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For example, Carnival Cruise Lines specifically mentioned CBD on their prohibited items list :

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.

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?

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“…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.”

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Flying with CBD Oil

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?

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.

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’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.

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.

Animals

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.

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.

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.”