It seems as if CBD is everywhere these days, and with good reason: It has never been more popular. Surveys from a year ago show that 1 in 7 Americans have actually tried using CBD, but those numbers are old and have almost certainly increased. CBD’s popularity is helping to create an entirely new industry, one that is expected to double in overall size every year until 2022.
CBD had existed in a somewhat gray legal area until the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. That bill, among other things, removed CBD from the list of Schedule One prohibited drugs, essentially legalizing the compound at the federal level. That legalization was required in order to truly allow the industry to become popular. Among other things, legalizing CBD at the federal level made it so that the compound could be traveled anywhere in the United States. That is not to say that some restrictions don’t remain, or that there aren’t occasional questions about enforcement or legality. However, domestic travel with CBD in the United States is perfectly legal. Questions do remain, however, about international travel.
Remember, the 2018 Farm Bill made it so that CBD could be purchased, sold, and transported domestically within the United States. From a travel perspective, that legalization for transportation is obviously critical, as it allows you to travel with CBD across state lines. This means you can purchase CBD in New York and use it in New Jersey with no fears about violating any federal laws.
There is an important caveat to this legalization: All CBD purchased must contain no more than .3% THC. THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol and is the specific cannabinoid that is commonly associated with intoxication. CBD containing this level of THC will not get you intoxicated or result in any sort of high. However, that’s the legal limit set by the United States government for safe use, purchasing, and transportation of CBD. Levels higher than this will make the product illegal and could, potentially, leave you with legal liability.
Some states and local authorities do continue to show levels of confusion over CBD. For example, in May 2019, a woman was arrested for bringing CBD into Disney World, even though the CBD had been purchased legally and was actually recommended by her doctor. Charges were ultimately dropped, but this case does highlight the confusion that still exists in some quarters regarding the substance. If you are worried at all about bringing CBD to a specific location, it may be advisable to check with the location ahead of time and make sure there will be no problems.
CBD is now legal in dozens of countries as well. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can legally purchase CBD in the United States and travel to another country with it. There are multiple potential barriers to this. For starters, some countries have legalized CBD, but by prescription only. As such, purchasing the compound in a retail location and transporting it there may be illegal.
Second, flying with CBD may be difficult. The TSA has said that CBD can be transported on a plane as long as it meets federal guidelines, but that doesn’t mean that the potential for hangups isn’t there. Furthermore, if you do travel with CBD to a country where it is illegal, you could have a major problem – even if it is medical CBD.
By and large, domestic travel with CBD should present you with no problems, provided that the products you purchase are in line with federal laws on the compound. International travel is more complicated, and you will certainly want to check with local authorities before making a decision to bring CBD into those countries. However, the good news is that laws seem to be liberalizing when it comes to CBD. As time passes, more and more countries are making it easier to purchase, manufacture, and transport CBD within their boundaries.