Can I Travel with CBD?

Domestic Air Travel with CBD 

Up until recently, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) has held the policy that medical marijuana, including hemp-derived CBD, cannot take be taken aboard domestic flights and made no distinction between marijuana and CBD, classifying both as illegal under federal law.

In May of 2019, the TSA updated their site, specifically the “What Can I Bring?” section, and changed medical marijuana’s status from “No” to “Yes (with Special Instructions)” for domestic flights

The TSA also updated its policy to differentiate between marijuana and CBD. The new policy states, “Products/ medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018 [Farm Bill].”

The new policy, as it appears on TSA's website:

screenshot of the FDA's policy on bringing medical marijuana on planes. It indicates that it is allowed with special provisions

The agency maintains that marijuana and “certain” cannabis products are still illegal under federal law and that TSA agents are required to report suspected violations to law enforcement.

Since the passing of the Farm Bill in December of 2018, which legalized CBD hemp-derived products, multiple federal agencies are now revising their policies to clarify what is or isn’t allowed. This can be seen as a step forward for CBD users who rely on the compound to ease their stresses over flying. Many people report taking CBD on or before flights to promote feelings of calmness and relaxation.

Traveling with CBD Internationally 

Use caution when traveling internationally. Prior to your trip, it’s advised that you research your destination country’s cannabis laws and regulations, as many of them may be far more stringent than U.S. laws.


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