Travel anxiety is very real, and many people suffer from it. It’s a combination of the stress and fear of visiting an unfamiliar place, which can trigger feelings of panic.
Though I am sure they’d love to travel and see the world, this is really limiting many people to travelling by car, train, boat or even on foot. For some, this is not a big deal; they accept their limitations and do what they can. Others wish they could overcome their anxiety about flying to broaden their travel experiences and this is where I think CBD oil can help.
What is CBD?
You’ve likely heard of CBD. Perhaps you’ve wondered what it is, whether it works, whether it’s legal, and whether it will make you high. All good questions.
In short, CBD is an active chemical ingredient of cannabis that comes from the hemp plant, which is in the same family as the marijuana plant. It is legal in the UK as CBD is not marijuana and it will not make you high.
It is a hemp-derived product containing less than 0.3 percent THC (the active ingredient in cannabis that is psychoactive makes you ‘high’).
While there is ongoing research into CBD products for medical use, early research suggests the compound can alleviate certain health conditions. It has been found to help with the likes of anxiety, insomnia, inflammation, and chronic pain.
CBD is available in many different forms, which allows people to tailor their method of use to their specific need.
Types of CBD available
Oils and tinctures
These liquids, usually oils, are infused with CBD and placed under the tongue with a dropper as this absorbs the compounds quickly. These are a good choice for anyone who can’t take pills or capsules.
Creams and lotions
CBD-infused topicals are used to treat muscle and joint pain. They can also treat some skin conditions, like eczema and psoriasis.
Capsules and pills
CBD capsules and pills are used for the treatment of seizure disorders and digestive issues. The one drawback with capsules are that the time from ingestion to it taking effect can take a while.
Gummies are one of the most popular ways to take CBD. They’re affordable, portable, discrete, and tasty. There’s also no guesswork involved: You know exactly what dose you’re taking.
Inhaling vaporised CBD oil, like e-cigs for CBD, is the fastest way to experience effects. Compounds are inhaled and absorbed directly from the lungs into the bloodstream. The jury is still out though, on whether vaping does damage to delicate lung tissue.
What are the pros and cons of taking CBD before flying?
CBD oil may lessen your travel anxiety and make you feel calmer, so it’s definitely worth trying. Having said that, it’s not advised to try it for the first time right before a flight, so I would try it out well in advance.
The rules around travelling with CBD products are still unclear, and vary from country to country. The last thing you want to do is be pulled over for questioning by the TSA, so an easy pre-flight workaround is taking some CBD gummies with you instead of a packet of pills.
What do you think? Would you give CBD a go? I’d love to know in the comments below.