By Markita Lewis, MS, RD
Travel can be a stressful venture, even if you’re going on a vacation to relax. Many travelers find that using CBD (cannabidiol) oil or a CBD-containing product to be a great way to improve their mood and manage their stress during travel. Can you bring edibles like CBD gummies on a plane? While some may stick to a traditional CBD oil or tincture, CBD gummies are an easy, portable way to benefit from the calming benefits of CBD.
To help ensure you are complying with federal and local laws, it helps to have an understanding of the differences between marijuana and hemp.
The use of CBD products has become more culturally accepted and widespread, but there are still a lot of questions about the legality of CBD, especially as it relates to travel. Here’s the most current information so that you can travel with your CBD gummies without causing additional stress.
Is CBD Legal?
Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to that question. To help ensure you are complying with federal and local laws, it helps to have an understanding of the differences between marijuana and hemp.
Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant that is commonly used for its mood-boosting and wellness properties. CBD is found in both the hemp and marijuana strains of the Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp differs from marijuana in that it is primarily grown for its fibers and seeds (which are used in multiple industries), and industrial hemp contains less than 0.3% of THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid of marijuana).
Marijuana has a greater percentage of THC and can produce the “high” feeling. In some states marijuana is legal in certain circumstances, but there are limitations to its use.
Most states within the country have passed laws allowing the use of CBD and hemp oils if their THC content is below 0.3% of dry weight. CBD extracted from marijuana plants risk the chance of having a higher concentration of THC than what’s legally allowed, so it is best to get a CBD product or gummy made with hemp-derived CBD.
To confirm the quality and composition of your CBD gummies, you can usually request a CBD certificate of analysis (COA) from the manufacturer of your purchased product. A COA is an independent analysis of the product’s cannabinoids by an accredited laboratory to see if the product specifications are met.
Traveling With CBD Gummies
Now that you know what kind of CBD gummies are ideal and how to check their quality, can you travel with your gummies?
According to the TSA guidelines, you can travel between states with products that contain no more than 0.3% THC, or with those that are approved by the FDA in your checked or carry-on bag. If your CBD gummies are made with hemp-derived CBD, it is likely that your gummies follow the TSA guidelines for your airport and domestic flight. For extra reassurance, you can bring a copy of the product’s COA and the most recent TSA guidelines to prove the legality of your gummies to the TSA agents at airport security.
Individual states and local governing bodies may have additional regulations on the legality of possessing foods or drinks containing CBD, so be sure to check local laws before traveling.
Outside of domestic air travel, traveling with CBD gummies may be a bit more difficult. Due to differences in international law, traveling with CBD derived from any source may not be legal. Local law enforcement in another country may classify even small amounts of CBD as an illegal substance. Possession of CBD products could be considered cross-border drug trafficking.
Certain cruise lines may also prohibit travelers from having CBD-containing products on board. To avoid legal troubles in these situations, it is best to leave your CBD gummies at home. If you still want to travel with them, carefully research the laws and regulations of your international destination for CBD-containing products. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to obeying the law and interactions with foreign TSA security officers or law enforcement officers.
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