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Can I Travel With CBD Edibles?

By Gabby Hendrickson  •  0 comments  •   6 minute read

Women watching an airplane take off; while also thinking can CBD affect traveling?

CBD has become a part of the daily routine for many people. With its long list of possible therapeutic benefits, many individuals rely on CBD edibles to help them through their day.

Enjoying CBD's benefits is easy to do with a few drops to your morning tea, taking a CBD gummy right before you leave the house, or taking a CBD capsule throughout the workday.

What do you do when your travels disrupt your CBD routine? This topic is tricky, especially when traveling across state and international borders. Let's discuss the best way to travel with CBD so you don't have to leave it behind.


Understanding CBD and Its Legality

When it comes to understanding the legality of CBD, we have to clear up many misunderstandings surrounding CBD. Let's start by saying that CBD is not the same thing as Marijuana.

CBD products are derived from the industrial hemp plant or cannabis sativa. In comparison, Marijuana is derived from cannabis indica. Marijuana produces high amounts of THC, which is why cannabis products have become illegal worldwide. THC is illegal for its psychoactive effects.

Federally CBD products with less than 0.3% are legal in all 50 states, but on a state level, it may be illegal. Most states have tolerance policies that give you a resounding yay or nay on whether or not CBD is legal in their state.


Internationally, Flights With CBD

International laws concerning traveling with CBD can vary greatly from country to country. Some countries have legalized CBD with certain restrictions, while others consider it illegal or heavily regulated.

Travelers must research and understand the specific laws and regulations of the destination they plan to visit. Factors such as the legal status of CBD, permissible THC limits, documentation requirements, import and export restrictions, and cultural sensitivities can all impact the legality of traveling with CBD.

CBD products with THC are illegal worldwide except in Canada and Uruguay. Everywhere else has a mishmash mix of tolerance policies. So, if THC is illegal in so many countries, what about CBD?

Unlike THC, CBD is legal in 14 countries and more with tolerance policies. It is risky to fly internationally with CBD until misunderstandings are understood and laws are changed.

Let's look at two countries that border the USA and their laws concerning cannabis products.


Traveling Within The United States With CBD

According to the 2018 Farm Bill, all hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% THC can be taken across state borders. This means that as long as your CBD products are within the legal limit of THC, you can take your CBD with you to any state!

Things start to get a little more tricky when it comes to marijuana-derived CBD products that contain higher amounts of THC.

Hemp-derived: extracted from the hemp plant, more CBD, less THC.

Marijuana-derived: extracted from the marijuana plant, less CBD, more THC.

Marijuana-derived CBD is still illegal in some states, which makes traveling with these products a little tricky. If you are traveling to a state where recreational marijuana use is legal, then most all CBD products, regardless of THC limit, are allowed.

Before traveling to another state with any CBD product that has a THC content higher than 0.3%, it is recommended that you check with that state's laws to make sure that your products are legal.

Click here to find out if CBD is legal in your state.


Precautions and Considerations For Traveling With CBD?

According to information on the Transportation Security Administration's website, you can fly with CBD products as long as those products contain no more than 0.3% THC. How do you know if your CBD product contains less than 0.3% THC? Let's break it down for you.

CBD Isolate products are safe to travel with because they contain 0.0% THC. CBD isolate only contains CBD.

Broad Spectrum CBD products are also safe to travel with because they do not contain THC. Unlike CBD isolate products, broad-spectrum CBD products contain the additional cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, vitamins, and natural plant compounds of the hemp plant, but they do not contain THC.

Full Spectrum CBD products are safe to travel with as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC. Most full-spectrum products on the market today will stay within the legal range of THC content.

However, some Full-Spectrum CBD products contain more than the legal amount of THC. Depending on state regulations on cannabis use, some dispensaries can sell CBD products that contain more than 0.3% THC.


What Is The Best Way To Travel With CBD Oil?

CBD on the go: If you are looking for a quick and easy way to take CBD when traveling, there are several products to choose from! CBD gummiesCBD softgelsCBD gum, and CBD mints offer a simple and discreet way to take CBD when you are in a rush. These CBD products are travel sized so they stash easily in a cramped suitcase.

CBD for sleep: For those who struggle to get a good night's rest when traveling, CBN may help you get the extra sleep you need. CBN is a cannabinoid found in the hemp plant that is most often used to assist with sleep. CBN products can be sold as oil, gummies, softgels, and even powder, providing several ways to take them while you travel.

CBD for mood: If you are looking for a product to help relieve some of the traveling woes, CBG may offer the best relief. CBG is a cannabinoid found in the hemp plant that is most often used to assist with everyday stress. CBG products can be sold in many forms, such as oil tincturescapsulesgummies, and powder.

CBD for comfort: Sitting for long periods can be hard on your muscles and joints. CBD lotionscreams, and topicals may assist with this by offering direct support in specific areas.


Frequently Asked Questions

Does TSA Search For CBD?

This is content straight from the TSA website:

"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. (See the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334.) TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law to local, state, or federal authorities. 

TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer."

Can I Take CBD Oil In My Carry-On Bag?

Yes, as long as the bottle of CBD oil contains less than 3.4 ounces or 100 mL. Any liquid above this amount must be placed in your checked bag. If you take CBD oil in your carry-on, seal it in a quart-size bag and make it easily accessible for TSA to inspect.

Can You Travel With CBD Cream?

The TSA states, "You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. This is also known as the 3-1-1 liquids rule."

If your CBD Cream is THC-free or contains less than 0.3% THC, you should be golden.

Can You Bring CBD Capsules On A Plane?

The first thing you should know is that you do not have to show your medication or inform a TSA agent about any medication you're traveling with unless it's in liquid form. You can fly with CBD capsules as long as the capsules contain the legal THC limit or less.

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