Questions about whether someone can take CBD oil on an airplane comes up quite a bit in our CBD Oil Users Group on Facebook. It's a popular question since many people use CBD for relief from the anxiety and stress associated with flying. Others just want to continue taking their CBD while away from home.
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Is Flying With CBD Oil Allowed?
Effective May 27th, 2019, hemp-derived CBD oil products are officially allowed by the TSA in carry-on and checked bags on domestic flights. The important distinction here is that they must be "hemp-derived." This means that they contain less than 0.3% THC.
Hemp-derived CBD oil products were made federally legal in December 2018 with the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill. So the new TSA guidelines are an extension of that federal law that legalized hemp and its extracts.
In order to be legally sold online or in local retail stores, CBD oil products must have less than 0.3% THC to be considered "hemp-derived." So if you purchased your CBD oil online or a local store, they are typically going to be hemp-derived and you can safely travel with them. If in doubt, you can check third party lab reports of your products to make sure that they contain less than 0.3% THC.
Be sure to adhere to normal TSA requirements when going through the security line. This includes carrying liquids in a container that is less than 3 ounces (100 milliliters) and placing them in a clear plastic bag.
From the TSA website:
Can I Fly Internationally with CBD Oil?
International flights are subject to a different level of security checks and law enforcement by customs agents. We generally would not recommend taking any form of CBD oil on an airplane unless you have thoroughly researched the laws in the country that you are flying to.
What About Taking CBD Oil Products with Higher THC Levels on an Airplane?
CBD oil products with more than 0.3% THC are considered to be from marijuana. Since marijuana is still illegal under federal law, those products cannot be taken in carry-on or checked bags per the current TSA guidelines.
While the TSA is not actively searching for illegal substances, their policy is to call local law enforcement if they do come across it. At that point, there are no certainties about what would happen. Based on our research, an arrest of someone with a valid medical marijuana license in that state is unlikely but not assured. So be sure to check with the local laws before attempting to travel with CBD oil products with more than 0.3% THC.
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