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Planning to travel with your CBD this summer? Here is what you need to know

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been researched for its benefits across multiple conditions. Some may choose to take it for general wellness while others depend on it for the ability to live a life of quality. While it has become federally legal in recent years, there is still uncertainty when it comes to where and how you can take your therapy with you when traveling. If you are considering flying this summer (or anytime in the near future) below are where you may safely travel with your CBD and where you might be better off leaving it at home. 


Background knowledge before we begin: What’s the difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate?


Full spectrum: Full spectrum considers the whole plant when it comes to CBD. When processing, nothing is deliberately removed to include cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, or any other active compounds that naturally occur in the plant. This means that THC may be found in trace amounts, which may offer additional therapeutic benefits but is non-intoxicating. 


Broad spectrum: In a broad spectrum product, all of the naturally occurring compounds of the plant are included with the exception of THC, which is removed in the extraction process. While the idea is to remove all traces of THC, there is always the possibility that some may be in the finished product. You might think of a broad spectrum like decaf coffee, where trace amounts of caffeine may still be present.  


Isolate: A CBD isolate will only contain the CBD compound from the plant. 


In tincture or oil form, all three CBD types will have a carrier oil such as MCT, Coconut, Olive, or Macadamia Nut.


Flying from state to state


When traveling state to state, only CBD products that fit the 2018 Farm bill definition of containing no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis, are legally able to go through security at the airport. This can be in either a checked or carry-on bag. There should not be a cause for concern when flying within the United States with any of the three variations of CBD listed above. 


Per the TSA’s website, TSA security officers do not search for “marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer”. 


If you decide to leave your CBD at home and purchase it once you are at your destination (or run out while away from home), be aware that although legal at the federal level, CBD laws may be more restrictive in specific states. Some states may require an age verification of 21+ to purchase CBD products while others may prohibit the sale of full-spectrum CBD completely. Before you travel, it might be helpful to check in advance so you can be sure you won’t run out while on the road. 


Flying from country to country


Flying internationally gets a bit more tricky, as laws for definitions of hemp/CBD and THC allowances will vary from country to country. The rule of thumb is to be as cautious as possible and if you are unclear as to whether or not it will be legal in the country you are flying to, it may be best to leave it at home. 


The bottom line


Laws and regulations surrounding CBD and cannabis are not only varied but change quickly. It is important to research the latest restrictions before you travel. It is also important to ensure the product you are currently using, or intend to use, are following appropriate regulations. If you have any questions about the quality or safety of your product, a Realm of Caring Care Specialist is here to help. Reach out by emailing, calling 1-888-210-3772, or scheduling an appointment