Is it us, or does everything look a little greener these days? With the rise of pot tourism—be it dispensaries from Colorado to Maine or a South Dakota marijuana resort—and the normalization of cannabis (have you heard of Milk Makeup’s newly launched Kush High Volume Mascara?), the U.S. conversation about pot is getting a bit more, well, chill.
The newest trend is the use of CBD (cannabidiol) hemp oil, a non-psychotropic distillation of hemp said to mellow you out without getting you stoned. It’s legal (for now), comes in little bottles you can buy online, and is easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Epicurious went so far as to cook with it for a week, adding it to smoothies and soups, and even scrambled eggs.
So we started to wonder… Would CBD work as a stress reliever when you travel? Here’s what we know, and what we tried.
How does CBD work?
Therapeutic uses of CBD—which comes from hemp, a particular strain of the cannabis plant—have been researched for quite some time, because unlike THC, the active compound in marijuana that gives you that “high” feeling of euphoria and intoxication, CBD isn’t psychoactive. It doesn’t significantly alter a person’s state of mind, but it has been known to help reduce pain, inflammation, anxiety, and stress—which makes it a useful tool on the road, especially if you’re afraid of flying. (And who isn’t these days?)
Traveling with CBD
The first thing to understand is that airports, once you hit the security checkpoint, are subject to federal law. You can’t fly with marijuana, period, even if you’re flying from Colorado to California, two pot-friendly states. But you can travel legally with CBD. Remember, CBD is mostly made from hemp, a non-psychotropic strain of