A growing number of consumers are incorporating CBD into their everyday health and wellness routines, and as a result, more consumers are traveling with their CBD products. However, while the CBD market continues to grow and evolve, it’s important for consumers to choose legal and licensed CBD products to ensure that they’re compliant with laws local to their travel destinations – and can prove that their CBD products meet legal requirements if needed.
There are various types and formulations of CBD, and as such, there’s a variety of CBD products to choose from — some easier to travel with than others. To learn more about the best CBD products and formulations to travel with and other important CBD tips for travelers, we reached out to a panel of CBD enthusiasts and CBD experts and asked them to answer this question:
“What’s your most important tip for consumers traveling with CBD products?”
Meet Our Panel of CBD Experts & CBD Enthusiasts:
Read on to learn what our experts had to say about the most important things to keep in mind when traveling with CBD products.
NOTE: The information and opinions expressed below represent the opinions of the individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Incredible Edibles.
Dr. Giuseppe Aragona, M.D., is a General Practitioner working with Prescription Doctor.
“While traveling with CBD isn’t illegal, I would recommend packing them in a see-through carry-on case that is easily identifiable…”
Any chance that it looks like you are hiding something could possibly raise suspicion on its purpose or use. If you are going somewhere abroad that you’ve never been before, it is always worth checking what your destination’s policies are. CBD products may not be accepted in that country, and especially if you need it for medical purposes, you may need to declare it before travel.
Laura Mogen is a Chief Editor at AllBestCBDOil.com.
“Even though the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp derived CBD products that contain no more than 0.3% of THC from the controlled substances list on the federal level…”
Individual states have a right to override this law. Currently, there are three states that forbid any CBD products: Idaho, Iowa, and South Dakota. There are also other states that have specific restrictions. That said, you should make sure that the states you’re traveling to and from have no laws against CBD.
Branka Vulet is the Founder of LegalJobSite.
“Always bring your prescription…”
If you are a medical CBD user carrying any type of CBD or cannabis product to another state or country, always make sure to have the right paperwork. All you need is to have a doctor’s prescription that validates your legal right to CBD as a medication, and you should be allowed into most airports around the world. Even if CBD isn’t specified as a controlled substance in the country you arrive in, it can still get confiscated by customs if not deemed to be a medical necessity.
Research local laws on CBD. Before you travel, it’s important to check the local regulations surrounding CBD products and derivatives. In some countries, CBD or anything related to cannabis is strictly prohibited, and you are better off not bringing it at all, even with a medical prescription. It’s always better to anticipate the local laws and avoid a situation where you can be charged or imprisoned in other countries.
Erin is a co-founder of Hinterland Co. and resides in Byron Bay, Australia. He’s deeply passionate about sustainability and a greener future for our planet. When he’s not working on his business, he’s out surfing his local breaks.
“The most important thing is to make sure you’re allowed to carry it legally…”
When it comes to traveling with CBD products, the most obvious thing is checking the laws where you’re going. CBD isn’t legal everywhere yet, so make sure you’re allowed to take it with you!
Assuming you are, consumables tend to be more practical and easier to travel with than CBD oil and topicals. For starters, they’re not liquid, meaning you can carry them on a plane.
Secondly, it’s much easier to control your dosage with consumable products. You know exactly how much CBD is in a single gummy, capsule, or truffle, and this allows you to administer your CBD very precisely and produce the exact effect you’re looking for. This is particularly helpful if you’re taking CBD in transit, where it might otherwise be awkward trying to take a precise dose of CBD oil from a dropper.
Finally, anybody who’s new to CBD and wants to try it out for their journey should make sure they know what to expect. Orally ingesting CBD means it’s absorbed into the bloodstream as it passes through the digestive tract. Of all the potential delivery methods, oral ingestion takes the longest to produce an effect, but it also means the CBD also remains active for longer. At the right doses, it can provide a very gentle and prolonged sensation.
Ideally, you should engage in a little trial and error before the date you travel. Try a few different products (not at the same time), always start by trying just a small amount, and take your time to find what works best for you. In all honesty, it’s not advisable to try it out for the first time in a new or strange environment. Make sure you’re comfortable with it first.
