TSA allows some CBD products on flights Transportation Security Administration officers work at a checkpoint at O’Hare airport in Chicago. Sometime around Memorial Day, the TSA changed its 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. Pure Craft CBD offers CBD Oil 1000mg & 2000mg flavored CBD tinctures, CBD Gummy Bears, CBD Oil for Dogs and more! Discover Pure Craft CBD PURE CRAFT BLOG
TSA allows some CBD products on flights
Transportation Security Administration officers work at a checkpoint at O’Hare airport in Chicago.
Sometime around Memorial Day, the TSA changed its stance on carrying onboard a plane a medication that treats childhood epilepsy and on CBD oil, which WebMD calls “the hot new product in states that have legalized medical marijuana.” CBD oil is said to relieve pain.
It also does not get you high, according to Harvard Medical School’s Healthbeat newsletter.
Under TSA’s “What Can I Bring” program that lets passengers ask about items that may or may not be allowed on planes, its previous advice on medical marijuana, including CBD oil, was no and no for carry-on bags and checked bags.
But if you look at the page today, it says medical marijuana can be transported in carry-on bags and checked bags, with the proviso of “special instructions.”
“Products/medications that contain hemp- derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018.”
Quickly, travelers, does your CBD oil conform with that law? And, more to the point, how will TSA officers be able to recognize what does or does not adhere to the new law?
Answer to the first question: The CBD oil you have today probably does not conform to that law.
Answer to the second question: TSA officers probably couldn’t differentiate, but the point may be moot, one policy expert said.
When TSA was asked about these questions, it was still consulting its attorneys for answers.
What we can say for sure: It’s messy.
As Hawaii residents know, marijuana, for medical use, is legal in this state and several others.
Although you may be free to use cannabis products in your home state, the use and possession of such products is illegal under federal law.
But TSA’s own page is a kind of a wink and a nod to carrying such products: “TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers,” it says. “Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.”
The strictest interpretation of the law, until recently, has been no, you can’t have it in your carry-on or checked bag. But the change in policy seems to walk that back, “seems” being the operative word.
Here is what we know for sure: Epidiolex, a drug used for treating epilepsy in children, is permitted in carry-on and checked luggage. The Food and Drug Administration approved it in June 2018. “This is the first FDA-approved drug that contains a purified drug substance derived from marijuana,” its announcement said.
Then TSA had to act. “TSA was made aware of an FDA-approved drug that contains CBD oil for children who experience seizures from pediatric epilepsy,” the TSA said in a recent statement. “To avoid confusion as to whether families can travel with this drug, TSA immediately updated TSA.gov once we became aware of the issue.”
For clarity on the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018, I turned to John Hudak, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a public policy organization, and author of “Marijuana: A Short History.”
In a Dec. 14 piece on Brookings’ website, he explained more about the farm bill:
Here’s the first roadblock to CBD, which generally derives from hemp: “Hemp cannot contain more than 0.3% THC, per section 10113 of the farm bill,” Hudak’s post said. “Any cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3% THC would be considered non-hemp cannabis — or marijuana — under federal law and would thus face no legal protection under this new legislation.”
THC is what creates the high, but how can an officer know how much THC is in any substance? He or she cannot, in all likelihood.
But that may not matter, Hudak said, because of Part 2 of this conundrum: States’ plans for the production of hemp must be approved at the federal level. Thus there is no CBD at the moment that meets the requirements of the law.
How this ultimately may be solved, from an enforcement perspective, may include packaging that indicates legality, Hudak said.
But until then, be aware that you walk a fine line in the regulation/enforcement of CBD through TSA. Proceed with caution.
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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.
Is CBD Legal in Hawaii? (2022 CBD Laws)
The widest state in the US says “aloha” to CBD with wide open arms, and a hibiscus lei for good measure.
Yep, CBD is legal to possess and consume in Hawaii.It’s gotta be in line with federal standards though. That means it must be hemp-derived CBD and contain 0.0-0.3% THC. Perfect, right? Nothing pairs with sunshine and a laid-back lifestyle like CBD.
Recreational marijuana isn’t legal in Hawaii — yet. Possession of certain amounts has been decriminalized, though.
Hawaii CBD Laws At A Glance
When it comes to CBD in Hawaii, here are the big points you need to know:
• CBD compliant with federal law is legal. That means hemp CBD with 0.3% or less THC is permitted.
• There aren’t limits on how much CBD you can possess.
• You must be 18 years or older to purchase CBD in Hawaii.
• Medical marijuana, including cannabis-derived medical CBD, is legal and can be purchased at a dispensary.
• Transporting cannabis between islands is illegal.
• Recreational marijuana is not legal, but possession of 3 grams or less has been decriminalized. You could face a fine of up to $130 for this violation, though.
Is CBD Legal in Hawaii?
Hawaii has been leading the wave on cannabis-related laws for over two decades.
In fact, it was the first state to pass legislation legalizing medical marijuana. Meaning, Hawaii didn’t wait for We the People to bring it to the ballot and make it happen. So, it may come as no surprise that medical cannabis cardholders in HI can purchase cannabis-derived CBD with more than the federal limit of THC at dispensaries.
When it comes to CBD, Hawaii is consistent with federal law and FDA regulations. Since the Farm Bill legalized hemp-derived CBD with ≤ 0.3% THC in all states, CBD is legal in Hawaii. (Do your happy hula dance like no one is watching. We won’t tell!)
You can see some of the key steps the Hawaiian legislature has taken over the years:
- In 2000, Hawaii was among the first states to legalize medical marijuana through Act 228, the Medical Cannabis Registry Program. Under the program, patients with a qualifying condition could grow cannabis at home.
- In 2015, Hawaii realized the grow-your-own policy made it tough for some patients to access medical cannabis. So, Act 241 created the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program. CBD is legal for medical use and for sale in dispensaries under the program.
- Traveling to Hawaii? Have a medical marijuana card in another state? Thanks to HB 2729, you can apply for a temporary medical marijuana permit.
- Possession of 3 grams or less of marijuana was decriminalized in 2019 under HB 1383. But, you should know that recreational marijuana is still technically illegal, and you could still get a fine for possession.
- Growing, processing, and selling industrial hemp was legalized with the passing of HB1819 HD2 SD3.
- Per FDA regulations, CBD can’t be marketed as a dietary supplement, or be added to food, beverages or cosmetics. There can’t be any health claims associated with CBD products, either.
- Considering the state’s active legislative history, you’ll want to stay tuned for new marijuana and CBD laws in Hawaii.
Hawaii CBD Laws: How To Buy CBD Legally
Because Hawaii allows CBD, you can shop in person or online. It’s great to have options, right? With all these choices available to you, you can enjoy the widest selection of CBD products.
Purchase CBD At Brick & Mortar Stores
CBD’s legal in your neck of the woods. (Yay Hawaii!) This means you can explore the offerings at a number of hemp and CBD oil shops. That said, Hawaii is a large string of islands, and these shops are mostly located on the Big Pineapple (in Honolulu on Oahu).
Since HI doesn’t allow food, beverages, or cosmetics to include CBD, you probably won’t find products at health food stores, pharmacies, or other retailers.
If you do shop for CBD in person, research or ask ohana to hone in on the retailers with the best products, selection, and service.
Buy CBD Online
If traveling to another island for CBD isn’t convenient, lucky you — in Hawaii you can shop for CBD online! And even if you have CBD retailers within reach, having an easy alternative is sweet.
You can safely buy high-quality CBD products online from Pure Craft. Just FYI — people in your area are clamoring for the following CBD products: