These days, with more research than ever, it has never been easier to purchase cannabis safely. A few years ago, flying with cannabis would have raised most people’s anxiety levels. Yet nowadays, many are using cannabis to ease their anxiety about getting on a plane.
Now, before you get too excited, it is critical to realize which part of the cannabis plant won’t get you in trouble or high on a plane. Two natural compounds are extracted from the cannabis plant: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). While THC has psychoactive properties that will make you high, CBD works more subtly and won’t get you high.
CBD comes in many forms and shapes, making it easier to pack in your luggage with the rest of your things. You can buy tiny bottles of high-quality CBD oil or purchase some of the best gummies from the market.
Traveling with cannabis
Despite their more acceptable forms, you must be prepared for airport checks and international regulations. Here are seven critical things to keep in mind when flying with cannabis:
Bring copies of your prescription.
Having medical proof of your need for this type of medication is essential, especially if you are carrying more than 100ml in your hand luggage. Make copies of your prescription in case airport officials decide to keep one for themselves. If possible, keep the medicine in its original packaging.
If you have purchased CBD products online and do not have a prescription, take the product’s certificate of analysis (CoA). High-quality CBD products should come with this certificate. You can also find it by scanning the QR code on the product.
This certificate will tell airport security where the CBD was tested, the name of the lab, and the THC’s percentage in the product.
Print out the TSA’s latest regulations
The Transportation Administration Security (TSA) is where you will find the latest airport security guidelines, including traveling with cannabis seeds. Printing a copy of the latest regulations is the right way of proving that you are complying.
The most recent TSA update on travel with medical marijuana states that CBD products with more than 0.3 percent THC are considered illegal. The CBD products you are carrying must also be FDA approved. While security officers at the airport focus on security threats rather than CBD products, it is still the prerogative of the security officer to decide whether to allow you to travel within the CBD.
Get into the specifics.
Copies of the CoA and TSA regulations will help you when it comes to security checks, but don’t stop there. Ensure that the state you are traveling to and the airport you are using doesn’t have specific requirements. Some airports require you to store your CBD products in a particular way. Although CBD is legal in all 50 states, some states are still debating how legal CBD products are.
Store CBD oil with your toiletries
Much like your shampoos and face creams, your CBD oil should be stored in a clear bag when carried in your hand luggage. Make sure the oil does not exceed the maximum limit of liquids allowed.
Traveling internationally with CBD
Traveling abroad means more airports and more regulations, which can be overwhelming, especially if you are naturally anxious. To ensure that you are not doing anything illegal, browse websites such as norml.org to research which countries consider CBD to be illegal and those that have legalized it.
CBD products are becoming part of the norm, and they are accepted in most countries, but there are certain countries where CBD is an illegal drug because it is derived from the cannabis plant. Accordingly, your CBD oil bottle could land you in a lot of legal trouble if you do not research the legality of the product in the country.
Shop CBD online and ship to your hotel
You can also shop for CBD products online and ship them to the place you are staying in. In doing so, you can avoid the anxiety that comes with airport security checks, and you will still have CBD to help you cope with your stress and other issues. Having said this, it is essential that you only ship CBD products to your accommodation if CBD is legal in the country you are visiting.
Take a dose of CBD before you fly.
Having an airport official seize your CBD gummies before your flight can lead you to spiral into anxiety, especially if you depend on CBD products to help keep you calm. To avoid such risks, take CBD before checking your bags. Not only will you be relaxed during the tedious parts of flying, but you will also be covered if you end up with no CBD.
It feels like we are entering a new era for CBD, especially when you think about the allowances airport security around the world is now making concerning this natural compound. Although this is becoming more acceptable, CBD products can still raise eyebrows and cause complications during security checks. So while doing your research and complying with regulations is crucial, don’t be surprised if your CBD oil is taken away by officials.
Who is the author?
Nancy Fernandez is a cannabis and health industry consultant who frequently writes about the latest trends in the industry. She has been writing on CBD for a long time now. Through her writing, she hopes to influence as many people as possible to help maintain better health and lifestyle. She has written many informative blogs on other verticals too.