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What to Know When Flying with CBD Cross-State and Internationally Part 1

Traveling with CBD can be tricky because of the complicated laws surrounding the cannabis plant. Understanding the laws in the places you travel to and from is important, as CBD is only sometimes legal everywhere. Avoid traveling with CBD and instead purchase a new bottle from a reputable brand at your destination. This article provides information about the laws regarding CBD, but it should not be taken as legal advice.

In Part 1 of this blog, we'll focus on what passes as CBD and the legality of flying with it. Let's get started.

What Is Considered CBD?

CBD is a chemical substance found in cannabis plants, mainly concentrated in hemp. It can be extracted from hemp and marijuana plants and used to make CBD oil. However, since marijuana crops are illegal on a federal level, most CBD oil is made from hemp plants.

CBD is a natural compound with various potential benefits for overall health and well-being. It does not have the same psychoactive effects as THC, so it is not associated with feeling high. CBD has been studied for its potential to support the body's endocannabinoid system, which regulates many of its functions.

People use CBD, such as tinctures, capsules, lotions, candies, and smokable products, to support an active lifestyle, promote a healthy immune response, balance stress levels, and more. CBD extracted from legal hemp plants is a versatile and widely available compound.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

It's important to understand that hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants but differ in their THC content. Hemp contains less THC, while marijuana has a much higher concentration. Hemp was legalized in the United States in 2018. Since then, its main cannabinoid CBD has been the focus of numerous medical research studies, showing it to have many potential benefits and few side effects. Marijuana, on the other hand, is still considered illegal due to its high THC concentration.

Cannabis products, including CBD oil, are federally prohibited without a medical license. Despite this, some states, such as California, Oregon, Washington DC, and New York, have legalized their recreational use. In contrast to THC, CBD is a non-intoxicating compound, meaning it doesn't make you feel high.

Most CBD products in the U.S. are derived from hemp plants, but the definition of what a marijuana plant is may differ depending on where you are in the world. Possession of an illicit substance can lead to penalties such as delayed flights, fines, and even imprisonment. For example, in Europe, the legal limit of THC in hemp crops is 0.1 percent, so full-spectrum CBD oils with up to 0.3 percent THC produced in the United States may be considered illegal in certain countries that have legalized CBD.

Flying with CBD Oil Across US States

Before getting on a plane, it is important to know and follow the TSA guidelines regarding cannabis plant products. The TSA recently allowed licensed medical marijuana users and American hemp-derived CBD to travel within the US. However, not all TSA officers are familiar with the guidelines, which can cause delays or confiscation of your products.

To avoid this, ensure your products are labeled correctly, have a certificate of analysis of the product on hand, and have the TSA statement of cannabis guidelines on your phone. Additionally, any liquid CBD must be under 100 mL and in a clear plastic container.


Flying with CBD across the state and internationally requires a certain level of knowledge and preparation. It is important to understand the laws in the jurisdictions you are flying to and from and the rules and regulations of the airlines you are traveling with. Travelers should always ensure that any CBD product is labeled properly, as this can affect how it is processed through airport security. With the proper understanding and preparation, flying with CBD can be a smooth and hassle-free experience.

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