Can I Travel with CBD Oil? It’s Complicated.

It’s summer, and when the weather warms, our thoughts inevitably turn to holiday travels: days at the beach, weekends on the boat, nights in the city, simple and stress-free. So, this month, we’re thrilled to introduce a uniquely mobile new member of the Advocates For Cannabis family of products: the AFC Traveler. Petite and easily purse or pocket-appropriate, it’s a super-accessible chip off the AFC 1000 block (or bottle, if you must). Each Traveler is 15ml, contains 300 mg of full-spectrum cannabinoids, and two of these little guys is the size of a standard business card.

One question you may have however: Is it safe and/or legal for me to travel with my AFC Traveler?

Unfortunately, the answer is hardly straightforward. Here’s a few pieces of info that might help you come to a decision about whether you should hop into your car or onto a plane with your AFC Traveler tucked in your luggage.

CBD is technically legal in all 50 states.

Unlike marijuana itself and products containing THC, CBD has never been a scheduled drug, and is legal (to varying degrees, see below) all over the US without a prescription or much fanfare at all, really. Also, CBD oil from industrial hemp -- like all AFC Products --  is entirely legal as it has miniscule amounts of THC (less than .3% is legal and acceptable).

BUT, since labeling is unregulated and not standard across CBD products, there is no way for law enforcement to reasonably tell from where an oil derives (marijuana or hemp?) and no way to tell if the CBD oil has less than the legal .3% of THC, so your results if confronted could vary widely depending on the officer asking the questions. In states with medical and/or recreational use laws on the books, education and understanding about CBD may be higher than in others where laws are more restrictive. But our advice: use caution and always research the hemp-derived CBD laws of your destination before you hit the road.

CBD in all forms is legal for recreational use in 8 states, additionally for medicinal use in 38 more, and legal with restrictions in 17.

Travel to or between Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, and you likely have little to worry about. Travel to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, and general restrictiveness, misunderstanding, and the “how much THC does this oil contain” question might arise more often.

BUT, few of those states are contiguous, and again, labeling, regulation and consistency of CBD products is neither clear nor obvious, so leery law enforcement may offer issues for CBD travelers.

Here’s a few expanded resources with decent information on the subject for further research:

From Medium

From Hempolifcats

On the wing: A bonus tidbit.

But what about flying? The anti-anxiety properties of CBD oil seem a perfect fit for the stresses of air travel, right?  But look around however, and you’ll see a number of different opinions on whether it’s safe to fly with CBD oil. Rather than throw our speculative two cents into the mix, we’ll simply point you to a few other resources that have thoughts on the matter. PopSugar has thoughts. So does High Times.

It’s up to you to decide for yourself.

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