Even though many people aren’t flying nowadays, the question still arises: can I fly with CBD? Here's what's currently allowed and in compliance with state and TSA guidelines. Disclaimer: This information was provided on May 27. It is not a legal opinion. With the world slowly reopening, traveling is at the forefront of many peoples' minds. Travel days can always be stressful. However, traveling post-pandemic will see surges of crowds. It can also cause mental unrest due to the unknowns of t
Flying with CBD: What is Currently Allowed?
The short answer: generally yes, as long as it is hemp-derived.TSA’s short answer to this question on Twitter is perhaps the most informative answer: “Products that contain hemp-derived CBD oil or are FDA-approved are generally legal & can fly.”
The longer answer is a bit more complicated!
TSA Guidelines for Traveling With CBD
According to the TSA’s official website, hemp-derived or FDA-approved CBD oil is generally allowed on planes. The product may contain no more than 0.3% THC, which is the legal requirement for CBD products. Since most commercial CBD products follow these strict guidelines, theoretically you should be able to fly with your CBD.
Of course, a TSA agent will not be able to immediately tell if a CBD product contains less than 0.3% THC. No on-site testing is done on the product. If you really want to fly with your CBD oils, CBD creams, or CBD gummies, but are worried they will be confiscated even though the guidelines have been followed, you can print off the official testing done by the company to prove the amount of THC. (All the products at Highline Wellness are independently tested and the results can be found on each product page.)
(By the way, did you know the TSA actually has an entire section called “What Can I Bring?” It’s very specific, from bug spray to blenders and everything in between!)
At the end of the day, it’s up to the TSA agent’s discretion whether or not they’ll inspect and allow the product. TSA says that they do not actively search for drugs, but if they are discovered during screening they can turn it over to law enforcement officials.
So can you travel with CBD oil? Yes!
And can you travel with CBD cream? Also yes!
But can you travel with CBD gummies? Yes, of course!
This is only true as long as you follow all proper storage guidelines and amounts as described by the TSA, of course. When it comes to CBD gummies, the less than 0.3% THC rule applies on a dry weight basis, which means they’re perfectly legal to bring onto a flight in either carry-ons or checked bags. (Don’t forget to bring the test results that prove it, just to be safe!) And in terms of proper storage, our CBD Oils come in 1oz bottles and our CBD Cream comes in a 1.7oz jar, which means they both pass the 3.4oz rule – more on that below!
We’re not totally in the clear for a full return to pre-COVID traveling just yet, but with rising vaccination rates and declining hospital cases across the country, many people are slowly but surely getting back into the travel game. Naturally, the big question is this: what are the rules around traveling with CBD? And more specifically, what about flying with CBD oil?
The answer to whether or not you are allowed to fly with CBD might be a little more complicated than you’d expect, but we’re here to break it down for you and let you know what is currently allowed and in compliance with state and TSA guidelines.
The Stress Factor
Now that traveling is becoming a safe activity again, CBD can be even more of a help when it comes to managing the potential stress around the uncertainty of traveling. The statistics about prevention and protection from vaccines, masks, and social distancing speak for themselves, but it’s still perfectly natural to be on higher alert.
Whether you’re jetsetting or hitting the road this long weekend, for many of us, this is the first time we’ll be traveling in over a year! While we’re sure we’re all beyond ready to finally get out of town safely again, there may be some stress and anxiety that come along with it.
Enter CBD! Many people choose to fly with CBD because they might use it to calm normal flying nerves or just as a part of their daily routines. It stands to reason that CBD can help promote a sense of calmness when faced with the new anxieties of traveling in a world that has been largely grounded for the past year.
Some of our favorite CBD gummies and oils for daily stress management include our CBD Day Gummies, CBD Anytime Gummies, and CBD Day Oil. Not sure which type of CBD is best for your needs Take our quiz to find out!
It’s not just us, either! We were thrilled to find out that our CBD Anytime Gummies were chosen as one of Travel + Leisure’s most-loved products by readers, stating that these “calming cannabidiol chews are not worth missing.”
