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If Cannabidiol (CBD) has become an essential part of your health routine, it’s likely you want to take your products with you when you travel.
For many, travel can bring discomfort or stress, and CBD can be very helpful in managing these inconveniences.
Hemp CBD has grown quite a reputation for its calming properties, and many find this beneficial, especially when traveling.
However, since regulations around CBD have changed quite a bit over the years, both on the state and federal levels, it can cause some confusion over the legality of traveling with CBD.
Due to the Farm Bill CBD has been accepted on the federal level, however varying regulations from state to state may cause some confusion for those traveling.
Your best bet is to do some pre-travel research. For those who need it to feel their best, here are the current rules concerning traveling with CBD.
Flying with CBD
Currently, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) includes medical marijuana on their list of banned substances, articles passengers cannot take through security and onto a plane.
While their website lists Cannabidiol (CBD) oil under this category, they have made some exceptions.
The good news is, this regulation pertains only to marijuana-derived CBD oil, excluding hemp CBD oil from that list of banned substances!
In 2018, hemp was reclassified under the Agricultural Improvement Act and is no longer considered a controlled substance, which means that using hemp CBD products is legal under federal law.
Before you head out to the nearest store selling CBD, it is important to ensure that the product is made from agricultural hemp, meaning less than 0.3% THC, so that you don’t inadvertently attempt to purchase a high-THC cannabis product that you cannot take with you.
So, if you are planning on traveling by plane, it is completely legal to bring hemp CBD products with you.
For more information, visit the official TSA website.
Here are some suggestions about how to make traveling with CBD a less stressful experience.
1.) Research the laws for the state you are traveling to.
While CBD is legal under federal law and it is legal to bring hemp-derived CBD with you on the plane, regulations vary by state (and country!) about CBD use, and it can be wise to research state and local laws before you leave for your trip.
This eliminates any possibility of trouble upon entering that state with your CBD.
There are a handful of states that don’t allow CBD, while others range from allowing completely to not-allowing but decriminalizing CBD.
Make sure you do your research and know what you’re getting into before you travel with CBD.
2.) Bring your product’s lab report with you to the airport.
Manufacturers should have a Certificate of Analysis, or COA, for every CBD product to confirm that it contains less than 0.3% THC.
If it is not available on their website, they might provide this upon request.
Printing it out and bringing it with you ensures that if airport security asks for more information on your product, you’ll have it readily available to prove its authenticity and legality.
3.) Be up front about bringing CBD in your carry-on.
Pack your liquid CBD products along with your other liquids and lotions in a plastic bag for TSA officers to inspect.
Being open about carrying a CBD product will prevent any issues that may arise with TSA officers.
That, along with carrying your product’s COA and a doctor’s note if applicable, will help ensure an easy process through security.
Also, keep in mind that if you’re traveling with drops or a liquid that it remains below the TSA requirement of 3.4 ounces like all other liquids.
Driving with CBD
If your travel plans include staying within state lines and traveling by car, train or bus, traveling with CBD should not be a problem.
If you plan on crossing state lines, more precautions should be taken, as each state has different laws about cannabis and CBD products.
Researching regulations about the state you are traveling to before you go will inform whether it is legal and safe to bring your CBD products with you or not.
Make sure you know the local state laws before driving across state lines. If you find yourself in a state unfriendly to CBD, you may face some issues with law enforcement for having CBD in your vehicle while driving.
A simple camping trip could go awry if you find yourself on the wrong side of the CBD-friendly line.
Cruise Lines and CBD
Another thing to consider is cruise ships.
Many don’t allow CBD products of any kind even those used for medical purposes.
Even if the state of your cruise's departure is CBD friendly you may find yourself unable to board with your CBD products.
To avoid any situations where you are restricted from boarding the ship or being removed from the cruise entirely, it would be best to keep your CBD products at home.
Alternatively, you could call the cruise liner beforehand to get more information on what they allow on board the boat.
CBD Products for Traveling
There are many great product options to consider when traveling.
CBD spray is an option that comes in 1 or 2 ounce bottles, which would be under the TSA requirement. These also come in a variety of flavors.
Another option is gummies.
CBD Gummies are easy to travel with and easy to take. Often stored in a sturdy travel safe container that protects your product from damage.
CBD drops are also available in bottles as small as 1 or 2 ounce servings which make they easy to pack and TSA friendly. They can be placed directly under the tongue or in added to another drink.
Soothing CBD balm is great for exterior relief such as feet, shoulders, or even dry skin. The balm is perfect for long flights where you are likely to get sore from sitting for so long.
While traveling with CBD products can be intimidating because of the changing nature of hemp regulations, taking adequate precaution and educating yourself before traveling can ease those worries.
Maintaining a health regimen can be important for sustaining your wellbeing, and you can travel with confidence knowing your hemp-derived CBD is completely within your rights to take with you.
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