Flying with CBD Vape Carts – What You Need to Know

Ready to take flight with your CBD vape cartridge in the USA, but not sure how to avoid those unexpected hiccups at the airport?

And trust me – a ‘hiccup’ at the TSA counter is not something you want to go through. Take it from someone who’s been there several times, and walked away rattled. And poorer for a few CBD carts.

Even though CBD is legal in the US – if it’s hemp-derived and contains less than 0.3% THC – that doesn’t mean that flying with vape carts loaded with CBD juice (which looks suspiciously EXACTLY like THC juice, by the way) is a walk in the park.

It’s not.

So while you can fly with these, if you want a stress-free voyage – and if you want to eliminate even the slight possibility of being held and missing your flight – here are some things you need to keep in mind.

[Thinking about flying in the face of federal law? Check out this post for crucial information on taking THC vape carts on domestic flights.]

Know the Lay of the Land

The legality of CBD can be confusing, given the conflicts within federal laws themselves. Add state laws to the mix, and things only get more convoluted.

That said, no state law can trump federal law.

Cannabidiol (CBD) in all its forms – including vape cartomizers – is legal across the USA if it passes these two tests:

  1. it’s made from hemp (2018 Farm Bill legalized the production and sale of industrial hemp-derived CBD products)
  2. it contains less than 0.3% THC (but the burden of proof is on you, so make sure your CoA and label says this)

If your product satisfies the above, you can legally use it and board a plane to any of the states, regardless of the local cannabis laws.

Transportation Security Administration Guidelines

TSA is responsible for security at US airports – they’re not out to get your contraband when you fly with it. Though they will call local law enforcement if they find anything that violates federal/state laws.

Also, they have specific guidelines when it comes to traveling with CBD products, including vape cartridges. 

[Read this post for details on flying with vaping gear and e-juice.]

Carry-On Luggage 

The golden rule is to stash all your CBD products in your carry-on luggage, not your checked baggage. The reasoning is simple – TSA agents are primarily focused on identifying items that could pose a security risk, they are not instructed to search specifically for your cartridges. By keeping your CBD products within arm’s reach, you not only ensure their safety but also streamline the security process. It’s a small adjustment that can make a big difference in your travel experience.


Having the right documentation on hand can be a game-changer. Consider obtaining a certificate of analysis (COA) from the manufacturer of your CBD product. This document is your evidence, your reassurance that your product complies with the law.


Use common sense here because there are no strict guidelines from the TSA. But having 100 carts in your carry-on luggage makes you suspicious instantly. As would 100 tiny deodorant cans. Or 100 stuffed teddy bears. You see where I’m going with this. If the unusual quantity tickles the TSA agent, they’ll probably pull you aside to do a thorough search. And that can last. You could still get to fly with your whole stash… but there’s no guarantee you’ll be making your scheduled flight.

Security Check

TSA agents may decide to inspect your CBD products to ensure they adhere to regulations. This is not cause for alarm; it’s simply part of the security process. Having your documentation handy and maintaining a cooperative attitude can help expedite the screening and get you on your way without undue delay.

International Travel

Now, let’s talk about a different ballgame – international travel, where CBD laws are all over the place.

What’s legal in one country may be strictly forbidden in another. To avoid legal issues that can be as horrible as spending months in a prison abroad, it’s crucial you research and understand CBD regulations.


Traveling with CBD vape cartridges in the US is legal as long as you follow the rules and regulations in place. Always carry the necessary documentation, and pack your CBD products in your carry-on luggage.

By keeping these considerations in mind you’ll be well-prepared for your next adventure with your beloved CBD vape cartridges. No more unexpected surprises at the airport – just smooth, relaxed, and safe travels ahead.

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