If CBD’s legal status were a relationship, it’d be described as “complicated.” Is it safe to travel with CBD? What means of transportation should you prefer?

CBD, the non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant, is currently being used by many individuals, even though the FDA is still evaluating potential regulatory pathways for it.

If you are already using CBD products and find them helpful, it is important that you know where you stand when it comes to traveling with them. While recreational marijuana has been legalized in many states and CBD is, generally, widely accepted, traveling with CBD products can still be complicated and you could find yourself in trouble with authorities. Here, we will discuss your options and provide helpful tips regarding traveling with CBD products.

Driving with CBD

Possession of CBD products while driving is, in general, fairly straightforward. If you are driving within state lines in possession of industrial hemp CBD (containing no more than 0.3% THC), there’s nothing to worry about. This type of CBD is legal in all 50 states under federal law, which means it’s fine to cross state lines with it.

However, if you are crossing state lines with CBD that contains more than 0.3% THC, you will need to be a little more careful. First, you must ascertain if your CBD is legal in the state you are traveling to by researching the local laws. It’s worth bearing in mind that you may need some form of registration card to use cannabis products in some states.

Flying with CBD

It is a lot riskier to travel by air with CBD products, even domestically. Cannabis, and therefore CBD, is considered a Schedule I substance under federal law, regardless of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Also, state laws differ, and flying with CBD containing more than 0.3% THC into a state where it is illegal can land you in serious trouble. 

While Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents do not actively search for cannabis and other drugs, they are obligated by law to report you to local law enforcement if they find CBD products in your possession during screening. Being reported doesn’t always mean you are in trouble. If you did not break the state’s laws on cannabis products, you may still walk away without a problem – just possibly a delay and without your CBD. On the other hand, if you have broken any of the state’s cannabis laws, there could be some serious consequences. 

Federal authorities at an airport in Dallas have not only reported skyrocketing rates of CBD interception, but some people have also been arrested on felony charges.

When you are flying to a different country with CBD products, you need to be extra careful, as things can get a lot more complicated. Many countries have very strict laws regarding cannabis and its products. The United Arab Emirates, for example, has a zero-tolerance policy for possession of cannabis or any of its derivatives. Having a CBD product in your possession can, therefore, land you in jail, even if you are taking it for medical reasons and have written approval from a doctor.

Read more about CBD’s legal status and why you should avoid airports here.

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What You Can Do to Stay Safe

The safest thing to do while traveling is to avoid carrying CBD products, especially when you are crossing state lines or traveling by air. If you need CBD during a flight for a medical condition, it is advisable to take it before you go through security.

It is also advisable that you plan ahead of your journey, starting with researching the legality of CBD products in the state or country you are going to. You should also check if there is any documentation you will need and obtain this from your doctor ahead of time.

If possible, research dispensaries in which you can get the product around your destination, to avoid having to travel with CBD altogether. You could also consider the option of mailing your CBD product to your destination ahead of time, if you can make the necessary arrangements.

Other Important Tips for Traveling with CBD Products

If you are certain that traveling with your CBD products won’t lead to any legal problems, here are some tips:

Travel with the Right Quantity

There’s no point taking more CBD than you need – aside from possibly wasting the product, you run the risk of attracting unnecessary and unwanted attention. You should, therefore, carry just the right quantity.

Travel with the Required Documentation

Some states require that you show proof that you are using a cannabis-derived product to treat a medical condition before you can freely have it in your possession. This shouldn’t be an issue if your doctor is aware that you are using CBD.

Keep Your CBD Product in Your Carry-On

It is always recommended that you keep important items in your carry-on while traveling. This applies to your CBD products. Additionally, this will reduce the chance of getting into trouble because, if it is seen and you are questioned, you’ll be in a good position to explain yourself and avoid appearing like a smuggler.

Handle Your CBD Product with Care

CBD products need to be handled with care to maintain quality. Ensure the lid is tightly secured and keep the product in a cool, dry place while traveling.


In conclusion, traveling with CBD products can be risky.

After researching potential legal implications, you should avoid traveling with any when there’s a chance it can get you in trouble. When you know it is safe to travel with a CBD product, follow the tips above to avoid any unnecessary issues.

Have you traveled with CBD in your bags? Did it cause any problems?  Share your story in the comments!