13 Nov Traveling with CBD
I wish I could tell you that it is completely safe to travel with CBD. But I can’t! What I can do is tell you that it is legal to travel within the United States with CBD. However, for it to be safe you must do it right. In order to travel with CBD, you must navigate through a confusing web of regulations, misinformation and misunderstandings. Understanding what you need to do will help you reach your destination safely.
Before we discuss traveling with CBD. Let’s talk about CBD itself! Cannabidiol, or CBD, has helped many people to achieve a life of wellness. It’s been so useful there has been a bit of a “CBD craze” in the past year. Forbes called its growth “explosive”, expecting CBD to become a $5 billion.
There is bit of confusion on where CBD comes from. CBD is present in both cannabis and the hemp plant. CBD sold legally over the counter is derived from the hemp plant. The reason why it is sold legally is due to the 2018 Farm bill which classifies a hemp plant as a cannabis plant that contains less than .3% THC. If it contains less than .3% THC it is hemp by federal law and legal for sale and possession in all 50 states.
Can You Travel With CBD
The topic of traveling with CBD when discussing Transportation Security Administration’s policy on CBD. First, TSA came out saying that CBD was not allowed in any way for travel. This past May, TSA released rules saying that it would be allowed if the THC percentages were under .3%. Essentially matching the laws put forth by the 2018 Farm Bill, but there are still a few things you should know:
The .3% Rule Must Be Followed.
We can’t stress this enough. Make sure your product is less than .3% THC. It is the difference between traveling with an herbal extract and becoming a drug smuggler.
Make Sure the Labeling is Right
2 things you want to make sure of here. Make sure the bottle clearly states that there is either “less than .3% THC” or “no THC”. Also make sure there is a QR code on the label that can be easily scanned to show test results proving the product has less than .3% THC.
Keep it in your Checked Bag
Don’t draw attention to yourself. It is legal to travel with hemp derived CBD but maybe not the best idea to be waving your tincture bottle around or to hit your vape while going through security.
Don’t Travel with Hemp Flower
It is indeed legal to travel with hemp flower. Again, if the THC levels are right. However, hemp flower looks and smells just like weed. The only difference between hemp flower and weed is that hemp flower contains that less than .3% THC level. It still looks just like weed. It could arouse suspicion even if it is properly labeled. You wont get arrested for carrying hemp flower through airport security but you might miss your flight while they make sure it is what you say it is.