To pack your CBD for your flight or not, that is the question.
Are you flying this summer? You might be one of the brave souls hopping a flight for some beautiful destination. Did you know that you don’t have to leave your favorite CBD at home, you can fly with your CBD, at least within the United States.
Packing for a trip is one of my favorite things. Weird right? I love it. It means I am getting to go somewhere amazing and explore while also catching a break from my normal day-to-day. It’s one of my favorite methods for self-care.
And now that I am obsessed with CBD, I get to combine my two favorites – travel and CBD – and get that extra boost of relaxation on vacation.
Why People Love CBD
CBD is known for supporting balance in your mind and body. CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system to help regulate your body’s organs, immune system, and neurotransmitter signaling systems. It can help relieve symptoms of jet lag, anxiousness, and sleeplessness.
- CBD Helps Improve Sleep – This is very helpful if you are catching a red-eye flight and need to rest.
- CBD Reduces Anxiety and Stress – You might be one of the 33% and 40% of people who experience anxiety when flying. CBD is popular for its ability to promote calmness and reduce anxious feelings.
- CBD Relieves Aches and Pain – Sitting for a flight in cramped spaces is never comfortable. Add to that sitting at 10,000 feet in the air and some body’s start to ache. CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory that may help relieve some of those aches and pains you get while flying.
People don’t want to leave home without their CBD oil, gummies, softgels, or topicals. So whether you fly domestically or internationally this summer, here is what you should know when flying with your favorite hemp-derived Cbd Products.
Flying Domestically with CBD
In the United States, hemp-derived CBD products are legal on a federal level. Ever since the Farm Bill was passed in 2018, CBD oil, gummies, softgels, and topicals have popped up everywhere. Thanks to this bill, you can travel with CBD across state borders and even fly with it in your checked or carry-on bags.
TSA’s website states that CBD infused products are legal to fly with if the products contain no more than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis, or is approved by the FDA (like Epidiolex). TSA’s screenings are not focused on searching for marijuana or other illegal drugs. Still, if in their screening process, they discover any illegal substance they refer to law enforcement. Ultimately, any decision on your CBD product rests with the TSA officer on whether it is allowed.
However, just because it is legal on a federal level and allowed through TSA, doesn’t mean that all states still view it that way- like South Dakota. Be sure before you head out on vacation, to check the state laws on their CBD policy.
10 Tips for Flying with CBD Domestically:
- Check your destination’s state laws on CBD products.
- Check your CBD products labels for it to list hemp extract.
- Print off your CBD products lab report to show that it is the legal amount of THC.
- Pack your liquid CBD in a clear plastic bag.
- Pack your CBD in its original container with the label.
- For carry-on: Comply with the TSA 3-1-1 rules, and be sure the CBD container is less than 3.4 ounces.
- CBD Vapes Only: Pack CBD vape cartridges, devices, batteries, and atomizers in your carry-on bag. Do not pack in your checked bags.
- Hemp Flower: It is recommended to not fly with hemp flower. Because it is so similar to the cannabis flower, it is hard to tell the two apart without lab testing.
- At the Airport: Do not declare your CBD, but don’t hide it either. Pack your CBD products just like you would other supplements.
- Worried still? Print off or save to your phone the TSA policy on CBD, so if the TSA officer is unaware of the rule, you have it to show them!
Simple, right? Flying in the United States with your hemp-derived CBD is easy. Now, international flights are a different story.
Flying Internationally with CBD
Now, if you are heading out of the country, traveling with CBD might look a little different. The laws of international travel with CBD are less clear. It is best to research what the law is for CBD in the destination country. For example, Dubai, an awesome place to visit and ride some camels in the desert, but CBD products (hemp-derived or not) are illegal.
Most European countries allow CBD products, but they can’t contain more than 0.2% THC, and the U.S legal limit, again, is 0.3%. So just be aware of how much THC your CBD might contain. Asia has even stricter laws on CBD, while Canada does not. So research your destination country or countries and follow the most rigid law.
Best advice: Leave your hemp-derived CBD products at home. When you arrive in the new country, buy what is legally sold in their country.
Taking a Cruise with CBD
If you fly domestically and hop on a cruise ship, your situation is a little different. Even though you are fine to travel with CBD within the United States with your CBD, once you hit international waters, the laws change. So, cruise lines dealing with U.S law are also dealing with Mexican law, Canadian law, Bahamian law, Aruban law, and many more.
You can check with your specific cruise line on their rules for prohibited items. Still, it is far easier for the cruise lines not to allow hemp-derived CBD products than to worry about each country's laws and violations of the products.
Best advice: When taking a cruise on international waters, leave your hemp-derived CBD products at home.
Goodbye Home, Hello Vacation
Flying with CBD doesn’t have to be intimidating. When you know the laws and best practices for flying with CBD, it is stress-free to pack your bags with your favorite hemp-derived CBD gummies, oils, softgels, and topicals.