Can You Travel with CBD Oil?
Stefan McKellar |
CBD oil is hailed as one of the most promising breakthroughs in the medical industry by helping to alleviate a wide array of symptoms associated with serious medical conditions — with limited side effects.
But can you take it with you on your travels?
Many travelers who take CBD oil do so for any number of reasons. CBD has been shown to have a positive effect on several issues including:
- Heart health
- Chronic pain
The list goes on. But many travelers may specifically want to have their CBD oil with them on their travels simply because of their fear of flying. While some nervous travelers might take pharmaceutical tranquilizers or sip alcohol before and during the flight in order to calm themselves, others who prefer a more natural approach might choose something like CBD oil instead. Several studies have shown that one of the benefits of CBD is an anti-anxiety effect on users. That's reason enough to want to take CBD with you in your carry-on bag when you travel.
But despite the associations between CBD oil and the reduction of negative side effects of a myriad of medical conditions, many still worry about getting caught with the cannabinoid while traveling. Will possession of CBD cause you trouble when crossing state, national or international lines?
Can You Travel With CBD?
CBD (or cannabidiol) is the latest buzzword in the health and wellness world thanks to its striking abilities to reduce uncomfortable and painful symptoms without the high that its THC counterpart induces. It's federally legal and is easily available for purchase. Since it's considered legal on a federal level, shouldn't it be easy to travel with?
Generally speaking, yes. You really should have no trouble bringing CBD oil with you on planes, trains, boats, cars or any other mode of transportation you use to reach a far-off destination. And to be honest, there are a number of reasons why you might want to consider bringing it with you no matter how many times you hit the road-or the skies-for your next venture.
We all know how incredibly stringent Post-9/11 airport law enforcement and border security has been. In the years since, security has been tight and includes a number of restrictions on travelers. If you can't bring a bottle of water or topicals like a tin of hand cream on board (over a certain amount), many might assume that something derived from the cannabis plant might give you trouble when you travel outside of your own home.
At the end of the day, airport or border security authorities have the final say on what may be permitted to cross state or national lines. That said, CBD products should be able to pass by security with minimal issue.
The real problem is with marijuana because of its THC content. Any cannabis product that contains at least 0.3% THC is illegal on a federal level and can put you at risk for not only getting stopped by authorities, but also make you vulnerable to arrest.
Since quality CBD products produced by legitimate manufacturers contain no THC or less than 0.3%, they're considered hemp products. In the US and in all states, hemp is classified as a legal product under the law. In this case, getting past security with CBD products in-hand shouldn't be a problem.
Traveling With THC Poses Problems
The bigger issue comes with traveling with products that contain THC. Even if you happen to have a medical marijuana card, you could still find yourself jumping through hoops to get through border or airline security. Under no circumstances should you attempt to bring illegal substances across borders, and if the product you're carrying contains THC over 0.3%, you could find yourself in a bit of a pickle.
Marijuana is illegal on a federal level, and as such, it cannot be transported beyond state lines. This can even include CBD products that contain more than the legally permissible 0.3% THC. That's why it's crucial to carefully read and study the label and review all active ingredients of the CBD oil products you may be planning to take with you.
If the CBD oil you are carrying with you contains any trace of THC, it's important to fully understand the exact THC to CBD ratio in order to make sure you're not breaking any laws.
Having said that, there are certain precautions that you may want to consider before traveling with your CBD oil.
- All liquids including CBD oil must adhere to TSA rules regarding amount
- CBD oil must be clearly labeled and sealed
- Lab reports should accompany the product proving a THC concentration of less than 0.3%
In order to ensure that you won't have any trouble with traveling with your CBD oil, consider reviewing all TSA guidelines for the most recent data regarding traveling requirements and restrictions. As long as you're compliant with the TSA requirements, you should have no problems taking CBD oil on your travels.
Unlike THC, CBD is a legal cannabinoid. And if it is derived from the hemp plant, a legal plant that's been used for centuries to manufacture products that are widely available everywhere, there should be no reason for you to encounter problems when you travel.
As long as you've taken precautions to ensure that the product contains no THC (or no more than 0.3%) and you've got the appropriate lab results to back this up, you should be able to travel with your CBD oil so you can continue to benefit from its effects no matter where you happen to go.