TSA Rules For Traveling With CBD and Hemp Oil

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As the world emerges from a long and difficult pandemic, airports are once again abuzz. After all, you are human. You like to go places! So what are the TSA rules for traveling with CBD or hemp oil? Can I take CBD oil on a plane? What about hemp oil, can I take it on a plane? The answer is yes! You can take CBD oil on a plane when you travel. As long as it meets the criteria. Any hemp or CBD oil you take on a plane must have less than 0.3% THC. Here are the rules for traveling with CBD oil:

  • CBD and hemp oil is allowed on a plane as long as the THC content is 0.3% or less.
  • The maximum amount of liquid allowed in carry on baggage is 3.4 ounces.
  • The 3.4 ounce limit is the total amount allowed. It can be in several containers or just one.
  • Any amount of hemp or CBD liquid over 3.5 ounces must go in your checked bags.

If traveling on a plane with a large amount of CBD oil, make sure it is secured in a liquid proof bag. Again, any liquid over 3.4 ounces must go in the checked bags. Any containers with a total of less than 3.4 ounces can go with you in your checked bags. Anyway, why store it in a plastic, leak proof bag? Because the airplane cabin pressure will be the same as the air pressure at 10,000 feet. Some of the new aircraft pressurize the cabin to the equivalent of the air pressure at 8,000 feet. In either case, the reduces air pressure causes liquid to expand. As a result, any CBD or hemp liquid container filled to the brim make leak while the plane is cruising at altitude.

CBD Oil On A Plane Must Have 0.3% Or Less Of THC!

Most importantly, however, make sure your CBD does not have too much THC. Beware of “full spectrum CBD oil” because those probably contain more than the FAA approved amount of THC. Remember, you can travel with CBD and hemp oil blends but the THC content must be 0.3% or less.

This rule applies to disposable CBD pens and disposable help oil pens. Not only that, keep in mind that a disposable CBD pen with a full cartridge may leak in flight because of the reduced air pressure in an aircraft cabin. Typically, there is some excess room in a hemp oil cartridge so hopefully this will not be an issue, But to be on the safe side, if you are taking disposable CBD or hemp oil pens with you, keep them in a ziplock bag to protect against leaks.

TSA Rules For Traveling With Medical Marijuana

what are the rules for taking medical marijuana on an airplane

The TSA does not actively search for marijuana when you go through airport security. But if they find marijuana they will report it to state, local, or federal law enforcement authorities. As a result, Hemp Unfiltered advises travelers against taking medical marijuana on a plane. The TSA rules for traveling with cannabis are clear. Conversely, CBD and hemp oil are allowed through TSA screening so long as the THC content is 0.3% or less.

What Are The Rules For Taking Medical Marijuana On An Airplane?

So what are the rules for taking medical marijuana on an airplane? TSA regulations indicate that hemp oil, or a CBD compound, must contain less than 0.3% of THC. Or, the compound must be FDA approved. To date, only one cannabis based drug is FDA approved. Greenwich Biosciences drug Epidiolex is FDA approved to treat certain conditions that cause seizures. For example, Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastault syndrome. For these instances, medical marijuana in the form of Epidiolex is FDA approved and should be permitted for airline travel. However, at this time no other medical marijuana will be allowed on a plane.

  • Travel safe, don’t take non FDA approved medical marijuana with you when you travel on a plane.

Also be aware that not all states or countries have approved of medical marijuana. Make sure you know the rules of the state or country you travel to.

Can You Take A CBD Pen On A Plane?

Any device with a battery must be on your person in in your carry-on bag. Batteries are not allowed in checked luggage. There is a good reason for this. Though rare, lithium-ion batteries can sometimes spontaneously catch fire. The phenomenon of “thermal runaway” can occur if a battery comes into contact with metal. The metal contact causes charged particles to move. In a low-quality battery, this can lead to a thermal runaway or fire. This is very rare. But if a battery catches fire in a checked bag in the hold of an aircraft, there are few options available to fight the fire and the plane will have to divert and make an emergency landing.

On the other hand, if a battery catches fire in a carry on bag, the fire can be quickly extinguished and the plane can carry on. Airlines run on a tight schedule. Emergency landings disrupt the entire flow of air travel and cost the airlines a fortune. The FAA rules prohibiting batteries in checked bags are very practical. Please do not carry vaporizer or even laptop batteries in checked bags.

TSA Rules For Traveling With Vapes

The TSA rules for traveling with vapes is similar to the TSA rules for taking CBD on an airplane. The ecig and vape devices and batteries must be on your person or in the carry on bags. The same 3.4 ounce rule applies to both nicotine and CBD vape juice. Any amount of e-liquid over 3.4 ounces must go in your checked luggage. A 120 ml vape juice bottle is fine. But once again be aware that a brand new, unopened e-juice of CBD e-liquid bottle might leak at altitude. Even if you are carrying e-juice or CBD vape juice on you, it is a good idea to carry them in a zip lock bag. Just in case they leak while cruising at 35,000 feet!

Traveling with vape devices follow the same guidelines as traveling with CBD vape pens. Any batteries or device containing batteries must be on your person or in carry on. E-cigs and mods cannot be carried in the checked baggage. The same goes for disposable vapes. For example, if you plan on taking a handful of Puff Bars or Max Flow vapes with you, they cannot go in your checked bags. Take your vape bars with you in the carryon bags.

One Final Rule For Traveling With CBD and Hemp Products

I mentioned this previously but it bears repeating. You know the rules for traveling with CBD and hemp. That reflects the FAA and airline rules. But these  are not the only rules to consider. Make sure you are aware of the rules regarding CBD and vape devices in the state or country you are landing in. You might be surprised to learn that the CBD that is legal in America is not legal in France, German, or Austria. For example in France the THC content must be 0%. That means 0.3% is is illegal. In other countries all BD is banned. So just check it out before you take off.

One final note, airplanes are amazing! Like really. Also, Hemp Unfiltered monitors the legal status of CBD around the world and keeps you posted. In addition, we watch the FAA and TSA rules for flying with CBD and hemp. Check back for the latest information.

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