Traveling with CBD: Green Light or Caution Ahead?
For many people, the daily use of CBD topicals and CBD tinctures has become such a normalized part of their lives that they often don’t think twice about taking it with them when they travel. But even though CBD products are widely legal and available, there are still gray areas.
In 2019, for example, when a 69-year-old great-grandmother was arrested outside Walt Disney World in Orlando for possession of an illegal substance—which turned out to be CBD oil that contained no THC—it gave CBD users everywhere cause for concern. (She has since filed a suit against the Walt Disney Corporation and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department wrongful arrest.)
What to Know before You Travel with CBD
CBD is often the first thing we reach for when managing the stress and anxiety associated with traveling. For people who use a CBD pain reliever, it’s a go-to treatment for the aches and pains that come with lengthy walks through airports or sightseeing, the strain of schlepping heavy luggage, or stiffness caused by sitting for hours on a plane or in a vehicle.
Because hemp was reclassified in 2018 under the Agricultural Improvement Act, it is no longer considered a controlled substance and so it’s very much legal under federal law. Unfortunately, some state and municipalities may have different regulations, and the rules around CBD in any form (CBD tincture, CBD cream, CBD oil, CBD gummies) can still be tricky to understand—even for law local enforcement.
It's always smart to check first, before you travel, to understand local regulations in your destination.
The most important piece of information is that airline passengers can only travel with hemp-derived CBD that contains less than 0.3% THC. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) currently includes medical marijuana on their list of banned substances. When purchasing your CBD products, make sure the product is made from agricultural-grade hemp, which contains less than 0.3% THC and so is exempt from the marijuana rules.
For up-to-date information, please visit the official TSA website.