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Cruising With CBD Oil: Everything You Need To Know
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is an oil derived from cannabis that has become increasingly popular as a home remedy for anxiety, pain, sleep disorders and more, since the U.S. legalized its use in 2018. Now, avid cruisers who are fans of CBD are wondering if they can bring the oil onboard to help smooth out their time at sea.
But with strict no-drug policies across all cruise lines, is CBD banned or an exception? Here is everything you need to know about how and when you can travel with CBD oil.
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What Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil can be sold as is, or it can be purchased in the form of lotion, gummies, capsules and more. It’s made from marijuana or hemp (two varieties of cannabis). Hemp-derived CBD was legalized by the U.S. in 2018 because hemp is less than 0.3 percent THC, which is the psychoactive compound that gives users a “high” feeling. Marijuana has a THC content of 20 percent or higher, and therefore it and its products are still banned federally.
After the nationwide legalization of hemp-derived CBD, products infused with the oil skyrocketed in popularity, being sold in pharmacies (including CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid, but only in select states), herb stores and even specialty stores like GNC and Ulta Beauty. Most products in stores are being sold as topicals, meaning they are lotions infused with CBD oil for the purpose of reliving pain; Ulta Beauty sells “skin nourishing oil” that is supposed to help with dry skin.
Can You Cruise With CBD Oil?
Most major cruise lines explicitly forbid CBD oil. The following lines have a ban on traveling with any CBD oil:
- Carnival Cruise Line
- Celebrity Cruises
- Disney Cruise Line
- Oceania Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Regent Seven Seas Cruises
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Royal Caribbean
Can You Travel To Your Cruise With CBD Oil?
If you’re flying to your cruise, any CBD oil product that is approved by the FDA (which is only one prescription medication, as of this writing) or has less than 0.3 percent THC is allowed by the TSA as of May 2019.
But be warned: TSA agents also have the right to report any suspected violations to local and federal authorities, which could delay you and cause you to miss your flight. The relatively new nature of CBD legalization and its allowance on U.S. flights means authorities might not always be on the same page about regulating the substance.
Also, CBD oil is subject to the same rules as any other liquids, meaning you cannot carry on containers larger than 3.4 ounces, and it must be stored in a clear bag no larger than 1 quart.
For cruisers driving to port, the 2018 farm bill legalized hemp-derived, FDA-approved CBD federally, but some states have their own rules. A handful still prohibit any CBD oil transportation over state lines. To be safe, look up the specific laws for the states that stand between you and your departure port.
Surprising Things You Can’t Bring on a Cruise Ship
While you’re sailing to the sandy beaches of the Caribbean, the glorious glaciers of Alaska or another one of the most gorgeous coastlines in the world, the last thing you need is the buzzkill of learning that you packed a prohibited item. Most cruise lines have fairly clear packing tips on their websites, offering suggestions about what to bring (you may need at least one fancy outfit) and, equally important, what not to bring, and you might be surprised by some of the items that aren’t permitted on cruise ships.
There’s no universal list of items that are banned across the board, so we combed through lists of prohibited items for the world’s largest cruise lines — with a few smaller lines, just for balance. Some of the prohibited items are no-brainers, but others were legitimately surprising. We also picked up some tips from Colleen McDaniel, editor-in-chief of CruiseCritic.com, a leading cruise resource.
One note: our list doesn’t cover every item banned by every line. Don’t wait until the last minute to check your own cruise line’s website or travel agreement to make sure your careful planning job doesn’t get sunk at the security checkpoint.
Even though many airlines will let you fly with your pet, cruises are not generally pet-friendly. “Cunard Line is the only cruise line that regularly allows dogs on board, with kennels available for boarding,” McDaniel said in an email. “Animals are banned on all other lines, with the exception of service animals.” Emotional support animals, which do not qualify as service animals under the Americans With Disabilities Act, are generally not allowed.
It’s understandable that nervous parents might want to keep track of their little ones on board (especially on one of the best cruises for kids), just as they would at home. Some lines ban baby monitors, and others have special rules about them, so verify before you go. Disney Cruise Lines notes on its prohibited-items list that baby monitors will be collected for inspection by the ship’s chief electrician and, if approved, will be returned for onboard use.
Hoverboards don’t really hover in the air, but are self-balancing scooters. Not only do some cruise lines ban them, but even if they are allowed, you may have trouble getting them there if you’re flying to the cruise terminal. Many airlines do not allow them in carry-ons or checked baggage because of fire risk.
If you want to turn the onboard buffet into a bottomless booze brunch, we suggest you purchase the beverage package instead of smuggling liquor bottles on board, as alcohol policies vary widely by line. Some lines allow any alcohol, others may allow only a bottle or two of wine or Champagne, and others don’t allow any booze to be brought on board. “Do be aware that for lines that allow guests to bring wine on board and consumed in the ship’s restaurants, you might incur a corkage fee,” McDaniel said.
