Tips for Flying with CBD Oil

Hemp-derived CBD oil products were federally legalized in the United States in December 2018. Shortly after, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) then updated their stance regarding traveling with it.

Effective March 2019, you are now allowed to fly with your hemp-derived CBD oil on domestic flights. But that doesn’t mean it will always be a smooth trip through security. So here is our advice and tips for flying with CBD oil.

Bring the Third Party Lab Reports

While hemp-derived CBD is now allowed through security, products that are marijuana-derived (i.e., have more than 0.3% THC in them) are not. And there isn’t a way for TSA agents to visually tell what is hemp-derived versus what is marijuana-derived.

Bringing third party lab reports for the specific product that you are travelling with is a good idea to help prevent any issues. The TSA generally does not care enough to check the source of your CBD product. But just in case they do, having the lab reports with the THC content highlighted will prove that you are carrying a hemp-derived product.

You can typically find the third party lab reports for products that you’ve purchased on the company’s website. Alternatively, you can contact the company and ask them to email the reports to you.

Put your CBD Oil in your Carry-On Bag

Keeping your CBD oil product in your carry-on bag gives you a chance to explain yourself should the need arise. Ideally, with the third party lab reports mentioned above.

Additionally, your carry-on is generally considered a safer place for more fragile items such as the glass dropper bottles. And if you carry them on with you, that means they’ll be kept in a climate-controlled area. If you’re flying on a smaller plane without a pressurized cargo hold, then putting it in your carry-on can also prevent leaks.

Pack your CBD Oil with your Other Liquids

Yes, your CBD oil drops will be considered a liquid. So your bottle needs to be less than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) and fit in the one quart-sized clear plastic bag with your other liquids. Most CBD oil bottles are only one ounce (30 milliliters) and qualify under the liquids rules.

If you don’t have room in your bags for your CBD oil, consider mailing it to yourself at the destination instead. Alternatively, research some local stores at your destination where you can pick up a small bottle to use while away from home.

Exercise Caution if Flying Internationally

The new TSA regulations only apply to domestic flights. For international flights, travelling with any type of CBD oil product could still be an issue. This is because you have to go through Customs upon arrival in a different country than you departed from. And laws that govern the type of products that can be brought into a country can vary widely.

If you want to be on the safe side, we generally advise that you not bring any CBD oil products with you on an international flight. If you are committed to bringing them with you, then we highly recommend that you research the list of restricted and prohibited items for any countries where you’ll be going through Customs.

In Summary

When flying with CBD oil, it’s always a good idea to carry a copy of the third party lab reports, keep it with your liquids in your carry-on, and be mindful of the laws at your destination if you’re travelling internationally. These tips for flying with CBD oil should help ensure a smooth flight with your CBD in tow.

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Sarah Jorczyk

Sarah Jorczyk is an advocate for CBD products and one of the Administrators of the CBD Oil Users Group on Facebook. She strives to educate the public, and promotes the use of safe products while helping others throughout their CBD journey. You can also find a variety of her content, including reviews and educational videos, on the group's youtube page.

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