What You Need to Know About TSA Guidelines and Proper Storage of CBD on a Plane

TSA and Controlled Substances

TSA has strict rules on carrying controlled substances on an airplane. While the rules are not overwhelming, they must be properly followed. The only time you are required to notify a TSA officer about a medication in your possession is if it is in liquid form. These types of medications can be in the carry-on bags in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for your flight. The officer must be informed of these medically necessary liquids at the beginning of the screening process and will need additional screening. Pills and solid-form medications can be brought in any quantity as long as they are screened. While medication can be in both your carry-on bag as well as your checked luggage, they recommend all medications are carried in the carry-on for ease of access in case of an emergency. Alcohol is also permitted on planes with a few volume percentage restrictions.

Though not much is currently known about the properties of CBD, we know that it is not, and never has been, a controlled substance. The Federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) does not mention the word “cannabidiol” or the term “CBD” anywhere in its federal regulations. Marijuana is considered a controlled substance, and CBD is present within the marijuana plant. Though a substance derived from a controlled substance is technically considered a controlled substance itself, CBD can also be derived from 25 other plant species that contain cannabinoids or industrial hemp. THC is the only cannabinoid mentioned in the CSA’s regulations. Though the U.S. does not consider CBD a controlled substance, many countries still do.


Since CBD oil is not illegal and is not a controlled substance, it is permitted on an airplane in the U.S. However, there are rules that must be followed concerning amounts and carrying procedures. The CBD that is legal in the United States must contain less than 0.3% THC concentrations so as to not cause psychoactive reactions. Many consumers like to fly with their products to ease their symptoms of anxiety that may come with fears of flying. Just be sure that the CBD is from a reputable source and will pass TSA’s regulations.

CBD oil and hemp-derived products can now be traveled with as long as they are an FDA-approved medication for the consumer. When the FDA approved the drug Epidiolex, which is a drug that contains CBD oil, TSA decided it was time to update the policy so users of this drug would still be able to travel safely. When traveling outside of the United States to another country, it is important to research that country’s flight rules on CBD, as they may not be the same as those in the U.S.

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