Can You Take CBD Edibles on an Airplane?

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Yes, you can take CBD edibles on an airplane as long as the CBD products are hemp-derived and contain less than 0.3% THC by dry weight (TSA compliant), but it's important to ensure that they comply the laws of your destination.

With the increasing popularity of CBD products, many travelers are curious about bringing their favorite CBD edibles on flights.

The laws and regulations surrounding CBD can be complex and vary from one region to another, making it essential to understand what's permissible before heading to the airport.

This article delves into the specifics of traveling with CBD edibles, providing clarity and guidance to ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey.

Understanding CBD Edibles

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound derived from the cannabis plant. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn't produce the "high" associated with marijuana.

CBD edibles are food products infused with CBD, such as gummies, chocolates, and baked goods, offering a convenient and tasty way to consume CBD.

For more information on CBD edibles in general, and to understand the benefits, types and uses, check out this article What Are CBD Edibles?

Legal Status of CBD

The legal status of CBD varies globally and even within different states and countries.

In the United States, the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp-derived CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC.

However, some states have stricter regulations, and the legality of CBD in other countries can differ significantly.

So, if you're traveling domestically then you pack complaint CBD products but you should be aware that some U.S. airports will be stricter than others. And if you're traveling internationally, you should check the laws of the destination, contact your airline to check permissibility and ultimately travel at your own risk. 

For more details on bringing CBD on a flight, beyond CBD edibles, check out this article: Can You Bring CBD on a Plane?

Types of CBD Edibles

CBD edibles come in various forms, including:

1. GummiesCBD gummies one of the most popular forms of CBD edibles due to their taste and ease of use. They come in various flavors, shapes, and concentrations.

2. Chocolates: CBD-infused chocolates offer a delicious way to consume CBD, combining the benefits of CBD with the rich taste of chocolate.

3. Baked Goods: Brownies, cookies, and other baked goods infused with CBD provide another tasty option for CBD consumption.

4.Candies: Hard candies and lollipops infused with CBD are easy to carry and consume discreetly.

5. Infused Beverages: CBD can be added to drinks like coffee, tea, water, and even energy drinks, providing a refreshing way to get your CBD intake.

  • For TSA compliance, ensure that the liquid limit for carry-on luggage is 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) per container.  All liquids must be placed in a single, quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-lock bag.

TSA Regulations on CBD Edibles

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the United States has specific guidelines regarding CBD products.

According to the TSA, passengers can carry hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% THC in both carry-on and checked baggage. However, this regulation applies to products derived from hemp, not marijuana.

Key Points to Remember:

1. CBD Source: Ensure that the CBD edibles are derived from hemp and contain less than 0.3% THC. (WARNING: Marijuana is still a schedule 1 narcotic per the Controlled Substance Act, do not travel with marijuana without legal permission. 

2. Product Labeling: Keep the product in its original packaging with clear labeling indicating it meets the legal requirements.

3. Documentation: Carry any relevant documentation, such as lab reports or certificates of analysis, to verify the product's compliance with regulations.

TSA Screening Process

Understanding the TSA screening process can help alleviate any anxiety about bringing CBD edibles on a plane. Here's what you can expect:

1. X-ray Screening: All carry-on items, including CBD edibles, will go through an X-ray screening process. Ensure your CBD edibles are in their original packaging to avoid confusion or intervention.

2. Additional Screening: If TSA agents have any concerns about your CBD edibles, they may conduct additional screening, including a physical inspection of your baggage and a swab test to check for explosive residue.

3. Documentation Review: If you have documentation, such as lab reports or certificates of analysis, be prepared to present them to the TSA agents if asked.

Traveling Internationally with CBD Edibles

When traveling internationally, the regulations regarding CBD can be more complex and stringent. Each country has its own laws concerning CBD, and what is legal in one country may be illegal in another.

Research Destination Regulations

Before traveling, research the specific CBD regulations of your destination country. Some countries have zero-tolerance policies towards any cannabis-derived products, including CBD, regardless of THC content.

It's crucial to understand these laws to avoid legal issues upon arrival.

1. Europe: While many European countries have legalized CBD, the regulations can vary. For example, the United Kingdom allows CBD products with less than 0.2% THC, while other countries, like Sweden, have stricter regulations.

2. Asia: Many Asian countries have stringent cannabis laws. For instance, CBD is illegal in countries like China and Singapore, where possession of any cannabis product can result in severe penalties.

3. Australia and New Zealand: Both countries have legalized CBD, but regulations require a prescription, and importing CBD products without proper documentation can lead to legal issues.

4. South America: Countries like Brazil and Uruguay have more lenient laws regarding CBD, but it is still essential to check the specific regulations of each country.

Contact the Airline

In addition to understanding the regulations of your destination country, contact the airline you'll be flying with.

Some airlines have their own policies regarding CBD products, and it's essential to ensure compliance with both the airline's rules and the laws of the destination country.

Customs Declarations

When entering a new country, you may be required to declare any CBD products you are carrying. Failing to declare such items can result in fines or other penalties. Always be honest and upfront with customs officials to avoid any legal issues.

Tips for Traveling with CBD Edibles

To ensure a smooth and stress-free experience when traveling with CBD edibles, consider the following tips:

1. Check the THC Content

Ensure that your CBD edibles contain less than 0.3% THC. This is a critical factor in determining the legality of the product under federal law in the United States.

2. Keep Original Packaging

Always keep your CBD edibles in their original packaging with clear labeling. This helps TSA agents and customs officials quickly identify the product and its compliance with regulations.

3. Carry Documentation

Carry any necessary documentation, such as lab reports or certificates of analysis, to verify the THC content and legality of the product. This can be helpful if questioned by security or customs officials.

