Flying with pure natural CBD oil became legal only in May 2019. And even then, flyers tend to get in trouble with TSA personnel because many can’t differentiate them from marijuana. Moreover, few US states and many countries consider it illegal.
Leaving the tincture may be the only option in many cases. In which case, you’ll need to look for a different solution.
In cases where you can fly with cannabidiol, you need to take some precautions to avoid confusion with the authorities.
Here are some tips to travel with or deal with restrictions on cannabidiol.
Research CBD Laws In Destination
Domestic traveling shouldn’t be an issue as long as your oil is hemp-derived. Hemp-extract oil with less than 0.3 percent THC is legal in the US under federal law. It may be an issue if the product is marijuana-derived because many states forbid it.
Traveling internationally with CBD oil is more complicated. Many countries explicitly forbid all forms of cannabidiol oil. Countries that allow all forms may forbid traveling with it, to or from there.
You should research the destination laws before packing a tincture.
Check Cruise Line Restrictions
Many cruise lines forbid traveling with CBD products even if the destination does not. You should check their website for forbidden items before booking a flight.
Find Alternatives In Destination
In many cases, leaving the bottle behind may be your only option. Even if you can carry it, it might be better to leave it to avoid confusion at the terminal.
In that case, you should look for options in the destination. Many countries don’t allow flying with CBD products but allow people to buy within their borders. Look for CBD stores in the destination online before traveling. You can buy a few products once you land.
If you’re traveling to a place where cannabidiol products are illegal, then you should research alternatives like homeopathic medicine.
Research CBD stores CBD for pain for sale and alternatives even if you take your bottle, in case you run out during your stay.
Pack With Liquids
The TSA policy allows passengers to carry a quart-sized clear bag of liquids, aerosols, creams, pastes and/or gels. Each item must not exceed a volume of 3.4 oz (100 ml).
You can include your tincture bottle in this bag if it fits. It will be checked separately from your carry-on bag at the security checkpoint. You’ll be able to use it during the journey if needed.
Order Travel-Friendly Bottles
The TSA policy requires that all liquids, aerosols, creams and/or gels be no more than 3.4 oz. So don’t carry a CBD bottle bigger than 100 ml. You can find a bottle of this size online and offline at hemp stores with ease.
Don’t Try To Hide It
It’s best to carry the bottle in a clear quart-sized bag or in checked luggage with other liquids. Stashing it elsewhere might cause officials to confiscate the item out of suspicion.
A certificate of analysis informs you about the hemp-extract oil’s contents and attests to its safety. Showing it to the TSA inspector might help you avoid further issues if you get detained for questioning.
The CoA may come with the bottle when you order it. You might need to print it from the seller’s website in some cases.
This is especially important for parents traveling with children who need Epidiolex for epilepsy. Carry the prescription in the carry on baggage and show it to the inspector if needed.
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Carrying CBD pills or gummies might be simpler. CBD pills are more convenient as most inspectors don’t check them thoroughly. They might ask to check gummies along with other food items.
The final decision to allow or deny passengers permission to carry items lies with the TSA inspector. Arguing with them about the legalities, etc. will only make matters worse and cause you to miss the flight. Stay calm and consider your options.