Regulations on CBD are frequently changing, but don’t worry! Posts like these exist to keep you updated on the CBD industry.
Internationally, this process becomes a bit more complicated. As each country has their own set of rules regarding travel with CBD, it is important to follow the rules of the country you are entering. Therefore, it is advised to do research before entering a country, in order to ensure that you are abiding to all laws and avoiding any risks.
TSA exists to provide safe aviation experiences to all passengers. Therefore, they have specific rules and regulations regarding storage of liquids and creams meant to guarantee safety.
All liquid forms of products containing CBD, or any liquids at all, must follow the 3-1-1 rule. This rule states that all liquids must not be exceed 3.4 ounces (100 mL) and must also fit into a one quart size, resealable bag.
If your container is larger than 3.4 ounces, it must be placed into your checked baggage.
There are a couple of exceptions to the aforementioned rule regarding carry-on liquids and they exist only for inbound international flights. It is acceptable to place duty free sealed liquids in your carry-on luggage when traveling to the United States with a connecting flight. It is also acceptable to bring carry-on liquids if they were purchased within 48 hours and the original receipt is present.
While it is legal to bring glass in your carry-on luggage, cracks or shatters may occur before or during the flight and we would advise you to proceed with caution when packing such items. This is especially important for those of you carrying easily breakable containers for liquids.
If you are traveling with a breakable container, make sure you wrap it in thick towel or bubble wrap to ensure its safety.
Additionally, passengers should be aware of any extreme temperatures their luggage may be exposed to during their trip. Containers may crack or break in cold climates, so be sure to prepare accordingly during the winter months by keeping them in room temperature —approximately 73.4 Fahrenheit. Thus, you may not want to keep your products in your checked luggage, which could be cold, unless it is well-insulated. We’ll explain more about temperatures in the next section.
It’s easy for lids to loosen or cracks to appear in a bottle during transit, which may cause leaks or spills. In order to prevent potential damage to your luggage, we suggest packing liquid containers separately in a plastic bag or travel case. We also recommend wrapping any fragile items in a soft towel or bubble wrap, in order to prevent breakage.
TSA has stated approval for creams when they follow the 3-1-1 rule in carry-on luggage. However, there are still some additional regulations that must be followed when bringing creams onboard.
An important component for the storage of topical creams is temperature. It is essential that the topical creams are not sensitive to temperature changes, as a change in physical state may cause leakage that could be detrimental to the safety of other travelers.
Topical creams and ointments maintain their best consistency and maximum efficacy when they are stored at room temperature (approximately 73.4 Fahrenheit). Temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. (Imagine what happens to a chocolate bar in the heat). You can keep your product in a cooler (without ice) to protect it from extreme heat in the summer months. Likewise, it can get too hard in extreme cold temperatures, so we recommend that you do your best to protect them by keeping them out of the checked-baggage area in the winter months.
If your products contain temperature-sensitive ingredients, such as shea butter or coconut oil, you may find that their consistency changes due to varying climates during your trip. It can either melt altogether or separate into a liquid and solid layer in the heat. In the summer months, we suggest stirring or shaking the product and putting it in a cool place to settle before using it again.
And if your product gets too hard in the winter, we recommend leaving it in at room temperature to soften it. You may need to stir it to get it back to a creamy consistency or warm it up in your hands first before use.
In order to avoid damage, be sure to check if your medication or topical creams require storage at warmer or cooler temperatures. We would advise you to inform your airline of any necessary instructions regarding such items.
Topical Creams Containing CBD
Traveling with CBD or cannabis-infused products is easy when you comply with TSA rules.
TSA released this statement on the legality of CBD products:
“Marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law except for products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by FDA.” CBDMEDIC products follow these guidelines, thus they are legal in all 50 states federally. However you may need to check with the states you are flying to and from for specific state regulations.
The process is simple when the rules and regulations regarding travel with liquids and creams are followed.
When packaging for travel, it is important to focus on labeling and the proper separation of products.
CBDMEDIC takes the labeling of products very seriously in order to guarantee that our customers are aware of each and every naturally-derived ingredient. We abide by federal guidelines for our topical pain relief and skincare products, thus we stress the importance of accurate labeling.
Labels inform inspectors of the ingredients products contain. Therefore, it is extremely important that labels are accurate and clear.
Avoiding exaggerated or unsupported claims is a necessity for all products. Claims made must be in accordance with federal guideline in order to be labeled on a package.
Along with labeling, it is important the products labeled on the outside match the product on the inside. When packing your suitcase, be sure to avoid the mixing of different medicines or creams together.
By separating products and labeling them correctly, you can successfully adhere to TSA rules and regulations.
Usage during travel
You need not worry about THC levels in your CBDMEDIC™ products. Studies have proven that failing a THC drug test as a result of using a topical THC-containing product is highly unlikely to appear in blood or urine. However, you can still rest assured that CBDMEDIC products use a CBD broad spectrum distillate, which means our products do not contain any THC.
The FAA Safety Briefing brought up an important point about the necessity for the accurate labeling of products. “Product labels are often inaccurate,” says the agency magazine FAA Safety Briefing. “Although most CBD products claim to have under 0.3-percent THC, they could contain high enough levels of THC to make a drug test positive [due to lack of clear regulations]. Use of CBD oil is not accepted as an affirmative defense against a positive drug test.”
This is why it is important to ONLY buy products from a reputable source with a cGMP compliant and audited manufacturing facility, which is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Moreover, make sure you choose a company who utilizes 3rd party testing to get the proof that your product does not contain THC over the 0.3% legal limit or contains harmful toxins. You can review CBDMEDIC’s batch tests here.
Here at CBDMEDIC™, we work to provide our customers with information that will keep them informed about the everchanging CBD industry. We care about educating our consumers so they stay informed and safe. By doing so, we hope to help boost your confidence in our products and make sure you know exactly how safe they are – wherever you are in the world!