4. Know the Laws of Your Destination

Research and understand the laws regarding CBD in your destination country. This includes both the destination country and any countries you may have layovers in during your journey.

5. Be Prepared for Security Checks

Be prepared for the possibility of additional security checks. While CBD products are generally allowed, TSA agents and customs officials have the authority to conduct further inspections if they have concerns about a product.

6. Consider Alternative Forms of CBD

If you are unsure about the regulations or face strict laws in your destination, consider alternative forms of CBD, such as CBD oils or CBD capsules, which may be easier to explain and carry through security checks.

7. Avoid Homemade Edibles

Homemade CBD edibles may not have the same level of documentation and clear labeling as commercially produced products. Stick to e-commerce or store-bought CBD edibles that come with proper packaging and lab reports to ensure compliance with regulations.

8. Pack Strategically

When packing CBD edibles, consider placing them in an easily accessible part of your carry-on luggage. This can make it easier to present them for inspection if required, and prevent any unnecessary delays during security checks.

9. Use a Travel-Friendly Dose

Consider using CBD edibles with a lower dosage that can be easily consumed during your trip. High-dose edibles might attract more scrutiny and could be harder to justify if questioned by officials.

10. Know Your Rights

Familiarize yourself with your rights regarding CBD products. Understanding what is legal and what is not can help you confidently handle any situations that may arise during your travels.

What to Do If Your CBD Edibles Are Confiscated

Despite taking all necessary precautions, there's always a chance that your CBD edibles could be confiscated by TSA agents or customs officials. If this happens, remain calm and follow these steps:

1. Cooperate with Officials

Cooperate fully with TSA agents or customs officials. Arguing or becoming confrontational can escalate the situation and lead to further complications.

2. Provide Documentation

Present any documentation you have, such as lab reports or certificates of analysis, to verify the legality of the product. This can help officials understand that the product complies with federal regulations. Since CBD is still in a gray area, do not be alarmed if the TSA agent is confused about the specific regulations. 

3. Accept the Confiscation

If officials decide to confiscate your CBD edibles, accept the decision and move on. Trying to argue or retrieve the product can result in further delays and potential legal issues. Respect their authority. 

4. Follow Up After Your Trip

If you believe your CBD edibles were wrongfully confiscated, you can follow up with the appropriate authorities after your trip. However, it's important to prioritize your immediate travel plans and avoid further complications at the airport.

5. Contact the CBD Brand

If you're CBD products get taken from you, reputable brands with amazing customer service will usually replace it for you. At Sunday Scaries, if you report a confiscated product by the TSA, we will replace it free of charge. 

6. Seek Legal Advice

If you face significant legal issues due to the confiscation of your CBD edibles, consider seeking legal advice. A lawyer with experience in cannabis law can provide guidance and help you understand your options.

Alternatives to CBD Edibles While Traveling

If you are concerned about the regulations or potential issues with traveling with CBD edibles, consider these alternatives:

1. CBD Oil

CBD oil is another popular form of CBD that is generally easier to carry and explain during security checks. Make sure the oil is in a container that complies with TSA liquid regulations (3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters). CBD sleep oil is another perfect option, especially for red eyes or long flights where you need to fall asleep. 

2. CBD Capsules

CBD capsules offer a straightforward and discreet way to consume CBD. They are easy to pack and typically come in clearly labeled packaging, making them less likely to cause issues during travel.

3. CBD Topicals

CBD-infused creams and lotions can provide localized relief without the need for ingestion. These products are often viewed more leniently by security and customs officials, as they are not ingestible and are used externally.

4. CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is a pure form of CBD (no THC) that comes in a powder or crystalline form. It contains no THC and can be easily added to food or drinks, making it a versatile option for travelers. To find out what type of CBD is right for you, check out this article: Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum vs Isolate: Find Your Perfect CBD Type


Traveling with CBD edibles can be straightforward if you understand and follow the necessary regulations. Ensuring that your CBD edibles are hemp-derived, contain less than 0.3% THC, and are accompanied by proper documentation can help you navigate airport security and customs smoothly.

Additionally, researching the laws of your destination country and contacting your airline for specific guidelines can further ensure a hassle-free journey.

As the legal landscape surrounding CBD continues to evolve, staying informed about the latest regulations is crucial for travelers.

By taking the necessary precautions and being prepared, you can enjoy your CBD edibles on the go without any unwelcome surprises. Travel safely (and Scarefree) with CBD! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you take CBD edibles in checked baggage? 

Yes, you can take CBD edibles in checked baggage. However, make sure that the CBD edibles comply with the federal regulations, meaning they must contain less than 0.3% THC. Additionally, check the laws of your destination, as regulations regarding CBD products can vary by state and country.

Can you take THC gummies on a plane? 

Yes, you can take hemp-derived THC gummies with less than 0.3% THC by dry weight on a plane. However, no, you cannot take THC gummies that exceed this limit or are marijuana-derived. If you intend to travel with these products, it's recommended to choose a delta-9 THC gummy that is hemp-derived. 

Do airport dogs sniff for CBD edibles?

No, airport dogs are generally not trained to sniff for CBD edibles. They are primarily trained to detect explosives and illegal drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines. However, it's important to ensure that your CBD edibles comply with federal regulations and local laws and that you know you are traveling at your own risk. 

What is the strongest CBD edible you can take on an airplane?

The strongest CBD edible you can take on an airplane is extra strength CBD gummies. These gummies contain higher concentrations of CBD, around 25mg per gummy, providing a potent option for maximum benefits. Ensure the product contains less than 0.3% THC to comply with federal regulations.

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