CBD and Traveling – It’s been a long time coming but vacations are finally back on and many of us are ready for our next big get-away. Moreover, thousands of Americans have begun regularly utilizing CBD and may not want to stop during their vacation. Especially since it helps ease the anxiety many people feel during air travel in particular. Some people wonder, “Is it safe to travel with CBD, or should I just leave it all at home?”
Fortunately, there is no need to pause a CBD regimen when you travel – if it comes from hemp. To be clear, hemp-based CBD products are federally legal following the 2018 Farm Bill, which must contain 0.3 percent THC or less. This tiny THC level does not cause intoxication, which is why the FDA removed hemp from the Controlled Substance list.
Traveling with CBD: Is it Legal?
As mentioned, hemp-based CBD products are federally legal. As such, it is technically legal to travel with CBD products throughout most of the United States. However, the form and source of CBD also matter significantly. For example, smokable hemp flower, which precisely resembles intoxicating marijuana, is illegal in some US states like Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, and South Dakota. Full-spectrum products, which contain a full spectrum of terpenes and cannabinoids, may include excessive THC levels if not sourced from hemp. Moreover, full-spectrum CBD oil could alert drug dogs due to its pungent aroma.
Bearing this in mind, when traveling with CBD, you should strongly consider its source and form. Avoid traveling with hemp flower or pungent hemp oils, and always retain (and bring) product packaging and Certificates of Analysis (COAs) when applicable.
Also, remember that CBD is legal, so don’t try to hide it! If security inspectors think its storage is suspicious, they may need to investigate, which could lead to delays. On the flip-side, never try to pass off intoxicating cannabis as CBD, forcing security guards to alert law enforcement. Though security checkpoints are generally intended to stop threats, discovering federally illegal substances still warrants law enforcement notification.
Maintaining Your CBD Routine
If you’ve been taking CBD supplements already, then now is definitely not the time to stop. That’s because CBD works better when it’s part of a daily routine. Research shows that regular doses of CBD can improve endocannabinoid system functioning by helping regulate the production and absorption of endocannabinoids within the body. In other words, regularly consuming CBD may help the body learn to produce and use its own endocannabinoids, which may improve ECS-related discomforts.
Notably, the most effective CBD doses differ for everyone and change over time. By maintaining your regular CBD schedule, you can precisely monitor your dose size so you don’t have to figure it all out again later.
Can CBD Help Reduce Travel Anxiety?
CBD is not only safe – and legal – to travel with, but it can also help make the endeavor an easier burden to bear. Studies suggest that CBD can reduce travel-related worry by dulling a sometimes overactive fight-or-flight response. What’s more, CBD may also improve sleep allowing you to rest mid-flight. In other words, traveling with CBD can help ensure that you arrive at your destination rested and ready to play.
Furthermore, CBD may help reduce pain and inflammation, which can help you sit more comfortably during your travels. Whether riding in a tiny airplane seat or stuck in one position behind the wheel, dosing some sublingual CBD oil can quickly work to ease pain and stiffness without causing intoxication or overly drowsy sensations.
Final Thoughts About Traveling with CBD
CBD is an amazing compound that can help us live our best lives – regardless of where that might be. Whether traveling far this summer or staying close to home, it’s always wise to maintain your regular CBD regimen when vacationing.
The good news is that it is totally legal to fly with CBD, provided that the product follows all TSA rules. For example, edibles, lotions, and oils must travel in packages no larger than 3.4 ounces (100 ml) large, vaping devices must remain in carry-on luggage only, and no one may travel with smokable hemp flower because it resembles federally illegal marijuana.
The best CBD products to travel with are gummies and soft gels because they are generally not odorous. Moreover, these products usually include packaging that clearly lists ingredients including THC levels. A quick glance at your bottle of CBD will prove to TSA agents that the product is legal and safe to travel with.