Generally, yes, you can bring CBD on a plane so long as the THC content is under a certain percent, and the place you're traveling to allows Discover our advice on combining CBD with air travel. What to choose? What are the benefits?
Can You Travel with CBD? Yes, With Some Caveats
More information about the remarkable benefits of CBD (also known as cannabidiol) over the years has catapulted this alternative medicine into the mainstream world. When it comes to travel, CBD has proven to be especially popular. It’s been touted for its benefits including helping alleviate the fear of flying to nixing anxiety from travel, as well as helping to eliminate pain and inflammation and more. Naturally, one of the most-asked questions regarding CBD is if people can travel with it.
What is CBD?
CBD is a chemical derived from cannabis. Although both CBD and THC are derived from cannabis, THC creates a “high” or euphoric effect, while CBD does not.
CBD is used to help control seizures, anxiety, pain, Parkinson and Crohn’s diseases and more. Consumers can purchase CBD as a flower to smoke, cartridge for vaping, as well as tinctures, gummies, supplements, lotions, patches, and more.
Is CBD legal?
First, you’ve got to understand the difference between hemp and marijuana—both of which come from the cannabis sativa plant. They both produce CBD. With hemp, the amount of THC is virtually non-existent; it’s another story when it comes to marijuana. In the US, marijuana is federally illegal because of the high THC percentage (though more and more states are decriminalizing it).
In 2018, the Agriculture Improvement Act was passed, making hemp-derived CBD products legal on a federal level. It also removed hemp as a Schedule I substance and moved it to an “agricultural commodity.”
So, if the CBD is coming from hemp, then it is legal federally. In addition, the CBD must contain less than .3 percent THC. Hemp-derived CBD can be transported freely across state lines so long as it meets the criteria passed in the bill.
That being said, although CBD is legal on a federal level, not all states consider it so. For example, it’s fully illegal in Idaho (only legal with 0 THC and from mature stalks of plants), Nebraska, and South Dakota as of 2022. And, it’s only legal for medicinal use in Alabama (must contain less than .3% THC), Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee (must contain less than .6% THC), Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The benefits of traveling with CBD
CBD can be particularly beneficial to people when they travel.
For starters, since CBD is known to ease anxiety, it can help people with travel anxiety. It’s been shown to lessen the body’s response to stress. In addition, it also quiets the part of the brain that registers threats, making flying a more relaxing experience. For those who have never taken CBD before, make sure to use it a few weeks before flying to see how the body reacts.
Aside from CBD helping with travel anxiety, there are other benefits as well. Lotion can help alleviate dry skin, especially when flying. It helps nourish the skin and prevents dry skin, cracks and more. Plus, if inflammation and joint pain are an issue, it can also provide relief when applied topically.
Finally, CBD can help with jetlag, too. Take some at night to relax and unwind before going to sleep (you can also read our tips for sleeping on a plane).
Choosing the right CBD for traveling
What CBD is the right one for you when it comes to traveling?
If you’re looking for a slight euphoric feeling, grab the full spectrum CBD. While the THC percentage is still normally less than .3 percent, it’s made with many other cannabinoid compounds and low levels of THC. While it’s not enough to get someone “high,” it can give a euphoric effect. Because it contains terpenes from the cannabis plant, it also may smell like the plant. Skip the full spectrum CBD if you have to take drug tests, as it could show up.
Broad-spectrum CBD delivers all the calming effects of CBD, minus the euphoric feeling. Like full-spectrum, it contains other cannabinoid compounds, but has zero (or only traces) of THC. So, in a place where THC is illegal, this is the CBD to choose.
For nearly instant gratification to combat anxiety, tinctures/oils are the way to go as they get to your bloodstream the quickest. However, this wears off the quickest of all delivery methods, so you’ll need to take it every four to six hours.
CBD gummies are easy to dose and provide relief to your entire body since they are metabolized and spread throughout your entire body. Plan for when you want the gummies to kick in, as they take anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours to feel the effects. Most single servings last up to 12 hours.
You’ll want to use a CBD cream or lotions, balms, patches or salves for aches and inflammation, as well as for dry skin.
Because vaping isn’t allowed on planes, it’s probably best to leave that at home or only bring it out once you’ve arrived at your destination (assuming it’s legal where you’re traveling).
No matter which method of CBD you choose, always check the label to make sure the percentage of THC is lower than .3 percent for traveling to destinations where it’s legal to use.
Can you bring CBD on a plane?
Generally, yes, you can bring CBD on a plane so long as the THC content is under that magic .3 percent. If you’re carrying a liquid or cream form of CBD, it must be less than three ounces if you want to take it in your carryon. If you’re traveling with a CBD vape pen, then it can only go in your carryon, not your checked baggage.
When traveling, know the state laws for your destination and understand that, ultimately, it’s up to the TSA officer to let you through with CBD. Sometimes they get it wrong, and will confiscate your CBD. A handful of states only allow CBD for medicinal use. It is illegal to have CBD in Idaho, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Internationally, always check the laws before departure. CBD is illegal in countries including Singapore, Bolivia and Armenia, as well as most countries in Africa (except South Africa).
Can we travel with CBD on the plane?
Although CBD is becoming more and more popular and democratized over the years around the world, it is not yet legal everywhere. For some, CBD has become a natural alternative to drug treatments, and they can’t see themselves traveling without it. But how can you fly with a substance that might seem illegal to the authorities? How to enjoy the benefits of CBD on the plane without having problems with customs?
