CBD has exploded in popularity, with shops now seemingly everywhere. But can you take your CBD products on your next cruise? With marijuana legalization accross the country, you might be wondering can you bring weed on a cruise ship? Cruise lines prohibit the use and… Have questions about traveling with CBD oil? Read on to learn more about different rules about flying with CBD oil domestically and internationally.
Can I Bring CBD on a Cruise Ship? (Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian)
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.
So why is CBD so popular? For many of the same reasons that taking a cruise is so popular. Many people report eased anxiety, better sleep, pain relief, and more. In a country where for years many people have turned to pharmaceuticals for health problems, many believe that CBD offers better benefits with fewer side effects and are a healthier option.
Of course, with the number of people using CBD, that also means there are more people who want to know if they can bring it on a cruise ship. That’s why we’ve looked into the rules to see if you can board your ship with CBD on your next vacation.
Relaxing Rules Mean More Acceptance. What About Cruises?
As rules surrounding marijuana, hemp, and CBD relax in the United States (and other parts of the world), it has put the cruise lines in confusing situation.
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?
Wrong. As we explained here , cruise lines follow federal laws, which still make marijuana illegal. It’s also illegal to take the substance into or out of Canada .
So what about CBD, which doesn’t contain THC, the active ingredient in marijuana? Isn’t it legal in the U.S.? Doesn’t that mean you can take it?
The Definitive Word on CBD on a Cruise Ship
Truth is, the laws surrounding CBD are still fuzzy. For instance, PBS NewsHour put together an exhaustive article around the legality of CBD. They had this to say:
“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…
“…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.”
But one thing to remember is that cruises may depart from the United States, but they travel to other countries. So cruise lines are dealing not only with U.S. law, but Mexican law, Canadian law, Bahamian law, Aruban law, and many more.
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.
That’s why you can’t bring CBD on a cruise.
For example, Carnival Cruise Lines specifically mentioned CBD on their prohibited items list :
“Any illegal narcotics/drugs including synthetic, designer drugs, Cannabidiol (CBD) and medical marijuana”
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.”
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…”
While there is no mention specifically of CBD by Norwegian, we contacted the cruise line who affirmed that the substance is not allowed on their ships either.
Put simply, don’t bring your CBD-infused items on your cruise. They are against the rules for now.
Can You Bring Weed on a Cruise Ship?
With countries worldwide taking a progressive stance towards marijuana, and legalization in many US states, you might be wondering if you can bring weed on a cruise ship.
This guide will tell you everything you need to know about smoking marijuana on a cruise.
We’ll break down the official rules and the consequences to those who break them.
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Can You Bring Weed on a Cruise Ship?
You cannot bring weed on a cruise ship. All cruise lines prohibit passengers from bringing cannabis products, including both recreational and medical, on their vessels.
Cruise lines that depart from the United States operate under US federal laws. While many states have moved to decriminalize and legalize marijuana on a state level, weed is still illegal to possess at the federal level.
Even if the cruise ship departs from a state where weed is legal, passengers cannot bring the drug on board the vessel.
So, although you can smoke cigarettes on a cruise ship, you cannot smoke cannabis.
Can I Bring CBD, Delta 8, a Vape Pen, Edibles, or Other Infused Products on a Cruise?
Cruise lines do not allow marijuana and cannabis-related products on the ship.
The policies set out by cruise lines are clear; real and synthetic marijuana in all its forms is forbidden on a cruise ship.
The policy includes buds, oils, vape pens, vape cartridges, and edibles.
While items like Delta 8 have a quasi-legal status in many states, they too are banned from cruise ships.
As a rule, if it has marijuana in it, real or synthetic, it is not allowed on a cruise ship.
The rules are not limited to products that contain THC. Cruise lines also prohibit CBD products.
Cruise Line Policies on Marijuana
There is conflict on the legal status of marijuana at the state and federal levels.
Many states have chosen to legalize marijuana for medical and personal use. However, consumption and possession of cannabis is illegal under US federal law.
Cruise lines that depart the US must follow federal laws. As such, even cruises that depart states with legal pot status must prohibit the use of marijuana.
The ship isn’t the only place where pot is prohibited.
Cruise lines have policies that prohibit the use of weed on the ship, at the cruise terminal, in ports of call, and during shore excursions.
In other words, don’t expect to use weed at any time during your cruise vacation.
“In no event shall any Passenger bring on board the Vessel or check-in, or in connection with the Land Tour, any illegal controlled substances (including medical marijuana). Marijuana possession and/or use, including medical marijuana, and possession or use of any illegal drugs, is strictly prohibited in many jurisdictions visited and on the Vessel at all times, as well as in terminals, during shore excursions or any other part of the cruise, regardless of any local, state, or other laws which might permit use or possession of marijuana.”
Royal Caribbean Cruise/Cruisetour Ticket Contract
“Carnival recognizes that some states in the U.S. have fully legalized the use of recreational and/or medical marijuana. However, cruise lines are required to follow U.S. federal law, which strictly prohibits possession and use of marijuana and other illegal, controlled substances. Since all cruise terminals in the U.S. are federal facilities, the terminals and our ships are drug-free zones.”
Carnival Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line
“No illegal drugs or other illegal substances including but not limited to medical marijuana are allowed onboard or may be utilized during a Norwegian Cruise Line vacation, including during transfers to and from ships, inside terminals, during shore excursions or at our private island.”
Norwegian Cruise Line Guest Conduct Policy
“All illegal drugs, non-prescribed controlled substances, medically prescribed marijuana or synthetic marijuana and CBD products are prohibited.”
