Over the last few years, more than 30 states and Washington D.C. have legalized medicinal cannabis and its derivates. This movement is far from over, with many more states taking the steps to legalize the plant for medicinal or recreational purposes in the near future.\r\n\r\nBut, even in countries like the US where recreational and medicinal cannabis are both available in different areas, traveling with CBD oil and other hemp-derived products is regarded as risky.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhile the above is true, there have been many changes to the laws that govern hemp and cannabis in general. The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, the FDA\u2019s approval of the first prescription CBD drug, and a shift in public perception have all had a significant impact. \r\n\r\nAs a matter of fact, the Transportation Security Administration or TSA has recently changed its regulations on some types of cannabis-infused products, which means that traveling with CBD just got a bit easier. \r\n\r\nIn this article, we\u2019ll go over the changes that the TSA has implemented and tell you everything you need to know about traveling with CBD oil today.\r\nIs CBD Oil Legal?\r\nThe legality of CBD is a confusing topic, to say the least. \r\n\r\nFor starters, it\u2019s important to understand the difference between marijuana and hemp. Marijuana is the term used to describe cannabis plants that produce THC levels higher than 0.3%. Hemp, on the other hand, are breeds of cannabis that don\u2019t produce enough THC to generate an intoxicating effect. On average, hemp plants have less than 0.3% THC, which is nowhere close to the amount needed to produce a \u201chigh\u201d.\r\n\r\nCBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is a compound that's found in both hemp and marijuana. But, marijuana and products that come from this plant are illegal at the federal level, so transporting these is against the law.\r\n\r\nHowever, hemp production and distribution were both legalized through the Farm Bill of 2018. The same bill also removed cannabidiol from the list of Schedule I Narcotics, which makes the natural compound legal at a federal level - as long as it meets certain requirements. \r\n\r\nTo be legal, CBD must be extracted from plants grown under certain conditions, contain less than 0.03% THC, and meet other requirements set forth in the 2018 bill.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nIs Flying with CBD Oil Legal?\r\nWhile hemp is now legal as of some time ago, the TSA\u2019s stance on hemp-derived products remained the same until a recent update to their \u201cWhat Can I Bring?\u201d page. \r\n\r\nThe change in wording, which took place in late May, states that FDA-approved medical cannabis products are allowed in carry-on and checked bags. The same update also affirms that flying with CBD oil products is allowed, but it must come from plants that have less than 0.3% THC concentrations. \r\n\r\nWith this in mind, the TSA is clear about the fact the final decision to allow an item or product lies with each individual agent, so there is always a chance your goods may be confiscated.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s worth noting the change in policy took place after the FDA approved the first CBD-infused drug, which can only be prescribed to children with severe epilepsy. Yet, even if the update technically covers hemp-derived products, flying with CBD oil may still pose some risks depending on the location you\u2019re visiting.\r\n\r\nStates have their own laws, so you need to keep these in mind before traveling with CBD oil. Since the TSA changed their guidelines, there have been reports of people being detained for transporting CBD oil in certain airports. So, you should always play it safe and verify that cannabidiol is allowed in the state you\u2019re visiting before boarding your flight.\r\n\r\n \r\n[RELATED ARTICLE: 2018 Farm Bill: Hemp and CBD Prohibition Ends!]\r\n \r\n\r\n5 Tips to Traveling with CBD Without Issues\r\nDespite the TSA\u2019s change in regulations, you may still run into some trouble when flying with CBD oil. Even if it\u2019s allowed at the federal level, cannabidiol may still be regulated by the local authorities, so you need to be careful whenever you decide to take a trip with your trusty oil bottle.\r\n\r\nHere are some tips to help you travel with CBD without running into any problems.\r\n1. Bring the Product\u2019s Certificate of Analysis\r\nAll reliable CBD oil providers will have a certificate of analysis or CoA. The CoA is a lab test conducted by a third party and it confirms the chemical composition of your product, including the THC concentration. Traveling with the certificate of analysis is always a good idea because it can help you prove that your product abides by local and federal regulations.\r\n2. Packing and Transport\r\nLike all liquids, CBD oil must be packed according to the TSA\u2019s requirements. Stashing your oil separately or wrapping it in your clothes will only raise suspicion. Instead, make sure the container is placed in a plastic bag along with your other liquids.\r\n\r\nKeep in mind as well, any liquids you are flying with in your carry on must be below 3.4oz, so 1oz tinctures will be ok, but if you have any larger bottles leave them behind. Also, CBD vape pens are allowed under the TSA\u2019s \u201cWhat Can I Bring\u201d policy for vaping devices. However, for vape pens they specifically want you to keep those in your carry on. This is likely to keep the device from being in a low-pressure area for too long.\r\n\r\nFor any other CBD products, the TSA says you can pack in your carry on or checked bag.\r\n3. Research the State You\u2019re Visiting\r\nContrary to popular belief, federal law doesn\u2019t automatically trump state legislation. To avoid any potential problems, take the time to research the location you\u2019re visiting. States like Texas and Florida have stringent laws on CBD, so knowing the local rules will help you take the best decision.\r\n4. Carry Prescriptions and Relevant Documentation\r\nHaving a prescription or some form of relevant documentation can also save you a lot of hassle when flying with CBD oil. This is especially important for parents of children taking Epidiolex, the CBD drug that received the FDA\u2019s approval. That said, it\u2019s important to always remain calm and patient, regardless of whether your goods were seized or not.\r\n5. Stay Calm and Avoid Arguing with TSA Agents\r\nAs we mentioned before, the TSA is clear that each individual agent has the final decision whether you\u2019re allowed to keep your CBD or not. Regardless of the decision, avoid arguing with the security agents as it will likely make matters worse, especially if you get hung up on the technical aspects of the legality of hemp!\r\n\r\n \r\n[RELATED ARTICLE: What is a Certificate of Analysis (COA) (and How to Read)]\r\n \r\nStay Tuned to Learn More About CBD Laws and Regulations around Traveling with CBD\r\nThere\u2019s no denying the fact that CBD oil is becoming a popular alternative among people of all ages. Recent changes in the TSA\u2019s flying regulations have started to reflect this movement. \r\n\r\nThat said, folks traveling with cannabidiol may still encounter some problems, depending on the source of the product, state, and individual circumstances.\r\n\r\nIf you are thinking about taking your CBD with you on your next trip, keep the tips above in mind to minimize the chances of getting into trouble. \r\n\r\nWant to learn more about CBD oil? Check out our shop or get in touch with us and our team will be glad to help.