Although regulated CBD is legal in the United States, there are strict laws you should follow before traveling with CBD. Do you use CBD oil and are planning a trip over state lines or internationally? Read out guide to find out the dos and don’ts of carrying CBD Even though many people aren’t flying nowadays, the question still arises: can I fly with CBD? Here's what's currently allowed and in compliance with state and TSA guidelines.
Everything You Need To Know Before Traveling With CBD and THC, at Home or Abroad
T ravel can cause a great deal of stress and heightened anxiety for many travelers. For some, cannabis — whether it contains THC or only the non-psychoactive CBD — is one way to help stay calm. With more people traveling to parts of the United States where they can freely and legally indulge in THC or CBD edibles, vapes, and more, it makes sense that there have also been more people traveling with the substances overall.
However, the recent news of WNBA star Brittney Griner’s detainment in Russia for allegedly traveling with a vape cartridge containing THC raising some questions: Where can you travel with substances that were purchased legally, and what’s considered “drug” trafficking?
The definition of drug trafficking includes simply traveling with a substance that is considered a drug, even if there was no intent to sell, distribute, or use the substance.
To put things simply, you cannot legally fly with any product that contains THC inside the US or leaving from the US. This is true even in states with recreational cannabis laws, since airports are under federal jurisdiction and THC is illegal on the federal level. There are specific laws that vary state-by-state when it comes to driving with cannabis in legal recreational states (just don’t drive up to the Mexican or Canadian border with the drugs).
Things are more complicated when it comes to CBD. Here’s what the laws state around the world:
Domestic US Flights
According to TSA guidelines, for domestic flights, you can carry and travel with FDA-approved CBD products that contain less than 0.3 percent THC. The TSA’s site 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.”
Products that fit the guidelines can be carried in your checked baggage or carry-on.
Crossing state lines
When taking a road trip or crossing from one state to another, it’s important to recognize that each state, city, and county, have their own sets of laws. According to Forbes, traveling across state lines with CBD is legal. However, products have to fall under the 2018 Farm Bill that puts strict guidelines on CBD from hemp that’s legal on a federal level:
- The THC percentage can be no more than 0.3% (If it exceeds that percentage it can be considered marijuana, by law, which can land you in federal trouble.)
- The product must be produced under the 2018 Farm Bill
- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has to have issued approved regulations and procedures within that specific state
CBD allowance by country
Australia: CBD oil is legal but highly regulated and restricted. Opt for purchasing CBD in Australia as opposed to traveling with it.
Brazil: According to Brazilian Federal Law, it is permissible to use cannabis-based medicines. This means that you must possess a Brazilian medical prescription.
Costa Rica: The general consensus is that Americans can travel to Costa Rica with CBD products that contain less than 0.3 percent THC.
Germany: Local law dictates that CBD products cannot contain more than 0.2 percent THC, but if you’re traveling with a higher percentage, it’s punishable by a fine or jail time.
India: Many tourists travel to India with their own CBD, but it’s also possible to purchase it there.
Mexico: CBD is permitted across the USA-Mexico border, but the label has to state that it is hemp-derived. CBD is legal in Mexico as long as the product contains less than 0.1 percent THC.
The Netherlands: Travelers can carry products with less than 0.05 percent THC (yes, cannabis is technically illegal in the Netherlands just like most European countries).
Thailand: FDA Thailand has to give you special medical permission to travel there with a CBD supply of no more than 30-days.
United Kingdom: The product cannot contain any THC and must be a product that is designed for human consumption (food-grade).
Where’s CBD prohibited?
There are very few countries in Asia that are CBD-friendly, so it’s important to research your travels with cannabis oil based on the destination. Traveling with your CBD to Japan, Singapore, and Russia could land you with an astronomically high fine or thrown in prison. And although China has been known for a bustling CBD industry, using, selling, or buying CBD in China is absolutely illegal.
According to the Government of Canada, it is illegal to transport cannabis and products containing cannabis – including edible cannabis, cannabis extracts, and cannabis topicals – across the Canadian border. CBD is also illegal in most African nations with the exception of South Africa.
Visiting a Middle Eastern country with CBD is considered drug trafficking. They have a zero-tolerance policy and in the United Arab Emirates, the presence of CBD in your bloodstream is considered drug possession.
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Flying with CBD: What is Currently Allowed?
The short answer: generally yes, as long as it is hemp-derived.TSA’s short answer to this question on Twitter is perhaps the most informative answer: “Products that contain hemp-derived CBD oil or are FDA-approved are generally legal & can fly.”
The longer answer is a bit more complicated!
TSA Guidelines for Traveling With CBD
According to the TSA’s official website, hemp-derived or FDA-approved CBD oil is generally allowed on planes. The product may contain no more than 0.3% THC, which is the legal requirement for CBD products. Since most commercial CBD products follow these strict guidelines, theoretically you should be able to fly with your CBD.
Of course, a TSA agent will not be able to immediately tell if a CBD product contains less than 0.3% THC. No on-site testing is done on the product. If you really want to fly with your CBD oils, CBD creams, or CBD gummies, but are worried they will be confiscated even though the guidelines have been followed, you can print off the official testing done by the company to prove the amount of THC. (All the products at Highline Wellness are independently tested and the results can be found on each product page.)
