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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. (See the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334.)  TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law to local, state or federal authorities. 

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A Traveler's Guide to CBD

CBD is many a traveler's secret weapon to ward off jet lag, flight anxiety, or muscle aches — but crossing borders with it can be complicated. Here's what to know and the best products to try.

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If you've ever sat on a runway and wished you could eat a piece of candy that would somehow quell your flight anxiety , then we have excellent news: You can. We'd like to formally introduce you to the world of travel CBD. It's not too good to be true — you really can find delicious CBD gummies to help you relax or even combat anxiety, which is why CBD has become quite popular among travelers.

However, the world of CBD isn't without nuance. CBD comes in a variety of forms — from gummies and pills, to tinctures and body lotions — and different dosages. The right dose or product for someone looking to relax in business class with an in-flight movie might be different than the type of CBD you'd need to fall asleep while battling jet lag . There are also legal implications of CBD to consider. It's now widely used in the U.S., but regulations vary from state to state, and CBD is still illegal in many countries.

To help you navigate CBD for travel , we've put together an introductory guide to CBD, explaining what exactly CBD is, how to fly with CBD, where you can travel with CBD, and what the best CBD products for travelers are.

What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is an active ingredient in marijuana. However, CBD does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the "psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana that produces a high," per the Mayo Clinic . CBD is not always derived from the same plant; you can find both hemp-based CBD and marijuana-derived CBD.

Sixty percent of CBD users take it specifically for anxiety. It's also been used to treat epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and insomnia, among other ailments and conditions.

You can take CBD orally or apply it topically. You'd generally take CBD orally if, for example, you were combatting anxiety on a flight. However, you might choose to use CBD topically when you arrive at your destination and are trying to ease post-flight muscle aches.

For those interested in ingesting CBD, CBD oils or tinctures are very common — you simply put a drop or two on your tongue, or you might even add a tincture to your beverage. There are also chewables (gummies) or CBD pills you can take. Finally, you can smoke or vape CBD, though not while traveling by plane.

Why does CBD appeal to travelers?

Before we get into the legality of flying or road tripping with CBD, let's talk about why CBD is growing in popularity among travelers. First and foremost, it's become a common remedy for travel anxiety. Whether you're a nervous flier who dreads turbulence, or someone who gets wound a little tight when traveling with family, CBD is a popular way to release some tension in your shoulders and get back to having a great travel experience. For travelers up against significant time differences, there are also fatigue-inducing CBD products to help you find sleep when your internal body clock is completely out of whack. Finally, travelers who are constantly dealing with traveling aches and pains (too many hours in a car or plane, or too many nights on an Airbnb mattress) might turn to CBD — topical or ingestible — to ease their body aches.

Can you take CBD on a flight?

When traveling with CBD, the most important thing to remember is that the legality of these products changes based on your location. In the U.S., CBD is legal at the federal level and has been since 2018. Most states will allow possession of hemp-based CBD, because CBD derived from hemp is guaranteed to have less than 0.3 percent THC. However, if you're traveling to a state that you know has strict marijuana regulations, research the state laws before bringing CBD — and make sure your CBD products are devoid of THC.

When traveling outside the U.S., rules shift on a per-country basis. CBD is illegal in a few European countries — including Iceland, Monaco, and Montenegro — and Asian countries such as Cambodia and Vietnam. Most African and Middle Eastern countries have banned all cannabis products, CBD included — though Lebanon legalized medical marijuana in 2020 , and CBD products are legal under certain conditions in South Africa .

Within the U.S., you can fly with CBD products that contain less than 0.3 percent THC. However, TSA rules very much apply, in that any liquids (oils, tinctures, creams) must be less than 3 ounces. You can bring a CBD vape pen through airport security in your carry-on, but not in your checked baggage.

The best rule of thumb when traveling with CBD is to research whether your destination (and any countries or states you are traveling through to get to your destination) allow CBD. You should also make sure to thoroughly understand the products in your possession, and whether they contain any THC or are purely CBD.

CBD Products for Travelers

Here comes the fun part — what are the best CBD products for travelers? From gummies made in Maui that taste as good as the peach rings of your youth to sleepy time CBD pills to topical CBD cream to soothe your spasms, these are the best introductory CBD products for travelers.

Verma Farms Peachy Pau Hana Gummies

Verma Farms makes some of the best-tasting CBD gummies on the market. Verma Farms' gummies vary in terms of size and dosage. Their peach rings are each 25 milligrams, which is a fairly hearty dose (making it a great bedtime gummy). If you're looking for a smaller dose to unwind, just eat half a peach ring, or try their CBD gummy bears , which are 12.5 milligrams.

To buy : $60, vermafarms.com

Highline Wellness CBD Gummies

Highline Wellness' 10-milligram CBD gummy bears are a Travel+Leisure editor favorite . Anxious travelers will love the sense of calm that comes with popping one of these into your mouth as your flight takes off. They're all-natural and made from hemp — and they taste great. You can also buy the 20-milligram version of these gummies.

To buy : $35, highlinewellness.com

Fab PM Chews

CBD gummy enthusiasts love the flavor of Fab chews — and their PM gummies are perfect for the jet-lagged traveler who needs to get some sleep, or fliers trying to sleep on a red-eye. These gummies contain melatonin.

To buy : From $89, fabcbd.com

Lord Jones CBD Tincture

Lord Jones is a well-regarded, hemp-based CBD brand. Their vegan, sugar-free, alcohol-free tinctures come in two flavors: lemon and peppermint. Both flavors are calming, and you can place a dropper full (10 milligrams) on your tongue for optimal relaxation.

To buy : $55, lordjones.com

My Soul CBD Capsule Travel Packs

My Soul CBD sells travel packs specifically for those on the go. The travel packs make it easy to slip a few capsules in your toiletry case without having to bring the whole bottle. Their Alert CBD capsules perhaps aren't what you'd first think of as a travel remedy. But these capsules are all about clearing your mind and keeping you calm and focused, which might be exactly what you need if you're trying to work on the plane or tackle a day of sightseeing after a red-eye.

To buy : $30, mysoulcbd.com

Laura's Homestead Alternatives Topical CBD Lotion

If you're someone who — no matter how many travel pillows or compression socks you try — has a kink in your neck after traveling, or pain in your back from a hotel bed, topical CBD lotion is worth trying. This all-natural CBD cream meant to reduce muscle soreness and inflammation is, of course, travel-sized to be TSA compliant.

To buy : $43, laurasmercantile.com

Beam CBD Recovery Capsule

Another remedy for travel-fatigued muscles is Beam's CBD Recovery Capsule. While marketed as a workout recovery CBD product, the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients are perfect for a traveler recovering from a longhaul flight.

To buy : beamlc.com

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Can You Bring CBD on a Plane? (TSA Rules) [2024]

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an absolute lifesaver for many people facing serious medical conditions but can you actually bring it on a plane legally or will TSA confiscate it and potentially arrest you?

In this article, we’ll take a look at whether or not you can bring CBD on a plane and I’ll give you some tips and insight into bringing the different types (oils, creams, tinctures, etc.) with you so that you’ll know exactly what to expect.

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Can You Bring CBD on a Plane?

Bringing CBD on a plane can be complex due to the interplay of federal, state, and TSA regulations.

At the federal level, CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC are legal. However, state laws regarding CBD can vary significantly, with some states imposing stricter regulations. Therefore, it’s crucial to research the laws of both your departure state and your destination state to ensure compliance.

While the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) doesn’t actively search for CBD during security checks, if they discover it and suspect it violates state or federal laws, they could refer the matter to law enforcement. However, many travelers successfully bring CBD on planes without issue.

Thus, while it’s feasible to bring CBD on a plane, it’s essential to understand the associated regulations and risks.

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TSA’s purpose

TSA stands for “Transportation Security Administration” and the  purpose  is to “strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems while ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce.”

TSA is concerned about dangerous threats such as explosives and not with enforcing laws and penal codes.  This is why they do not  check for arrest warrants .

So TSA agents are not actively going to search your carry-on bag or  personal item  for CBD. Plus, because CBD is not psychoactive like marijuana containing THC, it’s considered less of a “drug” to many.

Therefore, individuals may have more leeway when it comes to CBD even if they are operating in somewhat of a gray area of the law.

Related: Do TSA Officers Have Guns & Arrest Powers?

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The federal status of CBD

Thanks to the 2018 federal Farm Bill , hemp-derived CBD is legal at the federal level. However, these CBD products must contain less than 0.3% of THC.

Keep in mind that the law applies to hemp-derived CBD and not marijuana-derived CBD. According to the USDA :

“Marijuana and industrial hemp are different varieties of the same plant species, Cannabis sativa L. Marijuana typically contains 3 to 15 percent THC on a dry-weight basis, while industrial hemp contains less than 1 percent (Blade, 1998; Vantreese, 1998). Most developed countries that permit hemp cultivation require use of varieties with less than 0.3 percent THC. However, the two varieties are indistinguishable by appearance. DeMeijer et al. (1992), in a study of 97 Cannabis strains, concluded that short of chemical analysis of the THC content, there was no way to distinguish between marijuana and hemp varieties” .

So the bottom line is that if your CBD is extracted from a cannabis plant that has more than .3% THC, then the DEA will consider it to be a federally restricted Schedule I substance.

Since you are in a quasi federal jurisdiction when going through airport security, you should be aware you’re violating federal law with CBD containing over .3% THC.

With that said, unless your packaging explicitly indicates that the CBD contains more than .3% THC, it doesn’t seem that TSA or law-enforcement would have the ability to know the THC percentage without conducting some type of testing.

And because TSA is not primarily concerned with finding drugs, from a federal perspective , traveling domestically with CBD is usually not very risky.

Related:  TSA Marijuana Rules Explained (Flying with Weed)

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Just like with marijuana, state laws can differ widely when it comes to CBD. The good news is that compared to marijuana, more states have legalized CBD in at least some forms.

The trick is to be aware of what type of forms are legal and any conditions attached to the legality.

For example, some states may not allow CBD in edible forms such as in gummies or in drinks. Sometimes these laws are directed more towards restaurants and cafés but they could still apply to individuals.

States that are strict on CBD legality may require some type of diagnosis such as epilepsy in order to legally carry CBD.

They also might limit the type of CBD to hemp-derived CBD and to CBD that has a THC content no higher than 0.3% (i.e., the federal standard).

If a state has fully legalized marijuana for adult consumption, you can probably bring CBD products with any % of THC with you, subject to any limitations placed on quantity/age/etc.

You can use this map to help you check on the different laws for different states.

Just be aware that these laws can change rapidly so I would always advise to do a state specific search before traveling to see what the latest developments are.

Airport rules

Some airports have specific rules that prohibit marijuana within an airport. However, I’m not aware of airports that have CBD-specific rules.

Bringing different types of CBD on a plane

Since CBD can come in so many different forms you have a lot of different options when transporting it through airport security and on to a plane.

If you want to bring CBD oil to through airport security and onto a plane it’s going to be considered a liquid and be subject to the TSA liquids rule .

This means that your container can be no larger than 3.4 ounces and technically you should place it into a clear, quart size bag.

Because CBD oil could be medically prescribed, you might be able to utilize an exception to the liquids rule which allows liquid medication containers to be larger than 3.4 ounces.

Due to the somewhat gray area of CBD in certain states, this could be something that is YMMV. In other words, it may not be enforced consistently.

Although TSA does not require you to carry prescriptions with your medications, I would probably bring any supporting documentation such as a prescription, doctor’s recommendation letter, and medical marijuana license if I was worried about my CBD getting through.

CBD tinctures

Tinctures are one of the most common ways to take CBD since it only involves taking a couple of drops in the mouth.

These will also be subject to the liquids rule but typically tinctures come in small containers no larger than 3.4 ounces. Therefore, a lot of the containers will comply with the liquids rule by default.

The packaging on tinctures is usually pretty descriptive and specific so it will often clearly spell out that it contains CBD and perhaps even a percentage of THC.

CBD creams would also fall into the liquid category so the same 3.4 ounce rule would apply and medical exceptions could also apply.

Lots of CBD creams will explicitly state CBD on the label so there’s a good chance that if someone inspected your cream they would see that you are transporting CBD.

Because it is considered a liquid it’s possible that that could cause the cream to be given a closer look although the vast majority of TSA agents probably could not care less that you are traveling with CBD.

You are allowed to bring vapes on a plane and CBD vapes can look like any other type of vaping instrument so you may not have any problems bringing a CBD vape on a plane.

Just be aware that the batteries used in the vapes may not be allowed in your checked baggage. So while you could place a CBD cartridge in your checked baggage, you may need to bring the battery with you in your carry-on.

And in case you were wondering, you cannot vape CBD on a plane.

CBD gummies (edibles)

Lots of people rely on gummies or some other type of edible to take their CBD.

This is probably one of the easiest ways to transport your CBD because gummies and edibles can look like any other type of food or snack.

They can also easily be placed in either a carry-on or checked bag. And if you need to take some on the plane, it’s one of the easiest ways to discreetly consume your CBD.

Unless there is labeling on the food or packaging, somebody would have to test your edibles to verify that they contained CBD. That would be extremely unlikely when flying in the US as that is not a top concern for TSA.

CBD drinks are obviously going to be subject to the liquids rule. Drinks in the original packaging will probably display the CBD content.

Because of that and the liquids rule, it might be easier to transport CBD drinks in your checked baggage.

You are definitely allowed to bring plants on a plane so CBD in flower form is not off-limits.

The problem is that hemp-derived CBD flower can look just like marijuana which is 100% illegal in many states and airports.

Because it can be easily detected by the look and potentially the smell, you could run into issues with someone thinking that you are bringing marijuana illegally.

As the statement by the USDA states, it could require a chemical analysis to distinguish the two.

For that reason, I would probably try to avoid transporting CBD flower right now unless you are flying between two states that have completely legalized marijuana. And even then you need to be aware that some airports may restrict marijuana, not to mention the federal status of MJ.

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Knowing what is in your CBD

Unfortunately, not every manufacturer abides by the highest standards when producing CBD products. This means that in some cases your CBD may contain more or less THC than the label states or that you were led to believe.

In some cases, it might even contain enough THC to be tracked down by a drug dog (although that seems unlikely).

But you could imagine an instance where you believe you have legal CBD based on the perceived THC level but a chemical test is done that shows the substance has higher than .3%. After all, that is a very low number.

So the point is just to be extra careful about the type of CBD products you bring through the airport.

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How much CBD to bring?

Anytime you’re bringing something through the airport that is potentially problematic you should always seriously consider limiting the quantity you bring with you.

It’s one thing to get through with a couple of CBD vapes and some CBD gummies, but it’s quite another to transport pounds and pounds of CBD through TSA.

It’s just a matter of bringing attention to yourself and getting questioned about why you are taking such a high volume of CBD with you.

When it comes to medication, it’s usually acceptable to bring a quantity needed for the duration of your trip.

This rule of thumb may not apply when you are traveling for extended periods of time such as several months but for your average trip of a few days or maybe a couple of weeks, this rule allows you to offer a reasonable explanation for the quantity of drugs you have with you.

International travel

When traveling internationally, you really have to be careful with any type of drugs.

Some countries have some extremely strict rules for drugs that are otherwise 100% legal in the US. In some countries, getting caught with CBD could land you in jail with a hefty sentence.

For example, there was the soccer coach from the UK who was initially sentenced to 25 years when caught with CBD in Dubai (his sentence was brought down to 10 years, but still… wow).

My recommendation is always to avoid bringing banned substances into other countries.

Also, you need to be equally as careful entering the country as you would be leaving. For example, there were reports as recently as 2019 of people getting arrested at the airport with CBD when coming back into the country.

It seems many of those cases did get dropped eventually but some people have had to spend some time in jail during that process.

A lot of the CBD arrests seemed to be happening in 2019 which was just after the legalization of hemp-derived CBD in late 2018.

Since then, it appears things have potentially gotten better but you still need to remain aware that things might come up, especially if your CBD is confused for marijuana containing THC.

What if you are caught with CBD?

If you are caught with CBD the situation could play out a few different ways.

First, you may be questioned about it and have the opportunity to provide an explanation. Perhaps you could remind a TSA agent or officer that it is legal because you have under .3% THC.

Or maybe you have a prescription or doctor’s note that you can show and you can explain that you use CBD for a specific medical condition.

In another situation, an agent could throw the CBD out (rightly or wrongly) on the basis that it’s an illegal drug.

And there is always the scenario where you get referred to law-enforcement. As mentioned above, it appears law-enforcement is getting better about recognizing the legality of CBD.

However, if you were in a state where you are in possession of a prohibited type of CBD you could get fined, arrested, and taken to jail.

All forms of CBD are not legal in every state and only forms of CBD containing less than .3% THC are legal on the federal level. This means that you need to be careful when bringing CBD on a plane.

