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Can You Bring CBD On A Plane? 5 Things You Need To Know

Are you thinking about taking your CBD tinctures, CBD topicals or CBD vape pens on your next vacation or business trip? At Curaleaf Hemp, we are often asked if it’s legal to bring CBD on airplanes. Unfortunately, there isn’t one answer. CBD is 100% illegal in South Dakota, Nebraska and Idaho but legal everywhere else. But because CBD is such a new product that is often (and incorrectly) placed in the same category as marijuana by local law enforcement. It’s not surprising that there’s a lot of confusion out there.

Sadly, nowhere is the confusion more evident than the Transportation Security Administration’s own policy. Here’s the policy as it appears on the TSA website:

Do you see the problem?

1. According to the TSA, CBD is classified as medical marijuana which is illegal under federal law.

Despite the passing of the Farm Bill in 2018 which made it legal for industrial hemp to be cultivated in all states, the same protection does not apply to non-intoxicating CBD derived from hemp plants. Wrong or not, the TSA is still bound by the laws of the federal government which views CBD in the same category as medical marijuana.

Does that mean you should not attempt to bring CBD onto a plane? Not necessarily. We’ll get to the reason why in a minute but first, let’s explore another interesting point in the TSA policy:

2. TSA security officers do not screen for medical marijuana or other illegal drugs

Does this mean you can slide your vape pen next to the fountain pen in your brief case or pack your tincture alongside your travel size shampoo, toothpaste and shaving cream without a care in the world? Not at all. If the TSA agent sees something else in your bag that requires a search or you’re randomly selected to have your bag inspected, you put yourself at risk of getting caught with a substance that is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government and its agencies.

3. What happens if a TSA agent finds CBD in your carry on or checked bag?

While the TSA policy above is clear about CBD oil being illegal, we wanted to be 100% sure this rule applies to non-intoxicating CBD oil derived from hemp plant. To get some clarity, we called 866-289-9673 and spoke with Carissa at the Transportation Security Administration. Carissa’s Agent ID is 59937 and she couldn’t have been nicer. First, we asked Carissa if a person can be arrested for carrying CBD at an airport. Carissa wanted to be sure we knew was that despite popular myth, TSA agents do NOT have the authority to make arrests of any kind. Upon discovering CBD either in a carry on or in a checked bag, what a TSA agent will do is call local law enforcement for assistance.

4. What happens when TSA contacts local law enforcement about the CBD in your carry on or checked bag?

You’re going to be delayed. Depending on how far the nearest police station is from the airport or where the closest officer in the area is patrolling, you should expect at least a 20-minute wait before the officer even arrives. From there, Carissa from the TSA says it’s entirely up to the responding officer to decide if you’ve broken the law. If the local officer understands the local law, you will be free to keep your CBD and board your plane.

That’s great news, but since CBD is so new and the distinction is still unclear between CBD derived from hemp and CBD derived from marijuana (which still has less than 3% THC), getting caught with CBD at the airport puts you at risk for arrest. This is true even if you have a recommendation from your doctor or a medical marijuana card. You may have recently heard the story of the great grandmother from North Carolina who was arrested at Disney World for possessing CBD oil. While the charges against Hester Burkhalter were eventually dropped, the confusion about the legal status of CBD with local law enforcement remains.

5. What should you do if you don’t want to go without your CBD but you don’t want to put yourself at risk for getting arrested?

Provided you’re not traveling to South Dakota, Nebraska or Idaho, it’s perfectly legal to have your CBD shipped to your hotel or mailed as a Package Intercept as a Hold For Pickup at the post office in the city or town where you’ll be staying. This extra service will cost you but it’s a lot cheaper than missing a flight and paying a lawyer.

Are you still confused about whether or not you should try to bring CBD on a plane? You’re not alone. Carissa at the TSA said she gets calls every day from people asking the same question. To recap, if you try to bring CBD on a plane, you need to be prepared for one of three different scenarios:

  • Your CBD blends with your other toiletries and is not detected by the TSA agent so you and your bag pass through the security checkpoint without issue or delay.
  • The TSA agent discovers your CBD and calls local law enforcement which requires you to wait for an officer to arrive which puts you at risk for missing your flight.
  • The local law enforcement officer mistakenly classifies your CBD as marijuana and places you under arrest. In addition to missing your flight, you’ll incur legal fees and miss time from work to plea your case.

