CBD For Flight Anxiety: Everything You Need To Know
Flight anxiety is such a common occurrence, it’s reported that between 33% to 40% of all people experience some form of anxiety when flying. The fear of flying is actually called “aviophobia” and is classified as a type of anxiety disorder. And while you may not have a phobia of flying, there are still anxietities about traveling anyway.
CBD may be an option to consider using if you’re getting ready for a flight. There are varying strengths and formulations to try, but with increasing attention to the potential benefits of CBD oil this could be something worth exploring.
That’s why we’ve put together everything you need to know about using CBD when flying so you can safely and comfortably travel without any extra anxiety.
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What Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil, or cannabidiol oil, is derived from the hemp plant and classified as a type of cannabinoid. While these chemicals are commonly found in marijuana, CBD derivatives do not contain the psychoactive properties. This is due to the lack of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is what produces the “high” feeling.
CBD is extracted from the hemp plant to result in an oil being produced. A common industry practice involves using CO2 extraction for pure and concentrated CBD. This involves taking carbon dioxide and putting it under pressure and low temperatures which then transformers the gas into a liquid to extract the CBD oil.
There is also a process involving ethanol in which CBD oil can be extracted by taking hemp and putting it in a cold ethanol bath. These processes are often used to ensure higher efficiency and efficacy of a product. BATCH uses this process because we believe it harnesses more of the therapeutic benefits from hemp to create a higher quality product.
Is CBD Legal?
Yes. The 2018 Farm Bill redefined the use of hemp to allow for legal use. Any hemp-derived product under 0.3% THC is legal to possess, sell, and consume. However, any product over 0.3% THC is still considered to be marijuana and is federally illegal. It’s important to check your state guidelines to better understand how your state classifies CBD products in relation to the legal percentage of products containing THC.
Benefits Of CBD Oil
The benefits of CBD oil really do range depending on your medical history and intended use. Below we’ve listed a few top benefits backed by science including:
CBD Oil For Anxiety
Evidence from a 2015 review of CBD found it to be a useful treatment for anxiety disorders. The preclinical evidence from this study also supported CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, OCD, and PTSD if administered acutely.
CBD Oil For Chronic Pain
A 2018 study found that 15 of 18 trials demonstrated a significant analgesic effect of cannabinoids when compared to a placebo. A portion of patients also self-reported a 30% reduction in pain intensity (based on a scale of 0-10).
CBD Oil For High Blood Pressure
In 2017, researchers found that an acute administration of CBD (600 mg of CBD) can reduce resting blood pressure and even blood pressure associated with stress and an increase in heart rate.
Does CBD Help Fight or Flight?
Yes it can! But first off, let’s explain what the fight or flight response is! Also known as the acute stress response, this reaction occurs when we are triggered by an event or situation that we find to be terrifying in some fashion. We then are forced to either deal with or flee from this situation. It’s actually an innate biological response that we share with ancestors way before us. It’s the body’s natural response to high stress situations.
This is the physical response, but there is a chemical response that occurs as well. Our sympathetic nervous system is activated during fight or flight, and we release adrenaline and cortisol hormones as a result. You may also find that your heart rate and blood pressure rise in this situation.
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to activate receptors which then may have an impact on how your body responds to those stressors.
BATCH BRIEF: Your endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for regulating things like sleep, pain, stress, hunger, and more.
Can CBD Oil Help With Flight Anxiety?
It may! While every person is different with how they tolerate cannabis products, CBD oil is meant to relax without feeling high as with a THC product. You’ll want to look for products that are hemp based and below 0.03% THC which is the federally legal amount currently allowed.
Can You Take CBD Oil On A Plane?
Yes, as long as it is under 0.3% THC and/or approved by the FDA for other reasons (i.e. medical marijuana, prescriptions etc.)
You should also remember to check if your liquid or cream is under 3 oz if taking in a carry-on. It must be less than this to carry-on. If it's over, think about putting it in your checked bag.
How Long Before A Flight Should I Take My CBD?
Many CBD oils take a bit of time to work their way through your system. For a flight, you may want to think about taking your CBD an hour to two hours before your flight to feel the effects when you’re up in the air.
Think about the length of the flight, your tolerance to CBD products, and if you will want to take more. You should always discuss any new product with your doctor before starting. Below is a general how to for taking one of our tinctures like our Original CBD Oil.
How To Take CBD Oil:
- Squeeze the rubber end of the graduated dropper.
- Fill it halfway, then place the CBD oil under your tongue for ~30 seconds.
- This allows for faster absorption.
BATCH BRIEF: It may take 1-2 hours to experience full effects. Take more as needed. Most say 1-2 times a day is sufficient.
Other Benefits Of CBD
Researchers have found that CBD is actually very useful for those living with epilepsy. So much so in fact, The Epilepsy Foundation mentions the potentiality of using CBD to treat those living with drug-resistant epilepsy and uncontrolled seizures.
Aside from the known research, many are still examining the potential benefits such as:
Potential Heart Health With CBD
According to a study conducted in 2020, researchers found that CBD could be used to relax artery walls, which may help to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. This may build on a 2013 study which suggested that CBD reduces inflammation in arteries and blood vessels, which could prove to potentially prevent heart failure in the future.
Anti-Inflammatory Benefits Of CBD
According to a 2020 study on the antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol, researchers found that CBD may indirectly improve these symptoms. There was a reduction in the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which suggests that there may be a connection between CBD use and potential alleviation of inflammation.
Choosing The Right CBD Products
We have just the products tailored for you to have a pleasant flying experience including:
Calm CBD Oil Tincture - To ease your tension
This tincture comes in either 1,000 mg or 3,000 mg concentrations depending on your preference. The calm terpene blend is meant to get you back to a balanced state thanks to the Limonene, Nerolidol, and Myrcene.
Clarity CBD Oil Tincture - To keep you dialed in
Trying to work or read on the plane to further distract from anxiety? The Clarity tincture may be a great choice if you’re looking for that extra edge. This terpene blend contains Limonene, Caryophyllene, and Pinene in either 1,000 mg or 3,000 mg.
Gold Reserve Blend - A potent tincture that packs a punch
Our Gold Reserve Blend is our most potent tincture formulation to date. It packs 4000 mg of CBD in 1 oz while still maintaining the mild taste of our Clarity blend (Limonene, Caryophyllene, Pinene). We’ve also added 2000 mg of CBG to enhance the healing benefits of CBD. Your mind and body will love this one. It's not for the rookies, it's for the CBD connoisseurs.
Fly Away With Me & CBD
Whether you’re looking for help with anxiety on the ground or up in the air, you shouldn't have to struggle. It’s such a common thing that so many people deal with on a daily basis. CBD may present an alternative to your flying experience as long as you are researching cannabis products and understand and discuss your medical history with your doctor.
Remember, flying doesn't have to be a bad experience full of dread and anxiety. Our CBD oil tinctures are formulated with your peace of mind taking center stage. If you’re not on board with transporting a glass tincture bottle, we completely understand! That’s why we also have CBD Gummies and CBD Softgels to try at home and on your travels.