What is CBD?

First, let’s define what CBD (cannabidiol) is. Cannabis is the classification of a plant that can be broken down into three main types: indica, sativa and ruderalis — with indica and sativa being the most well-known. While marijuana can be a member of either cannabis indica or cannabis sativa, hemp can only be a member of cannabis sativa. 

Marijuana and hemp plants have very distinct properties. Chemically, both plants contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — an intoxicating compound that gets users “high” — and CBD, which is nonintoxicating and is said to have many medical benefits. Hemp often contains 0.3% or less of THC – not nearly enough to get a user high. Hemp plants have high levels of CBD, which is not psychoactive.

Traveling with CBD

Although TSA has revised their policy about carrying CBD on board (Source TSA.gov), there is no way for airport officials to discern whether a CBD product was derived from marijuana or hemp. Because of the differences between federal and state laws, it’s probably not worth traveling with any CBD products at this time.

However, if you must, be sure to familiarize yourself with current laws of the states you’re traveling to and from. It may also be helpful to contact the product’s manufacturer to request a copy of the certificate of analysis — which should show the cannabinoid potency profile — for the products you intend to travel with.

If you’re traveling with an FDA-approved drug containing CBD, such as the pediatric anti-seizure medication Epidiolex, be sure to carry your prescription and any applicable documents. Traveling internationally with any cannabis-related products, whether marijuana or hemp, remains very risky due to stringent regulations in some countries. As stated on the TSA.gov website, “The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.”


If you need to travel with CBD products, such as with FDA-approved medications, it is recommended to carry a copy of the product’s analysis certificate and familiarize yourself with the law of the specific states you plan on traveling to and from.

In order to play it safe and avoid any legal battles, or even a delay at the airport,  the best advice is to leave your CBD products at home. Research for local CBD store’s in the area or have products shipped to your destination.



          TSA Medical Marijuana: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/medical-marijuana

          Legal source: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2