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These days, more and more travelers are traveling with CBD, yet the regulations regarding CBD are confusing.
We asked Ed Donnelly, founder of AmourCBD, what travelers should know about taking CBD on their journey. Here’s what he had to say.
What You Need to Know About Traveling with CBD
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is the oil found in the stem of hemp plants which has the THC extracted to reach levels below 0.3%. CBD products have become an everyday essential and as travel begins to pick up, many people are unsure if they can bring their favorite CBD products with them. Here are a few things to keep in mind when bringing your CBD products along.
Consider state laws
Hemp’s classification changed under the 2018 Farm Bill from being considered a Schedule I drug, meaning it is no longer considered a controlled substance, thus making consumption, production, and transportation across state lines legal. In order to even be considered hemp, products have to meet very strict requirements.
For one, the THC percentage in the product cannot be higher than 0.3% otherwise it can be considered marijuana which is yet to be legalized on a federal level. Thankfully, AmourCBD products have a 0.00% THC guarantee and are produced in an FDA-regulated facility so travelers need not worry.
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—additional information pertaining to that can be found here.
While transporting marijuana across state lines is not allowed since it has not been legalized on a federal level, 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 qt bag.
Anything greater than 3.4 oz has to be stowed away in checked luggage. All AmourCBD products are less than 3.4 oz and can be brought safely on the plane. Additionally, CBD products do not need to be declared at the airport during domestic travel as they are federally legal in the United States.
Read more on TSA regulations on CBD.
Benefits of CBD for travel jitters
Why would travelers want to bring CBD along? Various studies have shown that CBD can be used to help alleviate symptoms associated with insomnia, anxiety, and some muscle pains. Whatever your fear may be, whether fear of heights, flying in general or uneasiness during turbulence, consuming products like AmourCBD’s 10mg Gummies can help significantly when conquering your flight.
Not enough legroom or stiff muscles? AmourCBD’s Pain Relief Cream, which is the very first FDA-registered CBD cream on the market, has an active ingredient of lidocaine which helps soothe discomfort quickly, and without residual smells. If you want to combat jet lag or simply want to rest on a long flight, travelers can also use CBD in place of products like melatonin.
International Travel Guidelines
When traveling internationally, CBD regulations can become a bit less straightforward. 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 ensure you are abiding 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.
Luckily, AmourCBD products contain 0.00% THC guaranteed, ensuring safe domestic travel. Keeping rules and regulations in mind when traveling with your CBD must-haves can help ensure a smooth and relaxing trip, especially during a time we need it most.
Author Bio: Ed Donnelly is the founder of AmourCBD. He is a proven senior healthcare executive with over 40 years of experience. From beginning his journey as a Registered Nurse working in NY Burn Centers, then moving into hospital equipment, medical software, and distribution, he has gained broad experience in product development as well as FDA and Regulatory Affairs. Holding the position of CEO at his last three companies and growing each company into successful businesses, he is most proud that his companies “did well by doing good”.
In 2016, Donnelly’s wife began experiencing chronic back pain after a bad fall. With an opioid crisis looming, CBD was the next best solution. While CBD did help his wife, many products on the market were of substandard quality, with no FDA monitoring, foul odors, and still containing THC. Wanting only the best for his wife, as well as other CBD consumers, Donnelly was inspired to come out of retirement and take the CBD world by storm. Soon after, AmourCBD was born.
The name, paying tribute to his granddaughter who underwent a heart transplant, ensures consumers that the products are made with love as the driving force. Hence, the company’s slogan “Show Yourself Some Love”. Taking it a step further, Donnelly invested the time and money in having the AmourCBD Pain Relieving Cream FDA registered, bringing clients comfort in knowing the product they’re consuming are produced under strict guidelines.