Traveling With CBD and Cannabis In The United States and Canada

The industry surrounding cannabis and CBD has grown exponentially over the last few years. The legalities of cannabis and CBD are changing in both the United States and Canada, and even around the world.

This means that the laws around traveling with CBD and cannabis are going to evolve as more places decide what they want to do with cannabis. There are still many places not familiar with CBD, and in some places, you may encounter airport security who struggle to identify it.

So, how do you navigate traveling with CBD?

While the rest of the world is still working out how they are going to classify cannabis and CBD, a slew of countries in Europe have legalized (or at the very least, decriminalized) CBD, but the THC percentage cannot be more than 0.2%.  However, there is still a list of counties where it’s illegal, and we wouldn’t recommend flying through Asia, Australia, or South and Central America with CBD. We suggest doing additional research to familiarize yourself with CBD and cannabis laws in those parts of the world.

The United States

Of course, with 50 states, there are going to be a lot of moving parts when it comes to traveling with CBD and cannabis.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is the authority of traveling throughout the United States, and their official website states the following:

“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. (See the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334.)  TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law to local, state or federal authorities. 

TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.”

In layman’s terms, anything over 0.3% THC is officially marijuana, which is classified differently than CBD. Additionally, the container must be sealed and the THC content must be listed, or TSA can take it from you.


Canada, as a country, is far more simple when it comes to traveling with CBD and cannabis. They have fully legalized marijuana throughout the country, and in some provinces, such as Ontario and Nova Scotia, it is sold out of government-run stores (although there are still dispensaries).

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority states that you can have cannabis in both your carry-on bag and checked luggage. It also states that you can bring up to 30 grams of cannabis with you, while CBD oil has to adhere to the liquid limit of 100 ml. Additionally, if you are a medical marijuana user and you have official documentation you are allowed to take 30 times your daily amount (up to 150 grams).

However, if you are traveling with CBD and cannabis within Canada, but you are diverted to the United States for some reason, your cannabis is now illegal.  Also, you cannot bring cannabis back to Canada, even if you were in a place where CBD and cannabis are legal.  This is also true when flying internationally, there are some countries in which cannabis is extremely illegal (from fines to prison to the death penalty) and the situation could get very serious.


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