Only you can decide if bringing CBD on a plane is worth the risk. In the meantime, we’ll continue following the ever-changing laws and updating you on how they affect when and where you can safely travel with CBD.

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4 Reasons Brushing Your Pet Is Important For Their Happiness (And Yours)

Be honest. How many times a month do you brush your cat or dog? The American Humane Society recommends that short-haired pets be brushed 1-2 times per week and DAILY brushing for long- and medium-haired pets. If you’re following these suggestions, good for you, but we’re willing to bet that a lot of you are feeling like imperfect pet parents right about now. Brushing may not seem like something you need to do regularly but it’s actually one of the most important things you can do to keep your pets as healthy and happy as possible.

1. Brushing will give you the best chance for early detection of bumps, growths or parasites

Petting your pet is great but brushing your pet from head to tail is the best way to make sure you don’t focus on your pet’s favorite spots and miss anything. As you run a brush over your pet, take notice of any resistance and explore the area with your fingers. A bump or lump could be harmless or it could be a sign of something serious that you’ll want to have your vet inspect during your pet’s next checkup. Brushing your pet regularly will also help you spot fleas before they reproduce and ticks before they have a chance to attach themselves and infect your pet with a harmful disease.

2. Brushing your pet prevents hair balls

Cats and dogs are great at grooming themselves but they’re not so great at filtering the loose fur that they remove from their bodies with their tongues. Once swallowed, these small bits of fur enter their digestive systems. This is less of a problem for dogs and short-haired cats but when long-haired cats ingest too many strands of fur, they can form hairballs. At their best, regurgitated hairballs are nasty, especially when “discovered” first thing in the morning while barefoot. At their worst, hairballs can block your cat’s intestinal tract which may require surgery. Every bit of loose fur you remove from your pet minimizes the risk of hairballs and the uncomfortable (for you and your pet) hacking and wheezing that go along with them.

3. Brushing will give your pet a clean, healthy, shiny coat

A shiny coat is the sign of a healthy pet and regular brushing is an essential part in achieving it. That’s because brushing distributes the natural oils in your pet’s fur and prevents buildup. In the process of distributing the oils, you’ll also remove skin flakes that can dull the luster of your pet’s coat while stimulating blood circulation.

4. Brushing is a great way to bond with your pet, increase trust and encourage relaxation

When you brush your pet, you’re providing the same level of care and support they received from their mother. We’ll never know for sure if dogs or cats remember those feelings of being nurtured but the sooner you can establish yourself as the provider of this kind of care, the stronger your bond will be and the less prone your pet will be to anxiety. Brushing is also a way to connect with new pets and earn their trust. Some pets don’t like to be brushed (and may never will) but if you take it slow and reward their calmness with treats, you should eventually be able to increase the length of your grooming sessions.

If your pet likes being brushed, don’t be surprised if you find yourself getting even more enjoyment and relaxation out of your grooming sessions than your pet does. Sometimes we’re so focused on the joy cats and dogs bring us through their quirky actions or the affections they lavish upon us, we forget how satisfying it is to care for and nurture them. The end of a brushing session is the perfect time to give your pet a dose of CBD as a final reward that might help them maintain their calm, relaxed state.

While nail clipping and tooth brushing are tasks best trusted to experts, brushing your pet is something any pet owner can and should do as often as possible. Your pet can sense your energy so be sure to approach each grooming session with a positive attitude and try to view this important responsibility as an opportunity to give back a small portion of the unconditional love your pet gives you. After your pet is brushed and looking fabulous, we hope you’ll share a photo of the results with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

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Buying CBD Wholesale: What To Look For In A CBD Supplier

There’s no question about it: The CBD industry is on an uphill swing as far as market growth is concerned. Early in 2018, the Hemp Business Journal reported that the CBD market was expected to explode to at least $500 million in sales. Those numbers turned out to be spot on. According to Statista, the CBD industry had market sales of just over $512 million in 2018, and is expected to hit numbers of more than $800 million in 2019.

If you are working to get yourself established as a CBD distributor, now is most assuredly the time to get your feet wet. However, your biggest challenge will be to find a reputable CBD wholesale supplier that will give you reliable, quality products. As a distributor, your customers will rely on your supplier just as much as you do, so it’s critical to know how to pick the best. At Curaleaf Hemp, we’re a CBD wholesale supplier and have worked really hard to establish ourselves as a reliable brand.

