Even though the 2018 Farm Bill classifies hemp as an agricultural crop, traveling with CBD oil can still be tricky. The FDA has not issued guidelines for CBD products yet. While most states have some sort of medical cannabis law, there are still a few states that completely prohibit CBD oil. These tips will help you travel with CBD oil safely.
Know the TSA Liquids Limit
The TSA follows a 3-1-1- rule when it comes to liquids. Each bottle or container of liquid cannot be more than 3.4-ounces. The liquids must fit into 1 quart size bag. Each passenger is permitted 1 bag of liquids.
If liquids are larger than 3.4-ounces, they must be placed into checked luggage. The size marked on the container is what the TSA goes by.
Choosing the Right CBD Product to Travel With
If you’re traveling with CBD oil, the type of product you pack does matter. CBD capsules or soft gels may be a better option because the capsules would be considered a supplement. Supplements rarely raise an eyebrow.
If you’re a vaper, vape pens can go on planes but only in carry-on luggage. While the TSA only provides guidelines for nicotine-based vaping devices, CBD vaping devices fall within the same guidelines. It’s likely a better idea to use a tank-style vape device that you’d fill with CBD oil made for vaping.
Take your Proof of Purchase Along
If you are questioned about the product you’re taking along, it’s always a good idea to have your proof of purchase with you. The TSA isn’t exactly looking for “drugs” when screening bags, it may question a product. The legality of CBD varies across the U.S. Proving that your product is derived from hemp may be the difference between being able to travel with it or having to discard your CBD oil product.
The TSA has recently updated its website regarding CBD. Travelers can now safely travel with hemp-derived CBD products and FDA-approved pharmaceuticals containing cannabinoids including CBD and THC. While they don’t have exact regulations, cannabis remains illegal federally, so traveling with cannabis itself isn't likely going to work.
Should you encounter local law enforcement officials, this is where proof of purchase comes in handy. As long as you can prove that the product you are carrying falls within the TSA's new guidelines, you are fine. If you should still encounter an issue, just make sure you have your proof of purchase with you along with company contact information for the company you purchased your CBD product from.
Know the Product’s Ingredients
We cannot stress enough how important it is to know what’s in your CBD oil. Make sure you read product descriptions and labels. Some CBD oil products may contain terpenes. The names of terpenes may sound and look like chemicals, but they are naturally-obtained, plant-based flavor and aroma helpers with benefits of their own.
When traveling with CBD oil you don't need to hide it or have anxiety about traveling with it anymore. Make sure it is in your liquids bag accompanied by the proof of purchase. It may even help to print out the product page from the company you purchased it from just in case.