Though cannabidiol oil is legal in the United States, traveling with it, on the other hand, isn’t always as simple as you might think. Here’s what you need to know.
Know Your Rights
Cannabidiol users, understand this: cannabidiol oil is fully legal in all 50 states as long as it contains less than .3% tetrahydrocannabinol. The 2018 Federal Farm Bill made such freedom possible, so know your rights. According to Brookings, the bill’s provisions include:
- The transfer of hemp-derived products across state lines is allowed for commercial or other purposes.
- There are no restrictions on the sale, transportation, or possession of hemp-derived products, so long as the items are produced in a manner consistent with the law.
- The bill recognizes the importance, diversity, and opportunity of the plant and the products that can be derived from it.
If you’re flying with cannabidiol, you might run up against some restrictions. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has arrested people for carrying cannabidiol oil in the past. And though they’ve taken a few steps forward since then —such as recently affirming that they stand by the Farm Bill’s allowances—, it might be a good idea to pack light and only carry however much oil you need for your trip.
You can read TSA’s full take here. Thankfully, fliers who need to carry the cannabidiol-based medication Epidiolex with them can now also do so.
Want to be on the safe side when traveling with cannabidiol products? Then consider bringing some documents along on your trip. If you have the certificate of analysis (COA) for your cannabidiol product of choice, bring it. This document will verify that your product contains less than .3% tetrahydrocannabinol — it’s essentially proof that your cannabidiol is legal. You might also pack a copy of the Farm Bill section most relevant to cannabidiol’s legality, section 10113.
While it is legal in the US and most other developed nations, some areas of the world, notably Asia, take a very different approach towards cannabidiol. Don’t bring cannabidiol anywhere near Malaysia or Taiwan, where anything remotely related to cannabis can bring about harsh legal penalties.
Hemp’s legality is also under fire in Japan — so much so that Japanese scientists have opted to try making cannabidiol from orange peels.
Change Your Plans
If you’re traveling to (or flying through) an area less friendly towards cannabidiol, don’t worry. You may be able to plan and get some oil shipped to your final destination. That way you don’t have to travel with any potentially-illegal products.
Cannabidiol oil is likely to be ‘safer’ and more permitted in a public area than it is in the airport. Consider obtaining your usual product(s) of choice when you reach your destination.
And even if you have to go without it for a while, don’t worry. Some research shows that a single dose of cannabidiol can trigger lasting neurological benefits. After cannabidiol has built up in your system, you may not need to take it every day.