The short answer for CBD travel on airplanes is, YES! The 2018 Farm Bill federally legalized industrial hemp and hemp-derived products by removing them from the Controlled Substances Act. CBD is however still considered an illegal drug under federal law for substance not approved by the FDA. According to the TSA website on medical marijuana, CBD is approved for checked and carry-on bags under “special instruction”. The THC % does matter as well as how much you are carrying, if you are flying domestic or international and regular liquid regulations. The website also states “The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.” So what are the regulations?
What TSA has to say
The products being brought must be lab tested and properly labeled or have a certificate of analysis. This is the only way your property can be legitimized. You could mislead a TSA officer or police officer and have it confiscated, or further action, if the product is not labeled correctly. Since it is impossible to distinguish if a product is CBD or THC it is important to not skip this step. Take a look at the TSA CBD policy to make sure you are in compliance. Vape products are approved for carry-on but not permitted in checked bags. Some CBD may not be edibles but actual oil or creams. Here is what TSA has to say about liquids.
“You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag and separating from your carry-on baggage facilitates the screening process. Pack items that are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in checked baggage.”
Can you travel Domestically with CBD oil?
Within the US borders, you are approved to take CBD products that are 0.3% THC or less as per the FDA. In May 2019 the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) ruled that flyers can now bring CBD oils with them on flights. Federal regulations do still apply as far as THC levels and that it has to be derived from industrial- hemp and not marijuana plants. You should also look at the CBD states laws. Even though some forms of CBD are federally legal, it can still be outlawed by state-level governments. Some states have not yet decided on exact regulations like South Dakota where CBD is not clear but should be avoided. Idaho and Nebraska also have outlawed CBD products of any kind. If you know the state has legalized recreational marijuana you can assume that state is open to CBD products.
Can you travel Internationally with CBD oil?
Unfortunately, CBD and THC products are not always legal around the world. You should always do your own research on the country you plan to travel to and be accountable for abiding by their laws. Most countries have decriminalized CBD. But again, in most cases, it has to be industrial- hemp derived. Some countries like Mexico say that CBD products cannot contain more that 1% THC while traveling with CBD oil in Canada has only legalized cannabis leafs and flowers and all other forms of CBD are considered controlled substances. While you should still check the legal THC % for each country, here is a list of 42 countries that have legalized industrial- hemp derived CBD.
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- Puerto Rico
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