Flying with CBD Domestically in the USA
Can you fly with CBD products domestically in the United States? What are the travel rules are when it comes to CBD oil and other CBD products derived from the hemp plant when traveling domestically in the United States? Can you carry on your CBD products when flying domestically in the United States? What about packing your CBD products in your luggage? Does it matter what type of CBD product you have? For example, what if you want to fly with your CBD skincare products? Or, you are traveling with your dog and want to bring your CBD pet chews?
Since CBD usage among Americans is relatively new, questions about traveling with CBD products across state lines within the United States are quite common, as are questions about international travel with CBD products.
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The short answer is, Yes. You can travel by car and plane with hemp-derived CBD products from one state to another state in the United States so long as your CBD product meets the border control travel rules.
Let’s jump into what policy was issued by TSA, what type of CBD products does the policy cover, and some tips on what you can do to prepare for traveling with your CBD products domestically in the United States.
The TSA travel policy on CBD products
In May 2019, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a policy update to provide travelers with a little clarity on traveling with hemp-derived CBD (and medical marijuana).
Per TSA’s Medical Marijuana Policy:
“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 officer.” (Emphasis added)
This means you can travel with your CBD product if it’s made from hemp and contains 0.3% or less THC. Per this same policy, you can pack your CBD product in your carry-on or in your checked baggage.
When you visit the webpage for TSA.gov, type “CBD” in the search bar to view the information and instructions for carry on bags and checked bags.
TSA's policy applies to all CBD products with 0.3% or less THC
Hemp-derived CBD products have been sold in the marketplace for a handful of years now, but CBD only became mainstream starting in 2018. As such, many Americans are not familiar with whether you can travel with CBD products domestically in the USA.
Some interested travelers have even reached out to @AskTSA on twitter to ask about their specific CBD products and if they could travel with them.
People asked questions like:
- Could I bring non [THC] CBD oil in my carry on bag?
- Is CBD products (without THC) allowed through security as carryons; CBD patches, CBD capsules, CBD rub and CBD oil?
- Are CBD gummies allowed? They follow federal guidelines for [THC] content. Is there any special instructions for packing if they are?
- Are CBD creams with zero THC allowed in checked bags?
- I’m flying with an emotional support animal from ORD to DFW and back. Can I bring CBD dog treats with me to help my dog remain calm on the flight?
In response to these and other questions, TSA referred to its Medical Marijuana Policy stated above. The takeaway message from these responses is that, yes, you can travel with any type of hemp-derived CBD product so long as it contains no more than 0.3 percent THC.
This means you can travel with CBD oil tinctures, CBD soft gels, CBD capsules, CBD gummies, CBD relief creams, CBD skincare products, CBD pet products, CBD lip balms, CBD vapes, CBD shampoo, and others that are hemp-derived and contain 0.3% or less THC.
We’re not so sure about CBD smokeable hemp only because hemp and marijuana have the same smell. Technically, traveling with smokeable CBD hemp that has no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis meets the requirements of TSA’s policy and, therefore, is allowed. However, TSA dogs may not be able to tell the difference given that hemp and marijuana smell the same. This may cause you some delay or other hassles that you may wish to avoid.
TSA has a travel policy that allows you to travel domestically with hemp-derived CBD products of any kind so long as those products contain no more than 0.3 percent THC.
If you are planning a domestic trip in the USA, check the policy on TSA’s website for any updates or additional information.
Here are 4 tips to help prepare for traveling with CBD products domestically in the USA:
- Only bring CBD products that have 0.3% or less THC. To verify the amount of THC in your CBD product, review your CBD product’s lab report for the total amount of THC reported. If you do not know how to read the lab report, contact the brand for help.
- Keep your CBD product in its original packaging. This may seem silly but brand and product information on the packaging may be helpful if a security officer questions the content of your CBD product.
- Does your CBD product have a QR code on the label and/or its packaging? The QR code, when scanned, should open a webpage that displays the lab report for your CBD product. If a security officer questions the content of your CBD product, having access to the lab report to show the content is helpful. If your CBD product does not have a QR code, bring a hard copy of the lab report with you, or save an electronic version of it to your device, so you have access to it if needed.
- If you reside in a state that requires a doctor’s written certification or patient registration, bring a copy of that documentation with you in case a security officer asks to see it.
On a final note, all deepCBDs products have a QR code and meet the requirements of TSA’s policy so you can carry on or pack your deepCBDs product when traveling by car or plane domestically in the USA.