Everything You Need to Know About Traveling with CBD

Travel may be restricted right now, but it is a guarantee that once things get running again, people will need to get where they’re going. They will also want to take their CBD-infused medications, skincare, and edibles with them. Before getting on that plane or packing the RV for that cross-country trip, there are a few things about traveling with CBD that everyone should know.

The Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana

Thanks to Congress, hemp and hemp-derived products, such as CBD oil, are now legal. However, there is a caveat. The CBD must be hemp-derived, which differs from being marijuana-derived. While hemp and marijuana are in the same species of plants, they are different. Hemp, for example, has usually been described as non-intoxicating cannabis used for the industrial use of the products derived from the plant. Legally, it must contain less than 0.03% THC to be sold legally.

Hemp drying in a processing plant prior to extracting the oils.  From the UWW Blog

In contrast, marijuana contains a much higher percentage of THC, up to 30% THC or higher depending upon the strain. Because of the high percentage of THC, marijuana is a psychoactive cannabinoid. THC is what makes you high when you use marijuana. Marijuana is currently illegal at the federal level, though some states have legalized its use for recreational or medicinal purposes.

For the purpose of this article and to avoid confusion, we’ll be talking about hemp-derived CBD, and not marijuana-derived products.

Federal and State Laws

Hemp-derived CBD is 100% legal in the United States. Therefore, law enforcement shouldn’t give anyone a hard time when traveling with CBD so long as it is hemp-derived.
However, some places are selling hemp that comes in a form that looks exactly like cannabis. This can pose a problem if you’re stopped by the police and they discover it. They may choose to detain you until they can get it tested to ensure that it is hemp and not marijuana.

Fortunately, CBD can now be found in all kinds of things. It is infused in coffees and sodas, into gummies and into chocolates. It is an ingredient in moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, and other beauty products. It can be found in capsules and tinctures, and of course in oils to put in vapes.

While that CBD-infused moisturizer may not raise any red flags with the police or the TSA, beware of hemp products that look similar to marijuana.

Traveling by Plane

CBD helps travelers to relax and reduce anxiety and it can also help to reduce jet lag. Avoiding headaches with the TSA when flying with your CBD-infused product or oil is simple as long as it is clearly labeled. You can slip it in your carry-on as long as it has appropriate packaging and meets the guidelines for liquids if it is in a liquid form.

The TSA is more focused on threats to human lives, but we still don’t recommend traveling with CBD products that look like marijuana. This could prolong your security check and add unnecessary stress to your trip, defeating the purpose of the products.

Traveling with CBD by Road in a RV or Car & Traveling by Rail

For some, long car rides can mean being in pain or sore when the journey’s over. For others, travel by vehicle can induce nausea and anxiety. Having some hemp-derived CBD oil for a vaporizer or some CBD-infused edibles on hand can help travelers to deal with this.

When traveling by road with CBD, the rules are like traveling by air. Make sure that your product is clearly labeled and that it falls within the federal guidelines of containing less than 0.03% THC.
While a police officer finding your hemp-derived flowers may make the traffic stop a bit longer than usual, if the packaging clearly labels it as hemp or CBD, there should be no problem. However, it could still be confiscated, especially in states where marijuana is illegal and especially if the police officer has reason to believe it may not be hemp.

Final Thoughts on Traveling with CBD

There are also a few states where CBD products are still illegal or where you need a medical clearance to use it. As the laws are changing rapidly, you should do your research before traveling interstate with CBD products.

Hemp-derived CBD is 100% legal throughout the United States, as long as it fits within the federal guidelines, but not all states are okay with the product. While no one should have problems with CBD-infused skincare or edibles, traveling with an oil already in a vaporizer tank or cartridge or packaged as flower may prolong a traffic stop or get tossed into the “amnesty box” by the TSA.

For best results, when you travel, try to keep anything that may draw questions in its original packaging, and do your research before you move between states.

Finally, we hope that these tips help you travel safely while enjoying the benefits of CBD products.


Michael Jacobs is a marketing and creative content specialist at GotVape.com with a primary focus on customer satisfaction. Technology and fitness combined with healthy lifestyle obsession are his main talking points

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