However, TSA is not actively looking to find drugs (including CBD) and there are several ways to transport CBD discreetly. Because of that, many travelers can carry CBD with them on a plane with very little to worry about.

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Daniel Gillaspia is the Founder of UponArriving.com and the credit card app, WalletFlo . He is a former attorney turned travel expert covering destinations along with TSA, airline, and hotel policies. Since 2014, his content has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, and CNBC. Read my bio .

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Can You Travel with CBD? Yes, With Some Caveats

Diana Edelman

Diana Edelman

July 17, 2023

More information about the remarkable benefits of CBD (also known as cannabidiol) over the years has catapulted this alternative medicine into the mainstream world. When it comes to travel, CBD has proven to be especially popular. It’s been touted for its benefits including helping alleviate the fear of flying to nixing anxiety from travel, as well as helping to eliminate pain and inflammation and more. Naturally, one of the most-asked questions regarding CBD is if people can travel with it.

What is CBD? 

CBD is a chemical derived from cannabis. Although both CBD and THC are derived from cannabis, THC creates a “high” or euphoric effect, while CBD does not. 

CBD is used to help control seizures, anxiety, pain, Parkinson and Crohn's diseases and more. Consumers can purchase CBD as a flower to smoke, cartridge for vaping, as well as tinctures, gummies, supplements, lotions, patches, and more. 

Is CBD legal? 

Yes…and no. 

First, you’ve got to understand the difference between hemp and marijuana—both of which come from the cannabis sativa plant. They both produce CBD. With hemp, the amount of THC is virtually non-existent; it’s another story when it comes to marijuana. In the US, marijuana is federally illegal because of the high THC percentage (though more and more states are decriminalizing it). 

In 2018, the Agriculture Improvement Act was passed, making hemp-derived CBD products legal on a federal level. It also removed hemp as a Schedule I substance and moved it to an “agricultural commodity.”

So, if the CBD is coming from hemp, then it is legal federally. In addition, the CBD must contain less than .3 percent THC. Hemp-derived CBD can be transported freely across state lines so long as it meets the criteria passed in the bill.

That being said, although CBD is legal on a federal level, not all states consider it so. For example, it’s fully illegal in Idaho (only legal with 0 THC and from mature stalks of plants), Nebraska, and South Dakota as of 2022. And, it’s only legal for medicinal use in Alabama (must contain less than .3% THC), Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee (must contain less than .6% THC), Wisconsin and Wyoming. 

The benefits of traveling with CBD

CBD can be particularly beneficial to people when they travel. 

For starters, since CBD is known to ease anxiety, it can help people with travel anxiety. It’s been shown to lessen the body’s response to stress. In addition, it also quiets the part of the brain that registers threats, making flying a more relaxing experience. For those who have never taken CBD before, make sure to use it a few weeks before flying to see how the body reacts.

Aside from CBD helping with travel anxiety, there are other benefits as well. Lotion can help alleviate dry skin, especially when flying. It helps nourish the skin and prevents dry skin, cracks and more. Plus, if inflammation and joint pain are an issue, it can also provide relief when applied topically.

Finally, CBD can help with jetlag, too. Take some at night to relax and unwind before going to sleep (you can also read our tips for sleeping on a plane ).

Choosing the right CBD for traveling

What CBD is the right one for you when it comes to traveling? 

If you’re looking for a slight euphoric feeling, grab the full spectrum CBD. While the THC percentage is still normally less than .3 percent, it’s made with many other cannabinoid compounds and low levels of THC.  While it’s not enough to get someone “high,” it can give a euphoric effect. Because it contains terpenes from the cannabis plant, it also may smell like the plant. Skip the full spectrum CBD if you have to take drug tests, as it could show up.

Broad-spectrum CBD delivers all the calming effects of CBD, minus the euphoric feeling. Like full-spectrum, it contains other cannabinoid compounds, but has zero (or only traces) of THC. So, in a place where THC is illegal, this is the CBD to choose.

For nearly instant gratification to combat anxiety, tinctures/oils are the way to go as they get to your bloodstream the quickest. However, this wears off the quickest of all delivery methods, so you’ll need to take it every four to six hours.

CBD gummies are easy to dose and provide relief to your entire body since they are metabolized and spread throughout your entire body. Plan for when you want the gummies to kick in, as they take anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours to feel the effects. Most single servings last up to 12 hours.

You’ll want to use a CBD cream or lotions, balms, patches or salves for aches and inflammation, as well as for dry skin.

Because vaping isn’t allowed on planes, it’s probably best to leave that at home or only bring it out once you’ve arrived at your destination (assuming it’s legal where you’re traveling). 

No matter which method of CBD you choose, always check the label to make sure the percentage of THC is lower than .3 percent for traveling to destinations where it’s legal to use.

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Can you bring CBD on a plane? 

Generally, yes, you can bring CBD on a plane so long as the THC content is under that magic .3 percent. If you’re carrying a liquid or cream form of CBD, it must be less than three ounces if you want to take it in your carry-on . If you’re traveling with a CBD vape pen, then it can only go in your carryon, not your checked baggage.

When traveling, know the state laws for your destination and understand that, ultimately, it’s up to the TSA officer to let you through with CBD. Sometimes they get it wrong, and will confiscate your CBD. A handful of states only allow CBD for medicinal use. It is illegal to have CBD in Idaho, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Internationally, always check the laws before departure. CBD is illegal in countries including Singapore, Bolivia and Armenia, as well as most countries in Africa (except South Africa).

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Diana Edelman

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Published July 17, 2023

Last updated December 21, 2023

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Flying with CBD

  • Updated June 30, 2021

Can You Fly With CBD?

Search for or select an airport below to find current regulations and responses* from local police.

*This tool is being updated regularly as responses are received.

You depend on CBD for daily functioning, clarity, and relief. Basically, CBD has become a part of your routine.

But today you’re taking a trip that involves a flight…

Will CBD make it through the necessary security screening?

Will you have trouble crossing international or state lines? What about law enforcement throughout the process?

Are you going to be arrested and/or embarrassed in front of everyone at the airport?!

Each of these questions (and more) has likely crossed your mind – and that’s okay!

Here’s the simple answer: if you’re flying domestically, TSA allows you to bring hemp-derived CBD with you on your flight. Things aren’t as clear with local police departments.

Below, we’ll dive deeper into the details about flying with CBD derived from hemp plants and hemp products, along with exploring information about international flights and traveling with other cannabis products.

Is Flying with CBD Legal According to Federal Law?

Before passing through any security screening procedures, it’s helpful to know the facts. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived CBD and other hemp products like supplements are now legal – on a federal level – in the United States.

Under this law, CBD containing less than .3% THC and derived from hemp plants – not marijuana plants – can be transported across state lines, via automobile or airplane.

Before bringing it on an airplane, you must be sure of the origin of your CBD and its level of THC. This means purchasing from a reputable supplier – which is always important, not just when flying – matters greatly.

The Transportation Security Administration (and, as a result, TSA security officers as well), fall under the Department of Homeland Security: a federal agency.

While you may receive questions about your CBD, under law, you are protected and have the right to fly with it.

Because CBD is often in liquid form, it is still subject to the TSA’s carry-on liquid rules.

This means the 3-1-1 rule that applies to any liquid you may fly with applies.

This rule allows containers of liquids that are 3.4 ounces or less that fit in a 1-quart plastic bag to pass through security in a carry on for each individual flying.

While exceptions are made for breast milk, medications, and other liquids, CBD is not one of them. Treat it like you would any other liquid in your carry on.

Because TSA officers are able to search luggage and ask questions, you may be asked about the contents of your bag. Answer freely and with confidence; hemp-derived CBD products are legal on a federal level.

*Note: Individual states do have their own CBD laws.

Stressed about the regulations? Storing your CBD in your checked bag – providing you won’t need it during the flight – may be in your best interest.

What About International Flights With CBD Oil?

While passing through TSA officers and screenings for domestic flights should not pose a problem, flying internationally is a different situation.

While you may pass through screenings before your flight if you leave from the United States, you could face legal trouble in countries where CBD is not legal.

Below is a list of countries that have legalized CBD products. It’s important to understand that looking into the laws of each country is important, as there are different regulations pertaining to the source of CBD and the amount of THC permitted in the products you carry.

  • Czech Republic
  • Netherlands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Republic of Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • Virgin Islands
  • United Kingdom

Flying with hemp-derived CBD oil should not be problematic on international flights to the above countries.

Domestic TSA Guidelines For Flying With CBD Oil In The United States

Whether you’re flying to California, to New York, to Maine or to any other U.S. state, your CBD capsules, tinctures and oils can accompany you in both checked and/or carry-on bags, as stated above.

If in liquid format, the 3-1-1 rule, also mentioned above still applies.

Here are a few other tips and tricks to keep in mind as you prepare to pass Transportation Security Administration rules and regulations:

Tips & Tricks

  • Know and verify the amount of THC in your CBD products: it must be under 0.3% for legal travel.
  • Be sure your CBD is hemp-derived. Marijuana-derived CBD oil is subject to recreational and medical marijuana laws and is banned from domestic flights (see below).
  • Be sure your CBD is clearly labeled. It’s better to travel with CBD in its original container, rather than in an unmarked container that you may pack other liquids in.
  • You cannot vape CBD or any other e-liquid on an airplane, but, you can carry it on. The cartridge will be subject to the same 3-1-1 rule as other liquids.
  • Be sure to verify any state-specific CBD laws that may apply to your destination.

Ready? Great! Now… about those TSA security dogs…

Will I Raise Any Alarms? Can TSA Agent Dogs Smell CBD Oil?

While TSA dogs may seem intimidating as you wait to pass through security or board your flight, they are not worried about your CBD. Primarily, they are there to sniff for drugs and potential weapon-related materials.

However, because CBD may contain trace amounts of CBD, there’s a slight chance the dogs could confuse the product with marijuana. This is why traveling with clearly labeled hemp-derived CBD oil is absolutely essential.

Can I Use CBD Oil On The Flight?

What about during the flight… Can you use CBD products in the air?

Simple answer: YES!

Providing you do not plan to vape the CBD oil, you can use CBD capsules, tinctures and other products during your flight.

Some people actually find relief from muscle pain and cramps by applying CBD lotions and ointments topically, especially during longer flights.

What About Other Cannabis Products And Medical Marijuana?

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While hemp-derived CBD oil containing less than 0.3% THC is legal under federal law and the Food and Drug Administration (as a supplement), making it legal to carry on domestic flights, CBD derived from the marijuana variety of the cannabis plant is still considered an illegal substance.

As you can see from the TSA’s official website image above, medical marijuana – even for those with prescriptions, and recreational marijuana is banned as an illegal drug for all air travel, concordant with DEA laws. If you’re caught with it, you could be charged with possession of marijuana, which we’ll cover below.

The TSA language includes CBD when derived from the marijuana plant, or infused with additional cannabis compounds (like THC). It cannot be carried onto flights or stored in checked baggage.

What If I’m Caught With Non-Hemp Derived CBD (Or Marijuana) On A Flight?

While the TSA language makes it clear that the Security Administration’s officers are focused on security to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers, it is possible that it could be discovered during air travel, which would be considered a violation of law.

If caught, the TSA would refer the matter to law enforcement in the airport of question. In that case, you would be subject to state consequences if discovered before the checkpoint, or federal consequences if discovered after the checkpoint.

The bottom line? Even in airports (like LAX) that have legalized carrying marijuana on to flights, federal laws contradict this. It’s best to leave medical and recreational marijuana at home.

In conclusion, traveling with CBD derived from the hemp plant is considered legal when it meets specific regulations. As a best practice, be sure you’re flying with clearly labeled hemp products and only the purest CBD from the most reputable brands.

At the end of the day, you can cool your jets… you’ll be fine bringing your favorite CBD products on your next trip.

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What You Need to Know About Flying With CBD Right Now

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Over the weekend, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) clarified its policies surrounding medical products containing CBD. Now, according to the Huffington Post , FDA-approved medications containing cannabidiol, or CBD, and hemp-derived CBD products are allowed in both carry-on and checked bags.

It's the latest regulatory change that makes flying with marijuana and CBD products somehow even more confusing.

In December 2018, the Farm Bill made it federally legal to produce, purchase and use cannabidiol, or CBD, under certain requirements and regulations, namely if it is derived from hemp. But recent arrests at Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW) proved that the rules about traveling with CBD remain unclear.

As states across the country continue to legalize marijuana, a new industry is growing. In addition to luxury pot tours and dispensaries, CBD-infused coffees, burgers with CBD aioli and CBD tinctures are appearing at restaurants, cafes and health food stores with dizzying speed — often in states where marijuana is still illegal. Some companies are even offering topical creams, bath bombs and other relaxation and pain-relief products with CBD.

According to Chelsie Spencer, a Texas-based attorney for Ritter Spencer PLLC who specializes in cannabis-related law, the growth in CBD's popularity is not slated to slow down any time soon.

"The US CBD market growth-rate projections are phenomenally high," Spencer told The Points Guy in an email. "So I expect to see continued rapid growth of the industry."

But in order to understand the legality of your CBD products and whether you can travel with them, the first question must ask is, where did they come from?

Differentiating Cannabis, Hemp and Marijuana

While many use the terms "cannabis," "hemp" and "marijuana" interchangeably, they are actually very different. Cannabis is the classification of a plant that can be broken down into three main types: indica, sativa and ruderalis — with indica and sativa being the most well-known. While marijuana can be a member of either cannabis indica or cannabis sativa, hemp can only be a member of cannabis sativa. To the trained eye, the marijuana and hemp plants have very distinct properties.

Chemically, both plants contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — an intoxicating compound that gets users "high" — and CBD, which is nonintoxicating and is said to have many medical benefits. But while marijuana can sometimes contain upwards of 40% THC, hemp often contains 0.3% or less — not nearly enough to get a user high.

The Legality of CBD

This is where things begin to get, somehow, even more hazy. Hemp-derived CBD containing no more than 0.3% THC and produced under certain regulations is federally legal, as per the 2018 Farm Bill passed in December. The Bill amended the Controlled Substances Act to exempt hemp from "THC" and "marijuana," so long as it was sourced following the new regulations.

But the origins of a specific product and its THC levels can be difficult to trace, and many states are reluctant to legalize CBD. In Texas, for example, CBD with a THC level greater than 0.0% remains illegal unless a recommendation has been made by a qualifying doctor to treat epilepsy. In this case, a patient could be prescribed a product containing no more than 0.5% THC.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added an additional level of restriction to the legality of CBD. According to the FDA, CBD can not be added to food, beverages or cosmetic products or sold as a supplement, regardless of its origin. Many states — even some where marijuana products are legal for recreational use, like Maine — have decided to play it safe by banning CBD as a food additive.

Basically, CBD is legal on a federal level only if it contains less than the permitted amount of THC; was produced under certain regulations; and is not being sold as a food, drink or cosmetic additive or as a dietary supplement.

CBD's complex legality is the result of swiftly shifting regulations and confusion surrounding the distinction between hemp and marijuana. And, as a result, there's often a disconnect amongst law enforcement officials.

A few Transportation Security Administration (TSA) representatives incorrectly told TPG in an email that "Possession of marijuana and cannabis-infused products, such as cannabidiol (CBD) oil, is illegal under federal law." The representative went on to say that "TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law, including possession of marijuana and cannabis-infused products."

While marijuana-derived CBD is in fact illegal under federal law, hemp-derived CBD is not.

Flying With CBD

Currently, there is no way for airport officials to differentiate whether a product was derived from marijuana or hemp.

"If the tested substance contains detectable amounts of THC, field testing will show a positive result for marijuana, which would likely lead to arrest," Spencer told TPG in an email. "After the positive presumptive field test for marijuana, the substance may be sent to a laboratory for testing."

The additional testing will determine the level of THC in the product and, consequently, whether or not it is federally legal. However, this testing can take months.

In certain states where CBD remains illegal under state law, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) may refer cases to local and state officers. According to the federal agency, this is dependent on exactly what a passenger is carrying and where they are.

"As a law enforcement agency, CBP works closely with other law enforcement agencies," a CBP spokesperson told TPG in an email. "If prosecution is not accepted at either the local, state [or federal level], travelers could face seizures, fines, penalties or could be denied entry."

Due to the discrepancies between federal and state laws (not to mention the speed with which they're changing), it's probably just not worth traveling with any CBD products at this time. If you do so, be sure to familiarize yourself with laws of the states you're traveling to and from. It may also be helpful to contact the product's producer to request a copy of the certificate of analysis — which shows the cannabinoid potency profile — for the products you intend to travel with.

If you're traveling with an FDA-approved drug containing CBD such as the pediatric anti-seizure medication Epidiolex, be sure to carry your prescription and any relevant documentation.

International travel with any cannabis-related products, whether marijuana or hemp, remains very risky due to strict regulations in some countries.

