Suitcases wheeling along, frenzied folks lining up at check-in kiosks, the sound of terminal shuttles whoooshing by - even pre-pandemic, traveling could be just as challenging as it is enthralling. Sounds like a perfect situation for CBD to come in and save the day...but wait! Isn’t traveling with CBD illegal?
Nope! It’s actually completely legal to travel with CBD domestically within the U.S. The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp federally legal to domestically grow and sell for the first time in over 40 years. That means that its derivatives, including CBD, are federally legal to purchase and possess anywhere in the nation.
Now, some states have some restrictions in place about what types of CBD are legally allowed to be sold. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t buy it elsewhere, or that you can’t travel with it at all. In fact, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) updated its guidelines last year so that it is now expressly legal to fly with hemp-derived CBD oil.
From TSA's statement on flying with CBD:
“Products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018.”
If you’re traveling internationally, though, it's best to leave the CBD at home. Many countries have varying laws on bringing hemp products through customs. Always check local rules and regulations to ensure compliance.
Likewise, cannabis products with more than 0.3% THC remain classified as Schedule I substances and are strictly prohibited for interstate travel.
Read the full details of this change at the “What Can I Bring?” section of TSA’s website.