It’s summer, the world is beginning to reopen after a year of lockdowns, and we’re all itching to get out and stretch our legs. Whether you need to manage a smidge of air travel anxiety, or simply want to maintain your daily regimine, there’s a chance you want to bring your CBD along for the ride. When it comes time to pack, though, you may find yourself holding that CBD product and suddenly wondering, “Can I travel with this?”
That’s not a surprise. After all, CBD is relatively new to a lot of us, and it’s hard to tell what’s regulated and what isn’t.
Will the TSA people stop you? What about that nosy state trooper who pointed out your broken turn signal, or the K-9 units roaming the airport? What’s the best product to pack for your summer adventure?
Never fear. We’re here to walk you through the details of traveling with CBD.
Can I Travel to All 50 States With CBD?
According to the federal government, hemp-derived CBD is legal as long as it contains no more than 0.3% THC.
But there’s a catch. It’s not yet federally regulated, which means that the states have stepped in to do their own regulating. As a result, rules vary from state to state, and we’re left with a very big gray area.
We can say that CBD is legal in almost every state, with a few exceptions. If you’re thinking of traveling to Idaho, Iowa, or South Dakota this summer, be sure to research local regulations thoroughly before making any plans to travel with CBD.
Can I Take a Domestic Flight?
In the United States, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) states that hemp-derived CBD products that contain “no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by FDA” are indeed legal to travel with.
So, as long as you follow the TSA’s 3-1-1 rules, and remember that you can’t pack a powered vaping device in your checked bag, you’re good to go.
One caveat — you’re going to want to keep those outlier states in mind and, as always, research your destination’s rules and regulations.
Medical marijuana, and products with more than 0.3% THC remain illegal for travel.
Wait. Doesn’t Full Spectrum CBD Have THC?
Full spectrum CBD does have trace amounts of THC.
How much? Less than 0.3%. That means it’s federally legal and cleared by the TSA.
It’s important to note that TSA employees only look for security threats. They’re not required or expected to look for anything else. However, if they come across something they find questionable, they are required to contact law enforcement.
In the unlikely event that you encounter a TSA employee who isn’t familiar with CBD or the federal rules, it’s good to have a copy of your lab report to show how much, if any, THC is in your CBD product.
We provide lab reports for all our products, and they’re easy to find either on our website or by scanning the QR code on your product.
What About Drug Dogs?
A dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 times better than ours. So, can a dog smell that CBD tincture in your carry-on? Absolutely.
The question isn’t whether a dog can smell it, but whether it’s trained to care about it.
Since hemp products like CBD have been federally legal since 2018, today’s drug dogs aren’t typically trained to alert to them. Again, it’s good to have access to your lab report in case of mixups.
What About International Travel?
International travel is a more complicated subject. Every country has its own laws about CBD, and it’s wisest to research your destination before packing yours.
Many African, South American, and Asian nations ban or heavily restrict CBD. And, while it’s more widespread in Europe, there are still varying restrictions. Some EU countries limit THC amounts to less than 0.2%, while France only allows CBD Isolate.
Check with your airline about your destination’s laws and for any tips they may have.
It’s often safest to keep your CBD at home and purchase more at your destination.
Choose the Right Product for Your Adventure
Your destination and planned activities may influence what kind of CBD products you want to bring along.
If you’re backpacking or going on an outdoor adventure, consider a gummy or another CBD product less breakable and spillable than a bottled tincture. CBD muscle and joint creams and muscle balms are also ideal for hikers, climbers, surfers, skiers, and all athletic adventurers.
If you’re planning a romantic getaway, a CBD bath bomb could be just what Dr. Love ordered (pro tip, probably don’t actually say “Dr. Love” on your romantic evening).
You can also pack your favorite tincture or gummy to sync your chill together. You can even pack your own mini spa trip with CBD face masks and foot care products.
Don’t forget super-portable products like CBD sublingual strips and chill shots that are easy to bring on the go, whether you’re spending a day at the beach or going out for a night on the town.
Also, vacationing with animals can be stressful both for you and your furry pals. Consider CBD products formulated for pets to help manage anxiety and even the sore joints an older pet may get from all that traveling.
Whether you’re heading out on a family road trip or catching a flight to a beach resort, there are a few simple steps that you can take to make traveling with CBD worry free.
- • Research your destination’s local laws and regulations on CBD, especially if you’re traveling abroad.
- • Have your lab report handy. This way you can prove exactly what’s in your CBD product.
- • Follow the TSA’s 3-1-1 rules when flying domestically in the U.S.
- • Carry your tinctures and gels in a sealable, reusable bag to protect other stuff from spills.
- • Only carry on your powered vaping device. Don’t put it in your checked luggage.
- • Pick the right product for your adventure. Nobody wants a broken bottle of CBD tincture in their climbing gear.
- • Make sure your CBD products are made according to federal regulations — derived from industrial hemp and containing less than 0.3% THC.
Finally, relax. It’s vacation! CBD is meant to make life easier, not more complicated. Do your research and manage your expectations, then focus on the fun.
All of our products live up to federal regulations and TSA rules. Pick the one that works for you.