Rhiannon Moore works for Evopure.co.uk, an organic CBD brand based in the UK.
“My most important tip for consumers traveling with CBD products is to…”
Make sure your CBD is lab tested.
When traveling abroad with CBD products, it’s important that you know exactly how much THC is in the product. Within Europe, most countries allow hemp derived CBD oil/products if the THC levels are less than 0.2%. In the U.S. and Canada, they allow 0.3% THC.
If your CBD product gets questioned, you can prove that the THC levels are within the legal limits if your products are lab tested.
It’s even better if the packaging states the THC levels or the legality of the CBD oil.
Anthony Bautista is the CEO of Pure CBD Vapors.
“If you can only bring one CBD product with you, make it CBD oil…”
Why? Because CBD oil is the most versatile type of hemp product there is. It can be used as a tincture for fast effects, as a food additive for more long-lasting activation in the system, and even as a topical in a pinch, should you experience sudden localized pain or a skin issue such as eczema, acne, or a bug bite. CBD oil is great for stress related to traveling, difficulty sleeping in a new environment, sore muscles caused by spending hours on a plane, headaches that commonly occur in new climates, and so on. It truly is a one-of-a-kind, highly multi-purpose product that can act as the perfect travel companion.
Dr. Maria N.Vila, DO is a family medicine specialist in Morristown, New Jersey and a medical advisor for eMediHealth. She has been practicing for over 16 years.
“CBD is currently being used by people to help with several health issues, which is…”
Why it’s good that you travel with it if it’s something that helps you. I’d suggest that you use CBD in the form of gummies. There are several benefits in taking CBD as a gummy versus in other forms such as capsules or oils. When taking CBD as a gummy, taste is a definite benefit. Also, taking it as a gummy prevents others from knowing what you are taking, and this allows your CBD product to be more portable.
The final benefit of taking CBD in gummy form is that it is easier to control the dose in this form and easier to ingest. CBD products in other forms such as oils would mean you have to use droppers to measure the correct dose, and for CBD products in capsule form, you need water to help swallow them.
Edwin Bynum is the Director of Marketing at Empire Imports, a Los Angeles based e-cigarette wholesaler. He has a B.A. in Marketing from California State University, Fullerton with experience in marketing and small business management.
“Ensure the CBD oil is derived from hemp and not marijuana…”
Hemp is legal federally since the 2018 Farm Bill was enacted. Federal law states these products can contain no more than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis or they must be approved by the FDA. There are plenty more things to keep in mind, but legality is by far the most important tip.
Erin is the chief marketing officer of Key to Cannabis. K2C is a cannabis and CBD education site aimed at equipping everyone — from athletes, to scholars, and even your grandma — with the knowledge and tools to use cannabis for daily plant-powered wellness.
“My tip for people traveling with CBD products is to put them in your liquids bag that you take out in security…”
Don’t try to hide your CBD products. They’re perfectly legal, and all TSA agents should be aware of that. However, hiding your CBD products in various bags can make it seem like you’re hiding something illegal.
Karlton Jahmal Herman is a managing editor and writer for Cheef Holdings. Mr. Herman is an MBA student at UMass with 6 years of experience as a writer and editor.
“The best way to travel with CBD is to be as transparent as possible…”
Since the Farm Bill of 2018 was signed, hemp — and subsequently CBD sourced from hemp — became federally legal. That means it is allowed on planes for travel.
The type of CBD you travel with matters. For instance, CBD oil is typically mixed with a carrier oil and placed in a tincture. Make sure your liquid ounces do not exceed the airline carry-on limit. Or, simply pack the tincture in your checked luggage.
Another example is CBD flower. This may be a bit trickier, because CBD flower looks and smells just like marijuana. TSA officers and the authorities have confused CBD flower with marijuana, making things complicated for travelers. If you must travel with CBD flower, use unopened containers with full labeling. If it’s still sealed with a plastic wrap, that’s even better. A receipt, whether tangible or online, wouldn’t hurt either.
CBD concentrates (shatter, dabs, budder, isolates, etc.) should also be stored in checked luggage, still kept in their original unopened packaging.