Repercussions

Many travelers mistakenly assume that federal law trumps state law. While this is a very complicated topic and different scenarios result in different outcomes, the bottom line is this: It doesn't. In the case of CBD, states are permitted to implement more stringent regulations than those referenced in the 2018 Farm Bill.

If traveling in a state where local law deems CBD legal, there is no federal or local offense. But if local law deems it illegal, there is a risk of prosecution. According to Texas state law , possession of any cannabis product, including CBD, can result in a felony, a hefty fine and a minimum of 180 days in state prison.

The Bottom Line

In order to play it safe and avoid any legal charges — or at the very least, a delay while waiting for TSA to search your bag and consult the rule book — it may be worth leaving your CBD products at home.

But if you must travel with CBD products, such as FDA-approved medications, always carry a copy of the product's certificate of analysis and be sure to familiarize yourself with the law of the specific states you will be traveling to and from.

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Traveling with cbd — here’s what you need to know.

Thinking of traveling with CBD? The TSA allows you to fly with CBD domestically, but international travel is another story.

Read this before packing your bags.

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In this article, we’re going to help you travel smarter with CBD.

Cannabidiol (CBD) has quickly become a favorite natural health supplement — and it’s everywhere. You can find it in capsules, oils, gummies, chocolate , and even lotions. As a cannabis-derived compound, flying with CBD or crossing international borders can pose a huge risk. If you make the wrong move, you can find yourself in legal trouble.

CBD has been recognized for its myriad of health benefits and hemp-derived CBD is federally legal throughout the United States. However, not all states are friendly towards cannabis-based products.

Before you pack your toiletry bag with your favorite supplements, be sure to conduct your research to avoid suspected violations of law.

In this guide, you’ll find helpful advice for traveling with CBD in the US and internationally.

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1. sleep support, 2. manage stress & anxiety, 3. healthy inflammatory response, the differences between hemp & marijuana, what about delta 8 thc, can i bring cbd oil on a plane, what happens if i get caught with cbd oil, traveling in canada, traveling in mexico, traveling in europe, extract type, product type, third-party lab results, the takeaway: traveling with cbd, the benefits of cbd oil for travelers.

CBD stands for cannabidiol , and it belongs to a class of natural compounds called cannabinoids derived from hemp and marijuana plants. Although CBD comes from the cannabis plant, unlike its psychoactive cousin, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not illicit intoxicating effects.

Many people turn to CBD as a natural supplement to optimize their health, alleviate pain, manage anxiety, and support sleep.

Given all the potential health benefits of CBD , it makes sense to pack CBD in your toiletry bag alongside melatonin (to combat jet lag), pain killers, other health supplements, and medication, as many people consider CBD a staple in their health and wellness regimen.

Here’s why you might want to bring CBD with you when you travel.

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Traveling across time zones can wreak havoc on your sleep cycle.

One of the many reasons people turn to CBD is to help regulate their sleep cycle . In high doses, CBD has been observed to have sedative-like effects, helping you to gently fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night without waking up feeling drowsy the next morning.

Not everyone travels well. Traveling can bring about a lot of stress and anxiety, which is compounded when you have a fear of flying or are on a hectic schedule.

CBD can be an excellent supplement for managing anxiety symptoms when combined with other stress-reduction approaches, like regular exercise, a balanced diet, working with a counselor, and prioritizing sleep.

CBD is most notably famous for its’ anti-inflammatory effects , which can help to combat pain, tissue damage, and mood disorders.  

There are dozens of physiological processes that regulate the body’s inflammatory response, and CBD is an effective anti-inflammatory because it works through multiple pathways rather than addressing only one.

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The Legality Of CBD

The cannabis plant has had a very long and complicated history in the United States, but as more research emerges about the potential health benefits of cannabinoids, and social acceptance of marijuana becomes more popular, laws eventually adapt.

The 2018 US Farm Bill was a game-changing moment for the CBD industry.

The bill states that if CBD is derived from the hemp plant with less than 0.3 percent THC, you can produce it, harvest it, and sell CBD extract. 

While hemp and marijuana are both Cannabis sativa plants, their phytochemical makeup and uses are different, and therefore, they exist on different sides of the federal law.

Marijuana and its derivatives remain illegal under federal law.

In the United States , marijuana is any cannabis plant with more than 0.3 percent THC by weight. Other countries may have different THC thresholds for classifying marijuana. For example, Mexico deems any cannabis plant over 0.1% THC to be marijuana.

Delta 9 THC is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis and it’s listed as a Schedule 1 drug in the United States because of its potential for abuse and has no medical benefit.

Current research demonstrates that this isn’t exactly true, but laws and societal stigmas are slow to reflect this, and marijuana remains a restricted substance. However, states including California , Oregon , Illinois , New York , and Maine have fully legalized marijuana for recreational and medicinal use.

Hemp contains a high CBD profile with less than 0.3 percent THC. At these THC levels, it’s highly unlikely to illicit intoxicating effects, which makes it ideal for supplement and medicinal uses.

Before buying any CBD product, look to make sure that it’s made from hemp crops or you could be violating the law, according to state or federal authorities (depending on your location).

Delta 8 THC is an analog of delta 9. It can be made from hemp in order to comply with federal laws, yet provides much of the same psychoactivity as delta 9 THC.

Delta 8 THC laws are notoriously unclear — and they change all the time. Currently, about 32 states consider delta 8 THC legal, but not explicitly.

Delta 8 THC is legal by proxy because the language on most state and federal cannabis regulations specifically mention delta 9 THC — not delta 8. As long as delta 8 is made from hemp and contains below the federal limit of delta 9 THC — it’s considered (loosely) legal.

Because of the complexity of these laws, and challenges differentiating between delta 9 and delta 8 THC without high-tech lab equipment (something the TSA isn’t going to have kicking around), you’re better off leaving the delta 8 at home — even if the state you’re travelling to permits it.

Tread carefully in these waters, the laws regarding traveling with CBD still aren’t clear — and if you aren’t well versed in the laws surrounding cannabis in each state, you could end up in hot water.

The TSA recently changed its stance for traveling with CBD across states.

The TSA allows medical marijuana (with a license) and hemp-derived CBD (manufactured in accordance with the Farm Bill) to travel within the United States. The CBD product must be FDA approved, containing less than 0.3% THC.

The tricky thing is not all TSA officers understand the differences between hemp-derived CBD and marijuana products.

This can lead to confiscation of products and delays in security. There’s not much you can do to get around this, but to ensure your CBD products are properly labeled and that you have the necessary paperwork with you if you’re flying with prescribed cannabis.

It might also be a good idea to keep the statement about the TSA’s stance on flying with CBD bookmarked on your phone browser beforehand.

When it comes to flying internationally, there’s a different story and we’ll jump into that shortly.

What States Is CBD Oil Legal In?

Although the federal government has legalized hemp-based CBD products, not all states have a friendly view on CBD products — and they may have local restrictions on CBD.

For example, Nebraska and Idaho restrict any CBD product unless it’s 100% THC-free. This means that broad-spectrum or CBD isolate products are your only options here.

If you plan on bringing CBD on your travel across state borders that you check with the local laws before packing your bags.

If you’re crossing borders and get caught with CBD oil or any cannabis product, the most hopeful outcome is confiscation.

However, since you’re breaking the law, the border has the right to deny entry and turn you around — or you could face hefty fines and even jail time (depending on the country and how much CBD product you have on hand).

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Can I Travel With CBD Internationally?

You should not travel with CBD if you’re flying internationally, even if CBD is legal in your own country and the country you land in. Some countries do not differentiate between marijuana and hemp — so your CBD oil could be illegal in the country you’re visiting.

Marijuana is legal in Canada for recreational use, and many people enjoy using CBD products derived from hemp legally. Although CBD is legal on both sides of the border, it’s illegal to cross the border with any cannabis product.

According to the Canadian government website , you must declare your cannabis products when entering the country, even if you’re authorized to carry them for medicinal purposes. Failing to do so can result in getting turned around at the border, fines, or entry bans.

In Mexico , CBD derived from hemp is legal to purchase. However, the cannabis plant is considered hemp as long as it contains no more than 0.3% THC, which means your full-spectrum CBD product could be prohibited.

While our Southern neighbor is moving towards a friendlier legal stance towards the cannabis plant, it’s still not recommended to cross the border whether driving or flying with any cannabis-infused products, including legal CBD oil.

According to the European Union, CBD derived from hemp with no more than 0.2% THC is legal. However, each country may have its own regulations surrounding this subject. The biggest issue around this gray area is that there’s no clear distinction of how CBD should be classified (food product, health supplement, or a drug).

Either way, you should not travel to Europe with any cannabis-infused products, including CBD, when traveling to Europe. Many European countries have legalized CBD , so you can shop for it at the local shops. 

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Factors To Consider When Buying CBD & Traveling

For the most part, you’re safe to travel within the United States with your CBD product as long as it’s made from legal hemp crops. But we do not advise traveling outside the country with any cannabis-derived products, even if it’s legal on both sides of the border, as it can land you in some heat.

Here are some factors to consider when buying CBD and traveling within the United States.

Aside from ensuring you’re only purchasing hemp-derived CBD for legal reasons, it’s important that you consider the extract type if you’re using it to combat some of the physical and emotional exhaustion associated with travel.

CBD products are available in three main extract types:

  • Full-spectrum
  • CBD isolate/distillate
  • Broad-spectrum (THC-free)

Full-spectrum cannabidiol (CBD) oil remains the most recommended type for its therapeutic properties. It contains a range of cannabinoids and terpenes that compound and balance the health benefits of CBD, and it may legally contain up to 0.3% THC.

Full-spectrum CBD oil and other products will do a better job at supporting some sleep, anxiety, and inflammation over its CBD isolate extracts.

However, the trace amounts of THC in these products could cause you some grief at the border. Try going with one of the other 100% THC-free options if you’re planning for a trip.

For 100% THC-free products, we recommend going with broad-spectrum as it still contains a diverse cannabinoid range.

When traveling with CBD domestically on a plane, you still need to consider the TSA regulations for flying with liquids.

CBD oils are perhaps the most popular CBD products and offer a lot of versatility. According to the TSA, you are permitted to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, creams, gels, and aerosols on your carry-on bag. Each container must have no more than 0.3 ounces (100 mL).

CBD capsules or gummies may be the more travel-friendly option as they don’t pose the risk of leaking and you can carry a larger supply of CBD for longer trips.

Checking with a CBD product’s independent lab testing should be an important step in your shopping decision.

The CBD industry is still fairly new, and there’s a lot of product that make it onto the market that doesn’t comply with federal rules or doesn’t contain the listed amount of active ingredients — they’re essentially selling snake oil.

Third-party lab testing is a way for CBD brands to maintain customer transparency and ensure the safety of their products. You can look to make sure the CBD oil does not contain more than 0.3% THC, and that it has the listed CBD content. The lab results should also tell you that it’s free from potential contaminants (solvents, pesticides, mold, heavy metal).

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Hemp CBD is federally legal in the United States, but some states may have other regulations.

When in doubt, always check with your local laws when traveling with your favorite cannabis-based products within the United States.

While the TSA does permit you to travel with CBD within the country, it’s up to you to ensure that you comply with airline regulations, which means you should make sure that you have an appropriate amount on you, that you declare it, and that you’re traveling into another state with lenient laws towards CBD.

That being said, it’s important that you do not travel outside the United States with any cannabis product. Even though it may be legalized on both sides of the border.

If you’re traveling to another country where hemp and CBD are legal, you’re better off purchasing CBD when you arrive rather than risk potential legal issues trying to bring it with you from home.

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Flying With CBD? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Planning a trip and wondering if you can bring your trusty CBD products along for the journey? Navigating the rules and regulations surrounding CBD when flying can be as intricate as planning your travel itinerary. But worry not; we're here to guide you through the ins and outs of taking CBD on a plane, whether jet-setting within the US or embarking on an international adventure.

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Flying with CBD in the US

As the popularity of CBD products continues to rise, many travelers wonder whether they can bring their beloved CBD products aboard domestic flights in the United States. And we’re going to explore the essential details to ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey with your trusted CBD companions. This article specifically references products derived from hemp, such as oil or extract, but unfortunately smokable products (flower, pre-rolls, vapes, etc.) are restricted differently in some states.

Can You Take CBD on a Plane?

The good news is that, in the United States, you can indeed bring your CBD products with you when you fly. CBD derived from hemp (containing no more than 0.3% THC) was legalized nationwide with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. This means that TSA (Transportation Security Administration) guidelines explicitly permit CBD products in carry-on and checked luggage.

As we said, the primary reason you can confidently fly with CBD in the US lies in the 2018 Farm Bill. This groundbreaking legislation legalized hemp-derived CBD on a federal level. Hemp, by definition, contains less than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive compound found in cannabis. As long as your CBD product meets this THC threshold and is derived from hemp, you're on solid legal ground.

While TSA allows CBD products, they may not have the means to distinguish between CBD and THC products during security checks. To avoid misunderstandings, ensure your CBD product is clearly labeled and complies with the federal THC limit of 0.3% or less.

If your CBD product is a liquid, such as oil or tincture, it should adhere to the TSA's 3.4-ounce (100 mL) rule for liquids in carry-on luggage. It's a good idea to carry any relevant documentation, such as a certificate of analysis (COA) from the manufacturer, and be able to pull it up on your phone easily if necessary. This document verifies the THC content of your CBD product and can be useful in case of inquiries.

Are CBD Gummies Allowed on Flights?

Yes, CBD gummies are allowed on flights within the US, but not in all states. Some states allow you to carry CBD oil but not edibles . If you’re flying to a state that allows edibles, the only thing you need to do is ensure that your CBD gummies adhere to the federal THC limit to avoid any potential issues during security checks.

Flying with CBD Internationally

Traveling internationally can be an exciting adventure, but when it comes to flying with CBD, it's crucial to understand that the rules and regulations can vary significantly from one country to another. While CBD may be widely accepted and legal in some places, it can be classified differently in others, potentially leading to legal complications. Here's everything you need to know about flying with CBD internationally to ensure your journey is smooth and stress-free.

Is CBD Allowed on Planes for International Flights?

To determine whether or not CBD is allowed on international flights, it's essential to research and understand the specific regulations of your destination country and any layover locations to avoid legal complications.

Some countries have strict drug policies, and CBD may be classified differently, even if it's derived from hemp. To be on the safe side, check the legality of CBD in your destination country and follow their guidelines. 

But where do you start?

  • Investigate whether CBD is legal in your destination country. Some countries have explicit laws allowing CBD, while others may classify it as a controlled substance. To add to the confusion, some countries CBD may be legal, BUT it is illegal to import , as in you are not allowed to bring CBD products into the country from elsewhere via the mail or your suitcase. This would apply for layovers as well!
  • Ensure that your CBD products comply with the THC limits set by both your home country and the destination country. Many countries have strict limits on THC content, often well below the 0.3% threshold found in hemp-derived CBD products in the United States.
  • Keep your CBD products in their original packaging with clear labeling, including the ingredients and THC content. This can help clarify the nature of your products if questioned by customs officials.
  • Be aware that individual airlines may have their own policies regarding CBD. Some airlines may restrict CBD products on international flights, so check with your chosen carrier to ensure compliance with their rules.

It’s also important to note that some countries allow only CBD isolate products that contain only CBD and nothing else. 

Can You Travel With CBD Gummies Internationally?

The question of traveling with CBD gummies internationally once again depends on your destination's laws. Some countries have stringent drug policies and may not distinguish between CBD and THC, even if your gummies contain only trace amounts of THC.

Final Thoughts on Flying with CBD Products

Flying with CBD in the US is generally straightforward, given the federal legalization of hemp-derived CBD. However, when traveling internationally, it's essential to be well-informed about the CBD regulations in your destination country. While some countries may embrace CBD, others may have stricter policies, potentially leading to legal complications. Another important note would be if you are traveling with large quantities. Traveling with what would be considered a “bulk” amount, may make authorities question your intent, so only bring what you need. Always do your homework and comply with local laws to ensure a smooth and worry-free journey with your beloved CBD products.

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Travelling with CBD Oil in 2022

CBD is a natural and safe compound with many well-documented health benefits. According to a 2017 WHO’s report on cannabidiol, even doses as high as 1,500 mg CBD daily are well tolerated in humans.

While many places around the world consider cannabis an illicit substance, CBD is legal in most countries. However, because CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant — and there are more than one species in this family — its legality isn’t unconditional everywhere.

The above situation complicates many areas of using CBD, from possession to buying to travelling with your CBD products around the world.

If you have an adventurer’s soul but don’t want to mess with the local law, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on traveling with CBD in virtually every corner of the globe.

Let’s start with the basics.

