“…These federal provisions, as written, also have a blindspot whereby a store can sell as much CBD as it wants, as long it doesn’t make any health claims about its products, put it in food nor add it to dietary supplements.”
Royal Caribbean doesn’t specifically mention CBD products on its list of prohibited items, but does mention “illegal drugs and substances.” When we asked the cruise line, they told us that “We do not allow any cannabis-derivative products (including CBD products) aboard our fleet.”
To say there’s been a revolution in public opinion around marijuana, hemp, and CBD would be putting it lightly. Following the passage of a recent farm bill in Congress, the rules regarding CBD oils specifically have seemingly eased; in fact, you might have noticed a boom in shops selling products with CBD oils in them. You might have even noticed CBD in places you’d never expect like convenience stores and even national chains like Bed Bath & Beyond.
Relaxing Rules Mean More Acceptance. What About Cruises?
In other words, it’s far simpler and easier simply to not let passengers bring CBD on a cruise and stay clear of violations. This keeps both the cruise line and the individual passengers in the clear.
Take marijuana, for instance. If you are taking an Alaskan cruise, the ship would likely leave from Seattle, sail to Alaska, and have a call in Canada. In all three of these places recreational marijuana is legal. So you can bring it on a cruise, right?
Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Guest Conduct Policy states that “no illegal drugs or other illegal substances including but not limited to medical marijuana are allowed onboard…”
“Yes, purchasing CBD is federally legal as long as it doesn’t contain more than 0.3 percent THC, but some state laws have put restrictions on buyers. For example, Virginians can only buy and possess CBD if they have a prescription…
For example, in Tennessee, you need a medical exemption to possess CBD oil, but you do not need an exemption in Arkansas. If you purchase CBD oil in Arkansas and then travel with it to Tennessee without the necessary medical exemption, you could get arrested. Further, states like Kansas only allow CBD products with zero percent THC, so products that are lawful in other states could be prohibited in Kansas.
Most cruise lines prohibit any type of CBD products, even if you have a medical exemption. This is true even if the state from which the cruise departs allows CBD oil possession. If you want to bring CBD oil on a ship, you should always check with the company regarding their policy.
There is no doubt that cannabis laws in the United States are confusing. Many people do not know which products are legal and which products can send them to jail. While you might know that recreational marijuana is unlawful in Tennessee, do you know whether you can legally purchase CBD oil? Once you purchase it, can you travel with it? Many people use CBD oil for pain relief and other medicinal purposes, so they want to bring it with them when they travel. Is it illegal to travel with your oil, or could you end up in trouble with the law?
Flying with CBD Oil
Many people use CBD to relieve stress or anxiety, which is common when flying. So, can you take your CBD products on the plane with you? Previously, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) banned all cannabis-derived products from checked bags and carry-ons, and TSA did not differentiate between marijuana and hemp products. In 2019, however, TSA changed its policy and now allows hemp-based CBD oils with less than 0.3 percent THC to travel with passengers or in checked bags. You can still be reported to law enforcement if TSA finds products with more than 0.3 percent THC.
The federal Farm Bill of 2018 legalized hemp products with less than 0.3 percent THC, which is the psychoactive component of marijuana, throughout the United States. Any CBD products with more than 0.3 percent THC are still strictly illegal at the federal level and in many states. In addition, each state has its own laws regarding the legality of CBD oil and related hemp products. Legal CBD possession in one state may not be lawful in a neighboring state.
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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.
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.
Most major cruise lines explicitly forbid CBD oil. The following lines have a ban on traveling with any CBD oil:
Can You Cruise With 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.
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.
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.
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.