You’re packing your suitcase for your next vacation—outfits, check. Toiletries, check. Toothbrush, check. CBD…check? If you’re a nervous flyer, CBD is one thing you will want to make sure to pack. With its calming properties, it can help ease the tension that comes along with air travel. However, if you’re like most CBD users about to take off for the skies, you might find yourself wondering if you can bring CBD with you on an airplane, and more specifically, through TSA at the airport. With rules and regulations constantly changing, we’re here to break it down for you and offer some tips for traveling with CBD.
The Rules for Flying With CBD
You can officially stop stressing and start packing. In the past, the TSA did not differentiate between certain marijuana and hemp-derived products. But in early 2019, the TSA announced that travelers can now legally pack CBD in both carry-on luggage and checked baggage! Just make sure that your product is no more than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis or is FDA-approved. That means that a hemp-based CBD is completely fine to fly with. If you have a marijuana-based CBD product, you need to make sure it complies with the above regulations.
A Word of Warning
TSA isn’t looking for drugs when they do a bag search. They’re looking for weapons and other things that can make passengers unsafe. With that being said, they will hand over any suspicious items to the police. So, if you’re looking to breeze through security, having multiple CBD products out in the open, you might want to rethink your approach. Pack only what you will need for your trip. Sure, it’s legal to fly with, but the laws are always changing, and a TSA agent might not be able to differentiate between legal and illegal cannabis and having to deal with misinformed local authorities is not a fun way to start or end any trip.
Tips for Flying with CBD in the U.S
Now that we know it’s legal to travel with CBD, here are some tips to keep in mind before you hit the road:
- Research the state and local laws where you will be traveling. CBD is federally legal, but some states have not rewritten state law yet, causing legislative confusion. Make sure you adhere to the rules and regulations wherever you go.
- If your CBD is in a liquid or oil form, make sure it is less than 3.4 fluid ounces, the maximum amount of liquid you can bring in a carry-on.
- Retain proof (like packaging or certifications) that your CBD complies with the THC percentage limit or is FDA-approved
CBD can be helpful for the stresses that can come along with traveling, from air turbulence to learning your way around a new city. And thankfully, it’s legal to fly with these products, provided they meet the above TSA standards. Just be sure that CBD is also legal in whatever state or region you’re headed, and if it’s not, consider leaving your products in your luggage or at home. Bon voyage!