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More travelers turn to CBD to relieve travel anxiety

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Air travel in the post–9/11 era was fraught with anxiety, and a concomitant pharmaceutical remedy for said anxiety: benzodiazepines, often prescribed by doctors for those who had a fear of flying. Recently, anxious travelers have been turning to a new, natural alternative: Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, which is a chemical in the cannabis plant that reputedly makes users feel more relaxed without the psychoactive effects of marijuana's other chemicals.

Drop into a dispensary in a state in which marijuana is legal, and you are likely to find CBD chews or oil marketed as travel anxiety treatments. For those who live in states where marijuana is technically illegal, the rapid decriminalization of the drug have made it more accessible; some states, including New Mexico, have not legalized marijuana but can sell CBD derivatives under certain circumstances.

Monique Lewis, who lives in New York City, told Salon she uses a brand called Chilyo — a skin serum infused with Cannabidiol — on her earlobes and eyes to calm her anxiety before traveling.


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