If you use CBD regularly and you’re getting ready to travel, you probably want to know if you can fly with CBD. What are the rules? Many of CBD users may be wondering if CBD is allowed on a plane, safe to store in checked luggage, and they won’t be hauled off by TSA agents anytime during the process. Read the new post on how to travel with CBD oil products. Even though many people aren’t flying nowadays, the question still arises: can I fly with CBD? Here's what's currently allowed and in compliance with state and TSA guidelines.
Can I Fly With CBD?
If you use CBD regularly and you’re getting ready to travel, you probably want to know if you can fly with CBD. What are the rules? Which type of CBD is best to fly with?
Good News: the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has already commented positively on the legality of flying with CBD oil. (More on this below.)
If you fly with CBD within the U.S., the rules are pretty simple. If you fly with CBD internationally, the rules are not so simple.
Here are all the answers to any concerns you may have about flying with CBD.
Yes, You Can Fly with CBD in the US
There are a few exceptions we’ll get into further in this post, but the reality is that yes, you can fly throughout the US with CBD.
The TSA says as much on their website :
“ Marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law except for products that contain no more than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by FDA.”
Here’s what that means:
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, including the full-spectrum hemp oil products sold by Green Lotus, must contain less than 0.3% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). That’s the chemical in marijuana that produces the “high” sensation. Any level under 0.3% is generally too low for a person to feel.
Any such products can legally be carried through the TSA screenings you’ll find at US airports.
There are other considerations, though, if you want to fly internationally.
When Did The Law Change?
If you’re assuming that it’s still illegal to fly with CBD, that’s because the law only recently changed. In December 2018, Congress passed the Farm Bill , which legalized the sale of CBD derived from hemp, as long as the THC level is below that 0.3%.
However, the TSA didn’t comment directly until 2019. That’s when they updated their policy to clarify that yes, you can bring CBD on carry-on or checked luggage.
It’s Legal to Fly with CBD, But You May Get Hassled
In 2019, the government agency announced: “ TSA officers DO NOT search for marijuana or other illegal drugs … But in the event a substance appears to be marijuana or a cannabis infused product, we’re required by federal law to notify law enforcement.”
The TSA says it’s legal, and TSA agents should know the law. But what happens when a lot of people should know something? Some of them don’t. So it’s best to be prepared for a little extra scrutiny from the agent and officer who missed orientation.
Want to fly with CBD and not get hassled? Fly with the right kind of CBD. (Keep on reading)
Some CBD Products are a Better Choice than Others
First, no CBD pre-roll joints. It’s a joint: pungent green flower wrapped in rice paper and twisted on the end. Try explaining the botanical paradox of hemp and marijuana to someone who is very tired and very underpaid.
CBD Gummies and CBD Capsules , on the other hand, are a good travel option. They’re not liquid, which the TSA is notoriously strict about.
Also, make sure to keep products in their original packaging. That way, if a curious TSA agent does happen to stop you, you’ll be able to clearly and easily identify what you’re carrying.
Don’t Fly with CBD Internationally
Every country has different regulations. CBD is banned in many places, from Belarus to Bolivia. And several that allow you to fly with CBD have THC level requirements that don’t match the US’s 0.3%. General EU law requires consumable CBD to have a level below 0.2%, but some European countries go even further. Norway and France, for example, permit only CBD isolate, meaning a THC level of 0%.
That’s why we recommend leaving CBD at home if you’re planning to fly out of the United States.
Unfortunately, you may not even be safe if you’re flying into the US. In May of 2019, a 71-year-old grandmother heading home from Mexico and passing through Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was arrested for traveling with CBD oil and given a felony drug charge. She spent two nights in the DFW airport jail. At the time, customs officials said laws permitting CBD were still in the process of being implemented.
That shouldn’t happen to you now, in 2021. But again, just because something is legal doesn’t mean TSA agents and customs officials won’t give you a hard time. And we wouldn’t want that.
Can You Travel with CBD Oil Anywhere?
COVID-19 forced all of us into our homes and away from our favorite travel destinations. We all had to put a hold on our 2020 travel plans for the greater good. Now that the numbers are going down and more people are getting vaccinated, many eager travelers have their eyes on a summer 2021 vacation.
We have a new influx of CBD users who turned to the cannabinoid to get through the lockdowns. Many of them may be wondering if CBD is allowed on a plane, safe to store in checked luggage, and they won’t be hauled off by TSA agents anytime during the process.
We don’t want anyone to experience any more anxiety than is caused by traveling already. You will be happy to learn that traveling with CBD products is allowed if a couple of conditions are met. Follow this guide so you can take along your new favorite bottle of CBD oil along for your post-quarantine vacation this summer.
Can You Fly with CBD?