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is derived from cannabis and is legal and widely available in the U.S. Some use it to relieve pain, anxiety or other issues, but the cruise industry’s strict no-drug policies mean it is forbidden by most major lines. Here are some other helpful things to know about CBD.
You may want to order room service, light some candles and turn your stateroom into a romantic restaurant, but quench that flame. “Cruise lines are vigilant about fire safety, and guests are prohibited from using open flames on board, which also means flame-lit candles are not permitted on board,” McDaniel said. In fact, the biggest difference between cruise ship kitchens and restaurant kitchens is the fact that all cruise ship stoves and ovens are electric, with no open flames.
Pack carefully, because McDaniel said you can’t bring a clothing iron on board — it can pose a fire hazard, and you won’t find one in your cabin. What to do if your dress for the formal dinner comes out of your suitcase wrinkled? “We’ve had some luck with wrinkle spray, and many lines also have laundry services that offer pressing as a service,” McDaniel said. Wearing wrinkled clothing to formal night may be an etiquette mistake, but as everyone’s in the same boat (literally), it can be forgiven.
Realistic toy guns
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Real guns aren’t the only issue — realistic toy guns, whether they’re water pistols or part of a Halloween costume, are most likely banned on your cruise line, too. The reason is obvious: They can be mistaken for the real thing. However, Disney Cruise Line notes that store-bought lightsabers, plastic toy pirate swords and plastic toy replicas of Thor’s hammer are allowed.
Mace, tear gas or pepper spray
Have a small canister of pepper spray attached to your keys or hidden in a purse? Remove it before you sail. While they may help keep you safe while traveling, these kinds of sprays are almost certainly banned.
Scissors with blades over 4 inches
A small pair of scissors might seem like one of those things you should never vacation without, but if you decide to bring a pair of scissors with you, stick to nail scissors. Generally, cruise lines disallow scissors with blades that exceed 4 inches.
Incense can make a romantic evening even more lovey-dovey (or make those tiny cabin bathrooms smell better.) But as with candles, it’s likely to be prohibited on your cruise line as a fire hazard. Stick to perfume or an air freshener.
Many travelers take cruises to celebrate a birthday or anniversary and may want to deck out their stateroom with balloons and decorations. Again, check with your line. Helium tanks, even small ones, are probably forbidden, and Disney Cruise Line, for one, bans both balloons and kites.
Inflatable kiddie pools and pool toys
Cruise ships are known for having some outrageous pools. So not only do you not need to bring an inflatable one, but unless your line specifically says otherwise, you should leave the blow-up doughnuts and pool noodles at home. Yes, even on Disney — the pool will just get too crowded if everyone brings a gigantic unicorn inflatable.
Yes, many of us cannot live without our daily caffeine fix. Rest assured your ship will serve plenty of java, and will likely forbid packing you from your own Mr. Coffee, Keurig, espresso machine or any other type of coffee maker.
This one will surely bum out Hawkeye from “The Avengers.” You may be the best archer out there, but leave your bow and arrows at home for safety reasons. No crossbows, either.
Drones can be an entertaining diversion, soaring through the sky and capturing great aerial video, but don’t assume you can bring yours. Not only is operating a drone from the pool deck one of the most annoying things you can do on a cruise, many lines ban them as a safety hazard, McDaniel said, and the ones that do allow them do not allow onboard use. It’s also not a guarantee that the ports where the ship stops will permit the use of drones on shore, she said.
Shoes with wheels
Kids and kids-at-heart may love those wheeled shoes, but even kid-friendly Disney Cruise Line doesn’t allow them. It also forbids other wheeled items, such as skateboards and inline skates — imagine the potential for collisions if an enthused wheel-wearer meets with a slow-moving passenger.
Extension cords with surge protectors
Outlets are never where you want them to be, it seems, whether in a hotel room or a cruise ship stateroom. An extension cord might seem harmless (and bringing one to a hotel is a genius hotel room hack), but some cruise lines do prohibit or restrict them. Holland America Line, for example, says they are allowed “when used with proper caution,” but prohibits the type that come with surge protectors.
Diver spear guns
Cruises can take travelers to some of the world’s best destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving, but diver spear guns are banned on many cruise lines, and other diving equipment, such as air tanks, may also be prohibited. Check with your line, which may be able to arrange rental dive equipment in ports of call.
Boating and kayaking can be the cornerstone of a memorable summer adventure. But don’t try to bring your own lifeboat, inflatable or other watercraft, on the ship. There may be opportunities for memorable boating excursions in the ports, but you won’t have to BYO boat.