Although CBD is not considered a drug, it is important to take precautions before bringing it in your luggage. As a general rule, transporting CBD should not be a problem if it is still in an intact bag and you have a receipt to prove that it complies with current European laws.
To answer the question: Can you take CBD on board a plane to enjoy its benefits legally? Well, that depends on certain conditions. The problem with CBD is that even though it is allowed in European countries and many other countries around the world, it is often placed in a grey area, bordering on the illegal. So, if you want to know how to travel with CBD, you will find all the answers to your questions in this article dedicated to CBD on the plane.
Travelling with CBD on the plane, is it legal?
Travelling in Europe with CBD
If you are traveling in Europe and your products are in an intact bag that attests to its legality, transporting CBD should not be a problem. In fact, it is not a crime to transport or possess CBD products in Europe. Rather, the problem is getting through security checks with these products. For example, when you are still in the airport, you may very well come across a police dog who, unfortunately, does not know the difference between a hemp flower with or without THC. As a result, you may have to go through a more thorough police check, especially if you do not have a tax receipt. Even if you do not risk anything legally speaking, these controls could very well cause a delay and make you miss your plane..
To avoid thorough checks and unwanted delays, it is therefore preferable to transport your CBD with a tax receipt and if possible, in another form than flowers and resins which can very often be confused with an illicit product. In summary, it is better to travel with CBD oil in the hold, than with CBD flowers in your carry-on luggage.
Travelling outside Europe with CBD
When it comes tointernational flights, it is not advisable to travel with CBD. Even if you think you’re traveling to a country where cannabis is legal, it’s not automatically legal to transport it by air. In some countries, traveling in possession of hemp, even if it only contains CBD, can result in heavy fines and penalties. This is particularly the case in Croatia where possession of cannabis is punishable by 3 to 15 years in prison, whether it is THC or CBD. Not to mention the most extreme cases such as sub-Saharan Africa which still applies the death penalty.
Very clearly, don’t try to travel on international flights with CBD, as you may get into trouble. Even if you’re traveling to the US or Canada and those countries seem to be very flexible with CBD, the jurisdictions are very different from state to state. You might as well avoid playing with fire and ruining your vacation, because you can easily get CBD in Canada or the US anyway.
Requirements for carrying CBD on the plane
Have a certificate and a tax receipt
If you want to travel to Europe with CBD legally, it is essential that you have a tax receipt and a certificate that proves the origin of the hemp. Without these papers, the authorities cannot know where the product comes from and what its active components are. Even if you think you’re doing the right thing by transporting a legal product, it’s this oversight that can cause you to lose time and lead to more thorough checks. Keep your products with the packaging, labels and receipt so that you have as much evidence as possible.
Be aware of local laws
Before you leave, it is absolutely necessary to do some research to make sure that both the country you are leaving and the country you are arriving in allow the transport of CBD. As previously explained, even if the purchase and consumption of CBD is allowed in the country in question, this does not mean that it is legal to transport it by air. Find out what the laws are to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Choose a format that corresponds to the rules of air transport
For example, if you choose to travel with a bottle of CBD oil, you must make sure that its capacity does not exceed the authorized threshold, just like all the other liquids that you carry. Depending on the country, this capacity may vary. In any case, do not try to hide your CBD oil. Just put it with your other bottles, as a normal product, not as an illegal product.
What are the benefits of CBD on the plane?
Beyond the transportation aspect, you may be wondering what the benefits of CBD are on the plane? Why take CBD before taking off?
To help you fall asleep
People who are used to flying long distances know how difficult it is to fall asleep on a plane. In addition, not being able to sleep often leads to jetlag problems, and it can take several days to recover. If you need a natural product that promotes sleep and restful sleep, you can take some CBD before you get to the airport.
To reduce stress
For some people, flying is a source of stress, even a phobia that prevents them from traveling serenely. Taking CBD before you get on the plane can help you eliminate fears and apprehensions that don’t need to be there. Well known for its stress relieving properties, CBD will help you overcome your fear of flying for sure.
To avoid anxiety attacks
If you suffer from anxiety, you know that being locked in a closed place for a few hours can easily trigger an anxiety attack. Of course, these attacks are completely beyond your control, and it’s not always easy to avoid them. In this case, taking CBD before flying can help you avoid the onset of these anxiety attacks.
To limit the pain
Flying for several hours often means discomfort, especially if you already suffer from chronic pain in normal circumstances. Once in the plane, you can’t move your legs, you can’t always recline in your seat, your neck becomes stiff. in short, the pain intensifies and sometimes becomes unbearable. To limit this discomfort, taking CBD before boarding the plane will relax your muscles, be less tense, and relieve existing pain.
Which CBD products should I use on the plane?
To avoid confusion, it is strongly discouraged to carry CBD flowers and resins on the plane. If you’re carrying oils, creams, or edibles, you’re not likely to have any problems at the airport security gates.
When to take CBD to feel its effects on the plane?
If you take CBD oil sublingually, you can take a few drops 1 hour to 30 minutes before takeoff. If you take CBD oil orally, in your food or in your drinks, you can consume it several hours before takeoff. If you consume CBD via vaporization, you can inhale it 1 hour before takeoff, but do not take your CBD flowers or resin on the plane.