Traveling with CBD gummies can be a daunting experience, especially if you are planning a trip to a country that has strict penalties with regards to the products you bring with you. While CBD does not produce any psychoactive effects or impair your judgment whatsoever, the fact that it is derived from the marijuana plant makes people worry even more when it comes to their travel plans.
To avoid the risk of getting yourself into any kind of travel when taking a trip with your CBD gummies, or to avoid unnecessary hassle, here is what you need to know about bringing your gummies on a plane.
Regulations and Laws When Travelling with CBD
The Transportation Security Administration (commonly known as the TSA) has strictly prohibited the carrying of medical marijuana in both carry-on and checked baggage, and this, unfortunately, includes all derivatives of such, including CBD.
BUT (and this is super important to know) since the official federal legalization of Hemp in 2018, this strict policy has now been updated and providing the CBD you are traveling with is derived from hemp, you can travel with CBD gummies in both hand luggage and checked bags.
Obviously, the TSA regulations only apply to passengers traveling to and from the United States, so if you are traveling from outside of the US to another country, you will need to read and familiarize yourself with any laws that are applicable there.
So, now that you understand exactly what the regulations state with regards to traveling with CBD products, now you need to know what to do and not do in order to avoid any holdups like questioning or missing paperwork that could potentially cause you delays. Here are some tips to help you out.
Do Your Research
Before you pack your bags and set off to the airport, you should always spend some time researching the destination you are traveling to, be it another state or internationally. Laws surrounding CBD usage and possession can vary from state to state, so what is regulation in one state might not be the same in another.
Some states, as well as other countries, have very strict laws when it comes to carrying CBD no matter where it has been derived from, and you don’t want to end up being detained just because you didn’t think ahead and plan accordingly.
Study the Certificate of Analysis
When you purchase CBD products either from a physical store or online, it should be accompanied by a certificate of analysis, which is basically just an official report that verifies the contents of the product. If you buy a poor quality product that states it contains no THC, always double-check this against the certificate, as there may actually be THC traces present making the product illegal and that will land you in serious trouble.
If you are in doubt, you can always request a lab report, which any reputable CBD company should provide happily. You should also check that if THC is present in the product you are traveling with, there is only 0.3% or less.
Printing out the lab report or certificate you have obtained can save you a load of trouble when going through security, especially if you haven’t got time for delays!
Make Sure Your CBD Products are Properly Packaged
Taking CBD gummies out of their packaging and storing them in a clear plastic bag along with other liquids or items is definitely not a good idea. If you are randomly pulled and searched and they ask you what they are, it will look like you were trying to hide them. Your best bet would be to leave your CBD gummies in their original packaging with the necessary documentation to hand.
You also don’t have to feel the need to declare the fact you are traveling with CBD products, as if you get a border patrol agent who is having a bad day or wants to ask you a whole load of questions, you might end up missing your flight.
Do Not Try to Hide Your CBD Gummies
Even though CBD gummies might be perfectly legal where you live as well as in the state or country you are traveling to, some people seem to think that they will try to avoid the hassle of being held up and questioned by trying to hide their gummies or worse, mix them in with other candy.
This is possibly the worst idea ever, as if you did happen to be the unlikely victim of a spot check, or you happened to be questioned if all the candies in a particular bag were the same, and then this turned out not to be true, you would be committing fraud and that unfortunately usually results in jail time.
Traveling to Other Countries with CBD Gummies
Honestly speaking, unless you absolutely cannot live without a particular brand of CBD gummies that you have recently purchased, it really isn’t worth risking traveling with them. This is due to the fact that the laws surrounding medical marijuana and CBD can be so vague, you could leave yourself open for problems if you happened to be pulled aside and inspected.
Some countries are completely relaxed about traveling with or carrying CBD products, while others have incredibly strict criminal penalties that would be enforceable if you were caught.
What are the Alternatives?
If you have done as much research as you possibly can in regard to the likelihood of you having any problems when taking CBD on a plane, yet you are still concerned, then you are better off just leaving it at home and trying to get hold of some when you reach your final destination.
You just never know who might single you out and why and ultimately, it’s not worth missing your flight over some CBD gummies. It all comes down to trusting your gut and providing you have gathered and printed out as much documentation as possible to verify the fact that your gummies are derived from hemp and not cannabis and you have checked the regulations applying to the places that you will be visiting, you should not have any problems.