This question many new users will be asking themselves in the near future. The short answer is yes, as long as you comply with the regulations set forward by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
According to the TSA’s website, ‘Marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law except for products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by FDA.’ They go on to state that they must report any crimes to the authorities. As long as you are traveling domestically and your CBD products have THC content under 0.3%, you are good to bring along your CBD oil according to the TSA.
Bear in mind that the TSA is a federal agency. CBD is legal federally as long as it doesn’t exceed the allowed THC potency levels. There are still some states that don’t allow full spectrum products and CBD altogether.
Traveling with CBD Oil Domestically
Cannabis is still a complex issue. While under federal law, traveling with CBD oil with under 0.3% THC should be legal, but that didn’t stop police from arresting a 71-year-old grandmother at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. Texas allows the sale and possession of CBD products but they can still technically arrest people for having any amount of THC. People getting arrested for CBD oil is rare, but if you are going to a deep red state, proceed with caution.
If you are planning on flying with CBD in checked luggage or bringing it on the plane, check the laws of the state you are flying to. Cannabis laws are constantly changing, there are some pretty ridiculous guidelines regarding CBD. Be sure to check before you leave.
Can You Travel Internationally with CBD Oil?
Leaving the country is a little more complicated. You will need to do a comprehensive search before traveling. Traveling with CBD oil internationally is more complicated than just finding out the country’s CBD laws. Not only are these laws confusing and sometimes aren’t quite the same as the US’s, but some countries also don’t allow foreign CBD products into their country.
While Canada has legal recreational marijuana country-wide, they do not allow CBD products from other countries across their borders. Mexico on the other hand hasn’t fully legalized cannabis, but their CBD laws are more relaxed than those in the US and Canada.
Check before you fly. We advise you not to take any chances, especially when traveling internationally. If you do decide to take CBD into a foreign country and believe it is legal to do so, make sure it is clearly labeled.
The Benefits of CBD Oil for Travelers
Airports and planes aren’t the most desirable places, and the entire process can be extremely stressful. Many users have found comfort in bringing their CBD oil to the airport or traveling with edibles. CBD is taken to treat the exact conditions that planes and airports give anxious travelers.
Taking CBD to make the flight more comfortable. Many CBD users turn to the cannabinoid to help them sleep. Using CBD on a long plane ride can be a great way to create an easy traveling experience.
Tips for Traveling with CBD Oil
We want CBD users to take every precaution necessary when traveling with CBD products. ‘Can you fly with CBD oil’ in 2019 was a commonly asked question because it had just been legalized through the Farm Bill. We have more clarity in 2021, but it is still better to be safe than sorry.
- Travelers who want to take CBD oil or cream on a plane need to mindful of the restrictions on carry-on items. According to the DHS, ‘liquid or gel food items larger than 3.4 oz are not allowed in carry-on bags and should be placed in your checked bags if possible.’
- Most bottles of CBD oil are 15 or 30ml, these would be safe to bring with you on the plane. If you have a larger bottle of oil or a topical that exceeds the allowed volume, you will be asked to throw out your precious, and expensive CBD product before being allowed through security.
Know Before You Go
CBD users are used to doing their homework. We are confident that you will check the regulations for your destination before traveling. Remember that federal law doesn’t trump state law in some cases and just because a country has legal CBD, doesn’t mean they want foreign products inside their borders.
We are lucky to have access to CBD products in the United States. Taking CBD oil on your trip can make the experience much better, especially if you get stress out when traveling. Just make sure you don’t end up in handcuffs because you didn’t do a little bit of research before your flight.
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Flying with CBD: What is Currently Allowed?
The short answer: generally yes, as long as it is hemp-derived.TSA’s short answer to this question on Twitter is perhaps the most informative answer: “Products that contain hemp-derived CBD oil or are FDA-approved are generally legal & can fly.”
The longer answer is a bit more complicated!
TSA Guidelines for Traveling With CBD
According to the TSA’s official website, hemp-derived or FDA-approved CBD oil is generally allowed on planes. The product may contain no more than 0.3% THC, which is the legal requirement for CBD products. Since most commercial CBD products follow these strict guidelines, theoretically you should be able to fly with your CBD.
Of course, a TSA agent will not be able to immediately tell if a CBD product contains less than 0.3% THC. No on-site testing is done on the product. If you really want to fly with your CBD oils, CBD creams, or CBD gummies, but are worried they will be confiscated even though the guidelines have been followed, you can print off the official testing done by the company to prove the amount of THC. (All the products at Highline Wellness are independently tested and the results can be found on each product page.)
(By the way, did you know the TSA actually has an entire section called “What Can I Bring?” It’s very specific, from bug spray to blenders and everything in between!)
At the end of the day, it’s up to the TSA agent’s discretion whether or not they’ll inspect and allow the product. TSA says that they do not actively search for drugs, but if they are discovered during screening they can turn it over to law enforcement officials.
