If you are a CBD user, chances are cannabis-based products are legal in your state so it’s easy to purchase cannabidiol when you are at home. But what happens if you are traveling, especially out of the country?
You are probably aware that the regulations vary from one state to another, and the same applies to countries. If you plan to travel internationally with CBD, here is what you need to know.
Pick a Travel-Friendly Pack
Everything starts with packing for your trip. You might want to include CBD as part of your luggage for various reasons, which might include:
You are using cannabidiol in an effort to obtain relief, clarity, and to assist with overall functioning, so you would prefer to have it nearby during travel. This is a reason why some people choose to place CBD products in their carry-on luggage.
You are not sure if you can purchase CBD in the destination country. Even if you can, the brand you trust might be unavailable, and you don’t want to risk having to use products made by other manufacturers.
A primary concern is to choose a travel-friendly pack of your desired product. Before you can choose the size you should determine how much CBD you will need. The quantity that you take should be enough to last during the entire duration of your travel.
That shouldn’t be a problem if you are going away for a couple of days, as even a small bottle will do the trick. But what if you plan to be away from home for several weeks or even months? In that case, you will need to pack a considerable quantity of CBD oil or other cannabidiol-based products. This is why you should consider taking items that you can pack easily.
CBD oil is an excellent choice as it comes with small bottles, and you can use it anywhere. On the other hand, vaping equipment will require the necessary room for gear and your favorite strains. Wise choices might also include gummies, which can be loaded with CBD while maintaining a small size, or capsules since a single bottle can last a long time.
The general idea is to keep your CBD travel pack as light and compact-sized as possible. Although CBD probably won’t add any significant weight, it could take the room you could use otherwise.
Learn the Regulations of the Airline and Airport
If you want to bring CBD with you on your flight, it is essential to read the regulations of your airline and airport. Start with the company that will fly you to your destination. The company’s website should contain the specific information that you need to know, such as the size restrictions of carry-on luggage. Make sure to carefully choose which items you can take with you as you should comply with both the airline’s and airport’s regulations, as well as all current laws.
You (Probably) Won’t Have Problems with the TSA
The good news is that you shouldn’t have any problems with the TSA as federal laws allow you to fly with CBD. In case you didn’t know, President Donald Trump signed a new Farm Bill in December 2018. Cannabis-based products became legal on a federal level at that time under two conditions–the THC content cannot exceed 0.3%, and CBD oil needs to be hemp-based.
Clear regulations exist to prove that your product stays within the limited THC range. The manufacturer needs to test products in an independent lab and receive a certificate. Once that happens, they need to add a statement to the label clearly stating that THC levels are under 0.3%, as well as provide a link or barcode to obtain more information.
That is one reason why you should only purchase from reputable manufacturers of hemp-based products. These companies invest considerable time and effort to meet all regulations and to ensure they are doing business within federal laws. By choosing a premium brand, you help ensure that your CBD is legal, which minimizes the likelihood that a TSA employee will have concerns. After all, the Transportation Security Administration is a part of a federal agency (Homeland Security). As such, they are trained to follow federal regulations, which consider CBD legal provided the THC content is limited.
It is crucial to mention, however, that you should also follow other TSA rules. CBD oil, for example, is a liquid, and the agency applies the 3-1-1 rule to all liquids. This means you can use a one-quart plastic bag to fit up to 3.4 ounces of CBD oil (or any other liquid). The TSA’s website does list some exceptions, but CBD is not on that list, which means it is considered a general liquid.
Assuming you follow those rules, you shouldn’t have any issues with the TSA. The agents might ask you some questions and search your luggage, but don’t worry about CBD. Furthermore, feel free to tell the agent that you are carrying CBD in the bag since it is legal to do so.
Although the TSA won’t likely have any issues with CBD, the same can’t necessarily be said about the police. If you are flying from your state, and you know CBD is legal there, you shouldn’t have problems during the departure. However, if you are flying abroad you will land in a foreign country and laws there might be completely different than those of the United States.
Which Countries Legalized CBD?
The list is subject to change, but around at this point. The list includes Canada, countries of the European Union (Germany, France, etc.), South American countries like Argentina and Chile, Russia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Antilles, Belize, and so on.
It is vital to note, however, that the laws might vary depending on the country. For example, Canada bans bringing cannabis products of any kind from another country into Canada. Even if you are coming from a destination where CBD is also legal, you cannot enter Canada with items that contain this compound.
Border laws also forbid you to travel to and from Canada with CBD, even if you are using it for medical purposes. The good news is that you can find many high-quality dispensaries throughout Canada, so you shouldn’t have any problems finding a substitute.
Canadian laws are only one example of the different laws that exist in other countries, which is why you should research the details of the law applied in your destination country. The primary concern is that CBD is legal. Once you confirm that, you can begin to learn the other details.
If you are going on vacation to some locations popular for tourists, you might find that the security at the destination airport is loose. Additionally, friends might inform you that nobody bothers tourists that possess CBD, even if the component is illegal. While that might be true, you should always follow the law. Otherwise, apart from fines, you might also get arrested, which is particularly problematic if you are abroad.
Can You Use CBD During Flight?
We already mentioned that you should check the regulations of the airline you are flying with to your destination. The general rule is that you cannot vape CBD oil during flight, as both that and smoking are strictly forbidden on planes. However, some airlines allow the use of CBD oil, as well as edibles, capsules, and topicals. But before you use them on the flight, be sure to read the regulations carefully.
The same applies if you are going on a cruise. Some lines, such as Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise, specifically mention you can’t use any CBD products. Others, such as Norwegian and Disney lines, don’t allow the use of medical marijuana, but they don’t specifically mention CBD.
You might be considering renting a car when you arrive at the destination country. By using a vehicle, you might even visit the countries close to the one that’s your primary destination. In that case, be sure to familiarize yourself with their laws too. Even if you are just crossing the border into another country for a short time, you are subject to their laws. The same applies to the United States if you plan to move from one state to another.
The Importance of CBD Origin
It is important to learn the difference between hemp and marijuana. The laws and regulations in both the United States and abroad vary depending on the origin of your CBD. Hemp and marijuana plants both belong to the genus of cannabis. However, their THC quantity is often very different.
Although it depends on the strain, THC levels of marijuana can often exceed 30%. Hemp, on the other hand, normally has a low THC level, often below 0.3%, which is the limit set by the federal Farm Bill.
Although CBD and THC are both cannabinoids, there is a reason many people focus on THC. Unlike CBD, THC has psychoactive properties, meaning it has the capability of getting users “high.” However, assuming the THC quantity is low—which is normally the case with hemp-based CBD—you don’t have to worry about its psychoactive properties.
Additionally, different laws may apply to marijuana and hemp-based CBD. If cannabidiol originates from marijuana, it is subject to the laws related to that plant. Those laws are often harsher and may include severe punishments for possessing the products. As such, you should select hemp-based CBD that meets requirements regarding THC levels. You can then rest assured you will be complying with the law while ensuring you won’t experience any psychoactive effects.