As more and more people start to discover the potential benefits of CBD. Using it whilst you travel could be a fantastic solution for anyone who is scared of flying, due to its legal status and non-psychoactive properties. It could be ideal for those who want to get some rest on long-haul flights and can even be handy if you experience pain flares ups while you travel.
It should be noted that you should check the legal status of CBD in the country or state you are travelling to before you get to the airport.
How does CBD Actually Work?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a natural cannabinoid compound found in the cannabis plant. Often derived from hemp, which is from the cannabis family, because of its high CBD content and low THC (the psychoactive compound found in cannabis) content.
CBD doesn’t get you high, but is thought to have a wealth of therapeutic benefits. The research that has been carried out into the benefits of CBD, have found it useful for a number of different stress-related issues, including reducing anxiety, pain and inflammation- which could potentially make it just about the perfect thing to take on a trip with you.
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Why is CBD Perfect for Long Journeys?
What makes CBD perfect for long journeys is its potential ability to reduce stress and anxiety. Even if you’re not someone who is particularly scared of flying, the whole airport process is normally incredibly stress-inducing. The chaos, long lines and late travellers who are ready to push you out of the way and the potential of lost luggage, can have you pulling your hair out. All of this put together is an anxiety attack waiting to happen.
Maybe you have your own way of dealing with your travel stresses. Some people have a few drinks at the airport or on the plane in order to try and calm down – but often this isn’t a great idea, as the high altitude on the plane can somewhat intensify alcohols effects and leave you in an even worse headspace than before.
This is where CBD could be the perfect solution. With its ability to help reduce stress and anxiety without the psychoactive effects, you will get all the calming properties, without the potential freak-out of the high.
Studies have shown that CBD’s anxiety reducing properties come through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system. This system runs throughout the whole body, including the brain, and helps with the function of a number of different bodily processes, such as regulating temperature, mood and appetite. Throughout the endocannabinoid system, you will find endocannabinoids- your bodies natural regulator of stress responses. This is partially done by helping to create the mood-enhancing hormone serotonin.
When you are stressed out, it’s possible that your body reacts by creating a lot of the stress hormone cortisol, which can inhibit the endocannabinoid system from working properly. However, CBD also interacts with this system. Just one of its functions is its ability to partially activate serotonin receptors, releasing an increase of the mood enhancing hormone, and leading to a reduction in stress and anxiety.
In a study conducted in Brazil, a number of people with generalized social anxiety disorder were given CBD and it was actually reported to reduce their anxiety. Researchers were able to back this up by taking brain scans that proved just as much.
So, if you’re thinking about how you can get relief from anxiety next time you fly, without any nasty side effects, CBD could be the way to go.
How Should you Take CBD?
There are a variety of different ways you can take CBD, whether it’s in the form of edibles, oil capsules or drops. Here we’ll discuss your best options if you’re taking it on a plane.
CBD oil capsules are absorbed through the stomach, due to the fact that they are absorbed this way they can take up to two hours to fully kick in, but once they do, the effects last for a lot longer – normally providing around eight hours of results. These can be great if you’re travelling on a long haul flight and want long-lasting effects, however, it does mean you have to be a bit more prepared and take them in advance of your flight.
CBD Gummies and CBD Gum are absorbed through the mouth, this means that you will feel the effects almost instantly, but the effects tend to wear off a lot quicker. This makes them good if you feel you might have some anxiety or stress coming on and need some quick relief. It’s also a popular choice as they are small and discrete.
The benefits of both of these are that you won’t have to comply with strict liquids restrictions when taking them through airport security – if you do decide to take your CBD in the form of oil drops, you must remember it should be under 3.4 ounces.
Whilst a vape pen can be a great way to get a constant stream of CBD into your system, it isn’t ideal for the plane, as vape pens are now completely illegal on planes – so that’s something to keep in mind.
Also, it’s vital to remember to work out your CBD dosing ahead of time.
Is it Legal to Travel with CBD?
So by now, you must be thinking, this sounds great, but is it legal to carry CBD through airport security? Well, the answer to this is a bit complicated.
In America, as recreational cannabis is becoming legal in more and more states, it may be assumed that it’s safe to take it between states, however the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a federal agency and are bound by federal laws, it’s absolutely illegal to take cannabis through an airport or border, so please don’t try it. This can include cannabis edibles or any other form of cannabis that still contains the psychoactive substance THC.
However, CBD can fall under somewhat different rules. As explained before, CBD that is derived from hemp, (its very important to know where its derived from), contains only trace amounts of THC, when derived from the hemp plant the DEA and FDA do not consider it to be the same as derived from cannabis CBD – as long as the THC content is under 0.3%, which it should be in all reputable CBD hemp brands.
Problems can arise if the CBD you are using is derived from a different type of cannabis plants, where the THC content has the potential to be a lot higher (30%), making it illegal under federal law in some states. This means when it comes to taking CBD through airport control make sure you’ve done your research ahead of time and choose a brand where you have the full information and that you trust.
In terms of flying across borders, you should have no problem if you stick to the same rules above and make sure your CBD oil contains none/ trace amounts of THC.
The following list of countries shows where CBD derived from hemp (so no THC) is legal. If your country is not on the list, it may be worth checking if its illegal, but it is advisable to do more research before travelling to or from any of these countries with CBD in your possession.
- United States (check individual state regulations before travelling)
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- Netherlands Antilles
- Northern Ireland
- Puerto Rico
- Slovak Republic
- South Africa
- U.S. Virgin Islands
- United Kingdom
So there you have it, the ins and outs of flying with CBD oil – next time you’re thinking about going on a long trip and the thought of the airport or flying terrifies you, why not think about using CBD to help!