Marijuana laws are changing nationwide, but not on the seas. “Cruise lines are governed by federal law — meaning you are not allowed to bring marijuana of any kind on a cruise ship, including for medicinal purposes,” McDaniel said. “There are no exceptions.”
Weapons and ammunition
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All weapons are prohibited on cruise ships due to security regulations, even for those who have permits to carry a weapon back home. Guns aren’t the only weapon banned. Don’t try to take other brass knuckles or throwing stars either.
A drink cooler seems harmless, right? Maybe to keep extra beverages cold in your room? Check with your line, because coolers might not be cool with them. Princess, for example, only allows coolers approximately 12 inches-by-12 inches-by-12 inches. Princess makes exceptions if you hand-carry a larger cooler and if it carries absolute necessities, such as baby food or formula, kosher or special diet food, or medication, and many cruise lines have their own policy. Reading up on what is — and isn’t — allowed on your ship before packing is just one of many cruise tips that all first-timers should know.
Can I Travel With My CBD?
The warm summer months will soon be upon us. And while some of us will opt to stay home to be close to friends and family, many of us will be getting ready to travel to new and exciting destinations or places near and dear to our hearts.
Part of packing for a trip — whether you’re traveling by car, plane, boat, or train — is also packing any prescription medications or holistic supplements you’ll need during your time away from home. When it comes to taking along your favorite CBD product, it can be confusing as to whether or not you can bring it along with you.
What are the Rules for Traveling with CBD?
Many people who live a natural, wellness-based lifestyle regularly take CBD every day as a means of boosting their sense of wellbeing . So, it should go without saying that when you’re used to a certain routine and have a set supplementation regimen , it’s only natural that you’d want to continue that while you’re on vacation.
Taking CBD along with you can be tricky if you aren’t sure of all the rules and regulations. And when it comes to traveling at home or abroad, you should take some time to learn what the rules and regulations are for traveling with CBD products.
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill , CBD products derived from hemp with less than 0.3% THC in them are legally allowed to be taken across state borders and on domestic flights. Even though this might feel like a green light, there is one catch: even though hemp-based CBD is legal at the federal level , there are states that may have their own set of laws and regulations. There are currently very few states that categorically ban the use of hemp-based CBD, and a quick internet search of your destination state’s rules should get you the information you need. This way, you’ll know for sure whether you have the green light to bring along your favorite gummies, cream, salve, or oils!
TSA Guidelines for CBD
According to the TSA, or Transportation Security Administration , CBD oil with less than 0.3% THC are allowed on domestic flights. So as long as you’re under that threshold, you should be fine, as you would be with any over-the-counter supplement. The TSA’s website explains that they are focused on security and safety of passengers, and so they aren’t even specifically searching for marijuana or illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA refers the matter to a law enforcement officer.
Along with researching the laws of the state you’re visiting, it’s also recommended that you print out and carry the lab reports of the specific CBD product that you’re taking along with you just in case verification is needed. FABCBD provides third party lab reports for our products that are easily accessed on our website. So whether it’s for the oil, cream, salve, or chews, you can carry along the appropriate lab reports with you if you want!
What About International Travel?
Okay, so we’ve got driving and domestic flights covered. But what about international flights? What happens then? It appears that international rules and regulations regarding CBD are somewhat murky when it comes to traveling with CBD products.
Experts advise to be cautious when it comes to traveling with your favorite CBD products. Since some countries have extremely strict drug laws, you might be better off leaving all CBD products — including hemp-derived oils — at home. Bringing CBD with you to other countries where it’s heavily regulated might not be worth the headache if you’re discovered with it.
Flying with Different Forms of CBD
Can you take CBD oil on an airplane?
Since CBD is federally legal throughout the United States because of the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, you can bring your CBD oil on a plane if you’re taking a domestic flight. You can also take your CBD with you if you are traveling by car, bus, train, or any other type of transportation, however, you may also want to check the laws of the states that you’ll be traveling through as states can have their own separate laws regarding CBD in effect.
Can you bring CBD cream on an airplane?
On domestic flights, you can bring hemp-based CBD products that contain 0.3% or less THC. You still have to follow any TSA rules that apply. Therefore, liquids like oils, tinctures, and creams must be less than three ounces.
Can you bring CBD vapes on a plane?
Interestingly, you can bring a CBD vape pen through airport security in your carry-on luggage. You cannot, however, carry your vape pen in your checked baggage.
Can you bring CBD gummies on a plane?
As long as your hemp-based CBD gummies contain 0.3% or less THC, then you can bring them on a domestic flight with you either in your carry-on luggage or in your checked bags.
Can You Get Arrested for Flying with CBD Oil?