Millions of people take the highways and skyways for holiday travel. CBD is all the rage right now, so it’s safe to assume that many of them will consider traveling with their CBD oil, capsules, or whatever form of cannabidiol they use.

The biggest misconception when it comes to taking CBD on the road? “Since CBD is legal in my country, it doesn’t matter whether I’m traveling with it in a car, on a train, or on a plane.” Another one? “CBD is CBD, so why bother?” In order to understand why there’s so much confusion around the legal status of CBD around the world, it’s important to know the difference between its two sources — hemp and marijuana.

Differentiating Hemp and Marijuana

On a molecular level, CBD is CBD no matter the source. It’s the same compound with the same chemical structure and effects.

But when it comes to the effects and legality of different CBD products, the source becomes paramount.

Despite coming from the same plant family — Cannabis sativa L. — hemp and marijuana are two different plants.

For one, they have different cannabinoid profiles.

While marijuana boasts high concentrations of THC and usually low-to-high levels of CBD (depending on its genetics), hemp plants are rich in CBD and contain only trace amounts of THC (usually less than 0.3% per dry mass).

This means that while consuming marijuana and marijuana-infused products can give you psychoactive effects referred to as the “cannabis high,” hemp isn’t capable of such things due to its low THC content.

Because of that, governments around the world have different regulations for both plants.

Marijuana is legal only in Canada, Uruguay, and 11 US states as of this writing. Some countries have already decriminalized its possession and are striving for legalization.

Hemp, on the other hand, is legal in most places.

CBD products from hemp are usually labeled as “health supplements,” meaning that you can buy them over the counter. On top of that, hemp has many other applications, including food, fiber, textiles, biofuel, building materials (hempcrete).

Marijuana is typically harvested for medical and recreational use.

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Ways of Traveling with CBD

People use different means of transportation for traveling with CBD. Some of them only require you to know your local laws, whereas others call for more thorough research.

1. In the Car If you’re planning to make your holiday trip in the car, there’s little to worry about. Unless you’re a typical backpacker, you won’t be crossing country/state borders with your CBD, so all you need to take care of is a proper understanding of the local law. As long as the THC content is below the legal limit, you’re safe. And since hemp-derived CBD is treated differently than CBD products from marijuana, you don’t need to carry it in a closed container or declare your possession if you get stopped. Carrying CBD is not a ticketable offense if CBD is legal in your country.

2. On the Train and Other Means of Mass Transit Similar rules apply to traveling with CBD by train and other means of mass transit. Hemp-derived CBD with a legal amount of CBD is fine to bring on trains and buses if you are traveling within the borders of your country. For trains and buses using international connections, we recommend checking with the regulations surrounding hemp CBD products in your destinations because some countries only allow them under certain conditions.

3. On the Plane A few years ago, detaining flyers for having CBD oil in their purses was actually quite common. Thankfully, airports around the world changed their policies and as long as you have a legal product, you’ll be allowed to depart.

But if you want to make your flight fully successful, you need to make sure that CBD is legal where you’re going.

Otherwise, the best-case scenario includes you returning to your country with ruined holidays.

Worse? You can get arrested and end up in jail for smuggling or possession of illicit substances. There are stories of people jailed for traveling with CBD due to violating the local laws — more on that later in our guide.

For now, we’ll only give you one hint: always have a certificate of analysis for your product. It’s the only legitimate way to confirm if its THC content is below the legal limit.

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What You Need to Know About International Flights with CBD

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  • Netherlands
  • Puerto Rico

How to Travel with CBD Around the USA: Federal and State Laws

The 2018 Farm Bill has made traveling with CBD around the USA much easier. Hemp has been removed from the Controlled Substances Act and is now considered an agricultural crop.

In other words, hemp and hemp-derived CBD goods are legal in all 50 states as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC.

As with most federal regulations, states can either adapt to the national law or introduce their own changes. In some states, CBD is legal under certain conditions, but before we elaborate on that, let’s take a look at what the US Travel Security Agency says about traveling with CBD. The TSA’s Policy Surrounding Traveling with CBD

The TSA’s website states: “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.”

This policy reflects the one of the federal government. As long as CBD oil comes from hemp and has less than 0.3%, you can fly with it between states.

Because hemp naturally has high amounts of CBD and very little THC, the majority of CBD products are extracted from hemp plants.

This allows manufacturers to sell them without facing potential legal problems. Consumers, on the other hand, can enjoy the benefits of CBD without experiencing the psychoactive side of cannabis.

However, not all CBD oil is sourced from hemp. As mentioned, CBD can also be extracted from marijuana. Some people prefer more THC content because of the enhanced synergy coming from the full spectrum of cannabinoids, and in some states, marijuana is legal.

If this definition fits your CBD oil, then you certainly don’t want to take it on a plane. Traveling with marijuana-derived CBD from one state to another is a federal offence — even if marijuana is legal in both.

TSA officers aren’t looking for CBD oil, but if they suspect they find marijuana as part of security screening, they will start the verification procedure, even if your oil comes from hemp and not marijuana: “TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer. TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law to local, state or federal authorities.”

In the next section, we’ll cover the legality of hemp CBD oil in all 50 states, with detailed regulations in those states where CBD is conditionally legal.

Legal Status of Hemp-derived CBD By State

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Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, Isolate: Which Form of CBD is the Safest to Travel With?

Full-spectrum CBD refers to extracts containing the entire range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other naturally occurring hemp compounds. This means that a full-spectrum product also carries some THC content. The legal THC limit by federal law is 0.3% per volume.

However, some states may not allow full-spectrum CBD. If that’s the law in your destination, you can bring a broad-spectrum product. Broad-spectrum CBD products are similar to full-spectrum ones save for the lack of THC.

If you want to stay on the safe side, then CBD isolate is the best option. True to its name, isolate contains just pure CBD. There are no traces of other hemp compounds in the end product.

Traveling with CBD in Canada

As the pioneer in global cannabis legalization, Canada has a very liberal policy for CBD products.

What forms of CBD Are Legal in Canada?

Because both medical and recreational cannabis have been legalized in Canada, there’s no legal limit for the amount of THC in CBD products. You can legally purchase and possess both marijuana- and hemp-derived CBD.

Can You Travel With CBD Around Canada?

Yes, you can safely travel with up to a 30-day supply of CBD. However, CBD oils brought onto an airplane are subject to an airline’s limit on liquids, which is usually 100 ml in Canada.

Traveling with CBD from Canada to the USA

Traveling with hemp-derived CBD from Canada to the USA is legal because the US federal government removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act in 2018. Nobody’s going to check for your CBD products unless the security suspects you’re trying to smuggle an illicit substance across the borders.

For marijuana-derived CBD, the rules are the same as for exporting hemp from one US state to another. If you try to take marijuana on an international flight, you’ll be charged with a criminal offense and put in jail. Period.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Europe

Europe is one of the most liberal regions of the world when it comes to marijuana and hemp. More countries are decriminalizing weed each year, and some of them are on a good way to legalizing all sources of CBD. Long story short, hemp-derived CBD is legal everywhere except Slovakia, where CBD is considered a schedule 2 drug. The general consensus is that CBD products must contain less than 0.2% THC, although certain countries have set their own limits on its content.

Legal Status of CBD in Europe by Country

Below we give you a brief overview of local CBD laws in countries most frequently visited by people traveling with CBD products.

Traveling and Buying CBD in France

Can I travel with my own CBD products to France? Yes, CBD products with 0.2% THC or less are legal, like in most other EU countries. Where to buy CBD in France CBD stores are quite popular in France, with a rapidly growing e-liquid sector. However, despite the sudden rise in popularity, reports from June indicate that the government is trying to draft out regulations to prohibit certain CBD products across the country. So if you’re visiting France and want to use different CBD formats, we recommend bringing your own.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Italy

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Italy? Yes, as long as they contain 0.6% THC or less. Where to Buy CBD in Italy Despite its thriving cannabis culture, Italy doesn’t have many head shops operating within the country. There are a few mediocre places that sell products from unrecognizable brands. When staying in Italy, you’ll need to either bring your own products or buy them online.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Spain

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Spain? Spain is the epicenter of the European cannabis community. With forward-thinking laws surrounding hemp and marijuana, CBD products from both sources are widely available across the country — although cannabis sales remain in the grey area. You can travel with CBD to Spain if your product contains less than 0.2% THC. Trying to bring marijuana-derived CBD on an international flight is considered a violation of international agreements regarding drug trafficking. Where to Buy CBD in Spain You can buy CBD in grow shops or natural/herbal product stores depending on the region. Spanish companies are known for making some of the best hemp extracts in the world; their crops are grown organically by local farmers as Spain has stricter quality-control regulations than the majority of European countries.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Greece

Where to buy CBD in Greece Similar to Italy, Greece doesn’t have many specialty stores with CBD products. Although CBD oil is quite common in larger cities, reports from tourists indicate their quality leaves a lot to be desired. Fortunately, since CBD is legal in Greece, you can bring your own products there and enjoy the quality you’re used to.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Russia

Where to buy CBD in Russia Given its legal status, there are currently no places where you could legally purchase CBD in Russia.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Turkey

Where to Buy CBD in Turkey There are no local manufacturers in Turkey at this point. CBD is not a popular topic in the country and thus you won’t find any head shops specializing in selling CBD isolates, for example. If you’re in Turkey for a longer period, consider buying CBD oil out of Japan, which has the same law when it comes to legal THC limits in their CBD products.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Australia & New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand surprisingly have some of the harshest laws surrounding hemp in the world. Buying CBD over the counter in both countries is not an option.

The only way to obtain CBD products is through the country’s special compassionate program, which is very similar to medical marijuana regulations. Simply put, you need a prescription to buy CBD oil, even if it’s derived from hemp.

The laws will probably change soon, but for now, Australia and New Zealand aren’t most sought after destinations for those traveling with CBD.

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Australia and New Zealand? No, bringing any CBD product to these countries is prohibited. You can only travel with products sourced from the seeds of hemp plants, as they are void of cannabinoids. Where to buy CBD in Australia and New Zealand As mentioned, buying CBD over the counter is not an option in Australia and New Zealand. Online purchases are often seized and can get you into serious trouble with the law.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Latin America

Most countries in Latin America legalized hemp-derived CBD. Cannabidiol is widely available in many forms, including tinctures, capsules, edibles, and vape products. However, not all Latin American countries are as progressive as Uruguay or Chile. The table below illustrates the differences in the legality of hemp-derived CBD in each country. Legal Status of CBD in Latin America By Country

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Traveling and Buying CBD in Brazil

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Brazil? Yes, as long as these products contain less than 0.2% THC. Where to Buy CBD in Brazil CBD oil has become legal in the country since 2015. Since that ruling, many manufacturers have entered the marketplace and Brazil has currently one of the fastest growing CBD markets in Latin America. You can buy CBD both locally (in head shops and health centers) and online.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Argentina

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Argentina? Yes, but they must have 0.2% THC or less. Where to buy CBD in Argentina Hemp is legal in Argentina only for personal cultivation and use. Extraction and manufacturing with an intent to sell is prohibited, so there are no local stores that could offer CBD products. You can order CBD online if staying there for a decent period, or bring your own products.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Mexico

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Mexico? Yes, all CBD products containing less than 0.2% THC are widely available over-the-counter in Mexico. As long as your supplements meet the legal THC limit, you can also bring your own CBD there. Where to Buy CBD Oil in Mexico Mexico is one of the best countries to buy CBD in Latin America. CBD products are widely available in head shops, vape stores, and wellness centers. You can also order them online.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Chile

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Can I travel with my own CBD products to Columbia Yes, but they must have 0.2% or less. Where to buy CBD in Columbia Columbia is hands down the number one country to buy CBD in Latin America. CBD products are widely available across the country’s food stores, drug stores, and head shops. You can also order CBD online and have it delivered to your door.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Africa

CBD is very restricted in Africa. So far, only South Africa allows over-the-counter sales but must meet specific THC content limits. The majority of African countries continue to ban all forms of cannabis, including hemp-derived CBD.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Morocco

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Morocco? No, cannabis is illegal in Morocco. Although some of the finest cannabis products are believed to be made in Morocco, bringing CBD oil to the country is a crime. Where to buy CBD in Morocco There are no operating CBD stores in Morocco as of right now.

Traveling and Buying CBD in South Africa

Can I travel with my own CBD products to South Africa? Yes, but they must have 0.3% THC or less and contain a maximum daily dose of 20 mg of CBD. CBD products cannot be advertised as a treatment for any disease. Where to buy CBD in South Africa CBD from hemp is available over the counter among other health supplements. You can purchase CBD products both locally and online.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Egypt

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Egypt? No, cannabis is strictly prohibited in Egypt, including hemp-derived CBD. Where to buy CBD in Egypt Buying CBD oil in Egypt is not an option.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Ivory Coast

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Ivory Coast? No, CBD is illegal here. Where to buy CBD on Ivory Coast? There are no operating CBD stores on Ivory Coast.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Zimbabwe

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Zimbabwe No, bringing CBD to Zimbabwe is illegal. Where to buy CBD in Zimbabwe You won’t find any CBD stores in Zimbabwe.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Kenya

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Kenya? No, CBD is illegal in Kenya and you can’t travel there with it. Where to Buy CBD in Kenya You can’t legally buy CBD in Kenya.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Asia

Asia is the origin continent of hemp and has been used in many Asian cultures for hundreds of years. Current cannabis policies in Asia are mostly very conservative; the status of hemp and CBD varies a lot from one country to another.

While China is a world-leading producer of hemp, countries like Singapore prohibit all cannabis products with harsh penalties, including a combination of heavy financial fines with prison time.

The Legal Status of CBD in Asia by Country

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Traveling and Buying CBD in China

Can I travel with my own CBD products to China? Yes, all CBD products with 0.3% THC or less are legal in China. For safety measures, don’t bring any CBD foods such as gummies or other edibles. Where to buy CBD in China CBD products are widely available online. It’s currently the best way to buy CBD in China. Chinese retailers can’t sell CBD oil locally because it can’t be used as a health supplement or food additives. You can only buy CBD cosmetics locally.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Korea

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Korea? No, CBD products are allowed in Korea only for medical use. One would need to obtain a doctor’s recommendation and import CBD products through the Korean Orphan Drug Center. Importing CBD for commercial use is prohibited. Where to Buy CBD in Korea There are no retail vendors of CBD in Korea as of this writing.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Japan

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Japan? Only if it’s pure CBD (isolate). Full-spectrum CBD products are illegal in Japan unless they are labeled as ZERO THC. Where to Buy CBD in Japan You must look for licensed retailers online. There are few companies allowed to export CBD to Japan.

Traveling and Buying CBD in India

Can I travel with my own CBD products to India? No, CBD lives in a legal limbo in India, so it’s better not to bring any CBD products with you. Where to buy CBD in India There are currently no operating CBD stores in India.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Israel

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Israel? Yes. Although imported CBD lives in the restricted grey area, the Israeli police don’t consider CBD a dangerous drug and thus refrain from any actions against people who import CBD products. Where to buy CBD in Israel There are no operating CBD stores as of this writing. The Israeli government is working on a draft that would allow commercial sales of hemp-derived CBD products nationwide.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Philippines

Can I travel with my own CBD products to the Philippines? No, CBD is only legal for medical use and requires a doctor’s prescription. Where to buy CBD in the Philippines You can’t buy any CBD products in the Philippines without a prescription.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Malaysia

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Malaysia? The law is a bit unclear. The Malaysian government allows government-licensed retailers and companies to sell CBD after their products pass through a series of strict tests and meet all the legal criteria, so it’s safe to assume that it’s not safe to bring your own products there. Where to buy CBD in Malaysia You can only buy from government-licensed retailers.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Indonesia

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Indonesia? No, even hemp-derived CBD is illegal in Indonesia. Where to buy CBD in Indonesia There’s no legal way to obtain CBD in this country.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Thailand

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Thailand? No, CBD is legal only via a doctor’s prescription. It must also be free from THC. Where to buy CBD in Thailand You can’t buy CBD in Thailand as a tourist.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Vietnam

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Vietnam? No, CBD is strictly prohibited in Vietnam. Where to buy CBD in Vietnam You can’t. At least not legally.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Cambodia

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Cambodia? No, CBD is is illegal in Cambodia Where to buy CBD in Cambodia Although cannabis products are widely available in Cambodia, they all come from the black market. There’s no legal way to purchase CBD in Cambodia.

Traveling and Buying CBD in Singapore

Can I travel with my own CBD products to Singapore No, we actually suggest you refrain from bringing any illegal product into Singapore — including hemp-derived CBD. This country has highly strict laws on cannabis, and any illicit activities are severely punishable. Where to buy CBD in Singapore There are no CBD stores in Singapore, and nothing seems like that would change any time soon.

