For the purposes of this article I’m going to assume that you live in the United States. Something a lot of people wonder, particularly if they will be crossing state lines: is it legal to travel with CBD oil? The answer is yes, with some conditions.
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Hemp CBD Oil vs. Cannabis CBD Oil
Okay, so here is where the asterisk in my answer of ‘Yes’ comes in. Although laws around this have been changing rapidly in the past few years and they do vary from state to state, on a federal level currently only the CBD oil made from hemp plants with a THC concentration of less than 0.3% is legal. As mentioned above, this is the type of CBD oil made by cbdMD (seriously use a coupon and try them out you won’t regret it) and most other CBD oil companies. CBD oil derived from hemp is what is typically prescribed for treating pain in the body as well as anxiety and insomnia. Heck, you can even get dog treats with CBD oil in them for Rover. It’s beyond the scope of this article here, but if you want to get into the science of how it works it’s pretty interesting. Use your Google Fu.
CBD oil made from the cannabis plant is a different story. This will have higher concentrations of THC, which is the compound that gives the user the ‘high’. This is legal in some states, but not in others. And, you can get it in trouble for having it on any federally owned land. Which brings me to my next point…
CBD Oil in State Parks
State parks are national land. That means you are not supposed to have CBD oil derived from the cannabis plant in a state park regardless of whether marijuana is legal in that state or not. Would you go to federal prison if a park ranger discovered you with some cannabis derived CBD gummies? Probably not, but you could be looking at a fine. Better safe than sorry, and to leave them at home. It might seem silly especially if you are in a state where marijuana has been legalized, but it is currently the law and it could always change in the future.
Now, if you use CBD oil derived from hemp to help you fall asleep at night or to treat your arthritis that is totally fine. Nothing illegal there.
Flying with CBD Oil
What about flying? Well, the TSA falls under federal jurisdiction so again you can have hemp based CBD oil in your carry on or checked luggage, but you can not have the cannabis based kind. The TSA are not police officers and they are not going through your bag looking for illegal substances. However if they find something during a security check, they can refer it to a law enforcement officer. If you are flying somewhere that you can legally purchase CBD oil with THC in it just get some after you land.
For your carry on luggage, even if you are travelling with the legal CBD oil made from hemp you still need to abide by the rules for carry on liquids and gels. Nothing larger than 100mL can go in carry on bags. Most CBD oil tinctures come in a bottle of 30-50mL so you should be okay, but do make sure you check ahead of time. You do not want to have to throw out a bottle at the security screening, high quality CBD oil is not cheap. I will mention again though that you can save a lot by using coupons!
If you will be flying internationally, you should carefully check the laws around CBD oil in the country you are traveling to. Many countries have very strict laws around CBD oil even if it’s derived from the hemp plant, so you definitely want to look into it carefully before you go.
Have a safe and comfortable trip
You wouldn’t travel without medication that’s a part of your daily routine, and CBD oil made from hemp is no different. If you use it for pain relief or anxiety management, it’s the same thing bringing some Aspirin or an Ativan along. So enjoy your trip!