why CBD is a world-traveler’s best friend…
CBD Reduces Anxiety
Research strongly suggests CBD helps solve your anxiety issues. In a survey of the extant cannabis-related research, neuroscientist Carl Stevenson from the University of Nottingham, England, conveyed that CBD reduces fear by changing brain activity. And when fear evaporates, so does anxiety, as the two are inextricably linked.
So, instead of bellying up to the airport bar to down a vodka shot to calm your nerves, opt for the much healthier and much more effective way to calm your flying nerves — take CBD.
CBD Helps with Motion Sickness and Nausea
CBD contains anti-nauseating properties, making it ideal for those with sensitive stomachs or digestive issues, and thus, ideal for airplane nomads always on the go.
If you weren’t aware, cannabis has been widely accepted as an effective anti-nausea agent for centuries. CBD alone contains potent elements capable of reducing (or eliminating altogether) those uncomfortable feelings of motion sickness like nausea, upset tummies and vomiting.
How does it do this? CBD interacts with the body’s Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, which is the crucial system responsible for keeping our bodies in a state of balance and harmony. Basically, when you take CBD, signals are sent to the brain, which messages receptors in your body to stop those feelings of nausea and butterflies.
CBD Helps Cope with Jet Lag
When you enter into a new time zone, your body needs time to adjust. Your heartbeat, blood pressure and body temperature are all affected when you land into a new state or country, which causes you to feel not so fun symptoms of fatigue, body aches and all-around ickiness.
You can minimize these post-travel effects by taking CBD. CBD does not have the negative side effects you see with taking other medications like melatonin (for sleep). CBD is a safe and effective way to treat common jet lag symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, muscle soreness and headaches.
- CBD is legal to travel with, as long as it is derived from hemp and contains less than 0.3 percent THC.
- CBD has been proven on multiple accounts to help travel as it pertains to anxiety, motion sickness and jet lag.
- It would take a very bound and determined TSA agent to flag your CBD product, but it could happen. Adhere to the 3.4 oz / 0.3 percent THC rule and you should be good to go.