The first thing you should know about taking CBD oil on an airplane is- it’s OK! TSA (Transportation Security Administration) does not really care about your nutritional supplementation as long as it is not going to explode. Their primary duty is to ensure the safety of the passengers and crewmembers on the airplane. Law enforcement is typically left to the police. That being said, it is important to adhere to TSA guidelines whenever traveling.
“TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but in the event a substance that appears to be marijuana or cannabis-infused product is observed during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.” -www.tsa.gov.
CBD Oil and TSA
There are two ways to get CBD oil on an airplane. Putting it in your pocket is not one of them (Don’t put anything in your pocket… It makes TSA officials angry). You can carry it onto the plane in your bag or you can have it checked in your luggage. A big deciding factor should be whether or not you want to actually use it while in the air. Depending on how early you check in, it may not be practical to take a serving before placing it in your checked bag if you are hoping for maximum effectiveness while in the air.
Carry On Bags
TSA has strict guidelines on the size of liquids that can pass through checkpoints. Containers must not hold more than 3.4 ounces (100 millimeters) of liquid. The largest bottle of Receptra CBD oil is only two ounces, so you are in the clear with any of the Receptra CBD oil products. Technically you could take multiple bottles if you wanted to, as long as they fit into a quart-sized resealable bag.
Any liquid over 3.4 ounces has to be placed in a checked bag. Sometimes airport baggage staff are not super gentle. So, anytime you place liquids in your checked bags, it is a good idea to wrap them in something protective . . . and maybe put them inside a sealable bag in case something bad does happen. There is a chance that your checked bags could be subject to inspection. It is unlikely that they would confiscate your CBD oil, though it is possible. These checks are primarily for explosives and potentially illegal drugs or other substances that could be smuggled from one area to another.
Is it Legal to Travel with CBD in the United States?
Products made from hemp that contain less than 0.3% THC are legal in the United States. CBD products created from hemp are not the same as those derived from marijuana. There are no psychoactive effects to be had from the CBD. Pure hemp CBD oil like Receptra contains no more than 0.3% THC.
“We are in the middle of an opioid crisis in this country. That’s our biggest priority right now,” said Drug Enforcement Agency spokesperson, Rusty Pane. “People are not dying from CBD. Some would argue lives are being saved by CBD. Are we going to get in the middle of that? Probably not”
Why You Should Fly with CBD Oil
It is really hard to get fully comfortable and relaxed on a plane. Some people have extreme anxiety about flying which can make it really difficult to travel. CBD could help in a number of ways.
- Chill out while in the air without flying high: The endocannabinoid system has the ability to affect natural receptors in the brain that can impact mood and help you restore internal balance.
- Sleep restfully and wake up refreshed: Having the ability to pass out on a plane and wake up at your destination is an art. CBD can help achieve that restful state.
- Minimize discomfort from aches and small spaces: Antioxidants in CBD oil can help reduce the physical irritation that comes with sitting for an extended time in a small space that is probably less than ideal.
Tips for the Excessively Paranoid
If you are really afraid that your bottle of CBD is somehow going to be identified as marijuana and you are going to end up in prison:
- You should probably take a serving of CBD and try to relax
- You can always switch it over into an unlabeled amber bottle. Law enforcement would have to test the product to be sure of what it is. Even then it will not contain more than 0.3% THC, and there is no penalty for this.
- Just don’t put your CBD in anything that looks like a bomb or anything potentially explosive.
Traveling Internationally with CBD Oil
There is no real consistency when traveling internationally. Bringing any sort of cannabis derivative abroad can be risky, especially in countries that have strict laws against cannabis use. We highly recommend doing some research on the exact location you are flying into, as well as the local laws. There have been very few cases of people getting stopped for CBD, but it could happen. That being said, if you are going to be abroad for more than a couple of days, you may consider planning ahead and having some shipped to your location.