CBD consumables are easy to travel with since they just look like regular food. Make sure your airline allows snacks past the checkpoint, or just pack them in your checked luggage.
CBD vapes are okay wherever e-cigs are allowed. Some airlines and airports have strict rules when it comes to vapes. Follow their guidelines when it comes to vaping. Don’t try to split up the battery and the cartridge to be slick; remember: transparency is key. You don’t want to accidentally get caught and give off an air of suspicion.
Kathrin Garner is a professional editor, content strategist, and writer. She works with themes connected to marijuana in general and CBD help for health, hair, and skin problems. Her articles are based on medical research and her own investigations.
“When traveling with CBD products or some other hemp-related products…”
Consumers should know that hemp derived CBD containing close to 0.3% THC and created under specific guidelines is governmentally legitimate, according to the 2018 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill revised the Controlled Substances Act to distinguish hemp from THC and pot, inasmuch as it was sourced following the new guidelines.
Numerous travelers erroneously expect that federal law supersedes state law. While this is an entangled point and various situations bring about various results, the main concern is this: It doesn’t. On account of CBD, states are allowed to implement and enforce more severe guidelines than those referred to in the 2018 Farm Bill. If you’re traveling to a state in which state law regards it illicit, there is a danger of indictment.
For all consumables, gels, salves, oils, and different fluids, you ought to follow and conform to ordinary TSA 3-1-1 guidelines when you’re traveling with CBD oil. You don’t have to proclaim them independently, yet you shouldn’t try to hide them, either. While the TSA’s announcements may give the impression that they are not searching for cannabis items, you’re still required to follow all the relevant guidelines, or you could risk delays at the air terminal.
As per the TSA, you may bring electronic gadgets and vaping gadgets (including batteries and atomizers) packed in your lightweight suitcases, but not in carry-ons.
Bryanna Fissori is the Content and Compliance Manager for Receptra Naturals CBD in Colorado. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business and a law degree. She is also a professional boxer and travels with CBD to most of her bouts.
“The first thing you should know about taking CBD oil on an airplane is…”
That it’s OK! The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is not really worried about your prized bottle of CBD as long as it is not going to explode. Their primary duty is to ensure the safety of the passengers and crew members on the airplane. Law enforcement is typically left to the police. That being said, it is important to adhere to TSA guidelines whenever traveling.
There are two ways to get CBD oil on an airplane. Putting it in your pocket is not one of them. (Don’t put anything in your pocket… It makes TSA officials angry.) You can carry CBD onto the plane in your bag or you can have it checked in your luggage. A big deciding factor should be whether you want to actually use it while in the air. Depending on how early you check in, it may not be practical to take a serving before placing it in your checked bag if you are hoping for maximum effectiveness while in the air.
TSA has strict guidelines on the volume of liquids that can pass through checkpoints. Containers must not hold more than 3.4 ounces (100 millimeters) of liquid. The largest bottle of Receptra CBD oil is only two ounces, so you are in the clear with any of the Receptra CBD oil products. Technically, you could take multiple bottles if you wanted to, as long as they fit into a quart-sized resealable bag.
Any liquid over 3.4 ounces has to be placed in a checked bag. Sometimes airport baggage staff are not super gentle. So, anytime you place liquids in your checked bags, it is a good idea to wrap them in something protective and maybe put them inside a sealable bag in case something bad does happen. There is a chance that your checked bags could be subject to inspection. It is unlikely that anyone would confiscate your CBD oil, though it is possible. These checks are primarily for explosives and illegal drugs or other substances that could be smuggled from one area to another.
Nico Marley is the grandson of icon Bob Marley and CEO and Founder of Lion X Wellness. At Lion X Wellness, they offer high-quality, organic, full spectrum CBD supplements and wellness products that are lab tested and crafted from sustainably grown Colorado hemp.
“When it comes to traveling with CBD, here are some tips…”
Traveling in the United States and Abroad
If you are traveling within the United States, make sure you do some pre-travel research, as each state has different laws and regulations when it comes to CBD. If you are traveling to a different country, definitely do your research, as CBD is illegal in some countries.
