Is It Legal to Fly with CBD Oil?
Mon, Aug 03, 2020 | Reading Time: 4 minutes
CBD is legal in the US, so you might think flying with CBD oil would be no problem.
Usually it isn’t — but there are a few crucial exceptions. At five CBD, we’re all about education, so we think you should know about them! Here’s when flying with CBD is (and isn’t) a good idea.
- Flying within the US
- Flying internationally
- Other things to keep in mind
Flying within the US
We’ll start off this article on a positive note: according to 2018’s Federal Farm Bill, interstate travel with CBD is completely legal! Check out Brookings’ interpretation below; according to them, the Farm Bill permits
“...transfer of hemp-derived products across state lines…”
“...no restrictions on the sale, transport, or possession of hemp-derived products….”
“...recogniz[ing] the importance, diversity, and opportunity of [hemp] and the products that can be derived from it….”
To sum things up, if you’re flying domestically (i.e., within the US) you have nothing to worry about. Those who wish to be on the super safe side can carry along a copy of their CBD product’s COA/lab tests with them. And if you need some extra reassurance, know that even the TSA has taken a pro-CBD stance.
More positives: hemp-derived CBD is legal in most parts of the Western world, including Canada, Mexico, and most of Europe.
Use caution, however, if you’re traveling through certain parts of Asia. And don’t even think of bringing CBD products to Malaysia. Hemp isn’t fully legal in Japan, either (which is partially why Japenese researchers have been occupied with producing CBD from oranges). If your CBD is confused for cannabis in any of these areas you may be subject to some pretty major problems.
For more info on where CBD’s legal, and where it’s not, check out this helpful guide.
Other things to keep in mind
If you think about it, traveling with CBD shouldn’t have to be so complicated. Why would the regulations surrounding a plant compound vary so drastically from place to place? Actually, why would a plant compound be regulated so closely at all?
Such is the current state of the world, but don’t let backward-looking laws prevent you from making the most of your travel plans. Even travels to the most prohibitive places, like Malaysia or Taiwan, don’t need to wreak havoc on your endocannabinoid system. Not if you use cannabimimetics, at least.
What are cannabimimetics, you might ask? Well, they’re substances and/or activities that mimic CBD, in the sense that they stimulate the endocannabinoid system! Researchers have found that working out, yoga, massage therapy, healthy fats, and certain herbs and spices can all activate the ECS enough to promote full-body balance.
So if you must go without your favorite CBD product for a while, don’t be afraid — just be sure to get the other components of a healthy lifestyle right.