Summer is upon us.
And even though we’re experiencing a different kind of summer under quarantine, many still want to travel with families, friends, and their CBD.
CBD has made great strides in the last few years, but that doesn’t change the fact that people still feel unsure of themselves when they throw their CBD gummies in the travel bag. CBD is still new to some people, and its legality is pretty fresh as well.
If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, allow us to put those anxious thoughts at ease and touch base on everything you need to know about traveling with CBD.
So, let’s address the obvious first…
CBD Is Legal, Right?
If you’ve been keeping up with our blogs, or CBD in general, you know that The Farm Bill of 2018 decriminalized all aspects of agricultural hemp––cultivation, production, consumption, and possession.
The legality lies in the definition of hemp—in the United States, it must contain less than 0.3% THC.
Even though hemp is “legal”, you should still look up the local laws of the states that you plan to visit. Some states consider hemp legal with conditions—for example, Idaho is an example of a conditionally legal state.
For hemp to be considered legal in Idaho, it has to be 100% THC-free. The CBD can only come from 5 identified parts of the plant, such as the matured stalk, fiber from stalks, oil from seeds, achene of the plant, sterilized seeds, or other compounds derived from the stalks.
The bottom line is that no matter where you plan to visit, do your own research to determine there aren’t any “conditions” attached to CBD’s legality in your final destination.
Pack Some CBD for the Road
Even though we’re amid a pandemic that doesn’t seem to be letting up, millions of families across the country are still planning road trips. Gas prices are hitting record lows, and people see this as an opportunity to travel with the family while still being able to social distance.
As we know, hemp-based CBD is legal to have in the car with you, but you shouldn’t consume CBD and get behind the wheel! Keep your CBD products in the trunk, packed with the rest of your belongings to avoid unnecessary confusion with law enforcement.
Sometimes they have a hard time discerning hemp-based products from marijuana-based products, so keep your certificate of analysis handy!
Airport Security Is On Board With Hemp-Based CBD
If you’re planning a trip through an airport with CBD, there’s no need to worry if you’re prepared. As long as your product contains less than 0.3% THC––you’re safe to fly!
Here’s what you do.
Print out a copy of your product’s certificate of analysis. This way, you have proof of the product’s potency if you encounter TSA. Contrary to popular belief, TSA has no issues with hemp-derived products that contain less than 0.3% THC.
Have you ever had to throw out personal products because they didn’t meet TSA security check requirements?
Don’t let this happen with your products. Make sure if you have gels, creams, liquids, or aerosols that you transfer them into containers smaller than 3.4 ounces.
If you want to avoid interaction with TSA altogether, pack your CBD products in your checked luggage along with your certificate of analysis (COA). This way, if TSA sees it, they can reference the COA attached without interrupting your trip.
What About International Flights?
Many depend on CBD to help them get through long or difficult international flights. Unfortunately, this might cause more issues than relief because you don’t really know how you’ll be received by customs when you reach your final destination.
This means you’ll need to do a bit more planning for international travel.
When planning an international flight, look into the country’s laws on CBD. There are quite a few countries that have also legalized CBD.
Still, it makes sense to look at this information ahead of time, so you don’t encounter any surprises.
Avoid Issues At Theme Parks
You’ve packed the family in the car, and you’ve set off to the “happiest place on Earth”, but your favorite CBD product will have to sit this one out because Disney has a firm NO CBD policy.
This might be upsetting for lots of parents because, let’s face it, theme parks take a LOT out of you! You’re waiting in line for hours, soaking up the summer sun, and dealing with the stress of having to keep up with all of your kids.
What parent wouldn’t want to keep a gummy stash in their bag to help them keep their cool?
It might be a little confusing since medical marijuana and CBD are legal in California—where Disneyland is located (Anaheim, California). Still, it is a Disney park policy that supersedes state law.
It’s also helpful to note that if you’re planning a trip to Six Flags, Universal Studios, or Cedar Fair, they also have strict regulations against CBD use and possession.
Vacations Are Supposed to Be Relaxing
Traveling is something that we all hold close to us because it’s the perfect way to build long-lasting memories. Still, stress can mistakenly take over travel plans.
Flights get delayed and canceled; our cars break down on the road, hotel accommodations don’t match up to what you’ve been looking at online––so many things can go wrong.
That’s a good reason to bring your favorite CBDfx products along with you, just make sure you’ve done your research!
Things to Remember for Future Trips
- If you’re going to travel domestically or internationally, research all the regions you plan on traveling to so you are fully aware of their CBD policies.
- After you’ve done that, make sure you print out your COA and put any creams, liquids, or gels in containers that are 3.4 ounces or less.
- If you’re visiting theme parks, leave the CBD at home.
Vacations are a great American pastime that helps bring us together and give us a much-needed break when we need it the most.
Taking CBD along is a great way to stay chill no matter what comes your way but you have to do a little legwork to make sure it’s legal no matter what state you’re in.
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