5 Tips for First-time CBD Travelers

Here are the 5 amendments for people traveling with CBD for the first time:

  • Review the CBD policy for your destination before you depart : it’s a dead giveaway but it should be your top priority if you don’t want to end up in prison for drug trafficking crimes.
  • Research additional limits on CBD as well : do your crew lines allow CBD on board? Can you bring full-spectrum products into your destination? Or does the country only allow CBD isolates? The fact CBD is legal where you travel to doesn’t mean you can go all out and use every form of CBD there.
  • Bring your product’s CoA with you : the certificate of analysis is a lab report confirming the cannabinoid profile of your product. It’s the only way to prove that your CBD has the legal amount of THC during any security check.
  • Buy travel-size CBD : this is particularly important for liquid limits. Since most people take CBD in the form of oil drops, they will be subjected to standard airport liquid restrictions; airports usually allow travelers to bring 100 ml bottles on board. You may also consider buying a vape pen. Vape pens are very travel-friendly for all means of traffic.
  • Leave your CBD at home : if CBD is legal in your country of destination but you don’t know what the additional limits on CBD products are, you can leave your CBD oil at home and research your opportunities to buy a replacement oil somewhere upon arrival.

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Can You Be Jailed for Traveling with CBD Around the World?

If you purposely try to bring a CBD product with higher than permitted levels of THC, or you’re traveling with a mislabeled product, you can get arrested and be put into trial by the local court under their jurisdiction.

The severity of punishments for cannabis-related offenses varies greatly between countries, but if you want to stay away from travel, we suggest you always carry CBD from hemp and make sure you familiarize yourself with cannabis policies at your destination place.

Traveling with hemp-derived CBD is tolerated in most countries around the world, but it’s always good to err on the side of caution — especially on a foreign territory.

Final Thoughts on Traveling with CBD Around the World

While many people are still afraid of facing legal charges — or, at the very least, a delay in their flight caused by extra security control — traveling with CBD becomes more and more popular every month.

If you must travel with CBD products around the world, always have a certificate of analysis at hand, and above all, remember to research the laws regarding cannabidiol at your destination.

Now you’ve got all your research in one place. We hope you’ve found this guide useful and that you’ll use it for your future trips!

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Traveling With CBD: What Are the Rules?

You can travel with CBD products, but it’s important to be informed and be prepared first.

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By Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson is the senior editor at CBD Oracle, and has been covering science, vaping and cannabis for over 10 years. He has a MS in Theoretical Physics from Uppsala...

Updated on October 27, 2020

Lee Johnson is the senior editor at CBD Oracle, and has been covering science, vaping and cannabis for over 10 years. He has a MS in Theoretical Physics from Uppsala University. At CBD Oracle, he focuses on research-driven deep dives into topics ranging from medical uses for CBD to industry...

Flying with CBD products

Now that hemp-derived CBD is legal at the federal level (with certain restrictions), traveling with CBD is becoming more and more common. But don’t let the legality of CBD oil fool you – you can still run into issues in some cases when you’re flying with CBD.

The problem basically comes down to the complexity of the laws surrounding CBD, specific amounts of other cannabinoids present, the rules in the specific place you’re traveling to and, in some cases, the challenges in enforcing the existing rules fairly.

  • The 2018 Farm Bill allows you to travel within the US with CBD provided it’s under 0.3% THC
  • State laws can differ, though, so it’s always better to check before you travel just in case
  • It’s important to bring documentation of the THC level (i.e. lab test results) if you can
  • You can bring any form of CBD provided the container for liquids is less than 3.4 ounces/100ml
  • Bringing CBD on international flights is generally not advised, but if you check carefully it could be OK
  • Taking CBD during a flight could help to ease anxiety, just don’t vape on the plane!

You Can Bring CBD on a Plane (At Least Within the US)

In a nutshell, you can bring CBD on a plane within the United States.

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized CBD oil derived from hemp at the federal level provided it contains less than 0.3% THC by weight, and many individual states either allow recreational or medicinal cannabis anyway.

In principle, and ignoring some details, it’s totally fine to take CBD with you on your flight. But if you’re actually planning on traveling with CBD, it’s better to be aware of the details and prepared for potential issues that may arise.

CBD With Over 0.3% THC is Still Illegal (at the Federal Level)

The wording of the Farm Bill makes it clear that CBD products that contain more than 0.3% THC by weight is still illegal. Because THC is the psychoactive component of the marijuana plant, this is where the law is focused. CBD isn’t such a big deal legally, but in general, wherever you find CBD, there will be some THC too, and that can cause you problems.

This is why “full spectrum” CBD oils aren’t recommended for travel between states.

Full spectrum basically includes CBD, the terpenes that give cannabis its distinctive smell, and other cannabinoids including THC. This means most products marketed as “full spectrum” will contain over 0.3% THC and therefore be illegal at the federal level.

Broad spectrum or CBD isolate products will be fine, because they’ve generally been produced with this limitation in mind.

You Still Shouldn’t Travel with Cannabis

Unsurprisingly, despite legalization in many states, you still shouldn’t fly with marijuana itself.

THC is still a controlled substance in federal law, and you’re bound to run into problems if you’re trying to travel with THC-heavy products.

Even if you’re traveling between states with legal cannabis, federal law is king when it comes to airport rules and US airspace, so it is still illegal to fly with it. Save yourself the trouble and just pick up some more when you arrive.

Airport Security Aren’t Looking for Drugs, But They Could Still Find Your CBD

In general, the TSA aren’t really looking for illegal drugs – they’re focused on threats to passengers and planes instead. They literally state this on their website. But that doesn’t mean they will ignore anything they do find: in fact, they’re obligated to report any violations of state or federal law to the authorities.

So if they find a prohibited CBD product – or if they have reason to suspect a specific product might break the rules – then you could end up in trouble.

The main ways they could detect CBD in your bags is through drug-sniffing dogs or with X-rays.

Dogs are trained to smell the terpenes in cannabis, rather than THC itself, so dogs may detect broad-spectrum CBD extracts (which contain these chemicals). In theory, this shouldn’t be a problem, but you will have to make your case pretty well to avoid problems.

The general message for X-rays is the same. Your bags will be scanned, and if they see something that looks suspicious, they’ll almost certainly open your bag to check it out.

Again, you can explain the situation and hopefully it will be fine, but there is always a risk that they won’t buy it or they’ll try to investigate further.

You Should Bring Documentation Where Possible

This is why you should always bring additional documentation if possible. Check the label on your product carefully to see if you can confirm that it contains less than 0.3% THC. If at all possible, print out the results of lab testing on the product so you can literally prove that it contains less THC than the maximum allowable limit. Really, if you have anything that shows that the product contains less than 0.3% THC and that it was derived from hemp, bring it along.

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This might seem like overkill. After all, it’s legal and it’s a free country. But put yourself in the shoes of the TSA agent trying to determine if your product is good. Looking at a bottle of CBD oil, do you know it only contains less than 0.3% THC? Of course it’s impossible to tell by looking at the product – you might not even trust the label – so if you’re being cautious you would need additional information before you let it go.

State Law Can Differ From Federal Law

Finally, federal law isn’t even the only thing you have to worry about. Although the 2018 Farm Bill legalizes hemp-derived CBD at the federal level, state laws can (and do) differ.

There might be different limits on the amount of THC permitted to be present in the product or other differences compared to federal law. It’s better to do a little extra research than be caught out on a technicality when you land.

You Can Travel With Most CBD Products, Including…

Traveling with CBD in cream or topical form is absolutely fine, provided you abide by standard airline 3-1-1 rule regarding liquids in your carry-on baggage. This includes lotions, and so CBD topical or creams would fall under this restriction.

In short, you can’t take a container larger than 3.4 ounces (100 ml) in your carry-on, and it must fit (along with any other liquids) in a quart-sized re-sealable bag.

The same goes for hemp oil: there’s no issue with bringing it with you on a flight, even in your carry-on, provided it’s in a container smaller than 3.4 ounces/100ml. Any larger containers can just be placed into your checked baggage (although you should make sure it’s accessible in case security wants to take a look at it).

Vape pens of all types are only allowed in your carry-on baggage. They fall under the standard rules for traveling with batteries, and of course they contain liquids too so you’ll have to place them in a re-sealable bag. There is no concern about the size, here, because it’s impossible to exceed the limit with a vape pen.

CBD Bath Bombs

A bath bomb containing CBD is like any other CBD product, except there’s less to worry about in this case because it isn’t a liquid. You can take it in your carry-on or checked baggage, but you should still bring some sort of documentation if at all possible. However, realistically you’re less likely to arouse suspicion with a bath bomb than CBD oil, for example.

CBD Edibles

Edibles are also easier to travel with since they’re solid. However, with most people being aware that cannabis edibles are a thing, it’s important to bring documentation of the THC level if you’re traveling with CBD edibles.

Traveling Within the US (or Canada) is Fine, But International Travel isn’t (Usually) Advised

The 2018 Farm Bill has effectively removed the majority of issues with traveling with CBD within the US. Although there are some caveats, as we’ve covered in this post, the overall picture is that travel with CBD in the US effectively has no restrictions. Similarly, since even recreational cannabis is legal in Canada, you have nothing to worry about when traveling in or to Canada with CBD oil.

Internationally, the picture is very different. Most countries don’t have CBD laws as permissive as the US, and so you’ll need to do some research before you travel. For example, in the EU, the limit for THC in legal CBD products is set at 0.2% , so most US-made CBD products will be technically illegal there.

Other countries’ laws vary quite a lot, and in the majority of cases they will be harsher. This basically means that it isn’t wise to travel with CBD unless you’ve done research on the specific country you’re traveling to beforehand. Things can be more difficult than this, too, because even if the letter of the law says one thing, that doesn’t mean that every airport security agent will understand or be reasonable in practice.

For this reason, unless you have absolute assurance that the country you’re traveling to has an attitude to CBD like that in the US, it’s probably better to leave your CBD products at home. You certainly can in many places, but if you want to avoid issues at the airport it’s really the safest approach.

Taking CBD While Traveling Can Ease Anxiety

Taking CBD during travel can also be a good idea, especially if you get anxious on flights. Reducing anxiety is one of the most well-known benefits of CBD, and so taking a dose on a flight – a little before you take off so it has time to take effect – is a great alternative to anti-anxiety drugs. You should check with your doctor before using CBD for anxiety, of course, especially because it may interact with other medications that carry the “grapefruit warning.”

If you’re already using CBD for anxiety, of course, there is no issue with continuing to do so when you fly. Plus, the side effects of CBD are pretty rare and generally very mild, so there’s no real risk to using CBD on a plane.

For people who get dry skin during travel, CBD creams are a great option. Since the cream will moisturize your skin, it will offer immediate relief, but CBD is also anti-inflammatory and so it will do more than an average moisturizer if you have inflammation related skin problems.

Make Sure Your CBD Container Won’t Smash in Your Bag, and Don’t Vape on the Plane

When you’re traveling with CBD, especially if it’s in your checked baggage, you should consider using shatter-resistant packaging. While airport staff shouldn’t throw your cases around and do anything that could shatter a glass container, of course it could happen. In your carry-on baggage you obviously have a lot more control, and an ordinary container shouldn’t be a problem.

Most CBD products are resistant to changes in temperature, although they tend to be best at room temperature. If your CBD topical, for instance, experiences a temperature change during travel, it will become thinner (too hot) or thicker (too cold) in consistency, but you can rectify this by returning it to room temperature and then mixing it if necessary.

For consuming CBD during travel, the key factor to consider is whether doing so will land you in trouble. Essentially, if you don’t vape on the plane – which is a huge no-no – you’re basically fine. While a fellow passenger might find it odd if you drop some CBD oil under your tongue mid-flight, there’s nothing wrong with doing so and it’s absolutely fine in terms of the rules. Likewise, nobody will care if you consume a gummy or other edible, and likely won’t even realize it isn’t regular candy.

Conclusion – Traveling with CBD is Simple, If You’re Careful

Overall, you probably won’t have an issue traveling with CBD if you stay within the US or Canada.

The main challenge is whether the TSA agent you’re dealing with asks questions or demands documentation for your CBD, but provided you prepare for the possibility, there won’t be an issue.

International travel is much more difficult and could easily land you in trouble, so it’s better to avoid it unless you’ve done ample research on your specific destination first. Other than that, you can comfortably bring your CBD on board and even use a little to ease any flight anxiety.

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A Guide to Traveling With CBD

Apprehensive travelers are turning to cbd for its calming effects. but crossing borders with it can be tricky. we break down the rules for you—and the best products to try..

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A Guide to Traveling With CBD

Travelers are using CBD to calm nerves, treat jet lag, ease muscle aches, and more.

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As travel makes its roaring comeback and you return to the friendly skies or the open road, you may also feel a little trepidation after so much time grounded. Some nervous travelers are taking CBD, or cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating cannabis plant extract, for its calming effects. Others use it to treat jet lag or ease muscle aches.

But can you fly with CBD oil or gummies? Here’s what you need to know about traveling with CBD—plus, some of our favorite products for travelers.

Can you travel with CBD?

According to the TSA , CBD products that contain less than 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), standard for CBD derived from hemp as opposed to CBD from cannabis, are permitted aboard aircraft in checked or carry-on bags. Keep in mind that marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products with more than 0.3 percent THC are illegal based on federal laws and should not be brought on airplanes. The TSA website maintains that passenger screening is aimed at detecting potential threats and keeping everyone safe and not in the business of searching for illegal substances, but that said, the laws are pretty clear and breaking them is ill-advised.

Although CBD has been legal on a federal level since 2018, keep in mind that CBD regulations vary from state to state. For example, it’s perfectly legal to travel with CBD products containing less than 0.3 percent of THC in the state of Vermont , but in Kansas , only THC-free CBD products are considered legal. And even this is confusing as all forms and combinations of CBD appear on the state’s list of banned substances . Before you bring CBD products into a new state, it’s best to research local regulations.

Traveling internationally with CBD is even trickier. Although Canada legalized cannabis in 2018, it’s still against the law to cross the Canadian border with cannabis and cannabis-containing products—even if you have a medical marijuana license. Likewise, traveling abroad to anywhere in the EU prohibits the possession of cannabis and products containing cannabis, regardless of the laws in the country you’re visiting. And if you decide to purchase cannabis in one EU nation—say, the Netherlands—the safest option is to leave it behind if your European adventures have you hopping from country to country.

The benefits of CBD for travelers

With the topline legal stuff out of the way, let’s dive into the benefits and uses of CBD for travelers.

“The literature studying the effects of cannabis on anxiety is fairly robust,” says Timothy Byars, director of Medical Cannabis Programs at Pacific College of Health and Science . Studies, of which there are over a hundred now, show promising evidence that CBD may reduce anxiety.

But while CBD’s potential to help stressed or anxious travelers is fairly well known, Byars says it may also promote wakefulness, at least at lower doses. CBD edibles and oils promoting energy or focus are on the rise, though research has not yet gone deep in studying CBD’s stimulating effects. Nonetheless, we’d be remiss to ignore CBD’s potential to help weary, jet-lagged travelers combat fatigue and exhaustion. This writer, for one, has found CBD products promising “energy” or “focus” to be a better bet than downing yet another cup of coffee when the inevitable jet lag strikes. And Boston-based musician Tedros McCrary says he’s found CBD useful on trips out west when traveling requires adjusting to a different time zone. “It’s subtle but effective,” he says.

Best CBD products for travelers

Whether you’re looking for a way to relax in flight or focus on a jam-packed-making-up-for-lost-time travel agenda, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our picks for the best CBD products for travelers. Each one contains less than 0.3 percent of THC, so they’re legal to travel with on domestic flights within the United States.

This CBD chocolate bar is made with 72 percent dark chocolate.

This CBD chocolate bar is made with 72 percent dark chocolate.

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1. Best CBD chocolate bar: Green Element CBD Chocolate Bar

  • Buy now: $15 for a three-ounce bar, greenelementcbd.com
  • CBD per serving: 25 mg
  • THC per serving: 0.0133 percent

This bean-to-bar Madagascan chocolate bar is so tasty it may be hard to stop at one square. But recalling the industry adage shared by Byars, “Start low and go slow,” we recommend sticking to the suggested one square dose, which contains 25 mg CBD from full spectrum hemp extract. Intended to relieve all kinds of traveler ailments from inflammation to anxiety and sleep issues, the preservative-free chocolate bar is a nice alternative if you’re not into gummies or oils.

Wyld CBD gummies are made with real fruit.

Wyld CBD gummies are made with real fruit.

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2. Best CBD gummy: Wyld Blackberry CBD gummies

  • Buy now: $35 for 20 gummies, wyldcbd.com ; cbd.co
  • THC per serving: THC free

If you care about authentic (read: not artificial) flavors, you’d be hard-pressed to find a tastier gummy than what this artisanal Oregon brand is producing. Redolent of the Pacific Northwest’s bounty, the blackberry CBD gummies, made from hemp containing zero THC, are especially delicious—and effective. A general-use CBD bite, a single dose can be taken before takeoff or after a long hike when your muscles need some TLC.

