Whether you’re a nervous flyer, suffering from jetlag or travel-induced muscle aches, many jet-setters are using the power of CBD to aid their on-the-go experiences.  However, keep in mind that even if CBD or other hemp products are legal in your state, that doesn’t mean they will be legal in other countries.

CBD oil comes in a wide range of products. You can add CBD oil in your coffee, relax in CBD bath bombs, lather yourself in CBD oil lotions, and even supplement your pet’s food with CBD. It’s a buzz-worthy topic in the health and wellness space and for good reason. Scientific studies and reported benefits of using CBD include:

  • Pain relief
  • Relief from anxiety and depression
  • Relief from overthinking
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Increased mood

All of these listed benefits are being used by Americans to ease their travel-induced ailments, but many travelers are left confused about its legality, especially when they’re considering taking certain products on a plane or traveling internationally. Here are a couple of helpful tips along with important information to note if you’re traveling with CBD.

Traveling with CBD Domestically

The type of CBD oil that’s derived from hemp oil is what’s legal at a federal level (as of the 2018 Farm Bill) and therefore allowed to be taken across state borders, and, yes, on flights. Other CBD oils, like the type that’s derived from marijuana, are still illegal in some states—so it’s not recommended to take those types across state borders.

You can tell the difference between the two types of CBD oil by reading the product’s label and identifying the amount of THC in it. Only hemp-derived CBD oils (with THC levels below 0.3 percent) are legal to fly with or be taken across state borders in the U.S.  It’s also important to note that while CBD oil is legal at the federal level, certain state laws vary in terms of possession of any type of CBD oil.

As an extra cautionary step, double-check the CBD oil possession laws of both the state you’re traveling to and the state you’re traveling from. The website CBD Origin recommends printing out a product’s lab report and having it available if needed to verify the cannabinoid content to any inquiring authorities. And if you’re traveling with CBD oil products as medication, you should always travel with your prescription handy, as you would any other prescribed medicine.

The current status of flying with CBD oil in the U.S. as of January 2020, according to the TSA website is as follows. “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.” 

Traveling with CBD Internationally

International rules and regulations on CBD are less clear, so if you’re looking to travel abroad with CBD oil you’ll need to research the laws of the country you’re traveling to. However, professionals strongly advise on the side of caution and leave products with any cannabinoids (including hemp-derived oils) at home, especially because some countries have much stricter drug laws.

Regulations for CBD oil are confusing. Some cruise lines ban CBD oil altogether, so it’s best to contact the cruise line directly if you need to travel with CBD oil on your cruise. An important thing to remember is that there are security scanners as you board a cruise ship, so there’s no hiding CBD products.

Benefits of Traveling with CBD

CBD oil has many uses. It is said to help travelers regulate their body’s organs, immune system, and neurotransmitter signaling systems, which can help alleviate symptoms of jet lag, anxiousness, and sleeplessness. There are a variety of different types of ways to consume CBD oil including topical creams, tinctures and beauty products

For all edibles, gels, lotions, oils, and other liquids, you should follow and comply with normal TSA 3-1-1 rules when you’re traveling with CBD oil:

“Products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018.”

While the TSA’s statements make it seem like they are not looking for CBD products, you’re still subject to search, which could lead to delays at the airport. Some go-to products our customers love on their travels include:

Final Thoughts

A safe rule of thumb when traveling with CBD is to always check the law and exercise discretion. There are multiple resources available for air travelers, such as the TSA’s security screening page. The TSA also has two social media tools when you aren’t sure if you can travel with a specific product. As always, travel safe, know your rights, and when in doubt check the law.

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