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The TSA & THC: Can You Fly with Delta-8?

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Traveling with Delta-8 is not something that is commonly discussed, but with the growing trend of Delta-8 among cannabinoid enthusiasts, it's important to know the rules and regulations that surround bringing it in your carry-on luggage.

As you're probably aware, Delta-8 is a legal hemp-derived cannabinoid that has become popular for it's relaxing effects. However, it's important to note that the laws surrounding it vary from state to state and country to country and airline restrictions are also likely to apply.

In this blog post, we'll cover the question of whether you can bring Delta-8 on a plane, things to know when traveling with it, and what you should do to ensure that you are compliant with all laws and regulations when bringing Delta-8 products with you on the airplane.

Check TSA Regulations Regarding Flying With Hemp Products

Before bringing any Delta-8 products on a plane, it is important to check TSA cannabis regulations.

Delta-8 products are classified as hemp-derived products, so they can be subject to different regulations than other types of cannabis products. Make sure to check the TSA's website for the latest information on hemp-derived products before packing your Delta-8. It is important to remember that even if Delta-8 is legal in your state, it may not be allowed on planes.

 

Delta-8 Bud on a TSA X-ray screen

 

Can You Bring Delta-8 THC Flowers On A Plane Trip?

Specifically traveling with Delta-8 Flowers can be tricky, as the laws surrounding cannabis are complicated and constantly changing.

Generally, Delta-8 THC is federally legal, but it is important to keep in mind that each state has their own laws and regulations. In states with legal cannabis, Delta-8 THC may be considered a cannabis product and is therefore subject to specific restrictions when it comes to being brought on a plane. This is likely true in states like Oregon or California, where alt-cannabinoids have been incorporated into the recreational cannabis industry and restricted in terms of sales.

Regardless, always be sure that your delta-8 product, flower or not, has less than 0.3 THC in it if given the green light to travel with it.

Airlines, Airports, & Cannabis Laws, Oh my!

If you are traveling from a state where Delta-8 THC is legal and you plan to bring it with you, it is important to check with the airline ahead of time to make sure that it is allowed on board. This could be done via a simple phone call to your local airport.

Additionally, make sure you have any necessary paperwork to prove that the Delta-8 THC you are carrying is legal in the state you are traveling to. This can range from lab results, legal paperwork, and more. This is just incase you cause a false suspicion - make sure you can provide the information required that proves it's hemp, not marijuana.

Always be sure that your delta-8 product, flower or not, has less than 0.3% THC in it if preparing to travel with it.

In general, due to the likeness that Delta-8 THC and CBD flowers have to traditional cannabis, it might be more suitable to look into shipping your goods to your destination ahead of your trip, if time allows. This will allow for minimal friction during the check in process and security gates.

Be Aware of Delta-8 Laws and Regulations For Your Destination

Before you decide to bring Delta-8 products on a plane, it’s important to be aware of the laws and regulations in your destination. The legality of Delta-8 products varies greatly from state to state and country to country, so it’s best to check your destination’s laws before you travel. 

A great example of this is in the adjacent world of cannabis. For example, at the LAX airport in California where cannabis is legal, you're able to freely possess marijuana in the airport and fly with it. This is given of course that you abide by subsequent laws such as age and amount requirements.

However, on the flip side, in Las Vegas, where cannabis is also legal, you're not permitted to fly with or possess it at the airport. Given the confusing nature of its legality, you are given an opportunity to dispose of your cannabis ahead of flying.

As you can imagine, there are going to be many similar rules and laws that can cause confusion when it comes to alt cannabinoids. So as always, be sure to research the laws and regulations of your departing airport and your destination before you attempt to bring Delta-8 products on a plane.

 

Delta-8 Bud in a Suitcase

 

 

Pack Your Delta-8 Products in The Appropriate Containers

If all checks out and you're clear to fly, you'll want to ensure your Delta-8 goods are packed appropriately.

To do this, ahead of your flight make sure you have the appropriate containers. You do not want your Delta-8 products to leak or spill during transit. It is recommended to use an airtight container to minimize the risk of unwanted attention.

You should also make sure that the container is labeled clearly so that it is easily identifiable. This can help you avoid any potential issues with airport security and customs.

Once your Delta-8 products are packed securely and properly labeled, you can confidently take your Delta-8 products with you on your flight.

Declare Delta-8 When Asked by Airport Security

The fifth thing you should know when bringing Delta-8 on a plane is to declare it when asked by airport security. Delta-8 is classified as a hemp-derived product, meaning it is legal in many parts of the United States, but not everywhere.

In fact, Delta-8 is illegal in many countries. We suggest leaving the cannabinoids at home if traveling internationally - You don't want to go through the entire process legally here in the US and then land somewhere with a group of LEO ready to lock you up!

As a result, it is important to be aware of the state and local laws wherever you are traveling. It is also important to remember that even if it is legal in the location you are traveling to, it should be declared when asked.

Airport security may ask if you are carrying any hemp-derivatives, so it is important to be honest and declare your Delta-8, so you don’t run into any issues.

Final Thoughts - Play it Safe with the TSA

In conclusion, while Delta-8 is federally legal in the United States, individual states may have their own laws and regulations regarding Delta-8 and other cannabis products. It is important to check with the airline and local laws before attempting to do so, and always check for each point during your flight. This can range from airport possession, checked bags, security checks, and even flying.

Ultimately, when in doubt, it is best to leave Delta-8 products at home to avoid any legal issues, and friction during your trip!