(By the way, did you know the TSA actually has an entire section called “What Can I Bring?” It’s very specific, from bug spray to blenders and everything in between!)
At the end of the day, it’s up to the TSA agent’s discretion whether or not they’ll inspect and allow the product. TSA says that they do not actively search for drugs, but if they are discovered during screening they can turn it over to law enforcement officials.
So can you travel with CBD oil? Yes!
And can you travel with CBD cream? Also yes!
But can you travel with CBD gummies? Yes, of course!
This is only true as long as you follow all proper storage guidelines and amounts as described by the TSA, of course. When it comes to CBD gummies, the less than 0.3% THC rule applies on a dry weight basis, which means they’re perfectly legal to bring onto a flight in either carry-ons or checked bags. (Don’t forget to bring the test results that prove it, just to be safe!) And in terms of proper storage, our CBD Oils come in 1oz bottles and our CBD Cream comes in a 1.7oz jar, which means they both pass the 3.4oz rule – more on that below!
We’re not totally in the clear for a full return to pre-COVID traveling just yet, but with rising vaccination rates and declining hospital cases across the country, many people are slowly but surely getting back into the travel game. Naturally, the big question is this: what are the rules around traveling with CBD? And more specifically, what about flying with CBD oil?
The answer to whether or not you are allowed to fly with CBD might be a little more complicated than you’d expect, but we’re here to break it down for you and let you know what is currently allowed and in compliance with state and TSA guidelines.
The Stress Factor
Now that traveling is becoming a safe activity again, CBD can be even more of a help when it comes to managing the potential stress around the uncertainty of traveling. The statistics about prevention and protection from vaccines, masks, and social distancing speak for themselves, but it’s still perfectly natural to be on higher alert.
Whether you’re jetsetting or hitting the road this long weekend, for many of us, this is the first time we’ll be traveling in over a year! While we’re sure we’re all beyond ready to finally get out of town safely again, there may be some stress and anxiety that come along with it.
Enter CBD! Many people choose to fly with CBD because they might use it to calm normal flying nerves or just as a part of their daily routines. It stands to reason that CBD can help promote a sense of calmness when faced with the new anxieties of traveling in a world that has been largely grounded for the past year.
Some of our favorite CBD gummies and oils for daily stress management include our CBD Day Gummies, CBD Anytime Gummies, and CBD Day Oil. Not sure which type of CBD is best for your needs Take our quiz to find out!
It’s not just us, either! We were thrilled to find out that our CBD Anytime Gummies were chosen as one of Travel + Leisure’s most-loved products by readers, stating that these “calming cannabidiol chews are not worth missing.”
Traveling With CBD Oil Vs. CBD Gummies Vs. Vapes
When it comes to traveling with CBD oils or CBD gummies, the TSA does allow both in checked bags and carry-ons, as long as the CBD is hemp-derived and contains less than 0.3% THC, as is true of all our products. If you’re traveling with any electronic vape devices or vape batteries, you must know that they cannot be packed in checked bags. Due to the potential fire hazard of these items in the cargo hold, they must be stored in your carry-on bags.
When it comes to the actual vape liquids and vape oils, the classic liquids rule apply: they must be in travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or even smaller. They should also be easily accessible in order to facilitate the screening process! If you’re bringing more liquids or oils than can be fit into these small containers, your best bet is to pack it in your checked luggage. We mentioned this above as well, but the liquids rule applies to creams and gels, too – something to keep in mind when traveling with CBD topicals.
State Guidelines for Traveling With CBD
However, you also have to take into account what state lines you will be crossing. CBD is still illegal in some states, so depending on where you are flying to and from, you might not be able to legally hold any form of CBD, regardless of its THC content. In this case, if you don’t want to risk your CBD being confiscated, it might be better to leave it at home.
Currently, Iowa, Idaho, and South Dakota are the only states in the entire US that do not allow CBD in any form. Other states, such as California, Michigan, and Georgia, do not allow CBD in food or beverages.
Tips for Flying with CBD
Bring a printed version of the ingredient list and independently tested analysis results, to prove that the product contains less than 0.3% THC. (Note: CBD Oil from Highline Wellness contains broad-spectrum CBD, which means it contains absolutely no THC.)
Research the states or countries you’ll be flying into, as their regulations may be stricter around CBD, regardless of the THC content, especially when it comes to international travel. Plan accordingly.
Plan to buy CBD when at your final destination, if it’s legal. Alternatively, you could ship your favorite CBD brand to your final destination so it’s there when you arrive!
Keep in mind that for the most up-to-date information on traveling with CBD, it’s always best to double check the medical marijuana page on the TSA website or even give your specific airline a call to find out their rules around flying with CBD oil, CBD cream, CBD gummies, or any other form of CBD!
Traveling With CBD Internationally
We’ve discussed flying with CBD domestically, but what about traveling with CBD internationally?
International rules and regulations on CBD are much less clear cut than domestic traveling with CBD, so the best course of action is to do your own research into the laws of the country you’re planning to visit. That being said, it’s best to be as cautious as possible when it comes to international travel as there is a great variance among drug laws from country to country.