So can you travel with CBD oil? Yes!
And can you travel with CBD cream? Also yes!
But can you travel with CBD gummies? Yes, of course!
This is only true as long as you follow all proper storage guidelines and amounts as described by the TSA, of course. When it comes to CBD gummies, the less than 0.3% THC rule applies on a dry weight basis, which means they’re perfectly legal to bring onto a flight in either carry-ons or checked bags. (Don’t forget to bring the test results that prove it, just to be safe!) And in terms of proper storage, our CBD Oils come in 1oz bottles and our CBD Cream comes in a 1.7oz jar, which means they both pass the 3.4oz rule – more on that below!
We’re not totally in the clear for a full return to pre-COVID traveling just yet, but with rising vaccination rates and declining hospital cases across the country, many people are slowly but surely getting back into the travel game. Naturally, the big question is this: what are the rules around traveling with CBD? And more specifically, what about flying with CBD oil?
The answer to whether or not you are allowed to fly with CBD might be a little more complicated than you’d expect, but we’re here to break it down for you and let you know what is currently allowed and in compliance with state and TSA guidelines.
The Stress Factor
Now that traveling is becoming a safe activity again, CBD can be even more of a help when it comes to managing the potential stress around the uncertainty of traveling. The statistics about prevention and protection from vaccines, masks, and social distancing speak for themselves, but it’s still perfectly natural to be on higher alert.
Whether you’re jetsetting or hitting the road this long weekend, for many of us, this is the first time we’ll be traveling in over a year! While we’re sure we’re all beyond ready to finally get out of town safely again, there may be some stress and anxiety that come along with it.
Enter CBD! Many people choose to fly with CBD because they might use it to calm normal flying nerves or just as a part of their daily routines. It stands to reason that CBD can help promote a sense of calmness when faced with the new anxieties of traveling in a world that has been largely grounded for the past year.
Some of our favorite CBD gummies and oils for daily stress management include our CBD Day Gummies, CBD Anytime Gummies, and CBD Day Oil. Not sure which type of CBD is best for your needs Take our quiz to find out!
It’s not just us, either! We were thrilled to find out that our CBD Anytime Gummies were chosen as one of Travel + Leisure’s most-loved products by readers, stating that these “calming cannabidiol chews are not worth missing.”
Traveling With CBD Oil Vs. CBD Gummies Vs. Vapes
When it comes to traveling with CBD oils or CBD gummies, the TSA does allow both in checked bags and carry-ons, as long as the CBD is hemp-derived and contains less than 0.3% THC, as is true of all our products. If you’re traveling with any electronic vape devices or vape batteries, you must know that they cannot be packed in checked bags. Due to the potential fire hazard of these items in the cargo hold, they must be stored in your carry-on bags.
When it comes to the actual vape liquids and vape oils, the classic liquids rule apply: they must be in travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or even smaller. They should also be easily accessible in order to facilitate the screening process! If you’re bringing more liquids or oils than can be fit into these small containers, your best bet is to pack it in your checked luggage. We mentioned this above as well, but the liquids rule applies to creams and gels, too – something to keep in mind when traveling with CBD topicals.
State Guidelines for Traveling With CBD
However, you also have to take into account what state lines you will be crossing. CBD is still illegal in some states, so depending on where you are flying to and from, you might not be able to legally hold any form of CBD, regardless of its THC content. In this case, if you don’t want to risk your CBD being confiscated, it might be better to leave it at home.
Currently, Iowa, Idaho, and South Dakota are the only states in the entire US that do not allow CBD in any form. Other states, such as California, Michigan, and Georgia, do not allow CBD in food or beverages.
Tips for Flying with CBD
Bring a printed version of the ingredient list and independently tested analysis results, to prove that the product contains less than 0.3% THC. (Note: CBD Oil from Highline Wellness contains broad-spectrum CBD, which means it contains absolutely no THC.)
Research the states or countries you’ll be flying into, as their regulations may be stricter around CBD, regardless of the THC content, especially when it comes to international travel. Plan accordingly.
Plan to buy CBD when at your final destination, if it’s legal. Alternatively, you could ship your favorite CBD brand to your final destination so it’s there when you arrive!
Keep in mind that for the most up-to-date information on traveling with CBD, it’s always best to double check the medical marijuana page on the TSA website or even give your specific airline a call to find out their rules around flying with CBD oil, CBD cream, CBD gummies, or any other form of CBD!
Traveling With CBD Internationally
We’ve discussed flying with CBD domestically, but what about traveling with CBD internationally?
International rules and regulations on CBD are much less clear cut than domestic traveling with CBD, so the best course of action is to do your own research into the laws of the country you’re planning to visit. That being said, it’s best to be as cautious as possible when it comes to international travel as there is a great variance among drug laws from country to country.