CBD has become a popular option as alternative medicine. However, given its origin, the legality of it is still on questionable grounds. Given the risk of contamination with marijuana, even though CBD is derived from hemp, it has still not been given the 100% all clear by the FDA and DEA. Varying state and federal laws related to carry and use of CBD and medicinal marijuana make it difficult for people to know how to use CBD – and most importantly, how to travel with it.
Aside from the rules that are applied by the TSA on what is allowed and not allowed on-board planes, there are also the rules of the destination that you are travelling to. This holds true even for train and car travel, where the relevant authorities might go by state or federal law to decide what you can carry. So how do you find out what to do?
Until some time back, any kind of use of marijuana or products containing THC was illegal under federal law. This remains true to this day – however, many states have made it so that medicinal marijuana, or even recreational marijuana, can be used. In 2018, a revised version of the Farm Bill was passed, which allowed the use of hemp-derived products. Following that, the TSA changed its allowance for check in and carry on baggage.
The official stance of the TSA used to be that travel with any kind of product derived from marijuana or infused with cannabis is illegal under federal law. However, it now allows the carrying of hemp-derived CBD (and any medicinal marijuana product that is approved by the FDA). Since there is only one FDA approved drug that uses CBD in it, getting a specific product through security might pose as a challenge.
TSA themselves stated on their social media, “Let us be blunt: TSA officers DO NOT search for marijuana or other illegal drugs. Our screening procedures are focused on security and detecting potential threats. But in the event a substance appears to be marijuana or a cannabis infused product, we’re required by federal law to notify law enforcement. This includes items that are used for medicinal purposes.”
Making sure your CBD oil falls within the legal definition of acceptable means knowing exactly where it comes from. Purchase only high quality CBD oil from a company that is ready to disclose important information about the growing, extraction, and packaging process.
If you’ve been prescribed CBD oil, having a prescription on hand is always a good thing. Moreover, if you can get a certificate from the dispensary or company on the certified content of THC in the CBD oil, it is even better. Having such a certificate can prove without a doubt that you’re consuming and travelling with approved substances.
If you’re travelling with CBD oil purely because flying makes you anxious or sick, then it might be a good idea to skip carrying it. Instead, you can take your dose before you enter the airport, so that you don’t have to have the product on you. Alternately, if you need it during your trip, then finding a dispensary at your destination might also be a good idea. Just remember to research the state laws of where you’re headed.
To avoid any confusion, make sure your CBD oil container follows the TSA laws on carrying liquids. Also make sure that it is very clearly labelled with its contents and the net weight, so that there is no reason for security to raise red flags.
Travelling internationally with CBD oil is not recommended. International travel is regulated heavily by global laws, as well as laws of the country that you are travelling to (and any you might transit through). The repercussions of carrying illegal products in these places might be severe, and it is best to avoid them by not taking any chances.
With Seabedee, all our CBD products like CBD oil and gummies are legal as they have no contaminants and are completely THC free. In case you are considering carrying your CBD oil for your next trip, you can do so with ease.