Whether you and your family are in need of a change in scenery or you’re enjoying a romantic, getaway at a nearby Airbnb, even short-distance travel can be a wonderful way to break out of a rut and decompress. To have the best, safest time possible, you’ll want to take certain, CDC-advised precautions for your health. At the same time, you might find that it’s tough to wind down from the daily grind — and all of the challenging aspects of this past year that can be difficult to shake. And you might want to make the most of your trip by bolstering your immunity, guarding against stress, and getting quality sleep. In short, there’s a solid case for ensuring you bring your favorite CBD routine on the road.
Here you’ll find five reasons to include your go-to CBD products when you pack your suitcase.
If you’re traveling domestically, you don’t have to worry that you’ll be breaking any laws by bringing a hemp-derived CBD product with you. The Federal 2018 Farm Bill (the Agricultural Act of 2018) legalized the production and sale of hemp bred with 0.3% percent or less THC. The industrial hemp plants Equilibria uses meets this requirement, and our full-spectrum, whole-flower hemp CBD products are completely federally legal.
That said, marijuana-derived CBD products (those with over 0.3% THC) are illegal under federal law and under state law — except in states where medical and/or recreational cannabis is legal.
It can help with on-the-road stress and anxiety relief
Chronic stress is a staple of most of our lives, and because it affects us both mentally and emotionally, it can impede on the ability to be fully present while attempting to enjoy a break from your usual routine. And frequent, if not constant, low-level, anxiety might have become a familiar feeling in the past year.
Thankfully, activating the endocannabinoid system (ECS) with CBD can bolster how you cope with both stress and anxiety. As Project CBD explains, “The endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in regulating a broad range of physiological processes that affect our everyday experience — our mood, our energy level, our intestinal fortitude, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, how we experience pain, stress, hunger, and more.”
And when you’re faced with situational stress on the road — be that hitting bad traffic or contending with unruly, tired kids — CBD can help to directly combat the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol, according to research. In turn, reducing the amount circulating in the blood.
Plus, CBD will support storing the body’s own natural endocannabinoid anandamide, which can be compromised by stress. Nicknamed the “bliss” molecule, anandamide is produced when you work up a satisfying sweat at the gym or eat chocolate.
You could get better quality sleep
Being off-routine and in a different place is often a recipe for missing out on Zs. But CBD can serve as a powerful sleep aid. In 2019, participants in a comprehensive research study by Project CBD found that:
- CBD helped them get to sleep more quickly. Reducing the average time from about an hour to 20 minutes.
- They also reported waking up much less often: 1.4 times per night versus 4.3 or about a third as many times.
- Without CBD, almost three-quarters of participants reported waking up tired; with CBD, 9% reported waking up tired.
It could offer a natural energy boost
If a long car ride has sapped your get-up-and-go or you’re feeling burned out from all the prep leading up to your trip, reaching for a targeted CBD product can help you feel revitalized. Consider Equilibria’s Dynamic Roller Duo, featuring the company’s proprietary essential oil blends. Each multi-purpose roller offers 75mg of full-spectrum, premium CBD to relieve pressure points, regulate mood, and ease topical discomfort. If you’re looking to reset and get a boost of energy, reach for the Energizing Roller Duo which features Peppermint + Jasmine + Lemon essential oils and coconut oil to soothe and smooth the skin.
It can soothe achy muscles
As much as we can dream that setting up an auto-reply on your work email would automatically lead to all that tension being released from your tired muscles, it just doesn’t work that way. But packing topical CBD can help you loosen up. Great for aches, pains, and cramps, Equilibria’s fast-acting, better-than-topical cream packs 500mg CBD per 1oz jar and is formulated with Colorado-grown, activated full-spectrum hemp flower oil, coconut oil, shea butter, arnica, menthol, lavender, rosemary and absorbs into the skin without entering the bloodstream.
The bottom line
Though even the briefest trip can be an opportunity to take a time-out from the usual stressors of daily life, it never hurts to have your go-to self-care products to ensure that you’re feeling your best while away from home. Given the bevy of benefits it offers, there’s no doubt that bringing your favorite CBD products — be that your Daily Drops or a topical — is a must.