5 Fantastic Tips for Travelling with CBD without Consequences
Did you hear? It’s official! The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) permits you to travel with CBD derivates and medicinal marijuana albeit with some restrictions.
The latest change comes after the rise of CBD oil in the medical world. From joint pain, migraines, sore muscles, to chronic ailments, this oil can cure it all. Due to this, many passengers wanted to fly with CBD tucked inside their carry-on. It wasn’t feasible given the previous ban on medical marijuana and its derivatives prevented them to do so.
Nonetheless, CBD oil isn’t completely legal worldwide. There are some rules and regulations that you need to remember while you’re travelling with CBD. Plus, many countries are still skeptical about the drug. That means you can’t take it everywhere.
Where does it leave you?
We’ve rounded up tips that’ll make travelling with CBD less of a security issue.
Let’s have a look:
The Guide: How to Fly with CBD?
Here are a few dos and don’ts that you should consider:
1. Research the Country/State Laws
Is CBD legal in your country and the one you’re going to?
That’s the first question that you must ask before you start packing. You should remember that the TSA may have given you the green signal. However, the same can’t be said for provincial laws and international authorities.
That’s why you should do your research prior to your trip.
Here are a few questions to ask:
- Do local laws allow you to use CBD products?
- Does the place you’re visiting allow it?
- Does its legality come with conditions?
In short, read up on every state and local law on CBD before your trip. It’s the only way to ensure that you don’t get stopped by security for violating a rule.
2. Hemp vs. Marijuana
Did you know? CBD oil and marijuana-based medicines are totally different.
Cannabidiol is typically derived from the stalks, stems, and leaf of the hemp plant. Most medical manufacturers remove traces of THC from the oil during the purification process. It’s to ensure that their medicines have no intoxicating effects on the consumers.
On the other hand, medical marijuana has high levels of THC. The psychoactive drug influences a person’s mental state and makes them feel high.
So which kind of CBD product is permitted during the flight?
According to TSA, marijuana and cannabis-infused medicines allowed are those that contain low THC levels (0.3% max). If your product has a high THC content, then it should be FDA approved for the administration to consider it as an option.
3. Purchase High-Quality Products
Word of advice, the packaging can deceive you!
In a world where CBD products have become a dominant fad, companies are prone to selling low-quality products. Not only can this harm your health but it can cause trouble during airport security screening. That’s why you should avoid purchasing CBD from random sources.
The trick is to buy CBD products from trustworthy sources and those that a doctor would recommend. You can search for the right product by going through reviews, articles, and discussion groups. Additionally, conduct a lab test to acquire a Certificate of Analysis (COA) for the product. It’ll ensure that your product is of premium quality and has no residual traces of THC.
Pro tip: You should carry the COA with you in case the security officer asks for verification.
4. Pack Smartly
What’s the best way to carry CBD products?
Liquid-based CBD products like oils, tinctures, and lotions must fulfill the requirements set by the TSA. You should pack it properly in a waterproof bag that fits into your carry-on.
The best strategy is to pack it with the rest of the liquid products (e.g. creams, gel, toothpaste, perfumes, etc.). This practice is less suspicious than packing it separately and discreetly. That’s because it doesn’t look like you’re trying to sneak the plant-based substance in with your baggage.
5. Crossing International Borders
Is it safe to travel with CBD abroad?
This is the trickiest question on this list. The legality of CBD products is still under consideration around the world.
The legality falls under three categories:
- Places that allow use and distribution of CBD and marijuana for medical and recreational purposes
- Places where possession of CBB and marijuana products is not an offense but recreational use is problematic.
- Places where owning/using CBD and marijuana products will land you in jail.
If you can live without CBD during your trip, then you should probably leave it behind. That’s because the uncertain legalities over these products make travelling with them (internationally) pretty risky.
The Choice: Which CBD Product Should You Choose?
The great part about CBD products is that they are super diverse. You can easily find a bottle of CBD that meets your needs and the TSA regulations.
Here are your options:
- CBD lotion for muscle soreness and back pain during long flights.
- CBD spray for discomfort during travelling
- CBD gummies to soothe travel anxiety and stress
- CBD tinctures to be taken with other drinks
No matter what product you choose, make sure that the container is securely fixed. You should also pack it in a waterproof bag for safekeeping.
Disclaimer: Liquid-based CBD products must be less than 3 oz. You can shift the content in travel size bottles if you can’t find a small bottle of your desired product.
In a Nutshell
Overall, travelling with CBD isn’t as risky as it was years ago. You can slip a TSA-approved product in your bag without any hesitation. The only thing you need to ensure is that the product is legal in the place you’re visiting. Besides this, the quality of the product and THC level may cause problems, but you can avoid them by making smart purchases for the trip.
That’s it. If you stick to these rules, nobody will bother you for carrying CBD on a plane.
Stay tuned to learn more about CBD products and their benefits.