CBD (cannabidiol) is the oil found in the stem of hemp plants which has the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) extracted to reach levels below 0.3%. CBD products have become useful to many travelers, especially when travel is long or stressful.
If you’ve considered using CBD when you travel, read on to get an overview of the product and what you need to know.
We have two types of cannabinoid receptors in our bodies. THC binds with receptors — mostly in the brain — that control pain, mood, and other feelings. That’s why THC can make you feel euphoric and give you that so-called high.
CBD doesn’t cause that high. Instead, it’s thought to work with other elements in the body linked to feelings of well-being, especially useful for travelers. Studies have shown that CBD can be used to help alleviate symptoms associated with insomnia, anxiety, and some muscle pains.
Several products are available. With a fear flying, or unease during turbulence, products like 10mg gummies can help. Cramped legroom? FDA-registered CBD pain-relief cream has an active ingredient of lidocaine which can help soothe stiff muscles. To combat jet lag and get rest on a long flight, travelers can also use CBD in place of products like melatonin.
Keeping rules and regulations in mind when traveling with your CBD products can help ensure a smooth and relaxing trip.
Consider state laws
Under the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp’s classification changed from being considered a Schedule I drug: it is no longer considered a controlled substance. So consumption, production, and transportation across state lines is legal.
To be considered hemp, products have to meet strict requirements. The THC percentage in the product cannot be higher than 0.3 percent; otherwise it can be considered marijuana, which is yet to be legalized on a federal level.
When transporting hemp, the product has to be produced lawfully under the 2018 Farm Bill, and the USDA has to have issued approved regulations and procedures within that specific state. Each production plan was submitted individually by states.
Transporting marijuana across state lines is not allowed since it has not been legalized on a federal level. But travelers can still bring most cannabis-infused products with them, like CBD, as long as they contain under 0.3% THC.
Like most hygienic products such as makeup and lotions, the TSA requires that any products brought in carry-on luggage do not exceed 3.4 oz and are stored in a resealable, clear 1-quart bag. Anything greater than 3.4 oz has to be stowed away in checked luggage. So to avoid hassle, be sure to leave time while packing to comply with these rules.
Additionally, CBD products do not need to be declared at the airport during domestic travel as they are federally legal in the United States.
International travel guidelines
While it is legal to travel with CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC domestically in the United States, other countries have different laws regarding CBD use.
Before bringing CBD products along for international travel, check on the regulations of the country you are traveling to in order to abide by that country’s laws. If you are unsure, professionals suggest leaving CBD products at home since many countries have stricter CBD-related drug laws than the United States.
Check for THC in CBD products
Be sure to double check the ingredients of your CBD products before travel. As previously stated, CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC are federally legal, but CBD products containing higher doses of THC can vary in legality by state. Especially when traveling to or from a state where marijuana is legal, make sure to check your CBD products for their THC levels.