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?
CBD usage among Americans is relatively new. As such, questions about traveling with CBD products from one state to another are common. These same questions are asked about traveling from the United States to another country.
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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 so long as your CBD product falls under the policy issued by the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Here, we address the policy, what type of CBD products fall under the policy, and some tips on what you can do to prepare for traveling with your CBD product 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. Yet, CBD only became mainstream starting in 2018. As such, many Americans are not familiar with whether they can travel with CBD products domestically in the United States.
Some interested travelers have contacted TSA on twitter @AskTSA, tweeting their questions on whether they can travel with their CBD products. Here’s some examples:
- 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, TSA referred to its policy stated above. The takeaway is that, yes, they can travel with the products they asked about if these products meet the requirements of the policy.
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.
The only uncertainty is CBD smokeable hemp. Hemp and marijuana have the same smell. Technically, traveling with smokeable CBD hemp that meets the above policy is fine. The only question is if TSA dogs can smell a difference between hemp and marijuana or not. If they cannot, that may cause a delay.
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:
#1 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.
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#2 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 TSA security officer has questions about your CBD product.
#3 Does your CBD product have a QR code? Your product should have a QR code on the product label. When you scan the QR code with your mobile camera or QR app a webpage should open that hosts the lab report. This is helpful in the event a TSA security officer has questions about the content in your CBD product. 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. 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.
#4 If you reside in a state that requires a doctor’s written certification or patient registration, bring a copy of this document with you in the event a TSA security officer asks you for it.