If you’ve discovered the benefits of CBD oil in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and acne, you’ll want to take it with you when you travel. However, this might not be as easy as it sounds since you might encounter a few problems if you decide to pack it in your travel bags.
Why everyone is talking about CBD oil
CBD is getting a lot of attention in the media right now, with many people talking about its medicinal effects for different conditions. At this stage, a lot of the evidence is anecdotal, although that is about to change. Many studies into the properties of CBD and how they might benefit people are currently underway.
What is the hype about?
CBD has been hailed as a potentially powerful treatment for conditions including depression, anxiety, menopause, and a variety of skin conditions, among others. People are increasingly in search of natural alternatives to the medications they are prescribed.
So, if CBD is so great, why haven’t we heard about it before?
For decades, the value of CBD was ignored as the cultivation of cannabis plants was prohibited by law. It was done in an effort to prevent people from using marijuana, which many say is a gateway drug, leading users to try harder drugs.
People spoke about marijuana in hushed terms, and its image was created around the stereotype of the stoner, someone completely high and unable to string a coherent sentence together. People did not want to associate themselves with any cannabis plant products, for fear of falling foul of the law.
Today, many states have decriminalized marijuana, and its use is more acceptable than in the past. The federal government also reclassified the hemp plant, making it an agricultural commodity instead of a controlled substance. This move was important for CBD products since they are derived from the hemp plant.
The hemp plant is not the same as the marijuana plant, although they both belong to the cannabis family. A hemp plant is rich in CBD but contains very little THC, while the opposite holds true for marijuana.
Getting to grips with the terminology
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a compound found in large quantities in the leaves of the hemp plant. CBD is rich in antioxidants and is believed to have antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic effects on the body.
THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the culprit that gave cannabis plants their bad name. This substance is what gives marijuana its mood-altering effects, which include a heightened sense of relaxation or a feeling of intoxication.
There is less than a 0.3% THC concentration in the oil produced from the hemp plant, whereas marijuana contains about a 30% THC component. For this reason, federal law continues to regard marijuana as a controlled substance, which is illegal.
Taking CBD oil with you on your travels
There are four factors to consider before you pack your CBD oil in your suitcase:
The TSA (Transport Security Administration), an entity that falls under the Department of Homeland Security governs all air travel in the United States In an effort to prevent acts of terror on board the nation’s flights, the TSA has strict regulations about what you can take with you on a trip, and what you should leave behind.
The current guidelines from the TSA state that you can take a hemp-derived CBD product on a plane provided it is manufactured in accordance with the laws prescribed by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. If you want to carry CBD oil in your hand luggage, bear in mind the regulations the TSA has regarding the transportation of liquids.
Another thing you cannot afford to forget is that not every state’s laws regarding CBD products are the same. Some states have gone as far as legalizing marijuana, while others have not. So, even if you’re traveling on the roads, you should know the laws in each state you’re passing through, as well as your destination state.
If you are traveling internationally, you must remember that the laws are different in each country, and it is your responsibility to find out what they are. Just because you successfully leave the country with a CBD product does not mean you will be allowed to take it into your destination country.
Some countries have stringent laws regarding products that come from any cannabis problems. The consequences of contravening these laws can result in hefty fines or even incarceration. Do the research to make sure this does not happen to you and ruin your trip.
Know your CBD product
Remember, the federal law states that CBD products can only be legal if they are derived from a hemp plant. If you are stopped and asked, you should be able to supply evidence that this is the case with your CBD product.
Since CBD is not regulated by the FDA, there aren’t strict labeling regulations for manufacturers. Don’t take a producer’s label at face value, as ‘THC free’ might not be THC free after all.
Buy your products from a reputable supplier who has a published list of ingredients as well as a Certificate of Authenticity (COA). It is even better if the supplier has a third-party laboratory report confirming that its products contain less than 0.3% of THC. Print this information ahead of your travels so that you have the relevant documentation available in the event of any queries about your CBD product.
Packaging your CBD products
When you’re packing, take the necessary precautions with your CBD product. For example, make sure you seal it tightly so that it does not leak into your luggage. Seal your product in a plastic bag. You should not try and hide your CBD products in your luggage, by placing them in among your other toiletries or concealing them in a pants pocket. Provided CBD is legal in your destination, you shouldn’t need to feel that you have to hide it from anyone.
Be prepared for a delay
It is impossible to distinguish between products that contain large quantities of THC and those that don’t by looking at them alone. They look the same, so there’s no way law enforcement or customs officials can make an accurate decision on the spot.
If you’re stopped, you might be held up for a while as they establish that what you are carrying is legal. This is not being done to inconvenience you; it is a necessary step in ensuring compliance with the laws of the land.
Don’t think you’ll cruise by
Companies like Disney Cruise Lines and Carnival Cruise Lines do not allow passengers or crew to carry CBD oil, regardless of which plant it is derived from. These are company policies, and they are within their rights to do so.
Always find out ahead of the trip if you are allowed to carry CBD according to the law and any other regulations that might govern your stay. When booking your trip, ask about CBD products and their permissibility. Having the information ahead of time will save you a lot of inconvenience.
To carry or not to carry… that is the question
While many people report having no problems traveling with CBD products, you need to ask yourself if it’s worth the potential hassle. The legalization of cannabis products in certain states and countries should mean that nothing goes wrong.
However, if you want to err on the side of caution, find out what your options are for getting CBD products at your destination. It might be simpler to leave your CBD at home and pick some up while on your trip. Make sure the supplier stocks your preferred brand by communicating with them ahead of time.
For those who need CBD for their anxiety or insomnia during the flight but are worried about carrying it with them, it’s advisable to use it before you board the plane.