Advantages of Purchasing CBD Wholesale from Curaleaf Hemp

When you’re trying to choose the best CBD wholesaler, there is a list of attributes you should be looking for. After all, the more in-depth your search efforts are for the best supplier, the more likely it is that you will end up with quality CBD products that will please your customers. We at Curaleaf Hemp pride ourselves on providing CBD that’s reliable in quality and composition, so there is never a question about what distributors or personal customers are getting.

Here are a few reasons you can trust Curaleaf Hemp as a wholesale CBD supplier:

1. Curaleaf Hemp’s CBD is Hemp-Derived with No THC

THC is the compound in cannabis that most sellers looking for wholesale CBD prefer to avoid, especially since THC is still illegal in the majority of states in the country. Curaleaf Hemp harvests CBD from quality hemp grown in Kentucky and Colorado, which means our CBD contains zero THC. Our state-of-the-art facilities are wholly managed by growers who cultivate more than 150 strains of cannabis plants, and our products are created by a development team who have many years of industry experience. Additionally, our CBD products are third-party tested to ensure purity and quality.

2. Curaleaf Hemp’s Products Are Infused with Essential Oils

Curaleaf Hemp offers a full range of CBD products, from oils and vape pens to lotions, topicals and tinctures. For flavoring and aromatic purposes, we only use pure essential oils. For example, you can find Curaleaf Hemp CBD vape pens and tinctures infused with essential oils of jasmine, wintergreen, ginger, clove, lemon and cinnamon. The beauty of using essential oils is they provide a natural combination of ingredients that our customers and business clients can rely on.

3. Curaleaf Hemp’s Products Are Made with Natural Ingredients

CBD is a natural product, so maintaining the integrity of that natural product means only combining it with ingredients that complement its quality. That’s why Curaleaf Hemp’s products are made with only natural ingredients. You will not find any artificial preservatives, sweeteners or flavoring agents in our products. Additionally, our CBD is non-GMO and free of trace metals and contaminants. The harvested CBD is tested before it’s used in a single product, and the finished products are also third-party tested to ensure absolute purity and quality before they go to consumers.

4. Curaleaf Hemp’s CBD is Harvested Through a CO2 Extraction Process

The CO2 extraction process is considered one of the most reliable ways to harvest CBD from the hemp plants that we cultivate and use. Many CBD retailers now include information about extraction processes right on the label. This has become the norm because consumers are educating themselves more about CBD and which extraction methods produce the highest-quality product.

Even though CO2 extraction is relatively new to the cannabis industry, this methodology has been in use in the botanical industry for a really long time. CO2 extraction is considered one of the more natural extraction processes because it does not involve the use of solvents, such as butane or propane. During CO2 extraction, the carbon dioxide is manipulated by temperature and pressure so that it can fluctuate between different states, such as solid, liquid and gas. Using carbon dioxide as a solvent, the hemp-plant matter is broken down and separated into different components that can be removed individually, which means the CBD is easily isolated into a usable form.

Most major market analysts believe the CBD industry will grow by at least 31% by 2020, according to Business Wire. The strong CBD market is expected to be highly profitable for years to come for CBD wholesale businesses offering high-quality products. If you’re ready to see your CBD business blossom, explore our wholesale product listings and all that Curaleaf Hemp has available.  

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9 Benefits of CBD Oil for Dogs (with Scientific Proof)

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to provide medical advice or diagnose or treat any health conditions. If your pet is experiencing issues with their health, please visit your vet as soon as possible. 

The average pet parent spends around $1,000 for vet care the first year of adoption, and another $200 a year for veterinary appointments, assuming one’s pet is relatively healthy. But if, say, your dog becomes ill, costs can skyrocket to thousands of dollars for imaging, surgeries or prescriptions. Thankfully, hemp-derived CBD is a scientifically proven and effective supplement that can help to reduce the symptoms of many common dog ailments.

Here’s what the science has to say:

1. CBD May Reduce Chronic Pain

A 2018 study published in Frontiers of Veterinary Science looked at how CBD impacted dogs with chronic pain from osteoarthritis. They randomly divided a group of dogs into three groups:

  • Placebo group (control)
  • 2 mg group (low dose for a medium dog)
  • 8 mg group (high dose for a medium dog)

The researchers administered a twice-daily dose for four weeks and noted a significant improvement in pain levels and physical activity in both the CBD groups relative to the placebo group. No side effects were reported.

