It’s the latest regulatory change that makes flying with marijuana and CBD products somehow even more confusing.
Differentiating Cannabis, Hemp and Marijuana
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.
The Legality of CBD
“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.”
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.
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.
Why does CBD appeal to travelers?
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.
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.
What is CBD?
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.