CBD products are some of the hottest on the market right now, for plenty of different purposes. They’re used to help people with a wide array of symptoms and conditions, such as treatment for general aches and pains, sore muscles, reducing inflammation, and to help you get a better night’s rest.
So if you’re on board the CBD train, you’re definitely not alone. But what if you want to pack in on your next trip?
Thoughtful Brands, a top producer of some of the highest quality CBD products, is sharing some of their expertise. Here’s the Thoughtful Brands ultimate CBD travel guide, and what travelers need to know before packing.
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What exactly is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, might be a little bit confusing to understand. That’s because CBD comes from the cannabis plant, or marijuana.
CBD is the second-most common compound in the marijuana plant, after THC, which is the component that gives users the feeling of being “high.” Although these two compounds come from the same plant, CBD is quite different from its cousin.
That’s because CBD doesn’t actually give you that “high” feeling, and instead offers other health benefits.
What is CBD used for?
As we mentioned above, CBD has many uses for different health conditions. There is actually FDA-approved uses for CBD for treatment of childhood epilepsy, but CBD is also used commonly to help quell anxiety and relieve various kinds of pain.
Some early research also shows that CBD can be used to treat schizophrenia.
Is CBD legal?
This is one of the many confusing aspects about CBD, because the compound does come from the cannabis plant. In 2018, a bill known as the Farm Bill actually legalized CBD, as long as it was derived from the hemp plant.
The hemp plant is in the same family as the marijuana plant, but it’s quite different. For example, federal law legalizes industrial hemp with less than 0.3% THC, while typical marijuana has up to 30% THC.
So yes, CBD is federally legal, as long as it’s derived from the hemp plant, and not the marijuana plant.
What you need to know before packing
While marijuana is still federally illegal, every state has their own individual marijuana laws. If you have a CBD product from your state, and you want to pack it to travel, make sure you know the laws of the place where you’re going.
But in general, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does allow you to fly with hemp-derived CBD products, in both carry-on and checked luggage. If you’re planning on international travel, it’s important to research the laws in the place that you’re going, before traveling with CBD oil.