Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a product used today by many people for many different reasons. For some people who are facing serious and significant medical conditions, CBD oil is quite literally a life saver.
Each state in America has different rules and regulations when it comes to who is allowed to possess and use CBD oil, where it can be purchased and where it can be transported. If you’re flying on a plane within the U.S., it’s important to understand what you are and aren’t allowed to do, so that you abide by all the laws pertaining to CBD oil.
Here are the TSA guidelines for CBD oil in 2022.
The Federal Status of CBD
The 2018 Farm Bill made all CBD oil that is derived from hemp legal on the federal level. CBD oil that comes from marijuana is still considered illegal on the federal level.
You can tell the difference between the two by reading the label on the product. Any CBD product that contains 0.3% or less of THC is considered federally legal. This means that as long as the product you are transporting contains less than this amount, you will not be subject to prosecution on a federal level.
Another thing to consider is what the state laws are in regard to CBD. Some states may have stricter standards, while others might be more lenient. These are the laws that will come into play on a local basis.
For example, if you get through security at your destination, you should be following the local CBD laws of the state(s) you’ll be traveling to or through. Keep in mind that these laws may be different than the ones that dictated what you were allowed to purchase, and how much you were allowed to possess, in the state from which you came.
Airports need to abide by local laws in the jurisdictions in which they reside. Some airports are located in cities that have more liberal policies in regard to CBD than the rest of the state, and the opposite also may be true.
So, if you plan to travel with CBD oil, it’s important to research not only the states’ laws but also the laws of the jurisdictions of where the airports are located. Keep in mind, too, that the airports in some cities are not always located within the confines of the city.
Also keep in mind that if you are traveling internationally, you’ll need to research the laws of the foreign countries you’re traveling to. CBD is actually illegal in a number of countries.
Does the TSA Check for CBD?
As the Transportation Security Administration, the TSA is focused more on overall security of planes and passengers. The screening procedures used, then, attempt to identify threats to the passengers and overall aviation. This means that TSA won’t specifically be looking for CBD through security checkpoints.
Can Airport Scanners Detect CBD?
Airport scanners are not designed to detect CBD. They are used to see through bags and clothing for threats to safety.
What Happens if TSA Finds CBD on You at the Airport?
Even though TSA won’t be specifically searching for CBD through security checkpoints, they are required to report a suspected violation to local, state or federal authorities. If, for instance, a TSA official believes you are carrying a CBD product that is illegal on either a local, state or federal level, they may force you to speak with law enforcement officials.
This is why it’s important to know all the local and federal laws in regard to the specific product you want to transport. It’s also important that you are able to prove what the product you are transporting is. If you can prove that you’re meeting all applicable laws, you should have no problem in the end.
Can You Fly with CBD Oil in Carry-On?
Yes, you can fly with CBD oil in your carry-on luggage. If you choose to do so, make sure that it’s properly packed so that it doesn’t shatter and spill. Make sure that the original label is on it, and that it lists the ingredients in case someone asks you what it is. Finally, make sure it meets the regulations for liquids, which is typically 3 ounces.
Can I Fly with CBD in My Checked Bag?
You can also fly with CBD oil in your checked bag. The same basic rules apply to a carry-on bag. Pack it in a safe and secure way so that it doesn’t break. Make sure that an airport official can easily access it if need be, and that you have all the pertinent information to prove you’re not breaking any laws.
You won’t need to abide by the limit on liquids if you’re flying with CBD in your checked bag.
Bringing Different Types of CBD on a Plane
CBD comes in a number of different forms. It’s important to understand how each form applies to flying on a plane with it.
CBD oil is one of the most common forms. Because it is a liquid, it will need to conform to TSA’s standards if you are keeping it in your carry-on luggage. If it exceeds that limit, it can be confiscated.
Since a CBD tincture is alcohol-based, it’s a liquid that will be subject to TSA’s limits and guidelines. Further, because of its alcoholic nature, you may have a much tougher time flying with it than you would other forms of CBD.
CBD creams may also be subject to the above TSA limits for liquids. To be safe, you should either place it in your checked luggage or ensure it doesn’t exceed the limit.
CBD vapes fit into the same category as CBD Oil in terms of flying. It should meet the TSA limits for carry-on luggage.
CBD Gummies (Edibles)
You’ll have more leeway with CBD edibles because they are not liquid. As such, you won’t be subject to the same limits as the liquid or cream versions of the product. This is why many people prefer to fly with gummies if they want to bring CBD with them.
As a liquid, CBD drinks are subject to TSA’s limit. Because most individual drinks are well above this limit, it’s often difficult to travel with CBD drinks. You may want to consider a different form if you want to bring CBD with you on a plane.
Flying with CBD flower can sometimes be a tricky situation, if only because the product itself looks like an illicit drug. TSA agents who aren’t well-versed on CBD flower may give you problems if they find it in your luggage, even if you aren’t breaking any laws.