COVID-19 has the world on lockdown with CBD still accessible. But what about after the restrictions let up and international travel resumes?
You’re busy worrying about keeping you and your loved ones healthy and safe amidst the pandemic. So it makes sense that once travel resumes, health and safety will remain priorities. But the stress won’t simply disappear.
The majority of travelers will still worry about COVID-19 once borders open again. Between the lengthy lines, thorough security checks, the potential for delays, the elevation in anxiety could call for a decent dose of everyone’s favorite cannabinoid.
In this article, we cover why CBD is excellent for travel and how you can bring it along wherever you fly (domestic, of course).
What is CBD?
Our neighbors, celebrities, and, yes, even researchers, have been making claims about CBD for quite some time now. But what is it?
CBD, full name “cannabidiol,” is a cannabis compound that’s usually extracted from the plant. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t get you high.
Rather than experiencing a euphoric buzz, many CBD users have reported feeling relaxed, calm, and pain minimized. But the genuinely incredible aspect of this cannabinoid is how many products now include a CBD infusion.
CBD is now available in many forms, including but not limited to CBD oils, CBD capsules, CBD edibles, and more. But some companies are taking it to the next level with a wide assortment of CBD personal care products.
Why Travel with CBD?
The U.S. deemed cannabis an essential industry during the pandemic. While it continues to help people cope as the war on the virus wages on, it’s also applicable for use while traveling.
Research shows CBD could be used to alleviate the stresses of the pandemic. Since mental and physical health are connected, the potential for CBD to decrease the severity of the stress and anxiety brought on by the epidemic has made it the go-to for many. This is especially patients whose chronic symptoms could be exacerbated by stress.
It’s also easy to travel with CBD from a logistical standpoint. Since a dose––or a few doses––is minuscule, it’s usually more convenient to carry your CBD than to bring a bottle of water.
According to several studies, CBD also has the potential to be used as a treatment for anxiety. Anecdotal evidence supports this claim, as well.
But the main questions on everyone’s minds are, “Can you travel safely with CBD, and are there regulations for transporting it?”
Can You Travel Safely with CBD?
Since the passing of the Farm Bill of 2018, hemp-derived CBD’s distinction from cannabis has it federally legal. CBD from cannabis could have some THC in it, making it a controlled product. However, as long as the product is below the maximum THC allowed (0.3%), transport across state borders is permitted.
If you are still experiencing overwhelming anxiety over whether your CBD will make it through TSA, you could check the legality of CBD at your destination and make your purchase there. One of the best sources for state laws regarding cannabis products is NORML.
Some people choose to ship their CBD to their destination. You could even purchase CBD online and have it shipped to where you plan to stay.
Even with this being the case, some relevant updates regarding CBD and travel have been made.
Should Travelers Bring CBD Along for Their Trips?
For anyone who has experienced the frustrations and stress that come with traveling, CBD is an option. Between flight delays and long security lines, worrying about the size and weight of your carry-on, and more, traveling isn’t always as easy-going as we hope.
According to TSA regulations regarding liquids, a 1-ounce bottle of CBD, whether tincture or oil, is allowed. This also works for the TSA’s rule about CBD having to be capped at 0.3% THC.
In May 2019, the TSA clarified its policies about flying with CBD products. Now, you can bring these products tucked away in your carry-on.
Some states have made alterations to their rules on CBD. But what’s important to know is that many CBD oils are still illegal federally. With this in mind, it’s crucial to check the TSA regulations before you travel with CBD. You’ll find those regulations here.
While traveling, there’s no TSA dog sniffing for CBD. Carrie Harmon, a TSA spokesperson, told WebMD, “TSA K9s only search for explosives and explosive components.”
Regardless, just in case, it’s still a good idea to bring the product’s certificate of analysis. These are typically listed on the product manufacturer’s websites. However, there could be a QR code on the label you can scan for immediate access to this certificate.
The best method for bringing a CBD product on a plane is to carry a copy of the certificate of analysis. This way, you’ll have formal documentation showing what’s in the product.
Why Are So Many Travelers Carrying CBD on Flights?
Sometimes, a flight is so bad that you wish you had something to take the edge off. This is when CBD comes in handy.
Perhaps you’re stuck sitting in the middle seat. Or maybe you’ve been seated next to a screaming baby. Regardless, CBD can soothe these stressors and ensure your flight is as pleasurable as possible.
CBD gummies, in particular, are great for flights. Proleve CBD Gummies are usually the go-to. Each gummy offers 25mg of CBD, making them perfectly portioned for quick and discrete administration.
What to Consider Before You Fly with CBD
While flying domestically in the U.S. with CBD is alright, it’s crucial to conduct some research if you’re planning to travel internationally. Some countries have strict rules against CBD, meaning if you bring it on the flight, you could have some trouble.
Los Angeles attorney, Griffen Thorne, explained to WebMD, “The laws in the jurisdiction you are flying to can be drastically different. Flying domestically with a CBD product is obviously less of a risk, but I still think there are risks.”
The issue here is that every TSA agent isn’t clued in on the updated TSA stance. While hemp and hemp products aren’t federally controlled substances, it’s always possible that law enforcement officials don’t know the difference between hemp-derived CBD and cannabis-derived CBD.
As you travel domestically with your CBD, have the appropriate documentation accompanying it. While it’s perfectly legal to bring your CBD on-board, it’s always best to be prepared in case you have to explain.
Have any questions about traveling with CBD? Need a certificate of analysis for one of our products? Feel free to contact us at any time! We’re happy to help.