Traveling With CBD and Cannabis – Everything You Need to Know
With the holiday season quickly approaching, many people want to ensure they can take their CBD with them on their travels. Whether you will be crossing state lines for a Thanksgiving gathering or flying across the country (or the world) to celebrate Christmas, a primary concern is being able to take along your much-needed homeopathic remedies along for the ride. In this article, we will cover the most recent regulations regarding traveling with both CBD and THC based-products.
The Differences Between Hemp and Marijuana Products
Before embarking on your journey, you should understand that there are significant differences between the legalities of hemp-based products vs. marijuana-based products. Both can have a similar appearance and aroma, and even for officials trained to recognize one from the other, it can be hard to tell the difference.
For this reason, you should keep any CBD products you travel with in their original containers with the labels intact. For the record, here is what you need to know:
- Are federally legal by the passage of the Farm Bill of 2018
- Are no longer classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance by the DEA
- Contain less than 0.3% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) by volume
- Are not legal at the federal level
- Are still classified as a schedule 1 controlled substance by the DEA
- Contain more than 0.3%THC by volume
Air Travel With CBD
In May 2019, The TSA updated their regulations regarding air travel with cannabidiol. It is now permissible to fly with CBD and any pharmaceuticals containing cannabidiol. For parents of children with epilepsy, this has been welcome news. The new guidelines were initially intended to include a medicine called Epidiolex used to treat intractable seizure disorders in pediatric patients. Now, they consist of all products made from CBD.
For medical cannabis users, however, it is still off-limits to bring your pot on board or in your baggage as this would violate federal law. These rules are likely to change in the coming years, but until then, even high CBD oils and products that are purchased at marijuana dispensaries are still forbidden if they contain over the legal limit of 0.3% THC.
The TSA is not necessarily looking to catch medical marijuana patients—their primary focus is on maintaining the safety and security of air travel for all passengers. While they don’t conduct drug searches or screenings, if they find contraband, they are required by law to report it to the local authorities.
If you want to ensure you have your CBD products with you on your next getaway, here are a few options to keep you out of trouble:
- Make sure that any CBD oils, topicals, edibles, or vape products you bring with you have the original labels affixed with the contents stating they contain less than 0.3% THC.
- If air travel gives you anxiety and you are using CBD to help calm you down, take your dose before boarding the aircraft to avoid drawing attention to yourself.
- Consider ordering your CBD product of choice online before your trip and having it shipped to your destination so it is there when you arrive. This circumvents any stress related to bringing the product on-board.
A Word About International Travel With CBD
The laws regarding hemp-based products can vary widely from country to country. If you are planning to travel internationally, review your itinerary carefully beforehand to determine if CBD is permitted in the region you are going to. The last thing you want is to be detained on foreign soil because you did not do your research.
Federal law in the US also prohibits importing or exporting paraphernalia used for the consumption of cannabis. If you have pipes, bongs, or other electronic devices, (even if they are only used for CBD) you could be taking a considerable risk transporting these items internationally.
Traveling in a Vehicle With CBD
Traveling in a vehicle with cannabis products poses less of an ominous threat than air travel, but there are still some things to consider before your next road trip. One essential guideline to keep in mind is to treat CBD as you would an alcoholic beverage. Keep it unopened and sealed during travel, preferably in the trunk of your vehicle.
“Open containers” of cannabis products can end up incurring fines of up to 500 dollars in individual states, even those where medical marijuana is legal. Products should be entirely sealed, and if they are not sealed, they should be transported in a locked compartment in the car.
It is also important to note that while a majority of states have legalized CBD just as the feds have, there are a handful of regions where any cannabis-based products are forbidden. Being aware of the regulations in each state you are driving through can prevent unnecessary scuffles with the law and potential travel delays.
It is also essential to know that in many states, officers can make arrests based on their perception of impairment. This is important when it comes to THC, especially. If you are found with more than five nanograms of active THC in your blood, you could be arrested for driving under the influence.
While traveling with CBD in plain sight in your vehicle is federally legal, certain forms of the compound like whole flower, isolate powder, and vape cartridges can look identical to THC-based products. Common sense dictates that using discretion in these situations can keep you out of any trouble with local law enforcement.
The newest legislation surrounding CBD and cannabis has made it easier than ever before for people to have access to these fantastic and beneficial plant remedies. However, in many ways, the legal system is still playing catch-up with the ever-changing landscape of cannabis regulation.
If you have any concerns about traveling with CBD, you should still exercise caution, common sense, and awareness about the laws in each place you plan to visit. While it is likely you will not encounter any issues, isolated incidents across the US have occurred that have led to fines, travel delays, and even arrest and detainment. Until all states are on board, it is best to stay vigilant.
It is also worth noting that you can keep yourself out of trouble by simply not traveling with any products containing more than the federally allowable amount of THC.
The public views on cannabis and CBD are rapidly changing, with support for legalization at 66% as of last year. These new attitudes show us that soon, traveling with CBD and cannabis may not pose any risks at all.