Yes, you can travel with CBD in your front pocket or your check-in bag. It’s okay to pull out a pack of CBD gummies in some airports. But there are caveats and we’ve listed some things in this blog that will be handy before you travel with those hemp-derived products.
Since the passing of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 — also known as the Farm Bill — hemp-derived products like CBD have become more prevalent in the market. More people gained access to what once was considered a controlled substance.
It’s important to know that the bill holds true at the federal level, but the regulations vary between states. Read this list in preparation for traveling with CBD.
1. Your CBD products must be the federally-approved kind
Your CBD products should be hemp-derived and must have less than 0.3% THC like Verma Farms CBD oils. Other forms, which do not conform to federal laws, are marijuana or marijuana-derived products with high amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient.
2. Atlanta airport has CBD vending machines
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is considered the busiest airport in the US. You will also find the first CBD vending machines in an airport here
3. Cannabis amnesty boxes at Chicago’s O’Hare airport
O’Hare International Airport (ORD), considered the third busiest airport in the US, has set up weed boxes. Passengers can ditch their cannabis here, although it seems more of a suggestion, according to reports.
4. Your CBD will be seized at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
While the Texas House approved the permission of CBD oil in the state, your CBD will still be seized by customs officers if it contains any form of THC.
5. What does the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) say about CBD?
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allows CBD products in carry-on and checked-in bags as long as they meet federal regulations. This means hemp-derived CBD with less than 0.3% THC content.
6. TSA approval does not mean 100% approval
Even if TSA approves carrying CBD, airport security may still stop you in case they suspect a higher amount of THC than what is allowed.
7. Liquid restrictions apply, says TSA
TSA doesn't distinguish between CBD oil and other liquids, so they must follow the liquid restrictions.
8. LAX says it’s OK to pack CBD, but you can’t use it in the airport
The Los Angeles International Airport allows passengers to bring CBD products onto planes as long as they comply with TSA regulations, but the airport prohibits the use of CBD products on airport property.
9. You can use your CBD at DEN
The Denver International Airport allows the use of CBD in specific smoking areas.
10. Traveling from USA to UAE with CBD
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has strict laws regarding cannabis possession and can impose lengthy prison sentences and fines for violations.
11. Hong Kong deems CBD illegal
Since February 2023, CBD of any form is banned in Hong Kong. There are hefty fines with life imprisonment for the trafficking and manufacturing of such substances.
12. You need papers to bring CBD to Australia
The Australian Border Force (ABF) requires import papers if you need to bring CBD to its borders. This must be arranged prior to arriving in Australia.
Useful tips when traveling with CBD
If you're planning to fly with CBD products, there are some important tips to keep in mind to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience.
1. Keep your CBD products in their original packaging
With CBD properly identified in its original packaging, authorities will be able to inspect if it’s within the legally accepted standards.
2. Bring a prescription or documents related to your CBD products, if there are any
If you’re going outside the US, you may need special permits or authorization to bring CBD products into that country.
3. Be wary of how much CBD you are bringing
A suspicious amount of CBD might raise additional screening or questioning, even if it’s legal in that state.