3. Best CBD honey: Red Belly Honey Snap Packs

  • Buy now: $15 for a five-pack, redbellyhoney.com
  • CBD per serving: 1.8 mg
  • THC per serving: 0.3 percent or less

These travel-ready packs containing honey infused with pure CBD get our seal of approval both for their flavor profile—floral, fruity, and earthy—and their chill impact on tired limbs, sore joints, and racing minds. With so many gummies on the market, it can be easy to forget that not everyone has a taste for the candy-like item. What’s more: This honey can be consumed on its own, stirred into a beverage, or drizzled on toast or crackers to elevate even the most basic airplane food.

4. Best CBD for newbies: Eco Therapy CBD Mints Relax

  • Buy now: $40 for 30 mints, ecotherapycbd.com ; cbd.co
  • CBD per serving: 10 mg

A good option for someone just dipping their toes into the wide world of cannabinoids, these mints are beautifully packaged—we almost feel soothed by the packaging alone—and discreet. Containing just a handful of ingredients, including green tea extract, chamomile, and ginger, each mint has 10 mg of CBD and its effects are subtle yet successful in bringing stress levels down a few notches.

In addition to CBD, this oil contains melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that regulates sleep and can also be taken to fight insomnia and jet lag.

In addition to CBD, this oil contains melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that regulates sleep and can also be taken to fight insomnia and jet lag.

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5. Best CBD for jet lag (falling asleep): Highline Wellness CBD Night Oil

  • Buy now: $40 for a one-ounce bottle, highlinewellness.com
  • CBD per serving: 16.6 mg

We’ll admit we were initially drawn to this product because of its attractive, streamlined packaging and design, but we stayed enamored after administering a dropper before bed on our first night back in a hotel in an unfamiliar bed and proceeding to fall into a deep, relaxing slumber. The recommended dose’s 5 mg of melatonin no doubt played a part in the oil lulling us to sleep, but it’s hard not to also feel grateful for the groggy-free mornings likely aided by the oil’s hemp-derived CBD.

6. Best CBD for jet lag (staying awake): Mindset Wellness Focus Gummies

  • Buy now: $52 for 50 gummies, mindsetwellness.com
  • THC per serving: 0.011 percent

Truth be told, we’re into all of Mindset Gummies’ categories: happy, calm, rest, recovery, beauty, focus, but if we had to choose just one for our travel needs now, we’d go with focus. Containing terpene pinene, which may aid in memory and stoke creative juices, these blueberry gummies are a great option for travelers with packed itineraries who struggle with jet-lag related brain fog. Plus, pinene—a terpene found in pine, rosemary, and basil—may also help relieve pain.

7. Best topical CBD: Healing Rose Lemon Ginger Menthol 4X Herbal Salve

  • Buy now: $80 for a 2.25-ounce jar, thehealingroseco.com
  • CBD per serving: 4.76 mg, based on a pea-sized amount

Travel often requires a certain amount of stamina. Whether it’s a long, international flight, a multiday road trip, or an interstate Amtrak journey, the inevitability of sore muscles and joints is ever present. While many ingestible CBD products purport to reduce inflammation and provide relief for arthritis or other chronic pain issues, we love the swift relief of a topical salve. And a little of this product, made in Massachusetts by a women-led company, goes a long way. >> Next: How to Calm Your Travel Anxiety

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Traveling with CBD: Everything You Need to Know

Air travel can be anxiety-provoking, more so if you’re traveling with CBD. These TSA-approved tips tell you how to fly with CBD and less stress.

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, the same question is on a lot of people’s minds: can you fly with cannabidiol (CBD) oil ? After all, cannabis has received special notoriety in the past decade as more and more states move to legalize the plant for recreational and medicinal use.

Anyone who flies regularly knows all too well the hassle of having to pack a bag according to airline regulations, followed by the uneasy security experience. When it comes to traveling with CBD, a substance that many people consider a non-negotiable part of their wellness routine, the rules seem even more unclear.

So, can you travel with CBD? Ahead, learn the official word on flying with CBD, the benefits of hemp medicine for flight anxiety, and what you can do to get through security confidently if your carry-on includes CBD.

Can You Fly With CBD?

The short answer – it depends. Thanks to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived CBD is legal under federal law. That means you can grow, sell, buy, and consume CBD without having to worry about any legal consequences (on a federal level). Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not included on the federally-mandated list of controlled substances.

The only kicker with CBD is that it has to have less than 0.3% THC content. This small amount could be left behind after extraction, but it’s not enough to produce psychoactive “high” effects. Of the three types of CBD , isolate and broad-spectrum contain zero THC, while full-spectrum CBD has some THC.

CBD is typically extracted from hemp, a plant from the same family as marijuana, but without a high concentration of THC. In other words, hemp and medical marijuana both come from cannabis, but they each have varying levels of cannabinoids (therapeutic compounds).

Technically, flying with CBD is legal in the eyes of the federal government, but then again, individual states get the final say-so. Things get a bit trickier if you’re crossing state lines.

States Where CBD Is Illegal

If you travel with CBD products in or out of Idaho , South Dakota , or Nebraska , you’d be wise to leave your CBD at home. As of now, these three states have set rules against (or unclear technicalities around) the possession of recreational hemp.

States Where CBD Oil is Illegal

This is subject to change as states approve new laws in the future.

But what about prescribed cannabis? Currently, only one FDA-approved CBD product qualifies under a medical exemption. For those managing epilepsy with Epidiolex, you can legally pack it on your carry-on and travel across state lines, according to TSA regulations .

If you’re bringing CBD for other medical conditions, many states have yet to specify what is and isn’t legal for medicinal CBD patients using products sourced from marijuana. To be safe, you may want to research specific state legislation regarding CBD before your flight.

TSA Guidelines: Is it Legal to Fly with CBD?

Circling back to the question of hemp-sourced CBD products, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) follows the guidelines outlined by the 2018 Farm Bill. They permit “[CBD] products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by the FDA.”

In other words, you can legally bring hemp-derived CBD into an airport and onto a plane without arousing federal suspicion. Contrary to public opinion, TSA officers are not actively looking to zero in on people traveling with cannabis. The screening procedures are there to detect potential safety threats—and, fortunately, cannabis doesn’t fall under that category.

However (and this is a major downside), if the TSA does find your stash, you could be subject to local/state drug laws. If you’re wondering how a TSA officer distinguishes between CBD and THC, well, it’s not a straight answer. Ultimately, it’s up to the TSA officer to decide. To stay on the safe side, you can prepare your CBD in a way that’s 100% transparent (more on this later).

Can I take CBD Oil on International Flights?

Similar to the United States, many government agencies, such as the European Union, give a pass on CBD products as long as they contain little to no trace of THC.

However, cannabis laws vary between countries and should be researched upon international travel. From there, individual countries have the right to make their own legislation.

But worldwide, there’s no set of standardized laws on CBD, which makes it hard to say one way or another. To err on the side of caution and avoid losing time going through security, consider picking up your CBD when you land. You can always use CBD before heading to the airport if you’re anxious about a long flight.

If you’re wondering what countries have legalized CBD and where CBD oils remain illegal, you can check out our in-depth guide here .

Where Can You Travel with CBD Oil

Benefits of CBD for Air Travel

Flight phobia, or the fear of flying, is not something to brush off as being “in your head.” This condition is a documented anxiety disorder in the DSM-5, involving anticipatory anxiety days or weeks before a flight and extremely negative mental images about potential disasters.

Depending on the severity of your anxiety, CBD may help soothe pre-flight panic and nervousness. Despite the lag in federal and state legislation, pre-clinical and analytical research reveals the promising benefits of CBD:

To Relieve Anxiety

In a 2019 double-blind study, researchers set out to determine the effect of using 300mg CBD as exposure therapy for patients with social anxiety and panic disorder associated with agoraphobia. As the first clinical trial to test the effectiveness of CBD for phobic patients, the findings could help thousands of future fliers dealing with pre-flight anxiety.

Preclinical evidence has already confirmed the anxiety-reducing effects of CBD on the stress response, so for people with flight phobia, CBD could ward off heart-racing fits of anxiety before takeoff.

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To Promote Better Sleep

Animal studies and small controlled trials have shown that CBD increases sleepiness , which may be good news for fliers who have trouble dozing off on airplanes. However, the same study suggests that products with both CBD and THC may make you more alert than sleepy.

You can experiment with this before your flight to find the formula that helps you nod off to sleep. But since you can’t legally bring THC on the plane, CBD is a suitable and legal sleep aid. Furthermore, CBD sleep products are sometimes made using other all-natural ingredients that help promote sleep.

You may also travel with CBD oil in order to avoid jet lag.

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To Provide Pain Relief

In self-reported survey results published by the Journal of Pain Research , more than half of the 253 participants said that CBD products improved their back, neck, and nerve pain. Based on this anecdotal evidence, you may find relief while sitting in constrained, uncomfortable positions on an airplane with CBD.

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Travel-Friendly Types of CBD

The same rules for liquids apply to CBD. If you’re bringing tinctures in your carry-on, make sure they’re less than 3.4 oz. Travel-sized shouldn’t be that much of a hurdle with CBD products, which generally already come packaged in small containers.

If you’re wondering if it’s better to bring edibles, tinctures, joints/flower, sprays, vapes, or topicals, here’s the deal: pack smart and plan for the worst-case scenario. To avoid an awkward TSA encounter, keep your CBD in its original packaging. You can also bring a copy of the product’s certificate of analysis (CoA) as a secondary precaution measure. This way, if you do run into a problem, you’ll have the proper paperwork to prove your CBD complies with the less than 0.3% THC rule.

Can you take CBD oil on a plane?

Technically, yes. But we would recommend doing so with caution. Furthermore, since CBD oil is a liquid, it’s important your product stays within the legal fluid limits.

Can you take CBD cream on a plane?

Again, you technically can, but you’ll want to be careful. Also, you’ll want to ensure your CBD cream is in a travel-size container.

Tips for Overcoming Stress at Security

For some people, airports are an exciting stepping stone to the next adventure. Assuming that everything goes according to plan, flying can be a thrill. But, like most things in life, plans change unexpectedly.

You might hit traffic on the way to the airport, misplace your travel documents, lose non-TSA compliant valuables at security, or worse, miss your flight due to unforeseen circumstances.

There are a million possibilities, but to ensure you get from point A to B, read over this list of expert flier tips (especially if you’re traveling with CBD):

  • Pack and organize before you go : Last-minute packing – just don’t do it. Keep your stress levels in check by gathering all of your belongings the night before you fly.
  • Research domestic/international CBD laws : This bit of research will save you time and money. If it’s illegal where you’re going, you won’t run the risk of TSA officers throwing your CBD in the trash. But if it is legal, you’ll need time to print the product’s CoA before your flight.
  • Breathe, the TSA isn’t the police : Even though they’re in uniform, TSA officers aren’t there to arrest you for a little CBD. Move swiftly and confidently through security and you should be fine.
  • Don’t go out of your way to hide your stash : Not only will this increase anxiety if your bag gets pulled, but it sends a signal to TSA officers that you have something to hide. If you have CBD gummies , stow them in a quart-sized baggie with your other food items. For tinctures, keep them in a sealed bag with your cosmetics. Vape oil and batteries are only allowed in your carry-on bag, preferably in a separate, sealed bag. Transparency is best, so remember to keep everything in its original packaging.

Traveling with CBD Oil

You can probably get away with flying with CBD, depending on the airport, the state you’re flying to, and the TSA officer on duty. Because CBD is federally legal, airport guidelines have recognized the changing legal situation and made updates accordingly.

CBD may provide relief for anxious flyers, but if you’re worried about losing your CBD at security, plan on dosing before you arrive at the airport. If it’s legal at your next destination, pick up what you need there to avoid unnecessary hassle at security.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Since TSA isn’t looking for cannabis, it’s safe to say they won’t perform a cannabinoid test at security. However, they may pass the situation off to a law enforcement officer. You can field questions about your CBD by keeping it in its original packaging with a printed copy of the certificate of analysis. To state the obvious, don’t bring products with the cannabis universal symbol (marijuana leaf and exclamation point).

It’s better to seal your CBD with other liquids and valuables. If it’s accessible, you’re less likely to get dinged by the airport baggage scanner.

Depending on the type of CBD you use, it could take 5 minutes to two hours to feel the effects. Gummies and tinctures are less bioavailable than vapes. If you need instant relief, smoke before you step into the airport. But you may want to time your dosage with takeoff, so an edible or tincture would work better in this scenario. In such cases, consume between 30 minutes to an hour before arriving at the airport.

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Discover more, discover brands, discover & compare, can you take cbd oil on a plane what you need to know before traveling with cbd, preparing to fly can raise the question of whether your trusty cbd oil can make the journey with you. one crucial fact stands out: the tsa permits carry-on and checked bags to contain hemp-derived cbd oil with a thc concentration not exceeding 0.3%. this post is your guide, easing anxiety about flying with cbd by….

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Preparing to fly can raise the question of whether your trusty CBD oil can make the journey with you. One crucial fact stands out: The TSA permits carry-on and checked bags to contain hemp-derived CBD oil with a THC concentration not exceeding 0.3%.

This post is your guide, easing anxiety about flying with CBD by unveiling rules, providing must-know tips, and ensuring you’re ready for airport security. Stay tuned for clear skies ahead as we navigate air travel with CBD together.

Key Takeaways

  • You can bring CBD oil on a plane if it’s made from hemp and has less than 0.3% THC.
  • Always keep your CBD in its original packaging to show TSA agents what it is and avoid problems.
  • Check the laws about CBD for where you’re flying from, going to, and any places you might stop.
  • For international trips, look up the destination country’s rules on CBD because they can be very different.
  • Have papers like a Certificate of Analysis ready when traveling with CBD to prove it follows legal THC limits.

Understanding CBD Oil

A person holding a bottle of CBD oil in a natural setting.

CBD oil is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments. It’s made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.

While derived from the same plant as marijuana, CBD does not contain THC , the psychoactive component that causes a “high.”.

Does CBD Oil Get You High?

CBD oil does not get you high . This is because it has very low levels of THC, the part of marijuana that causes high feelings. Most CBD oil comes from industrial hemp, which by law must have less than 0.3% THC .

So, when you use CBD oil for things like anxiety relief or to help with sleep, you shouldn’t worry about getting high.

There’s a difference between CBD and THC even though they come from the same plant family. While THC is known for its strong effects on your mind, CBD works in a calmer way and is mainly used for medical purposes .

The feeling after taking CBD should be more relaxed but not altered like with recreational marijuana products that contain higher amounts of THC. Always check how much THC is in any product before buying or traveling with it to make sure it meets legal rules.

TSA Guidelines for Traveling With CBD

A neatly packed travel bag with CBD products surrounded by TSA security equipment and diverse travelers.

The TSA says you can bring CBD products on a plane if they have less than 0.3% THC. These items must come from hemp plants, not marijuana. Always check the latest TSA rules before your trip to make sure you’re following them right.

If your CBD has more than 0.3% THC or comes from the usual cannabis plant, you can’t take it on a plane.

For your flight, keep your CBD in its original packaging so TSA agents can quickly see what it is. This helps avoid problems at security checks. Make sure your CBD oil is packed safely in your carry-on bag too! Now let’s talk about traveling with CBD within the USA and what laws apply there.

Traveling With CBD in the USA

When it comes to traveling with CBD in the USA, it’s important to be aware of federal level laws and regulations governing its transportation. Understanding these laws will help you navigate any potential issues when carrying CBD products during your travels.

Federal Level Laws

In the USA, federal law allows you to fly with CBD oil as long as it’s made from hemp and has less than 0.3% THC. This is good news if you use CBD for health reasons like easing stress or helping you stay asleep.

Just make sure your CBD comes from the hemp plant, not the marijuana plant.

But keep in mind, even though federal laws let you bring this kind of CBD on planes, each state might have its own rules. Before you pack your bags, double-check the laws where you’re going and where you’ll land.

That way, you can enjoy your trip without any legal worries about your CBD oil.

Traveling With CBD in Europe

When traveling with CBD in Europe, it’s crucial to be aware of the varying regulations in different European countries. While some European countries have more lenient laws regarding CBD and cannabis products, others maintain strict restrictions.

For instance, some countries may allow CBD products that contain up to 0.2% THC, while others strictly prohibit any THC content in CBD products. Additionally, certain forms of CBD products, such as edibles like gummies or candies, might not be permissible for travel in specific European countries.

Before embarking on your trip with CBD oil or related products, research the legal status of CBD in each destination country within Europe. This helps ensure compliance with local laws and prevents any potential issues at customs or security checkpoints.

Remember to check for updated regulations before traveling as laws can vary and change across different European nations.

