BY Op-ED Blogger Quinton Charles
Flying Is So Complicated With Liquids
First, I have to say, I get it. Flying is complicated. How many bottles of how little liquid can I bring? What about medications? Don’t even get me started on the differences in regulations between domestic and international flights! I’m going to try and guide you through all the information that I believe you need to fly both confidently and safely with CBD products.
It’s Just Like Anything Else
CBD is legal federally in the United States. The same regulations for other liquids apply to CBD oil or any other CBD products that you would bring. Keep in mind, there are different rules for carry-on bags than there are for checked bags. For checked bags, the sky is pretty much the limit (pun intended!). For carry-on bags, you’ll have to abide by the “3-1-1” rule outlined by the TSA: 3.4 ounces containers or smaller of any liquids, in a 1-quart bag, with a rule of 1 bag per person. Basically, you can fill a 1-quart bag with bottles that are not larger than 3.4 ounces, and you can only have one of these per traveler. There is an exception: medications, baby formula, and breast milk do not need to be limited to 3.4 ounces if they are of a reasonable amount, but they need to be declared at security checkpoints.
What About CBD?
Should the product you’re carrying with you contain less than 0.3% THC and contain CBD derived from the stem of hemp plants, then it should technically be perfectly legal to carry it to any state. Remember, do not travel with any products purchased from dispensaries, especially if you are unsure whether or not they contain THC above the o.3% threshold. Many CBD products that can be purchased from dispensaries contain slightly higher amounts of THC, which could land you in trouble. The reason that these products could land you in trouble is that they are marijuana-derived CBD, and not hemp-derived CBD.
What If Cannabis and Marijuana are Legal in My State? Don’t do it. Even if it is fully legal in your state, marijuana is illegal at federal level. Since the TSA is considered a federal agency, passing through security in an airport puts you in federal jurisdiction, where it is illegal. And don’t try to travel with any hemp plants, either. Even if they’re non-psychoactive, they could be misidentified as marijuana.
So What Should I do?
Travel like you normally would. Don’t exceed the liquid limit in your carry-on, declare larger containers of medicine or liquids if necessary, don’t carry anything through security that you don’t know for certain has below o.3% THC. For cautionary purposes, it is highly recommended to print out the product’s lab report and have it readily available during your flight just in case you need to verify the product’s cannabinoid content with airport security.
What About International Flights? Due to the differences in regulations from country to country, it is not a good idea to fly internationally with CBD, even if it is hemp-derived, and not marijuana-derived (containing no significant THC levels). You could be stuck in customs either going to the country, or returning. I just wouldn’t advise it.
I flew from Michigan to California with several bottles of CBD oil and some CBD-infused gummy bears in my carry-on. I had no difficulty whatsoever at security when I followed the advice outlined above. Just be smart and you’ll get to where you’re going, CBD in hand (or bag).