2. CBD May Help with Anxiety

Many studies have been completed related to the anti-anxiety benefits of CBD. A group of researchers from the New York University School of Medicine reviewed thousands of studies on PubMed and found “existing preclinical evidence” that CBD can help people and other mammals with anxiety.

3. CBD Helps Mood Without Altering Mental State

When CBD comes from hemp—a non-intoxicating fiber of the cannabis plant—it contains less than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana that causes a euphoric high. And that trace amount of THC can be completely removed during the extraction process. But since hemp has such low levels of THC, it will not an altered mental state.

Instead, CBD promotes a general feeling of calmness and contentment. It works by interacting with cannabinoid receptors in your dog’s body to generate homeostasis (i.e., balance) in the body.

4. CBD Can Help to Alleviate Digestive Issues

Cannabis has been used for millennia to alleviate gastrointestinal distress. A 2008 study from the Department of Experimental Pharmacology and Endocannabinoid Research Group in conjunction with the University of Naples found that one of the benefits of CBD oil for dogs is by helping to reduce bowel inflammation that causes things like irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea and general intestinal pain. In randomized clinical trials, scientists induced inflammation in the subjects’ intestines, and then used an acute dose of CBD oil to reduce the severity of intestinal upset.

Another study, published in 2011 in the British Journal of Pharmacology, found that CBD reduced the vomiting reflex and suppressed nausea. The researchers believe CBD will one day be a widely accepted treatment for chemotherapy patients.

5. CBD Helps Dogs Feel Calmer During Storms/Fireworks

A 2016 study published in the Frontiers of Veterinary Science showed that many veterinarians are now suggesting CBD for dogs suffering from various conditions, including noise anxiety. Around 45% of surveyed vets said they feel comfortable suggesting CBD to pet parents.

Because CBD can help to reduce anxiety symptoms, it can also help dogs who are particularly afraid of loud noises. Check with your veterinarian and give the recommended dose (based on weight) 30 minutes before a known event.

6. CBD May Reduce the Occurrence of Seizures

A drug in which CBD is the active ingredient was approved by the FDA in 2018 to treat seizures. Keep in mind that the FDA requires substantial hard evidence before they approve new drugs. Studies show CBD is an anticonvulsant, which can help to reduce the occurrence of generalized seizures. One CBD-epilepsy study, published in the Journal of Epilepsy Research, does note that the variability of CBD products purchased is a concern. As of now, CBD is poorly regulated, meaning products purchased from the average vape shop or online may not contain the amount or quality of CBD stated on the label.

Overdosing is not likely a risk. But if there isn’t enough CBD in the dose, it will have no effect and you’re basically throwing money away. Do your research and be sure to choose products from a company that uses independent third-party testing to ensure you’re getting a quality product worth the price.

7. CBD Can Help Manage Mental Disorders

A 2018 review of CBD psychiatric research published in the Journal of Immunology showed that CBD has “anxiolytic, antipsychotic and neuroprotective properties,” which could help in the treatment of psychiatric disorders in humans. The conditions that CBD could potentially treat include the following, which can also appear in dogs, although they might not commonly be diagnosed as such:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Social and other phobias

8. CBD Can Help Reduce Inflammation

A study published by the International Association for the Study of Pain found that CBD therapy can reduce inflammation in joints, limiting joint damage caused by inflammation. Scientists are particularly interested in CBD for arthritis because it’s so difficult to treat. But studies also show that it can help other types of inflammation.

9. CBD Slowed the Growth and Reduced the Size of Tumors

Some dogs are prone to tumors and growths. A study of brain tumors in humans showed that a combination of CBD with radiation slowed tumor growth and reduced tumor size better than radiation alone.

A South African study of patients with cervical cancer found that CBD reduced the spread of cancer and caused cancer cell death while leaving other cells unharmed. Another study, this one in mice, published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, showed that CBD alone could slow the spread of tumors, also known as metastasis. This study did not, however, show any tumor reduction, so it’s important to note that the benefits of CBD oil for dogs with tumors are not well proven. However, studies are still ongoing and CBD may very well help your dog in conjunction with vet treatment.

