Until a few years ago, it was difficult to answer this question with conviction. There was a huge degree of confusion over whether you could bring CBD oil on board a plane. The suggestion was that because cannabidiol isn’t a federally legal substance, it was actually illegal to bring it with you on an airplane. Matters were not helped by a few high-profile cases of people being arrested for taking CBD hemp oil with them to the airport.
Even the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill didn’t clarify matters. It legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp in the United States as long as it contained a maximum of 0.3% THC. Surely, this legalized CBD products derived from hemp? Not so, according to the government.
However, a major change led to greater clarity, and we outline the situation surrounding possessing CBD oil in a plane.
The TSA Makes a Big Announcement
In 2019, the American Transportation Security Administration (TSA) changed its cannabis policy by stating that passengers were permitted to bring certain forms of CBD oil on flights. Before this announcement, every form of cannabis was prohibited in carry-on and checked baggage.
According to the new law, products containing hemp-derived CBD oil that’s legal under the 2018 Farm Bill are allowed on planes. Furthermore, you can also bring Epidiolex, an FDA-approved drug that contains CBD. Of course, it remains illegal to bring delta-9-THC on board.
So, it is Plain Sailing, Right?
Unfortunately, we can’t say with 100% certainty that you’ll avoid trouble at the airport if you bring hemp-derived CBD oils through security. While TSA staff don’t actively search for cannabidiol, they may go through your bag at random or if they don’t like what they see on the scan.
Even if your container is clearly labeled, there’s a possibility that the security agent may bring you away for questioning. It is an inconvenient and embarrassing situation at best. Also, there’s a possibility that you could miss your flight because of the interrogation.
Is There Anything Else I Need to Know?
Yes, there are plenty of other considerations. First, when bringing CBD hemp oil through security, you must adhere to the rules, including the 3-1-1 liquid rule for carry-on bags. This TSA law states that all liquids must be a maximum of 3.4 ounces or less and fit in a single one-quart transparent bag. On the plus side, most CBD oil products come in 30ml bottles, so they easily pass the test.
You must also consider where you are flying from and your final destination. In general, if you’re flying within the United States, you should encounter few difficulties. This is because CBD oils are broadly tolerated throughout the country.
However, at least two states differ from the standard rules surrounding CBD hemp oil. While the 0.3% THC limit applies almost everywhere, Idaho and Kansas have slightly different rules. In Idaho, the maximum THC content for CBD oil is just 0.1%. The limit in Kansas is 0%, meaning you can only bring broad-spectrum or CBD isolate products.
It may seem unlikely, but if you land in Topeka with CBD oils containing any THC, you could theoretically be arrested.
There are also considerations when traveling internationally. If you insist on bringing your CBD hemp oil with you, find out everything you can about the cannabidiol laws in the place you’re visiting. For instance, in the United Kingdom, products should contain a maximum of 0.2% THC.
Final Thoughts on Travelling with CBD Oils
Many people use CBD hemp oil to help calm their nerves before a flight. Those who use the non-intoxicating cannabinoid often claim that it enables them to relax and reduces any anxiety they feel. For years, it was cruelly ironic that the act of bringing CBD oil through airport security could cause intense anxiety!
Fortunately, the TSA changed its rules a few years ago. Now, as long as you adhere to certain rules, you should be able to bring CBD oil on board an airplane. However, please note that there is still a chance of security searching your bag. If they find CBD hemp oil, they may decide to bring you in for questioning.