Seven hour-long episodes of Poldark downloaded; Bluetooth headphones charged and ready to go; and a book just in case we’re stuck on the tarmac for longer than expected. I’m so prepared, my flight anxiety is basically at zero.
As for my pup, Oakley, she’s totally fine traveling with me…well, except for that tiny little portion of the trip when the plane’s ascending or descending. I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure it has to do with the change in pressure because as soon as we plateau, she relaxes. But during takeoff and landing, Oakley is freaking the hell out, whimpering and shedding like never before. Poor baby.
My sweet Pekingese-Dachshund mix has been prescribed “puppy Prozac” from a vet before, and while it definitely quells her anxiety, it also zonks her out for the entire day. So, on my most recent flight, I decided to try something more holistic: CBD-infused hemp oil.
Before you call me the next Pablo Escobar (or the cops), you should know that hemp-derived CBD (cannabidiol) is legal in all 50 states. It’s non-psychoactive, and you don’t even need a medical card to buy it. While I couldn’t get a vet to recommend any products (they’re not legally allowed to at this point), one did tell me—off the record—that if you get your CBD oil from a reputable company, it honestly couldn’t hurt to try.