Can You Sneak Weed on a Cruise?
Despite the possible consequences of possessing or consuming weed, many passengers still try to sneak the drug onto the cruise ship.
We don’t recommend doing it.
While it might seem easy to sneak weed onto a cruise ship, the consequences, passengers caught in possession of pot face severe consequences. It’s just not worth the risk.
Consider the case of a Pennsylvania cruiser caught with two bags of pot while boarding Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas. A subsequent search of her cabin found marijuana pipes, cannabis oil, and an electric grinder. She was arrested by the Bermuda authorities and pleaded guilty to four counts of drug possession. The woman was fined $4,000, which she had to pay on the spot under the threat of jail time.
After paying the fine, she was sent home.
If you are thinking about sneaking weed onto a cruise ship, consider that, among other possible charges, bringing marijuana into international waters or a foreign county is drug trafficking.
What Happens if You Get Caught With Weed on a Cruise?
Cruise lines outline several consequences for passengers caught with weed on a cruise.
Consequences may include confiscation of the weed, a permanent ban from the cruise line, fines, immediate disembarkation, and denial of boarding. Cruise lines may report you to the local authorities depending on the ship’s location.
The exact consequences will vary, but many passengers have reported seeing other guests under arrest or kicked off the ship for possession of marijuana.
Passengers who violate the laws of any jurisdiction are subject to being reported to law enforcement or customs authorities, arrest and prosecution. Passengers who bring on board dangerous items, marijuana in any form, or any illegal drugs or controlled substances are also subject to immediate disembarkation or denial of boarding. Passengers shall have no claim for refund, loss, damage, inconvenience, or compensation whatsoever under any of these circumstances.
Royal Caribbean Cruise/Cruisetour Ticket Contract
Can You Smoke Weed at Port?
Some cruises stop in countries where weed is legal.
For example, in Amsterdam, it is legal to consume weed in the city’s famous “coffee shops.”
The menus feature pre-rolled joints, loose grass, and edibles. Just remember, there’s no takeout.
As we’ve stated, it is against the cruise line’s policy to smoke weed in port. However, there is a reduced chance that you will get in trouble.
Some cruise ports, such as Alaska and Amsterdam, offer organized shore excursions with a cannabis theme.
If you consume cannabis in a port where it is legal, then return to the ship a few hours later, it would be nearly impossible for the cruise line to know.
While security will check your bags to ensure you don’t bring cannabis on the ship, they don’t have any checks to see if you are high.
As long as you don’t cause a disturbance, you should be ok. But, as it is against the cruise line policy, there’s always a risk.
An important note, while the Bahamas and Caribbean are known for their pot-friendly culture, weed is illegal in most countries. Even in Jamaica, smoking weed is illegal and punishable by a fine.
If you plan to smoke marijuana in port, check the local laws. While local authorities turn a blind eye towards locals, they are known to target tourists.
Locals might harass tourists by offering to sell small amounts of weed only to alert local authorities. Passengers caught breaking the law are forced to pay heavy fines under the threat of jail time.
The Bahamas has a reputation for targeting tourists as a source of revenue.
What About Smoking Pot on Alaskan Cruises?
Alaska has a progressive stance toward cannabis, with adults able to use the drug recreationally. You may be able to consume weed at ports of call in Alaska.
Remember, if you decide to consume pot while on a cruise in Alaska, you will be doing so against the cruise contract. It’s unlikely that the cruise line will catch you, but you should be aware of the risk.
Alaskan cruises often depart from Seattle, Washington, or Vancouver, Canada. Washington state and Canada have legalized weed, but that doesn’t mean you can take it on a cruise ship.
Washington state is one of the most progressive regarding the legalization of marijuana. Under state law, weed is legal for recreational use.
And if you depart from Vancouver, you should know that the use of marijuana became legal in Canada on October 17, 2018.
Sine most Alaskan cruises depart and return to cities where recreational use is legal; you might think you can bring it on your cruise.
But you’d be wrong.
No matter where a ship departs, or the destinations it visits, weed is not allowed on cruise ships.
Although Alaska and Washington have state laws that allow the recreational use of marijuana, it is still illegal at the federal level.
Is Weed Legal in the Bahamas
Weed is illegal in the Bahamas and is punishable by up to 10 years of prison and a fine of up to $120,000.
Is Weed Legal in Jamaica
Weed is illegal in Jamaica. Despite Jamaica’s reputation as a cannabis haven, possession of marijuana is not legal.
Is Medical Marijuana Allowed on a Cruise?
Medical marijuana is not allowed on a cruise ship. Cruise ships are required to follow federal laws. Although medical marijuana might be legal in your state, it is still illegal at the federal level and not allowed on a cruise ship.
If you use medical marijuana, cruise lines suggest asking your doctor for an alternative to use during your cruise vacation.
Do Cruise Lines Check for Marijuana When You Board?
Cruise ship security teams have various procedures to check luggage for banned and illegal substances. The security screening for passengers and luggage may involve using dogs to sniff out drugs.
What if I am High When I Return to the Ship From Port?
If you get high in port (where legal) and return to the ship, it is unlikely that you will face any consequences unless you are disorderly.
Security doesn’t check if passengers are high when they return to the ship. That said using weed in port is against cruise lines’ policies. If you are caught smoking in a cruise port, you may face consequences.
Can I Bring CBD Oil on a Cruise?
Many states have relaxed laws on CBD. However, cruise lines have broad policies which include CBD as a prohibited substance.
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.