The Benefits of CBD Oil for Dogs

Many studies support the benefits of CBD oil for dogs and humans, including clinical trials, randomized studies and controlled studies in line with the scientific method. But researchers caution those considering CBD to evaluate the quality of the CBD they’re purchasing to ensure they’re getting an appropriate dose, which is based on body weight.

Explore the benefits of pure hemp-derived CBD products for your dog and yourself. 

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What Is Hemp Used For?

Hemp gets a bad rap from its relation to the cannabis plant, however, the two plants are actually very different.

What Is Hemp?

Hemp, a member of the Cannabis sativa plant species, is one of the world’s oldest domesticated crops, before crops like corn and soybeans became a part of everyday life. The oldest known relic to man, according to Columbia History of the World, is a small piece of hemp fabric that has been scientifically traced back to 8,000 B.C. Its durability, versatility and cost-efficiency make it an ideal source for a number of different products and textiles. Switching to hemp paper, for example, would help preserve precious forests. Trees can take decades to grow, while hemp plants average about four months from seed to maturity and harvest.

The History of Hemp

Hemp was used at the founding of America, and it’s rumored that drafts of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were written on paper crafted from hemp, since hemp paper was widely used at that time. Boats used hemp sails, canvas wares were made from hemp fibers, and some of the first cars were even fueled by hemp. Clothes, fishnet, rope, sandals and more were created from the fibers and seeds of the hemp plant. Ancient China was among the first to record how they used hemp. As primary food sources for people in that area, hemp oil and hemp seeds provided essential amino acids that were often hard to come by in the traditional diet of the time.

Hemp vs. Cannabis: The Big Differences

Many people make the mistake of assuming that the hemp plant is the same as the cannabis plant because they both come from the Cannabis sativa family. However, names and appearances are where the similarities end. Hemp does not produce THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component of cannabis. Hemp actually produces CBD and terpenes, which have been shown to be beneficial for a variety of health issues, such as anxiety, chronic pain and inflammation, and even pet anxiety. In short, hemp provides all the benefits of the plant without the high.

The Hemp Plant Explained

The hemp plant has two distinct parts: the seed and the stalk. Both have different components that can be used for different applications, making it a truly versatile plant.

The Seed

The hemp seed has three parts: the nut, the cake and the oil.

  1. The nut is used in vegan milk products as an alternative to dairy, as well as in cereals, granolas and protein powders.
  2. The cake is used in hemp flour and pet foods.
  3. The oil is used for everything from fuel and industrial lubricants to cosmetics and food.

The Stalk

The hemp stalk also has three parts: the stalk, the hurd and the bast fiber.

  1. The stalk is used for paper products, cardboard and biofuel.
  2. The hurd is often used for mulch and animal bedding, but it can also be used for insulation, fiberboard and other industrial applications.
  3. The bast fiber is used to make clothing, rope, carpet, netting, shoes and more.

Hemp can be used for so many products, it’s a wonder that it’s been such a hidden gem for so long. The War on Drugs in America blacklisted hemp, so people began to use other sources for the same products—even though they often cost more and had a greater negative effect on the environment.

Hemp can be used for:

  • Clothing, including jeans, athletic clothes and even lingerie.
  • Paper, including cardstock, printer paper, notebook paper, sticky notes and more.
  • Oil products, including lotion, body oils and lantern oil.
  • Pet food and bedding.
  • Consumable products, including hemp flour and raw hemp seeds.
  • Plastic, including plastic grocery bags, packing materials and hard plastic items like CD cases.
  • Fuel.
  • Cement.

The CBD-Hemp Connection

CBD, or cannabinol, is derived from hemp plants. It’s a compound that has been shown to improve the symptoms associated with certain health conditions, particularly those that cause anxiety and pain.

Can Hemp Get You High?

Hemp cannot be used to “get high” or for achieving psychoactive effects. No matter whether it is smoked, eaten or vaporized, it simply lacks the chemical components that produce psychotropic symptoms.

Learn More About Using High-Quality Hemp Products

Here at Curaleaf Hemp, we’re passionate about the versatility of the hemp plant and how CBD can be used to provide relief that even traditional medications and treatment cannot. To learn more about CBD oil, vapes and topicals, contact us today.

We can help you choose the hemp-derived CBD products that are right for you.

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