CBD has become a common part of many wellness regimens — so much so that we try to take it everywhere we go, from the park to the yoga studio. But there are still a few grey areas when it comes to traveling with the plant-based compound. Since CBD is one of the many natural chemical substances found in the cannabis plant, varying laws between states and countries can be tricky to navigate; not to mention, the regulations that do exist are changing rapidly.
However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t travel with your favorite CBD products. It just means you need to do some research, be mindful of product labels and how things may change depending on your location, and store the product properly before transporting. From flying with CBD to determining where CBD is legal to packing CBD for a road trip across state lines, we’ve answered some of the most pressing questions. Let our guide help you travel with confidence.
Travel in the US is regulated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an agency of the Department of US Homeland Security. According to current TSA rules, flying with medical marijuana — including some CBD — is prohibited, as it remains illegal under federal law. However, CBD products that have been derived from hemp (and contain less than 0.3% of the psychotoxic compound THC), are okay to fly with.
That said, flying with CBD oils, capsules, and balms has only recently been allowed (the TSA updated its policies in May 2019), and travelers who wish to bring the compound along for the journey still need to follow specific rules — much like they do when flying with food and alcohol, medical equipment, sharp objects and other items identified by the TSA. It’s also a good idea for travelers to be aware of state laws across the US, as some do not allow CBD no matter its source.
If you’re planning to travel with CBD — and have already determined that it meets the TSA’s standards and is legal in your destination — the next step is to pack it properly. As with all other liquids that are being transported in carry on luggage, CBD oils and balms can be packed inside a carry on so long as they do not exceed 3.4 oz. in volume, and are able to fit inside a quart-sized plastic bag alongside your other liquids, aerosoles, gels, and creams.
Remember to keep your CBD in plain sight and in well-labeled packages (in case a TSA agent needs to confirm it has been derived from hemp). It’s also a good idea to bring a printed copy of your product’s certificate of analysis to verify the amount of cannabinoid content it contains.
You can pack larger quantities of liquids in a checked piece of luggage, but the amount of THC allowed in a CBD product doesn’t change depending on the suitcase it’s packed in. Again, always make sure you’re traveling with hemp-based CBD that contains less than 0.3% of the psychotoxic compound — and that you understand the laws of your destination.
Pro Tip: You can keep your CBD balms, drops, and capsules secure by packing them inside travel organizers and pouches.
Traveling by road with CBD may be less complicated than flying, but that doesn’t mean you should throw caution to the wind. While there may not be a TSA security point to go through, you still need to do your research about the legality of CBD in your destination (as well as any other states you may pass through along the way). The same goes for train travel: know what kind of CBD product you’re bringing, and how the laws may change across state borders.
Many parts of the world are still in the process of establishing official CBD rules and regulations, so make sure you do your research before embarking to a different country. In this time of transition, when laws vary from place to place, it’s best to err on the side of caution — the precarious legality of cannabis and marijuana in other countries means traveling with CBD across international borders is generally not advised. If you can’t find any definitive information about the laws in the country you’re traveling to, leave your CBD behind (there are plenty of ways to use it from the comfort of your own home).
When it comes to flying with CBD — or just traveling with CBD in general — do your research and understand what kind of product you’re packing. While many people have embraced the plant-based compound, many regulators are still deciding, so it’s best to be absolutely confident about the rules before you travel with CBD. Once you’ve done your due diligence, browse our collection of CBD products, designed to help you live better every day, to find one that will complement your next trip.
The information contained in this blog post is not intended as legal or medical advice. To understand CBD laws in your state, you should consult a licensed legal professional for advice.
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