by Jay Hartenbach
March 5, 2020
When it comes to flying with CBD, it’s always a good idea to stay as informed as possible as to what is allowed. The TSA – Transportation Security Administration – is the agency tasked with determining what can be transported aboard airline travel, and they have specific requirements for what CBD items can be carried, both in carry-on and checked luggage.
According to their website, the TSA states that CBD products must comply with the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. This means that the CBD item must “contain no more than .3% THC on a dry weight basis,” or be “those that are approved by the FDA” (1).
Fortunately, for many people traveling within the US or abroad, you can find THC-free, derived CBD isolates or broad spectrum products that contain less than the .3% federally imposed limit.
It’s important to source your CBD from a quality source like Medterra that uses third party testing to ensure consistency and quality across all products – and that they remain THC-free.
Hemp that is grown, harvested and extracted in the United States has a multitude of uses and possibilities, and must contain less than .3% as per the USDA guidelines. Of the many reported tens of thousands of uses for the hemp plant, it is the popular agricultural commodity that has allowed for multitudes of CBD options to be available throughout America.
But just because it’s popular and available doesn’t always equal comfort in transport across international borders. This is why those in-the-know advise that it is always wise to “Plan ahead and pack properly” in order to “ease your travel experience”. It is also advised to check the travel status of whatever you may want to bring on official websites and stay updated through their social media (4).
This is especially true when traveling internationally. According to Smart Traveler writer Ashley Rossi, “It’s always a good idea to research the rules and regulations of the specific country you’re traveling to as “International rules and regulations on CBD are less clear,” and that “professionals strongly advise to err on the side of caution… because some countries have much stricter drug laws” (5).
As the rules and regulations for CBD evolve to be able to work within the world around it the major regulatory bodies will continue to share what are to be the expectations going forward. For now, if traveling with CBD, know what is considered appropriate but be open to the possibilities. Domestically, the main concern for the TSA is to be focused upon issues related to security and are “designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers”, and that doesn’t usually include legal, hemp CBD wellness products(1). For a peace of mind when traveling internationally, be sure that you have a product that is independently tested to be THC-free.
(1) Transportation Security Administration (2019) Medical Marijuana rules and regulations https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/medical-marijuana
(2) Felberbaum Michael (2018). FDA Approves first drug comprised of an active ingredient derived from Marijuana to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-drug-comprised-active-ingredient-derived-marijuana-treat-rare-severe-forms
(3) United States Department of Agriculture (2018) 2018 U.S. Hemp Farm Bill https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2018FarmBill.pdf
(4) Transportation Safety Administration (2019) What Can I Bring? https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/all
(5) Rossi, Ashley (2020). Can you travel with CBD Oil? What’s the best kind? https://www.smartertravel.com/traveling-with-cbd-oil/