Yes, it’s possible you could be arrested if you are traveling with marijuana-derived CBD oil on an airplane. As stated earlier, the TSA website explains that they are not specifically hunting for marijuana-related products, as it’s the safety of their passengers that they are most concerned about. However, if marijuana-derived products are found in the course of a search, they will have to enforce federal laws.
Traveling with Hemp-Derived vs. Marijuana-Derived CBD
It’s just safer to travel with CBD that is made from hemp. Due to federal laws and the vast differences between state laws, not to mention the regulations laid out by the TSA, it’s just easier and less risky to take CBD with you on a trip if it’s from a hemp plant rather than a marijuana plant.
Other Ways to Travel With CBD
Bringing CBD along on your cruise can be iffy as well. Sadly, cruise regulations regarding CBD vary greatly from one company to another. While some cruise lines welcome passengers to bring their CBD along, others ban it entirely. The easy fix? Before you book that cruise, take a moment to call the cruise line or visit their website to find out what their regulations are. They should be happy to help clarify this for you, as they ultimately want your business and it’s in their best interest to inform you of their rules and procedures.
As an added backup, if you find regulations in writing saying that you can take CBD along with you, it won’t hurt to print them out and bring them along with you just in case someone states something contrary to you upon boarding. Lastly, all cruise ships are equipped with security scanners, so chances are you will be called out if you’re trying to hide any CBD products in your luggage or on your person. Best to be upfront and prepared!
Some Dos and Don’ts for Traveling with CBD
With any type of travel, there are obviously some dos and don’ts when considering bringing CBD along with you on your trip. Following these guidelines will allow you to be more relaxed and at ease when it comes to traveling or not traveling with CBD.
Research Laws and Regulations for Places You’re Traveling To
Even though it’s legal under federal guidelines to travel with hemp-derived CBD products, you still need to understand the laws and regulations of the state or states you’re traveling to. Begin your research by reading up on both the state you’re leaving and the state you’re going to.
Read the Ingredients of the CBD Product You Intend to Bring
If you happen to be taking a product of lesser quality, even though the label may say “THC-Free,” there still could be some THC within the product, making it illegal in some states. Before you leave your home with any sort of CBD product, print out and read any third-party independent lab reports on the product. These reports will confirm that your product is legal and contains less than 0.3% THC. This way, if you are asked to verify the CBD’s THC content, you will be all set and ready to go. All of FAB CBD’s lab reports through ProVerde Labs are easily accessible , so traveling with your favorite CBD should be a cinch!
Double Check That the CBD Packaging Follows TSA Guidelines
If you’ve recently taken any domestic flights, then you know about the TSA’s requirements for liquids and other substances. Under the TSA guidelines , passengers may bring liquids, gels, aerosols, creams, and pastes that contain less than 3.4 oz of liquid in them in quart-sized bags on any domestic flight.
Passengers should be as transparent as possible and not try to hide any CBD products with other liquids. You will not need to declare any CBD products separately that are legal per the US federal government (those with under .3% THC).
Fun fact: The scent dogs at airports are trained to smell terpenes. And while the dogs usually don’t react to hemp-based CBD oil products due to the small amount of terpenes in them, they will react to whole plant CBD products that are rich in aromatic terpenes.
Avoid Taking CBD Along with You on International Flights
As stated earlier, due to the potentially harsh laws and regulations in other countries, it’s advised to leave any and all CBD products at home. When it comes to traveling internationally with CBD, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.
Final Thoughts on Traveling with the Best CBD Products
It’s normal to want to keep up with your CBD regimen while you travel, so taking the time to do a little research on whether or not you can bring your CBD with you will help cut down on stress and frustration in the long-run.
When taking a simple trip by car, pause a moment to research state regulations of both the state you’re leaving and the state or states you’re going to. Remember, even though hemp-based CBD products are federally legal, they may not be in certain states.
Look up and print out TSA guidelines and then review the laboratory reports of your specific CBD product to make sure it’s compliant under them. When you travel, carry a printout of the independent third-party laboratory reports just in case your CBD needs to be officially reviewed and verified by airport personnel.
If you will be cruising on the high seas, double check rules and regulations with the cruise lines beforehand to see if you’ll be able to take your CBD along with you. Never try to hide your CBD, as you will be scanned upon entering the cruise ship.
Taking along CBD on international flights is cautioned against due to unclear flight laws and regulations. Moreover, possession of CBD or other cannabis products can lead to severe punishment in some countries, so it’s best to just be cautious and leave your CBD at home.
Finally, travel should be fun and exciting. It should never feel burdensome or feel like a hassle. When you spend some time beforehand doing a little research into whether or not you can take your CBD along with you, you’ll end up having a much more relaxing experience in the long-run.