Traveling With CBD Oil Vs. CBD Gummies Vs. Vapes
When it comes to traveling with CBD oils or CBD gummies, the TSA does allow both in checked bags and carry-ons, as long as the CBD is hemp-derived and contains less than 0.3% THC, as is true of all our products. If you’re traveling with any electronic vape devices or vape batteries, you must know that they cannot be packed in checked bags. Due to the potential fire hazard of these items in the cargo hold, they must be stored in your carry-on bags.
When it comes to the actual vape liquids and vape oils, the classic liquids rule apply: they must be in travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or even smaller. They should also be easily accessible in order to facilitate the screening process! If you’re bringing more liquids or oils than can be fit into these small containers, your best bet is to pack it in your checked luggage. We mentioned this above as well, but the liquids rule applies to creams and gels, too – something to keep in mind when traveling with CBD topicals.
State Guidelines for Traveling With CBD
However, you also have to take into account what state lines you will be crossing. CBD is still illegal in some states, so depending on where you are flying to and from, you might not be able to legally hold any form of CBD, regardless of its THC content. In this case, if you don’t want to risk your CBD being confiscated, it might be better to leave it at home.
Currently, Iowa, Idaho, and South Dakota are the only states in the entire US that do not allow CBD in any form. Other states, such as California, Michigan, and Georgia, do not allow CBD in food or beverages.
Tips for Flying with CBD
Bring a printed version of the ingredient list and independently tested analysis results, to prove that the product contains less than 0.3% THC. (Note: CBD Oil from Highline Wellness contains broad-spectrum CBD, which means it contains absolutely no THC.)
Research the states or countries you’ll be flying into, as their regulations may be stricter around CBD, regardless of the THC content, especially when it comes to international travel. Plan accordingly.
Plan to buy CBD when at your final destination, if it’s legal. Alternatively, you could ship your favorite CBD brand to your final destination so it’s there when you arrive!
Keep in mind that for the most up-to-date information on traveling with CBD, it’s always best to double check the medical marijuana page on the TSA website or even give your specific airline a call to find out their rules around flying with CBD oil, CBD cream, CBD gummies, or any other form of CBD!
Traveling With CBD Internationally
We’ve discussed flying with CBD domestically, but what about traveling with CBD internationally?
International rules and regulations on CBD are much less clear cut than domestic traveling with CBD, so the best course of action is to do your own research into the laws of the country you’re planning to visit. That being said, it’s best to be as cautious as possible when it comes to international travel as there is a great variance among drug laws from country to country.
CBD Travel Guide
With the world slowly reopening, traveling is at the forefront of many peoples’ minds. Travel days can always be stressful. However, traveling post-pandemic will see surges of crowds. It can also cause mental unrest due to the unknowns of traveling after a pandemic.
Millions of people use CBD to help manage their stress naturally. While traveling with CBD is legal in the United States, it might not be in other countries. Here is a world guide of CBD policies while traveling abroad.
Can You Travel with CBD Oil?
If you are traveling to and within the United States, you can legally travel with CBD products. These products must have 0.3% THC or less in them. Otherwise, they will be federally illegal.
You can bring CBD oil in a carry-on, as long as it is fewer than 3.4 ounces. It must be in a quart-sized bag with all other liquid products to go through TSA.
Traveling internationally with CBD oil might be legal. It depends on the country’s restrictions. Let’s take a look at some of the top international destinations and their CBD restrictions.
Can You Travel with CBD Oil in Canada and Mexico?
You can travel anywhere in North America with CBD legally. Like the United States, Canada has a 0.3% THC threshold.
Mexico wasn’t as quick to legalize CBD and still has a 0.2% THC limit. Read your labels before traveling with CBD oil to Mexico.
Can You Travel with CBD Oil to the Caribbean?
There are many stereotypes about cannabis and the Caribbean. These prejudices are misguided because much of Central American prohibits CBD oil.
All cannabis is legal in Jamaica. Costa Rica allows CBD oil with 0.2% THC or less, while Panama allows CBD with a prescription.
Can You Travel to Europe with CBD?
Hemp products are legal in many European countries. Unlike America, Europe classifies hemp as containing 0.2% THC or less. In Austria, you are allowed to have up to 0.3% THC.
Make sure you read the lab reports to verify your phytocannabinoid content before traveling abroad. You don’t want to break any international laws unknowingly.
