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? 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. CBD is the oil found in the stem of hemp plants which has the THC extracted to reach levels below 0.3%.
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.
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.
CBD Across State Lines Now Legal, But Follow These Travel Suggestions
CBD (cannabidiol) is the oil found in the stem of hemp plants which has the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) extracted to reach levels below 0.3 percent. CBD products have become useful to many travelers, especially when travel is long or stressful.
If you’ve considered using CBD when you travel, read on to get an overview of the product and what you need to know.
Cannabis is a plant that makes a thick substance full of compounds called cannabinoids. More than 100 of these chemicals are in cannabis, and they cause drug-like reactions in your body.
CBD and THC are the most common cannabinoids found in cannabis products. THC and CBD are in both marijuana and hemp. Marijuana contains much more THC than hemp, while hemp has a lot of CBD.
We have two types of cannabinoid receptors in our bodies. THC binds with receptors — mostly in the brain — that control pain, mood, and other feelings. That’s why THC can make you feel euphoric and give you that so-called high.
CBD doesn’t cause that high. Instead, it’s thought to work with other elements in the body linked to feelings of well-being, especially useful for travelers. Studies have shown that CBD can be used to help alleviate symptoms associated with insomnia, anxiety, and some muscle pains.
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Several products are available. With a fear of flying, or unease during turbulence, products like 10mg gummies can help. Cramped legroom? FDA-registered CBD pain-relief cream has an active ingredient of lidocaine which can help soothe stiff muscles. To combat jet lag and get rest on a long flight, travelers can also use CBD in place of products like melatonin.
Keeping rules and regulations in mind when traveling with your CBD products can help ensure a smooth and relaxing trip.
Consider state laws
Under the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp’s classification changed from being considered a Schedule I drug: it is no longer considered a controlled substance. So consumption, production, and transportation across state lines is legal.
To be considered hemp, products have to meet strict requirements. The THC percentage in the product cannot be higher than 0.3 percent; otherwise it can be considered marijuana, which is yet to be legalized on a federal level.
When transporting hemp, the product has to be produced lawfully under the 2018 Farm Bill, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has to have issued approved regulations and procedures within that specific state. Each production plan was submitted individually by states.
Transporting marijuana across state lines is not allowed since it has not been legalized on a federal level. But travelers can still bring most cannabis-infused products with them, like CBD, as long as they contain under 0.3 percent THC.
Like most hygienic products such as makeup and lotions, the TSA requires that any products brought in carry-on luggage do not exceed 3.4 oz and are stored in a resealable, clear 1-quart bag. Anything greater than 3.4 oz has to be stowed away in checked luggage. So to avoid hassle, be sure to leave time while packing to comply with these rules.
Additionally, CBD products do not need to be declared at the airport during domestic travel as they are federally legal in the United States.
International travel guidelines
While it is legal to travel with CBD products containing less than 0.3 percent THC domestically in the United States, other countries have different laws regarding CBD use.
Before bringing CBD products along for international travel, check on the regulations of the country you are traveling to in order to abide by that country’s laws. If you are unsure, professionals suggest leaving CBD products at home since many countries have stricter CBD-related drug laws than the United States.
Check for THC in CBD products
Be sure to double check the ingredients of your CBD products before travel. As previously stated, CBD products containing less than 0.3 percent THC are federally legal, but CBD products containing higher doses of THC can vary in legality by state. Especially when traveling to or from a state where marijuana is legal, make sure to check your CBD products for their THC levels.