One of the main reasons people carry CBD oil while traveling is because they feel like doses make it less nerve-wracking to fly. It’s just a fact: some people get anxious when they travel. Taking CBD may help you cope with those anxious feelings during your travel hours. And it’s a safer option than drinking alcohol while you travel since drinking on a plane can speed up your dehydration and potentially alter your behavior. Even if you do not have aviophobia (fear of flying), tasks such as getting through the security lines may exacerbate your stress levels and cause anxiety, and many people report that CBD may help cope with these symptoms.
Recently, it became legal to fly with CBD oil in the US. However, in other countries, that may not be the case. CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a compound found in varieties of the cannabis plant, both hemp, and marijuana; although CBD that’s legal in the United States contains less than 0.3% THC concentrations, which means it won’t cause a psychoactive reaction, many countries still consider this compound a controlled substance.
For years, the TSA banned traveling with any form of cannabis product. Recently, however, they updated the information on their website, making it clear that you can now travel with CBD oil and hemp-derived, FDA approved medication. In short, products that are FDA approved or contain hemp-derived CBD oil are generally legal in the United States, so passengers can legally carry these items on their flights.
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When traveling by air, you need to be more cautious, especially when you plan to carry CBD oil in your carry on or checked luggage. First, pack wisely so that your CBD oil is easily accessible should airport authorities ask to see them. Make sure to bring your certificate of analysis, and have it readily available, as proof that your CBD oil is within the legal federal limits.
Additionally, long and international flights can trigger jet lag, especially if you are not well-rested prior to your travel. Here again, CBD may be a useful item to pack in your suitcase, since many people report improved sleep after using CBD.
Flying is a very stressful experience for animals because their movement is restricted and they are in an unfamiliar environment. Recently, the Humane Society suggested that giving your pets a dose of CBD when traveling could help them cope with the stress of air pressure changes, rough handling, and other stressful situations. Just be sure to discuss any new supplements with your veterinarian before providing any CBD to your pet.
Why the sudden change? The TSA update was a result of the FDA approving a drug, called Epidiolex, that contains CBD oil. (Epidiolex is an effective treatment for seizures in children with epilepsy.) Basically, when traveling within the United States, you can fly with your CBD oil, as long as the product you have is produced within the regulations set out by TSA.
Here’s the status of flying with CBD oil in the U.S. as of January 2020, according to the TSA’s website:
“Consumers can consider traveling with CBD products to be the same as traveling with any other over-the-counter supplements,” says Joshua Bauchner, Canafarma Corp. Legal Counsel. “TSA guidelines as of January 2020 specifically state that consumers can travel with CBD products as long as they contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis, or that are approved by the FDA.”
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International rules and regulations on CBD are less clear, so if you’re looking to travel abroad with CBD oil you’ll need to research the laws of the country you’re traveling to. However, professionals strongly advise to err on the side of caution and leave products with any cannabinoids (including hemp-derived oils) at home, especially because some countries have much stricter drug laws.
According to Tutkus, you should also ask the following questions: