Traveling with Hemp, Cannabidiol (CBD), Marijuana or Cannabis

For those who live in a state where cannabis and cannabis-related products are legal, the overall concern for carrying and using products in their home or other places remains relatively low. It is when one is forced to take their products with them when they go to other states or areas that are unfamiliar to them that the concern begins to grow.

Do you know the laws in other states when it comes to possession of CBD or THC products? Well you can buy them at a dispensary or smoke shop but will you be able to take your CBD or THC with you when you travel? These questions are important to address and if you are planning on traveling soon, we are going to answer these questions for you.

What is CBD?

CBD, also known by its full name cannabidiol, is a chemical found within the hemp plant that is said to interact with the body in certain ways to impact our health. CBD belongs to a group of chemicals known as cannabinoids and you may already know this as THC is the most popular of the group. However, unlike its close relative, CBD comes without the psychoactive effects that you experience when you use the best vaporizers for cannabis.


Although there is no definitive proof of some of the claims behind CBD and its effects on various health issues (except in the case of certain forms of aggressive epilepsy, for which an FDA-approved medicine has already been developed and released), there are many benefits associated with CBD. For example, CBD has been said to help relieve pain, insomnia, mood disorders and mental health issues, inflammation, and acne, just to name a few.

Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?

People tend to clump hemp and marijuana together in the same category and, while this is somewhat true, there is a large difference between the two. Marijuana plants are notable for their potent flowers, which carry many of the cannabinoids and substances you would expect to see in the hemp plant but with one major variation: marijuana plants carry a noticeable amount of THC in their flowers.

Hemp plants, on the other hand, have a much larger concentration of CBD and much less THC (or may have a very limited amount of both). Therefore, hemp is typically used more for practical applications while marijuana plants are hailed for their high THC concentrations.

Legality of CBD?

As we stated above, the laws regarding CBD and THC can vary state-to-state and it should be noted that both marijuana and certain CBD products are illegal at the federal level, meaning that you are always still in the grey when it comes to CBD and THC. That being said, most states are fine with CBD as long as it is derived from hemp and contains less than 0.3 percent THC or contains none at all. Still, you should always check your local laws as well as the laws of any state or area you plan on visiting with your substance.

Flying with It?

Flying with CBD or THC can be even more confusing than simply owning it within a given state as the grey area becomes much bigger when travel is involved. In regards to hemp-derived CBD that contains no or lower than the legal amount of THC, there should be no problem bringing your hemp products along with you (although you will have to make sure that you are adhering to certain liquid regulations as well).

If you have a cannabis-infused product that has more than the legal amount or if you have plain THC, you will need to first check the rules of your local airport, the rules of the airport that you are traveling to, and the state you are traveling to if you are traveling out of your home state. While this can seem extensive, it is necessary so that you don’t face any unnecessary repercussions.


CBD and THC law can be rather complex and there are not necessarily laws set in stone that can ensure the legality of your substances while traveling away from your home state. When it comes to CBD products, those that have no or minimal amounts of THC inside of them should be perfectly fine to carry around with you. If it has any greater quantity, you will need to do your research to make sure that your trip goes smoothly.

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