The holiday season is just around the corner. For many, this can entail a whole lot of traveling. Traveling can be fun depending on your destination but, mostly, it’s just stressful and annoying during this airport-mayhem season. Sounds like a perfect situation for CBD to come in and save the day...but alas! 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 with less than 0.3% THC 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 been dragging their feet with implementing their own legislation around buying and selling CBD within their state boundaries (we’re looking at you, South Dakota). 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 this past May 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.
Read the full details of this change at the “What Can I Bring?” section of TSA’s website.