Flying with CBD
Flying with CBD is legal if the CBD has less than 0.3% of THC. Any amount higher than this, and you cannot take it with you on a plane. If you choose to travel by plane, keep your CBD products in your carry-on bag and be honest about the fact that you have CBD. Also, it might help to have your CBD product’s third party lab report with you.
When it comes to different products:
- CBD gel capsules: You can put these in your carry-on bag without incident.
- CBD gummies and edibles: Sometimes, TSA agents request screening of food. With this in mind, keep in your carry-on (along with any snacks you may have with you).
- CBD tinctures, oils, and topicals/balms: When it comes to tinctures, oils and topicals/balms, follow the 3-1-1 rule. This means for carry-on liquids, put them in a 3.4 ounce or smaller container; put all containers in 1 quart-sized clear plastic bag and have 1 bag per passenger. Otherwise, put this kind of CBD in your checked bag.
- CBD vapes: Don’t put these in your checked bag because of potential fire hazards. Put your vape, along with your e-juice and cartridges, in your carry-on bag.
Cruise Lines and CBD
Cruise lines do not allow you to have any CBD products. In this case, it would be best to leave your CBD at home.
If for any reason you can’t take your CBD with you, take a dose before you travel, and buy new CBD when you reach your destination.
Julie Scheurl is Alphagreen’s Industry Innovations Specialist. Coming from an extensive background in the fashion and lifestyle industry, she has a hands-on approach to product testing and creating strategies to drive trends. She acquired editorial experience at Harper’s Bazaar Germany before a deep personal interest in health and well-being brought her to Alphagreen.
“Personally, I have not experienced trouble when crossing European and UK borders with CBD capsules…”
There’s still a risk because you may be stopped and questioned or the product may be taken away from you. I recommend trying more discreet products that you are likely to take with you when traveling anyway. Snacks such as gummies, chocolate, and gum are always great to pack. This can also include personal care products such as moisturizer and facial mists, which are great travel must-haves anyway, and now they have an even bigger benefit — namely the addition of CBD.
For countries where CBD and cannabinoids as a whole are illegal (such as Bolivia, Russia, and Saudi Arabia), please don’t attempt to enter these countries with any type of CBD products, as the consequences are severe. Other countries, such as Australia, have specific regulations regarding CBD, where it is grouped into the same category as medical cannabis and requires a prescription. Given the complex regulatory landscape across the globe and even within some nations such as the U.S., where laws vary from state to state, it’s highly advised to do thorough research before traveling with CBD or refrain from doing so altogether.
Amy McDonald is an accomplished business leader with 25+ years of experience in the flavor, food ingredient, and pharma/biotech industries. For more than 20 years, she has led multi-million-dollar global companies at the executive level. Before becoming the CEO of ALTWELL, Amy held leadership roles in various food, flavor and food/pharma ingredient companies, including Quest International (now Kerry Bio-Sciences), Kerry, and FONA International.
“Traveling with CBD is not as scary as it might seem…”
When traveling with CBD products it’s key to either have them unopened or have proof of their grade if flagged (or both). This can be found on the bottle of a tincture, for example. Also, it’s important to have them out in the open. For example, in your toiletry bag is fine when going through a TSA checkpoint.
Jamie Bacharach is a Licensed Medical Acupuncturist and Health Coach in Jerusalem, Israel, as well as the Head of Practice at Acupuncture Jerusalem. Jamie uses her knowledge of medicine and healthy living to instruct her patients in how to lead a healthier lifestyle.
“Make sure your CBD oil is completely sealed and in an air-tight container…”
One of the most common problems that people have when traveling with CBD products is that the product gets loose and either becomes ruined, causes a mess, or both. Additionally, if you’re traveling with CBD that isn’t in an air-tight container, the chances are high that your CBD product could lose its potency when in transit.
It’s well worth the investment to get yourself a high-quality, resealable, and air-tight container to store your CBD product when traveling. Not only will this prevent accidents, but it also will ensure your CBD doesn’t lose any of its quality or potency.
Greg Rovner, CEO of Heally, is a man who knows perseverance well and does not take the path most traveled. He opted for entrepreneurship instead of college and opened his first business after high school, which he sold after 20 years to pursue another venture with long-time friends — telehealth in the cannabis industry.
