More and more people are trying CBD every day and using it to help themselves deal with everything from anxiety to chronic pain to the effects of chemotherapy. Because many people are using it as a medical supplement, they want to travel with it. However, that can be difficult depending on where they are travelling to and what the THC content is of their preferred product. Here’s a guide to travelling with CBD to help you make it as simple and stress-free as it can be.
What do you need to know About CBD?
CBD is a cannabinoid that is derived from marijuana and industrial hemp. It acts as a mild sedative in most people, helping them with a variety of physical and mental health issues.
Within the United States borders, CBD is legal to be sold in all states as long as it has less than a 0.3 percent concentration of THC. In states where recreational marijuana is legal, there are no such restrictions on the THC content as long as you stay within the state while you use it.
THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is also a cannabinoid but it is solely derived from marijuana. It is the natural chemical that induces the high that one would expect from marijuana. It is also the reason that marijuana is listed as a schedule 1 narcotic by the Drug Enforcement Agency. As a result, travelling with it can be fraught with trouble if you are not careful.
What forms of CBD will face less scrutiny?
Different forms of CBD work a little bit differently, but when it comes to getting through customs, some forms may be a little bit easier to work with. Pure oils are the most likely to be the most scrutinized form of CBD because of their obvious labelling and a liquid base. You might find yourself having less trouble in the TSA line with vape pens or items that have CBD infused into them like face creams, lotions or foods like gummy bears.
For your travelling experience to be the best it can be, make sure that whatever you bring with you is clearly labelled with exactly what is in it. That way, if you are stopped by TSA or customs, you can get through the process as quickly and easily as possible. Planning ahead can make your business trip or vacation even more fun at the end of the day.
What guidelines are there for traveling with CBD in the US?
Inside the United States, all of the items you travel with will have to go through the Transportation Security Agency. Whether you do TSA Pre-Check or go through the security line, everything is likely to get searched for any illegal items.
If you are travelling between states that have differing policies on marijuana, such as going from California or Colorado to Alabama, you might find yourself having more issues because they are more likely to be checking the THC content of your CBD products.
While the TSA does not typically search explicitly for illegal drugs, it can hold up your travel process if the TSA officer you get is concerned that what you have has too much CBD in it. If this happens, they are likely to call local police departments to double-check that you are not carrying anything illegal. It might also result in someone taking your CBD, even if it isn’t illegal. At the end of the day, it’s up to the TSA officer, according to the official guidelines.
In order to avoid as many issues with this as possible, try keeping your CBD in a smaller than 3.4-ounce bottle like you would your shampoo or conditioner. This makes it less likely that the TSA officer will look too closely at anything in that plastic bag.
What guidelines are there for travelling with CBD outside the US?
If you are travelling outside of the United States, that changes things. Depending on where you are travelling, it will probably be easier for you to purchase your CBD products once you land than to deal with the increased scrutiny you might face going through customs. Most countries in Europe and Asia have much laxer laws regarding marijuana and CBD products than we do in the United States.
However, you will need to check the laws of every country you intend to travel through to ensure that you won’t have an issue with accidentally breaking the law. Getting slapped with a drug trafficking charge would put a huge damper on your vacation or business trip, not to mention get you thrown in jail. Nobody wants to worry about that. You might find it easiest to find a CBD supplier within the country you are travelling to and ship it to your hotel ahead of time to avoid this issue altogether.
Amelia Noble is a researcher with the CBD Awareness Project. When she’s not working, you can find her playing board games.