Now that everybody is ready to bust out of home jail and go traveling again, the question always comes up: can I bring my CBD with me? Although this seems like a simple question, the answer can be cloudy at times. We’re here to try and make most of that cloudiness go away.
Traveling can mostly mean across state lines via airplane or car. It also means visiting international destinations via airplane, and now cruise lines as they open up again. CBD has gained so much popularity around the world in the last year. Many countries have now legalized it.
First, we have to make a few assumptions:
Let’s say that you have a FULL SPECTRUM CBD tincture or oil you bought “over–the–counter” like most people: meaning it was not prescribed by a medical doctor. There are some CBDs that one can purchase from Medical Marijuana Dispensaries - a medical marijuana card prescribed by a state-licensed medical doctor is required for those.
If that was the case, you will have your Physician's prescription to show that you're taking CBD as per their order. So we are going to assume that’s not the case.
Full-spectrum CBD “over-the-counter” with 0.3% THC:
Let's first start with traveling domestically in the United States on an airplane:
What does the TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ASSOCIATION (TSA) say on their website?
“Marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law except for products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by FDA. (See the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334.) TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law to local, state or federal authorities”.
“TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement office”
"Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed), Checked Bags: Yes”
“TSA allows larger amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols in reasonable quantities for your trip, but you must declare them to security officers at the checkpoint for inspection”.
“The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint “
NOTE - Italics put in by TSA, not Ganja Mon Vibes.
So with that in mind, if you have any CBD on you with your carry-on and the TSA officer wants to continue the search for some other reason, it is well stated that it’s up to the individual TSA officer to make the call.
The way we read this if you want to put it in your checked baggage you’ll need a prescription for it, if it is found.
CBD is legal on a FEDERAL basis in 2018 if it contains less than 0.3% THC. But, it still depends on the state by state and county by county. There are a few states, Iowa, Idaho, and South Dakota, that this has been left in a very gray area. We recommend it is best to check with your local state laws if you’re going to be flying out from those states.
Here’s another option – buy your CBD upon arrival:
If do you have major concerns, consider the state you’re flying to. Only a few of the states in 2021, DO NOT allow CBD with a 0.3% THC. So, quite possibly then, you have the choice of purchasing your CBD oil product for your short-term stay when you arrive. A little bit of Internet research on the CBD Stores at your destination will answer that question for you.
If you see something you like, call that CBD store and visit with them to see if it matches the profile of your CBD. Our products can be purchased if you’re coming to Sarasota Florida. We sell all of our them and clothing at GANJA MON VIBES on Siesta Key.
But we’re going on one trip for over a month: You also have the choice if you’re going to be there for a while, to ship it to yourself. Once again, the majority of states allow the shipping of CBD across state lines. At Ganja Mon Vibes we ship our CBD to all 50 states as it contains less than 0.3% THC. However, it is best to check with your state to see if is possible. Even another possibility, is to ask the CBD store where you purchased your product to ship it to your point of destination for you. We offer free shipping, so most stores should do the same.
But we’re traveling overseas for an extended period:
The same rules apply when you’re leaving the point of origin as stated above by TSA. The biggest concern is the country at the point of destination. Is CBD legal there? The best way to find out is to once again to do a little bit of Internet research to see what the laws are in that country.
Full-Spectrum CBD Vape Cartridges and Batteries:
Here’s what TSA says about Vape cartridges and batteries. This is a good heads up to know, that you cannot bring these devices on your checked bags. They must be brought through security in your carry-on.
"Carry On Bags: Yes, Checked Bags: No"
“The FAA prohibits these devices in checked bags. Battery-powered E-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person). Check with your airline for additional restrictions. Remove all electronic cigarette and vaping devices from carry-on bags if checked at the gate or planeside”.
“The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint”.
As you can see, one has to put a little bit of thought into the process. But for those of us who really appreciate the benefits of CBD, it is well worth it for our travels. Hopefully, with the little bit of information, we have given you along with your own research, that you will be able to have a safe and healthy trip.