Things You Should Consider When Traveling with CBD

Things To Consider When Traveling with CBD

CBD products have seen a rise in popularity, working their way into the mainstream health and lifestyle supplement market. It comes as no great surprise, given the health and pain relieving benefits that cannabinoids can provide, that the demand for CBD oils and products are steadily increasing. Due to this increase in public interest and research, CBD has recently been legalized on a federal level, and thus, has become easily accessible. However, it is best to research the laws and regulations of your respective state in order to ensure that you don’t encounter legal trouble. For those looking to learn more about travelling with CBD, here’s a comprehensive guide containing information regarding all methods of transportation.

Traveling by Plane

Domestic US airline terminals operate under, and are subject to, federal law. State laws are not enforced within the confines of an airline terminal, and as a result, even if you reside within a state where cannabinoids are decriminalized, those state laws will not apply. Due to CBD’s widespread availability, many may assume that it is safe to travel with, but unfortunately this is not always the case. The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) prohibits possession of cannabis in any form, including but not limited to, marijuana-based CBD. In order to avoid legal trouble, it is advised to only travel with CBD derived purely from hemp. As long as the oil or product falls under the TSA’s limit of 0.3% THC it is within the realm of legality.

Providing a lab report or certificate of analysis (COA) specifying that the product contains less than 0.3% THC is another way to prove your item’s legitimacy. These documents are usually included within your product’s packaging and are often available for print online. Showing these documents helps protect you against questioning during the baggage check process. Having these documents on-hand will assist in speeding up the process of passing through security. Be aware that the majority of TSA officers follow  cannabinoid regulation strictly and will often be accompanied by fully trained canines. TSA canines have the ability to sniff trace amounts of THC if the item is of large enough quantity. If the CBD product that a traveler is carrying is derived from pure hemp then TSA canines will likely be unable to detect any traces of THC. 

Those traveling with CBD products in their carry-on luggage have had their fair share of mixed experiences with the screening process. Very few individuals have a thorough knowledge of the TSA’s comprehensive item restrictions. For this reason, confiscation can become an annoyance, especially when the item removed was an expensive purchase. Regarding items that are liquid and gel based such as oil, cream, and lotion, the TSA has detailed specifications on their limit and storage requirements. Each traveler may only carry liquids or gels in travel-sized containers up to a maximum size of 3.4 ounces, or 100 milliliters. CBD oil and other liquid and gel-based CBD items can be stored in these traveling containers, but as a result, are also prone to suspicion. Due to the CBD product being out of its original packaging, the COA document will not be able to prove its legitimacy. We highly suggest bringing CBD in solid form such as gummies, edibles or capsules. Oftentimes these items are sold in travel sizes. There are plenty of branded products available for purchase that meet TSA’s liquid rule. To learn more information regarding carry-on restrictions you can check out the TSA’s requirements on their main site. 

When traveling internationally, it’s recommended to do proper research on your destination regarding their laws on CBD. Regulations tend to vary from country to country depending on their laws regarding cannabinoids and THC limits. For example, the European Union’s limit is 0.2% THC while Great Britain has a flat 0% THC policy. However, other member states can set their own THC limit and jurisdiction. For example, Italy’s THC content limit is set at 0.6%.

Traveling by Car

Traveling by automobile presents other factors to consider, since the legality of CBD is highly variable and dependent on the vehicle’s location. If a driver is eastbound Route 66, the law may be applied based on the vehicle’s location within the state. In the case of being pulled over by the authorities, the driver is processed according to the corresponding state’s law.  Since CBD is legalized on a federal level the punishment likely won’t be as harsh for hemp-based CBD. Consequences of a possession related infraction can be enforced at the state level. States such as Idaho, Nebraska and South Dakota all have stricter enforcement for cannabinoids of any kind compared to less stringent state policies. It is highly suggested that one research state laws before a road trip in order to avoid any repercussions by states that enforce the prohibition of CBD. 

Reaching Your Destination by Rail, Boat, or Bus

Many forms of commercial transportation, such as trains or cruise lines, have prohibited CBD in any form, regardless of THC content. When reading up on policies of both trains and cruise ships you’ll find that CBD falls under the same category as cannabis with THC and is not permitted on board. Commercial bus lines may have similar CBD restrictions in place, but the rules are inconsistent across transportation lines.. We highly suggest contacting the respective bus line’s customer service to ensure it is safe to bring aboard any CBD items.