“Our most important tip for traveling with CBD products is to do your research…”
It is possible and legal to travel with CBD, as the Farm Bill of 2018 legalized hemp derived CBD products that contain less than 0.3% THC, but there are very specific restrictions one must keep in mind. According to TSA regulations, CBD products containing no more than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis or those that have been approved by the FDA are exempt from federal law. To fly confidently, you need to make sure that your CBD products meet these requirements. And don’t just take the manufacturers’ word for it. Always use lab tested products to ensure that your CBD product contains the exact concentrations claimed by the manufacturers. If you can’t find this information about your products, consider switching to different, more transparent products that clearly and consistently deliver on their claims.
Brett Gluth works in Digital Marketing at BATCH by Wisconsin Hemp Scientific.
“I have a few travel tips for CBD users…”
First, it’s important to know that CBD became legal in all 50 states in the United States in 2018 at the federal level. Not many people realized this because of the state-to-state legal uncertainty surrounding marijuana. However, hemp is different from marijuana. Both come from the Cannabis Sativa plant. This term is the overarching name for the plant which comes from binomial nomenclature (the Latin names for plant and animal species). However, cannabis is called hemp if it has below 0.3% THC concentration. Again, hemp and its derived products are legal all across the United States. Marijuana, on the other hand, is only legal in some states, and for varying amounts and purposes.
Secondly, you still have to follow normal travel guidelines if traveling by plane. In the United States, this means no liquid containers over 3.4 fl oz. Find companies that offer travel-sized CBD lotions or balms, and you’ll be good to go.
Lastly, a more general tip for travelers who use CBD is to make sure to store your CBD products at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. Like most other supplements in the medicine cabinet, storing CBD at temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit for prolonged periods of time (or storing them in the sun’s direct path) will cause a decrease in their potency.
Shawn Lockery is a Health Expert, Co-founder, and CTO of InVivo Biosystems.
“In most American states, some products made from CBD are legal, and you can travel with necessary precautions…”
CBD oil derived from hemp oil can now be taken across state borders, and you can take them on flights, while CBD oil derived from marijuana has an illegal status in some American states.
As a health expert, I recommend that it is good not to declare CBD products while traveling, but you shouldn’t hide them, either. Double-check the laws related to CBD product possession of both the state you are traveling from and the state you are traveling to.
Dr. Tim Shu is the founder and chief executive officer of VETCBD. Dr. Shu founded VETCBD so pets could safely benefit from the multiple therapeutic uses of cannabis. By combining his expertise in veterinary medicine with his knowledge of medical cannabis, Dr. Shu formulates VETCBD products to be safe and effective for use in animals.
“My most important tips for traveling with CBD products are…”
- You do not have to disclose that you are traveling with CBD products, but don’t hide them.
- According to the TSA, electronic vapers can be carried on carry-on bags, but you cannot leave them inside your checked bag.
- Don’t travel with hemp flower. It is extremely similar to the cannabis flower and can result in confusion with TSA.
Peter Stadniuk and Paul Clotar created Seabedee after seeing the powerful benefits of CBD firsthand and the incredible impact it had on quality of life. Pete and Paul made it their mission to use CBD to help as many others as possible.
“Don’t try to hide your CBD…”
Domestically, CBD oil and CBD isolate can be carried in checked or carry-on luggage on U.S. flights and is totally legal. There’s no reason to conceal it, so feel free to pack it along with your other liquids and toiletries. If you want to, check for yourself on the TSA website. Don’t give them any suspicious reasons to confiscate your product. International flights are where things get more tricky, and you will want to check specific laws for where you’re traveling to and from.
Tyler Miller serves as cbdMD’s Director of Content, along with resident expert on everything CBD. He is super knowledgeable and knows the ins and outs of the CBD industry.
“Buy your CBD products from a reputable supplier…”
The more transparency and information they can offer you, the better!
Traveling with CBD is much easier than you think. Despite the myriad of confusing language, laws, and logistics, CBD products are easy to take with you anywhere on the go. With superior products ensuring their formulas have less than 0.3% THC, properly sourced hemp derived CBD products easily fall under the THC threshold as established by the federal government.