Summer is almost here, and it’s time to start making your vacation travel plans. You’re ready for some healthy rest and relaxation, but what about your CBD? You might be hesitant to bring it because the laws seem so confusing. If you’re trying to understand the ins and outs of traveling with hemp products, we’ve got your back! Here’s what you need to know to legally hit-the-road (and air) with your CBD in tow.
The Basics of Traveling With CBD
If you want to bring your CBD on a trip, the first step is to figure out how your products were derived. Under federal law, cannabis that has a THC content of over 0.3% is an illegal Schedule I Controlled Substance. Cannabis with less than 0.3% THC is defined as “hemp”, and is no longer restricted under the controlled substance act.
Now here’s where it can get a little confusing. Even though hemp-derived CBD was reclassified with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, individual states are allowed to make the possession of CBD illegal if they want to. So, while you might be fine in the eyes of Wyoming law, you could get into trouble if you step into Nebraska. Yikes!
The good news is that most states allow access to CBD, but some require a state-specific medical license. Research the states you plan to visit before you leave. If you know the laws, you won't have anything to worry about other than re-applying sunscreen.
Can I Fly With CBD?
The simple answer is – it can be. But only if you follow the laws at both where you get on, and where you get off the plane. So be mindful of the laws at your destination.
You’re allowed to have liquids in your carry on that are under 3.4oz, so as long as your CBD is compliant with air travel rules, you shouldn't have a problem with TSA. In fact, TSA just amended their rules to allow Hemp derived CBD on board. On rare occasions, an issue could arise if TSA agents are uneducated about the new rules and can’t tell the difference between hemp CBD and CBD that’s derived from cannabis high in THC. The best way to avoid an uncomfortable situation is to make sure that your labeling is very clear, so there’s no confusion about what’s inside.
Still worried? Don’t be. TSA agents are focused on protecting us from threats like guns and bombs. While they can seem intimidating, they aren’t there to hunt down your CBD. If something looks crazy suspicious, they will investigate, but passing security should be a breeze if you’re following federal and state laws.
What About International Travel?
International travel is a little tricky. Many countries have either very strict or unclear laws about cannabis products. It’s best not to take them with you to avoid trouble with customs. The good news is that you can always choose a CBD-friendly international destination and make a purchase when you arrive.
If you’re planning a beach getaway in Mexico but would rather relax with CBD than a margarita, you’re in luck! The Mexican government passed legislation in 2017 that classifies it as a legal health supplement. Awesome!
CBD lovers are also welcome in Canada, where recreational cannabis was legalized nation-wide in 2018. But just because we share a continent doesn’t mean you can bring your own. It’s illegal to cross an international border with CBD -- even if it’s legal on both sides. Buy some when you get there and think of it as an opportunity to sample foreign goods!
Tips on Packing Your CBD
Now that you know where you’re going and understand the laws, it’s time to pack! Your CBD products are an investment in your wellness, and you want to make sure they stay safe and remain in good condition.
There isn’t anything too complicated about keeping your products safe. The most important thing is to avoid extreme temperatures, light, and moisture. Put them in a resealable bag like a silicon Stasher, for airtight moisture protection. Pack them in your carry on bag if you can. In a checked bag you risk exposure to extreme temperatures, smooshed or spilled containers, and broken glass bottles.
Use your best judgment about when and where to use them and always follow the local laws. CBD before or after the beach? That’s your call.
Vacationing with CBD is totally possible now that new attitudes about hemp are flourishing in America. Go have fun this summer, and don’t give up your wellness routine just because you’re on the move. Bon Voyage!
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