Traveling With CBD Internationally

When traveling internationally with CBD, it’s crucial to thoroughly research the legal regulations of the destination country. Many countries have strict laws regarding CBD and THC content, and some may not differentiate between hemp-derived and marijuana-derived CBD products.

Additionally, certain forms of CBD, such as edibles or those with higher THC levels, might be prohibited in some countries. It’s important to note that even if a country has legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use, bringing CBD oil from another location could still result in legal issues.

Before embarking on any international trip with CBD products, always verify the specific regulations of the destination country to avoid potential complications.

Remember that TSA guidelines apply only to domestic flights within the USA; they do not govern international air travel. Ensure compliance with both TSA rules and the laws of the destination country when carrying CBD across borders.

Additionally, having clear documentation such as a Certificate of Analysis can be beneficial for demonstrating compliance with legal THC limits while traveling internationally. Always exercise caution and diligence when considering whether to bring CBD products on an international journey due to varying global regulations.

Understanding THC Content and Documentation Requirements

When traveling with CBD, it’s important to understand the THC content and documentation requirements. Ensure that the THC levels in your CBD products are within legal limits for the country you’re visiting and have any necessary documentation on hand to avoid any issues during travel.

Low Levels of THC for Traveling

When traveling with CBD, it’s crucial to ensure that the products contain low levels of THC, ideally less than 0.3%. This is in line with TSA guidelines for air travel and helps you comply with federal laws in the USA.

Checking the THC content before traveling is essential to avoid any legal issues and to ensure a smooth journey without any complications at airport security checkpoints.

Remember, different countries have varying regulations regarding THC content in CBD products, so it’s important to research and understand these rules before embarking on international travel.

Documentation Requirements

When traveling with CBD, it’s important to have the necessary documentation to comply with regulations. Here are the key documentation requirements you need to consider:

  • Proof of CBD Content: Carry a certificate of analysis from the manufacturer showing the CBD content and THC level of the product.
  • Prescription or Recommendation: If traveling with medical CBD, have a doctor’s prescription or recommendation for the product.
  • Legal Status Documentation: Research and bring along documentation proving that CBD is legal in your departure and arrival locations.
  • Lab Test Results: Keep lab test results handy to verify the THC content if asked by authorities.
  • Product Origin Confirmation: Have proof that your CBD product is hemp-derived and contains less than 0.3% THC according to federal regulations.
  • Purchase Receipts: Retain purchase receipts or invoices as proof of where and when you bought the CBD product.
  • Packaging Details: Ensure the original packaging displays all relevant information about the product’s ingredients and THC levels.

Tips for Traveling with CBD: Packaging and Origin

When traveling with CBD, it’s important to consider how you package the product . Make sure the packaging is secure and meets TSA guidelines to avoid any issues at security checkpoints.

Keeping the original product packaging can also be helpful in demonstrating the legitimacy of your CBD oil while traveling.

Packaging Considerations

When traveling with CBD oil, proper packaging is crucial. Here are some important packaging considerations to keep in mind:

  • Ensure that the CBD oil is in a leak – proof container to prevent any spillage during travel.
  • Use opaque containers to protect the CBD oil from light exposure, which can degrade its quality over time.
  • Check the size of the container to comply with TSA guidelines for carry – on liquids.
  • Label the packaging clearly with information about the product and its THC content to assist security checks.
  • Consider using child – resistant packaging, especially if traveling with CBD gummies or other edible products.
  • Keep all CBD products in their original packaging to clearly display ingredients and prevent misunderstandings during security screenings.
  • Research specific airline regulations regarding carrying CBD products on board for additional guidance.
  • Be mindful of temperature fluctuations during travel and choose packaging that can withstand varying conditions to maintain product integrity.
  • Pack any related documentation, such as a certificate of analysis or a doctor’s prescription, alongside the CBD products for verification if needed at security checkpoints.
  • When purchasing CBD oil specifically for travel, opt for travel-sized bottles that meet TSA requirements and minimize space in your carry-on bag.

Importance of Original Packaging

When it comes to traveling with CBD oil, the original packaging is vital. It serves as proof of the product’s ingredients and THC content, meeting TSA guidelines. Additionally, keeping CBD oil in its original packaging ensures that you’re compliant with legal requirements and helps prevent any confusion during security checks.

Furthermore, the original packaging provides essential information about the product’s origin and its legitimacy. It also includes details such as batch numbers and manufacturing dates for transparency and authenticity.

Properly packaged CBD oil not only safeguards your travel plans but also gives you peace of mind regarding its quality and legality.

Before you pack your CBD oil for a trip, make sure it contains less than 0.3% THC and is hemp-derived. Check the TSA guidelines to ensure compliance with their rules before traveling with CBD products.

Remember that international travel with CBD might not be advisable, so always research the laws of your destination. Understanding the THC content and proper documentation will help you navigate airport security smoothly.

Packaging your CBD properly and keeping it in its original packaging is key for hassle-free travel.

1. Can I bring CBD oil on a plane with me?

Yes, you can usually take CBD oil in your carry-on bags when flying if it has less than 0.3% THC and meets regulations set by the Transportation Security Administration.

2. Are there different rules for medical cannabis compared to CBD oil?

The rules can be stricter for medical marijuana which contains higher levels of THC like delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or delta 8 THC, so always check the legal restrictions before traveling.

3. What should I have with me if I’m traveling with medical cannabis?

If you’re carrying legalized medical cannabis, make sure to have your tax receipt or any other proof that it is for medical use to avoid problems during security checks.

4. Will all airlines let me fly with CBD products?

While many airlines allow CBD oils and edibles from hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) that follow Food and Drug Administration guidelines, check with your specific airline about their rules regarding travel restrictions on these items.

5. Does taking edible cannabis on a plane cause any safety concerns?

As long as edible cannabis follows the same travel regulations and does not affect aviation safety by impairing passengers; they are generally allowed but stay informed on addiction warnings or drug treatments related to these products.

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Many people like taking CBD gummies due to their ability to promote calm, sleep, and pain relief.

If you’re one of these people, you might be wondering if you can take CBD gummies on a plane.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Can You Bring CBD Gummies on a Plane?
  • 2 Can the TSA Detect CBD Gummies?
  • 3 Dogs May Be Able to Smell CBD Gummies
  • 4 What Will Happen if the TSA Catch You
  • 5 You Can Bring Some Types of CBD Oil on a Plane
  • 6 How to Fly With CBD Products
  • 7 Do You Have to Declare You Are Traveling With CBD Gummies?
  • 8 Avoid Bringing Weed on a Plane

Can You Bring CBD Gummies on a Plane?

According to TSA regulations , you can bring CBD gummies on a plane as long as they don’t contain more than 0.3% THC.

If they don’t contain more than 0.3% THC, you can pack CBD gummies in both your carry on and checked bags with no restrictions.

Whether you can bring CBD gummies when flying internationally depends on the legality of CBD in the country you are flying to.

While CBD is legal in the USA, parts of Europe, and in some Asian countries, it is banned in countries like Thailand and Japan.

So we recommend checking the legality of CBD in the country you are flying to before you get to the airport.

Can the TSA Detect CBD Gummies?

The TSA can’t outright detect CBD gummies, or even detect drugs for that matter.

What happens is that if a TSA agent sees something suspicious on an airport scanner, they will take a closer look and may discover a passenger is attempting to fly with drugs that way.

Dogs May Be Able to Smell CBD Gummies

Detection dogs are able to detect whatever they are trained to detect.

So, if a detection dog has been trained to detect CBD, they will have no problem sniffing out CBD gummies.

Generally, dogs at airports are predominantly trained to sniff for explosives, as explosives pose a real risk to aviation safety unlike CBD and THC containing products.

What Will Happen if the TSA Catch You

The thing about CBD gummies is that they may or may not contain more than 0.3% THC, so even if a TSA agent finds CBD gummies, there is no way of knowing if a passenger is breaking the law or not.

Rest assured that a TSA agent isn’t going to confiscate your CBD gummies and send them to a lab for analysis.

The TSA do not predominantly check for drugs and have far more important matters to worry about.

You Can Bring Some Types of CBD Oil on a Plane

Again, it all comes down to the THC contain.

You are not allowed to bring CBD oil on a plane if it contains more than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis, in either your carry on or checked bags.

If the CBD oil doesn’t contain more than 0.3% THC, it can be packed in both your carry on and checked bags, though if the container exceeds 3.4oz/100ml, the oil must only be packed in your checked bag.

How to Fly With CBD Products

Whether you want to bring CBD gummies, oil, or any other CBD product on the plane, we recommend:

  • Making sure that the CBD oil or any other CBD products you want to bring does not contain more than 0.3% THC.
  • Making sure that the percentage of THC is clearly stated on the packaging.
  • If flying with CBD oil that is in a container that is larger than 3.4oz/100ml, pack it in your checked bag.
  • Researching the country you are flying to, so you can ensure that CBD products are not illegal there and that the percentage of THC the CBD product you want to bring contains is considered legal.

Do You Have to Declare You Are Traveling With CBD Gummies?

When flying domestically in the USA, you do not need to declare that you are flying with CBD gummies, CBD oil, or any other CBD product.

Avoid Bringing Weed on a Plane

As weed is illegal on a federal level and as airports and airplanes are under federal jurisdiction, you are not allowed to bring weed on a plane .

Even if you have a medical marijuana card, and even if you are flying between two states where weed is legal, you still cannot bring weed.

Again, this is because weed is illegal on a federal level, so the legality of weed in the state makes no difference.

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Nowadays, more and more people are turning to CBD products to improve their health. However, if you intend to travel carrying CBD products, there are some legal concerns you should have in mind.

If you’re planning your next trip and want to travel with CBD products, then this post is for you. Today, we’ll answer some common questions including:

  • What is CBD?
  • What are the health benefits of CBD for travelers?
  • Can you fly with CBD?
  • What regulations should be aware of when traveling with CBD?

Ready? Let’s get started!

What Is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, an active ingredient in marijuana. Nevertheless, it’s fair to mention that CBD doesn’t contain marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). In short, CBD products won’t make you feel “high”.

CBD is widely used for its multiple health benefits , including:

  • Lowering anxiety levels
  • Reducing stress
  • Pain relief
  • Lowering inflammation
  • Improving sleep quality

CBD is also used to treat epilepsy, PTSD, depression, insomnia, arthrosis, and more. It’s also commonly prescribed for reducing pain in cancer patients.

In fact, some travelers take CBD to:

  • Deal with flying anxiety
  • Prevent or treat muscular pain in an uncomfortable flight
  • Fall asleep, especially on a long flight
  • Cope with jet-lag

Traveling and CBD: What You Need to Know

For starters, there are different CBD laws depending on where you are and where you are traveling to. In this section, we’ll dive into what you should consider if you want to travel:

  • Within the USA
  • Within Europe
  • Internationally

Let’s take a closer look.

Can You Fly with CBD within the USA?

You can travel with CBD within the USA, but it will be tricky. According to the TSA , you can carry CBD products with less than 0.3% THC, and they must be hemp-derived. You can put them either in your carry-on bag or checked bags.

Nevertheless, CBC regulations vary from one state to another. For instance, in Vermont, CBD products with less than 0.3% THC are legal, but they’re not in Iowa. All in all, our best recommendation is to research your destination’s regulations before flying.

To determine whether purchasing or using a CBD product is legal, you should pay attention to three levels of legislation:

  • State-level laws
  • Federal-level laws
  • International laws

Most states in the US allow the sale and use of hemp-derived CBD and hemp oils. In fact, many States even legalized other cannabis products, including edible cannabis, medical marijuana, recreational marijuana, and more. So, if you’re traveling within the country, take note of state laws concerning CBD and THC to ensure you don’t travel with illegal substances.

US States with Low Cannabis Restrictions

As of this writing, THC products are legal for recreational and medical purposes in 17 states. Namely:

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • South Dakota

In these states, CBD products can be sold without restrictions, regardless of their THC amount.

US States with Moderate Cannabis Restrictions

Twenty states have legalized medical cannabis, including CBD products containing THC.

We’re talking about:

  • Connecticut
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • West Virginia

US States with High Cannabis Restrictions

The following states impose strict restrictions on CBD and THC sales:

  • South Carolina

You may be wondering how strict these rules are. Don’t hesitate to review local legislation if you’re traveling to any of these states. But here’s an example: Iowa doesn’t allow the sale of any CBD products, regardless of how low their THC content may be.

Federal Level Laws

A piece of federal legislation passed by the US government in 2018, known as the 2018 Farm Bill, outlines the federal legality of CBD.

Some key factors to consider about this document are:

  • Hemp and hemp-derived products are different from marijuana and other cannabis products. CBD regulations are based on this fundamental difference.
  • CBD products must contain no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight to be sold and used. Products with a higher amount are considered marijuana and not nationally legal, even though some states do recognize them as such.
  • The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is responsible for regulating hemp products. Its goal is to ensure that hemp products are properly labeled, inform consumers, and ensure consumer safety.

Getting CBD from a standard marijuana plant may result in it having a higher concentration of THC than legally allowed. Therefore, CBD products that are federally legal must be extracted from FDA- approved hemp.

Can You Travel to Europe with CBD in Your Bag?

CBD may be legal, restricted, or in the legal gray zone in Europe. Therefore, make sure both the country you are leaving and your destination allow you to transport CBD. Bear in mind that just because CBD purchase and consumption are legal in one country, that doesn’t mean that air transportation is also legal.

Some countries that have legalized CBD products are:

Furthermore, if you wish to travel with CBD within Europe legally, you must also carry a tax receipt and a certificate proving the hemp’s origin. Otherwise, security authorities will have no way of knowing where the product came from and its active components. Store all packaging, labels, and receipts with your CBD products. Alternatively, some countries may ask you to have a doctor’s note.

Additionally, it’s also discouraged to carry CBD flowers and resins, as they can be easily confused with illegal substances and lead to a thorough security check. To save time, it’s better to only transport oils, creams, and edibles.

Can You Travel Internationally with CBD?

Every country has its regulations for CBD products. However, here are some key points to consider:

CBD products are banned or heavily restricted to medical usage in Asia . Plus, there may be severe legal penalties for consuming, purchasing, or transporting CBD products, in some countries.

Australia and Canada

CBD is widely legalized in both Australia and Canada. However, THC concentration allowance may vary in comparison with the USA.

South America

CBD is strictly regulated in South America. Nevertheless, in the last few years, some countries like Uruguay and Colombia have fully legalized CBD.

Key Takeaways

All in all, traveling with CBD requires mindful research. During your research, keep in mind that CBD may be legal for consumption and purchase in some countries, but not for importation.

Nevertheless, in many countries, CBD legislation is currently being investigated, and new legislation or regulations could appear at any time. Stay updated by visiting official government websites.

If you’re failing to find the information you’re looking for and traveling with CBD is legal in your country, consider getting in touch with your Embassy.

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Traveling With CBD Gummies: What You Need To Know

By Ella Brooks December 19, 2022

Whether you’re looking to ward off that pesky jet lag, nix your flight jitters, or alleviate your achy muscles after being cramped in those tiny airplane seats,   cannabidiol (CBD)   gummies might just be your new favorite travel companion.

You may be wondering whether or not it’s legal to travel with   CBD gummies . The short answer is yes. Generally speaking, you can fly with CBD gummies as long as they contain less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The long answer is a bit more complicated, but we’re here to help.

Let’s discuss traveling with CBD gummies within the U.S. and internationally, as well as some quick helpful tips to prepare for your trip.

Traveling With CBD Gummies: Is It Legal?

In general, you can travel with CBD gummies in your carry-on or checked bag as long as the gummies are hemp-derived, meaning it contains less than 0.3% THC per the 2018 US Farm Bill. You can also   fly with other CBD products, like CBD oil . Just make sure your oil is less than three ounces if you’re taking it in your carry-on.

On   TSA’s official website , they state that “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.” (See the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334.) 

So, the main thing to be on the lookout for is   how much THC is in your CBD product . If you have hemp-derived CBD gummies, they   should   contain less than 0.3% THC, even if they’re   full-spectrum . However, the only way to know for certain (and prove this to TSA if asked) is to check your Certificate of Analysis, or third-party testing results. In this document, there will be a section labeled “ cannabinoid   profile” or “potency”. Look for “Delta 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta 9THC)” in the chart and double-check that in the “Results” column the percentage of THC by weight is less than 0.3%.

Also keep in mind that even when traveling within the U.S., many states have some sort of law in place that requires people to be a specific age to purchase and possess CBD. Some states may not have this in place, some may require you to be 18, and others require you to be 21. 

Can You Travel With CBD Gummies Internationally?

Traveling with CBD gummies or other CBD products internationally is a bit more nuanced than traveling within the U.S. Each country has its own laws and regulations surrounding   CBD products .

