Questions about whether CBD oil can be taken on an airplane comes up quite a bit in our CBD Oil Users Group on Facebook. It’s a popular question since many people use CBD for relief from the anxiety and stress associated with flying. Others just want to continue taking their CBD while away from home.
Generally, if you’re travelling with CBD oil from hemp (less than 0.3% THC) you should be fine. You should not have issues transporting your personal CBD hemp oil products with other toiletries in your checked baggage or in a carry-on bag. Be sure to adhere to normal TSA requirements such as carrying liquids in a container that is less than 3 ounces (100 milliliters) and place all liquids in a clear plastic bag.
For most people, the concern about flying with CBD oil is getting through airport security. But in reality, the TSA is focused on air safety issues and is not responsible for law enforcement.
Potential issues could arise if you are trying to transport large quantities of products or if the label of your product specifically mentions the THC content. So it is recommended that you check the label of your products. Most CBD hemp oil labels just reference hemp or hemp extract and do not mention THC.
If your label does mention the THC content, even if it’s less than 0.3%, there is some risk of an uninformed agent flagging it as being an illegal substance. We haven’t yet heard of an instance of this happening but you’ll be safer carrying products without the mention of THC.
What about flying internationally with CBD hemp oil?
International flights are subject to a different level of security checks and law enforcement by customs agents. We generally would not recommend flying internationally with any form of CBD oil unless you have thorougly researched the laws in the country that you are flying to.
What about taking CBD oil products with higher THC levels on an airplane?
CBD oil products with more than 0.3% THC are considered to be from marijuana. So they would fall under the TSA rules on Medical Marijuana.
From the TSA website:
So while the TSA is not actively searching for illegal substances, their policy is to call local law enforcement if they do come across it. At that point, there are no certainties about what would happen. But based on our research, an arrest of someone with a valid medical marijuana license in that state is unlikely.
January 2019 Update: CBD oil products from hemp (less than 0.3% THC) are now federally legal per the 2018 Farm Bill. This should further reduce the risk associated with flying with the CBD oil products that you can buy online or in local stores.
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