Countries Where Hemp Is Illegal
There are some countries where hemp products are illegal. They are classified as a schedule 2 drug in these countries.
Hemp is illegal in these European countries:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
Countries Where CBD Is Legal with A Prescription
Some of the most popular European countries allow CBD with a prescription.
CBD with a prescription is legal in:
- Ireland (Also Must Be Cold-Pressed, No Ethanol or CO2 Extraction)
- Italy (But Allows Up to 0.6% THC Per Product)
- Liechtenstein (But Allows Up to 1% THC Per Product)
If you are a medical cannabis patient, make sure to travel with your marijuana card.
Countries Where CBD Is Legal
CBD is legal in the rest of the countries. Like America, there are some limitations. It’s best to be educated on these European cannabis policies.
CBD with up to 0.2% THC is legal in:
- France (Must Be THC-Free Products)
- Luxembourg (But Allows Up to 0.3% THC Per Product)
- Netherlands (Must Be EU Hemp, Allows Up to 0.5% THC)
- Poland (Must Never Surpass 0.2% THC During Production)
- Romania (Can Be Derived from Marijuana, As Long As Under 0.2% THC)
- Switzerland (No Restrictions on Any Cannabis Products, As Long As THC is Below 1%)
- Ukraine (Must Be THC-Free Products)
- United Kingdom (No THC, Unless Doctor Prescribed)
While there are some gray areas when it comes to marijuana, you must be aware of your local travel laws. It might be unlawful where you live to have cannabis on a plane. Brush up on the rules before traveling with CBD.
Can You Travel to Australia with CBD Oil?
Hemp seed oil is the only legal cannabis product in Australia. It contains no CBD oil.
You can have CBD oil with a doctor’s prescription. Australia allows travelers with a medical marijuana card to bring up to three months’ worth of prescriptions with them.
Can You Travel to South America with CBD Oil?
South America still has stringent hemp laws. Uruguay, Paraguay, and Colombia are the only three countries with no restrictions on hemp that contains 0.3% THC or less. Argentina, Brazil, and Chile allow CBD products with a prescription.
CBD is illegal in:
- French Guiana
Hemp is slowly becoming decriminalized in French Guinea. Hopefully, you can travel there with CBD oil soon!
Can You Travel to Asia with CBD Oil?
While cannabis use dates back to ancient times in Asia, it is highly restricted throughout most of the continent. The only two countries in Japan where CBD is completely legal are Japan and Hong Kong.
CBD is legal with a prescription in:
- South Korea
All CBD products are banned in:
- Saudi Arabia
- North Korea
Some areas, such as Singapore, have very strict fines, and you may face prison time.
Can You Travel with CBD Oil to Africa?
All cannabis products, including CBD oil, are illegal throughout most of Africa. There are some exceptions.
CBD is legal in the following African countries:
- South Africa (0.2% THC or less)
- Ghana (0.2% THC or less)
- Eswatini (with Prescription)
- Lesotho (with Prescription)
Best CBD Products to Travel Abroad
Flying can be a stressful experience. We recommend taking Joy Organics’ CBD Softgels or having a vegan USDA-certified organic CBD gummy about a half-hour before traveling. These will give you sustained mental support.
If stress builds, consider bringing Joy Organics’ Broad Spectrum Tinctures with you. These THC-free formulas are carry-on friendly. Just make sure to keep it in a bag with other liquids to scan when you reach the TSA.
The stagnant cabin air and fans above your head can really dry out your skin in-flight. Consider packing a pocket-sized CBD cream with you to hydrate your skin. Toss this one-ounce moisturizer in the bag with your tincture!
International flights and jumping time zones can mess with your sleep patterns. Help get accustomed to your new sleep schedule with Joy Organics’ CBD & CBN Softgels with Melatonin for Sleep. You’ll get the rest needed to be active during your daily travel adventures!
Disclaimer: This information was provided on May 27. It is not a legal opinion.
Hannah Smith is Joy Organics Director of Communications. She is driven by her passion for providing clear and accessible wellness and CBD education. In 2015, she received her BA in Media, Culture and the Arts from The King’s College in New York City and before Joy Organics, worked as writer and photographer in the Middle East and North Africa. Her work has been featured on Forbes, Vice, Vox, Denver Post, and the Coloradoan.