If you really have your heart set on traveling with your CBD gummies internationally, it’s best to do your own research on the laws and regulations for the country you’re planning on visiting as well as any countries you’ll be passing through.

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Tips for Traveling With CBD Gummies

When traveling with CBD gummies, there are a few things you’ll want to figure out beforehand, especially if you’re traveling internationally. It might take a bit of research on your end, but it will surely give you peace of mind.

First and foremost, you’ll want to obtain a copy of the   Certificate of Analysis   for your CBD gummies. You can often find this through a QR code on the packaging or the company’s website. Bring a hard copy of this and put it in your carry-on with the CBD gummies in their original packaging.  You can also put these items together in your checked bag if you don’t plan on taking your gummies until you reach your final destination.

Research the laws and regulations surrounding hemp-derived CBD products for the location you’re departing from, locations you have connecting flights in, as well as your destination. 

If you’re flying within the U.S., check out   our state-by-state breakdown of age requirements   to purchase and possess hemp-derived CBD products. 

Consider the country you’re traveling to when bringing CBD products. CBD is banned in a number of countries including Albania, Bolivia, and Venezuela. In Mexico, it’s legal to possess CBD but must contain less than 0.1% THC. Other countries only allow CBD products that contain 0% THC.

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To view your CBD product’s Certificate of Analysis, just scan the QR code on the product’s packaging and view the detailed test results or take a look at   batch results here .

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Seeing the total eclipse from 33,000 feet

Despite the pilot’s best efforts, delta’s eclipse flight didn’t offer passengers the best view of totality.

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SOMEWHERE OVER ARKANSAS — As skywatchers gathered across North America on Monday to peer up at a total solar eclipse, a plane full of Delta Air Lines passengers hoped to get a unique view from above the clouds.

But despite the efforts of the pilots on the route from Dallas to Detroit, a glimpse of totality proved elusive for many of the people who had reserved a spot on a flight that promised special maneuvers to get everyone a peek.

Passengers crowded near windows as the plane made a series of turns. However, the angle of the sun in the sky through much of the flight meant it was difficult to see much at all without craning your neck. Questions of “Did you see it?” bounced around the plane.

Kyle Carter, 40, a stay-at-home dad and private pilot from Orlando, said he didn’t see much of the actual eclipse during the flight, but he was happy with what he experienced.

“What I wanted to see, more than the actual eclipse itself, was just the shadow racing toward us from behind,” he said. “I did see that. You could see the darkness come towards us.”

Attorney Scot Kees and his daughter Gabrielle, 8, came from Atlanta for the flight. He said they “got a sliver” of the eclipse.

“Even though we didn’t get it completely, it was a fun community experience,” he said. He pointed out that clouds were an issue for many on the ground, so he’s not sure he would have seen more if he’d traveled somewhere else. “I’m glad we got to see what we did.”

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Before people on the plane flew into a few minutes of totality, the lights were dimmed and the sky outside grew darker. Flight attendants and the pilot offered a couple of heads-ups. Seat-back screens showed the scenes elsewhere along the path of totality, including Mexico, then Texas and up through Indianapolis.

Passengers got a bag of swag that included “solar eclipse” Sun Chips, a Moon Pie, eclipse glasses, and Delta-branded socks and hat that said “climbing the cosmos.”

Captain Alex Howell said in an interview after the flight landed that he didn’t look at the sun during the flight, but saw the sky turn into a “dark version of dusk.”

“The city lights came on because of the darkness,” he said.

In the lead-up to the eclipse, several airlines publicized their best-chance flights for a prime viewing spot, with more than two dozen crisscrossing the country on Delta, United, Southwest, Alaska and other operators. They were careful to include caveats and make no promises.

“While Delta flight plans have been designed to maximize time within the path of totality, this is subject to change due to factors outside of Delta’s control such as weather and air traffic control that could impact timing and aircraft,” the airline warned.

Delta operated two dedicated eclipse flights from Texas on Monday, including one from Austin. On the flight from Austin to Detroit, a couple wearing eclipse shirts got engaged after passing through totality.

“Everyone was clapping and yelling and just really happy for them,” said Delta spokeswoman Catherine Morrow, who was on the flight. The captain piped up from the flight deck to ask the outcome.

In Dallas, the airport scene was festive Monday morning. Passengers walked under a celestial-themed balloon arch to board, airline representatives handed out glasses and a Yorkie named Delilah posed for photos with her humans.

“It’s her first eclipse, how could she miss it?” said Alan Goldberg, 70, an attorney who lives in New York City and Florida. Monday was Delilah the dog’s second birthday.

Thomas Iwinski, a 34-year-old meteorologist from Detroit, flew to Dallas Monday morning to get on the flight back home that would transport passengers along the path of totality. He described the mood at the gate as “ecstatic, joyful, elated.” He rented a home in Tennessee for the 2017 eclipse but didn’t want to take a chance on clouds this time.

“It’s definitely going to be something that I’ve never experienced before,” he said.

The airline had been planning for the flights for months.

In October, an operations planning staffer mentioned the upcoming eclipse. That led to some brainstorming and spitballing, said Chris Clisham, a flight superintendent at the airline, in a phone interview.

“And dot dot dot, here we are,” he said.

The logistics sound like an SAT word problem: If the plane is traveling at 400 mph and the moon’s shadow is racing at 1,600 mph, where will they overlap? And for how long? Throw in the angle of the sun while you’re at it.

“Fortunately, even though I am a math major, I didn’t have to bring any trigonometry into this equation,” Clisham said. Flight-planning software did the heavy lifting.

The airline first announced an Austin-to-Detroit flight in mid-February, describing it as “specifically for umbraphiles to be able to spend as much time as possible directly within the path of totality.” That flight sold out in a day, so Delta quickly added another one, this time from Dallas.

Jamie Larounis, a D.C.-based travel industry analyst with UpgradedPoints.com , had no special plans to see the eclipse. He was intrigued by Delta’s first flight, but it sold out before he could snag a seat. Then he saw a news release about the Dallas flight.

“Within 30 seconds, I had it booked,” he said. “I dropped everything.”

Before the flight, he said, he dropped 107,500 airline miles to book a first-class seat on the left side of the plane, equivalent to about $1,149. Anyone who heard about the plan assumed he has an extreme interest in eclipses, but he said he is more of an aviation buff.

“They all think I’m some sort of meteorologist, am I some sort of physics whatever,” said Larounis, 34.

Melanie Elliott, 36, of Chapel Hill, N.C., was disappointed to have missed the Austin flight so she leaped at the chance to fly out of Dallas. An astronomy fan who got a degree in physics, she was wearing astronaut earrings, a solar system necklace and a star and moon ring. After the flight, she said the view of totality — as she “was like laying on the right side of the seat” to try to see — was “a little disappointing.” She said she’ll watch her next eclipse from the ground.

But there was one huge perk for her: Astronaut Scott Kelly spoke at a post-flight party in Detroit and posed for pictures with passengers.

“Scott Kelly touched my moon tattoo,” Elliott said. “Kind of worth it.”

During the last eclipse visible from North America, in 2017, photographer Jon Carmichael tried to win a spot on a special Alaska Airlines flight so he could photograph the eclipse from the sky. He lost out, but pored over flight schedules and compared them with the eclipse path to find a Southwest flight from Portland, Ore., to St. Louis.

With the help of the pilots — one of whom even cleaned the window outside Carmichael’s seat before taking off — he took about 1,200 photos that formed an iconic photo mosaic documenting the eclipse.

Carmichael, who has also photographed an eclipse from land, said there are pros and cons to being in the air. The experience on the ground is more immersive; there are temperature changes, reactions from wildlife and the view is not obstructed by parts of a plane.

But in the sky, clouds are much less likely to get in the way. And, he said, it’s possible to see the moon’s shadow moving across the earth on the ground — a view unavailable to eclipse watchers for most of human history.

“We’ve only been flying as a human race for a little over 100 years; that’s only the blink of an eye,” he said. “It really gives you a sense of the scale of the universe that we’re part of this huge incredible celestial system where you actually can see the moon’s shadow being cast onto the Earth, moving across the Earth.”

A total solar eclipse passed across the United States on Monday, April 8. See photos and videos from the path of totality and read our reporters’ coverage from scenes across the nation .

Looking ahead: Missed this one? The next eclipse visible in the United States won’t be until 2044 — and then we’ll see another shortly after in 2045. If you did watch this eclipse but without proper eyewear, here’s what to do if your eyes hurt .

The science: This eclipse appeared especially dramatic because the sun was at its most active period in two decades. In the past, solar eclipses have helped scientists learn more about the universe . Here’s everything else to know about the solar eclipse.

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I fly twice a month for work. Here are 5 mistakes all travelers should avoid making.

  • I'm an adventure-travel writer and typically find myself at the airport at least twice a month.
  • Over the years, I've made many mistakes, both in the airport and on the plane .
  • Now, before heading to the airport , I always screenshot my boarding pass and pack lots of snacks.

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As an adventure-travel writer, I typically find myself at the airport at least twice a month for work.

I've certainly made some mistakes along the way, but have developed some go-to travel hacks to ensure a smooth air-travel experience.

Here are five mistakes you should avoid making during your next trip.

Forgetting to screenshot your boarding pass

It's frustratingly common to step into the airport only to realize cell phone connectivity has disappeared, airport WiFi is nonexistent, and the airline app you've become dependent upon is unresponsive.

Once that crucial connectivity is lost, accessing a boarding pass becomes nearly impossible. That's why I now screenshot my boarding pass before heading to the airport. I've found this works well for me when all other options have disappeared.

Counting on in-flight food and beverage service

Catching a flight can be chaotic, and slowing down to grab a quick bite to eat in the airport can sometimes get deprioritized. However, in-flight snack and beverage service can't always be depended upon.

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I've often found myself counting down the minutes until the flight attendants come by with the service cart, just to find out there won't be any food or drink served on my flight. This can be due to anything from a short flight time to turbulence.

To avoid encountering this travel nightmare , I always bring a reusable water bottle and a stash of snacks with me to hold me over until my flight lands.

Not using the bathroom before boarding the plane

It's easy to get caught up in the boarding process and skip the last opportunity to stop at the bathroom before getting on the plane. However, the boarding process can be long and passengers often have to wait a while to safely use the restroom after the flight takes off.

As tempting as it is to get on board and claim a spot for my carry-on, I always take a few extra minutes to hit the terminal bathroom first.

Not hydrating while in flight

Many times, I've found myself not drinking water on a flight to avoid having to disturb those around me to use the bathroom. However, this often means I arrive at my destination dehydrated.

No one wants to be a nuisance, but most people understand that, no matter how long the flight, someone nearby will likely have to access the bathroom. At the end of the day, getting up to let someone out of the row is a minor inconvenience and an accepted part of air travel.

Leaving hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes at home

Ideally, airplane bathrooms should be thoroughly stocked with hand soap and sanitizer. However, this isn't always the case.

Rather than depending on the airline to help me stay germ-free, I always come prepared with my own hand sanitizer or wipes.

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Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported financial results for the March quarter and provided its outlook for the June quarter. Highlights of the March quarter, including both GAAP and adjusted metrics, are on page five and incorporated here .

“Thanks to the extraordinary work of our 100,000 people, Delta is delivering the best operational reliability in our history, and we have widened the gap to our competitors. We were thrilled to recognize their efforts with $1.4 billion in profit sharing payouts during the quarter,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s Chief Executive Officer.

"For the March quarter, we delivered record revenue on outstanding operational performance, enabling strong earnings growth. We anticipate continued strong momentum for our business, and in the June quarter, we expect to deliver record revenue, a mid-teens operating margin and earnings of $2.20 to $2.50 per share. We remain confident in our full year targets for earnings of $6 to $7 per share and free cash flow of $3 to $4 billion."

March Quarter 2024 GAAP Financial Results

  • Operating revenue of $13.7 billion
  • Operating income of $614 million with an operating margin of 4.5 percent
  • Pre-tax income of $122 million with a pre-tax margin of 0.9 percent
  • Earnings per share of $0.06
  • Operating cash flow of $2.4 billion
  • Payments on debt and finance lease obligations of $712 million
  • Total debt and finance lease obligations of $19.4 billion at quarter end

March Quarter 2024 Adjusted Financial Results

  • Operating revenue of $12.6 billion, 6 percent higher than the March quarter 2023
  • Operating income of $640 million with an operating margin of 5.1 percent
  • Pre-tax income of $380 million with a pre-tax margin of 3.0 percent
  • Earnings per share of $0.45
  • Operating cash flow of $2.5 billion
  • Free cash flow of $1.4 billion
  • Adjusted debt to EBITDAR of 2.9x, down from 3.0x at the end of 2023
  • Return on invested capital of 13.8 percent on a trailing five quarter average, up 2.8 points over prior year.

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Statements made in this press release that are not historical facts, including statements regarding our estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, projections, goals, aspirations, commitments or strategies for the future, should be considered “forward-looking statements” under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are not guarantees or promised outcomes and should not be construed as such. All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, projections, goals, aspirations, commitments and strategies reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the possible effects of serious accidents involving our aircraft or aircraft of our airline partners; breaches or lapses in the security of technology systems we use and rely on, which could compromise the data stored within them, as well as failure to comply with evolving global privacy and security regulatory obligations or adequately address increasing customer focus on privacy issues and data security; disruptions in our information technology infrastructure; our dependence on technology in our operations; increases in the cost of aircraft fuel; extended disruptions in the supply of aircraft fuel, including from Monroe Energy, LLC (“Monroe”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta that operates the Trainer refinery; failure to receive the expected results or returns from our commercial relationships with airlines in other parts of the world and the investments we have in certain of those airlines; the effects of a significant disruption in the operations or performance of third parties on which we rely; failure to comply with the financial and other covenants in our financing agreements; labor issues; the effects on our business of seasonality and other factors beyond our control, such as changes in value in our equity investments, severe weather conditions, natural disasters or other environmental events, including from the impact of climate change; failure or inability of insurance to cover a significant liability at Monroe’s refinery; failure to comply with existing and future environmental regulations to which Monroe’s refinery operations are subject, including costs related to compliance with renewable fuel standard regulations; significant damage to our reputation and brand, including from exposure to significant adverse publicity or inability to achieve certain sustainability goals; our ability to retain senior management and other key employees, and to maintain our company culture; disease outbreaks, such as the COVID-19 pandemic or similar public health threats, and measures implemented to combat them; the effects of terrorist attacks, geopolitical conflict or security events; competitive conditions in the airline industry; extended interruptions or disruptions in service at major airports at which we operate or significant problems associated with types of aircraft or engines we operate; the effects of extensive government regulation we are subject to; the impact of environmental regulation, including but not limited to regulation of hazardous substances, increased regulation to reduce emissions and other risks associated with climate change, and the cost of compliance with more stringent environmental regulations; and unfavorable economic or political conditions in the markets in which we operate or volatility in currency exchange rates.

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Spirit Airlines to furlough 260 pilots, defer Airbus plane deliveries to help liquidity

Spirit airlines announced on monday that pilots would be furloughed and that deliveries of airbus planes scheduled for 2025 and 2026 until 2030 and 2031 will be delayed to be more profitable..

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Spirit Airlines said they will furlough pilots and delay deliveries of new Airbus planes to improve its liquidity.

The budget airline announced on Monday that it reached an agreement with Airbus to defer all aircraft on order scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of 2025 through the end of 2026 to 2030 and 2031.

The move is projected to improve the airline's liquidity by approximately $340 million over the next two years, according to the press release.

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Spirit Airlines set to furlough pilots

The airline said it will also furlough approximately 260 pilots effective September 1, 2024, due to the aircraft deferrals and Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine availability issues.

Ryan Muller, head of Spirit's pilot union, said the airline has more pilots than its operations require. The union is exploring voluntary measures to reduce the need for furloughs and downgrades, he said.

Spirit Airlines to delay delivery of new Airbus planes

A snag with Pratt & Whitney GTF engines has forced  Spirit to ground some of its A320neo aircraft. It has said the number of grounded jets would climb steadily to an average of about 40 in December 2024.

According to the airline, a recent agreement with Pratt & Whitney on compensation over their GTF engines would improve Spirits' liquidity by between $150 million and $200 million.

"This amendment to our agreement with Airbus is an important part of Spirit's comprehensive plan to bolster profitability and strengthen our balance sheet," Ted Christie, Spirit's President and Chief Executive Officer said. "Deferring these aircraft gives us the opportunity to reset the business and focus on the core airline while we adjust to changes in the competitive environment."

The deferral does not impact planes scheduled for delivery in 2027 through 2029, Spirit said.

The ultra-low-cost airline has been  facing questions  about its future after losing money in the past six quarters despite booming travel demand.

Analysts and industry officials say the airline will have to make drastic changes, including cutting flights and exiting some markets to become profitable, which is still not likely to happen this year.

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