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Flying with CBD: Restrictions?

Caleb Summeril
Written by Caleb Summeril

As more people continue to use CBD for a multitude of health and medical benefits, it is common for many to carry products containing the popular cannabinoid with them as they travel. As a result, many people are curious of current restrictions on CBD products when taking to the air. If you have an upcoming flight and are curious about bringing your favorite CBD tincture while you travel here are some things to consider while packing your bag.

Generally speaking, CBD is legal to bring in your luggage when you travel. Both the FDA and DEA recognize hemp-derived CBD products as legal and useful for a variety of reasons. ‘Hemp-derived’ is the key here as CBD products derived from the psychoactive, THC,cultivars of the cannabis plant can get you in trouble with the TSA or other authorities at the airport. To steer clear of any issues, make sure that your product clearly states on a label that it contains less than 0.3% THC content.[1] The DEA recently took CBD off of the Schedule 1 drug list if it contains less than 0.1% THC, while industrial hemp is classified as a product with less than 0.3% THC. Bringing along any paperwork or documentation with this stated, as it can help resolve the issue quickly if you raise any flags at security.

On domestic flights within the USA any cannabis products are still classified as illegal. This includes CBD products that don’t meet the above specifications. Even if travelling between two states that have approved legalization, exercise caution as to not get held up in the security line or be instructed to dispose of expensive CBD tonics or tinctures. TSA is not actively looking for CBD or other cannabis-based products but they will direct you to local police or other authorities if they find substances they suspect as illicit. For international flights, it is recommended to avoid bringing CBD products as laws and restrictions abroad can greatly differ and lead to harsh consequences or no-entry.

Be sure to also adhere to general TSA rules and regulations regarding traveling with liquids and gels if choosing to travel with CBD. All CBD products must be in a 3.4-ounce or smaller container and fit inside a quart size reusable bag for easy screening. It is also recommended to keep your CBD products in your carry on, rather than checked bag, to ease the process if security agents get curious.

Resources

  1. Short, Daniel. DEA Reschedules FDA-Approved CBD. 2018, Oct 1. https://www.cannalawblog.com/dea-reschedules-fda-approved-cbd/

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