CBD is enjoyed by people all around the world. However, in some areas, CBD is still a banned or controlled substance. And, even if CBD is legal in your country, you may face challenges if you try to fly out of the country with your CBD.
When traveling by air, you need to be more cautious, especially when you plan to carry CBD oil in your carry on or checked luggage. First, pack wisely so that your CBD oil is easily accessible should airport authorities ask to see them. Make sure to bring your certificate of analysis, and have it readily available, as proof that your CBD oil is within the legal federal limits.
What Does the TSA Say About Flying With CBD Oil?
Why the sudden change? The TSA update was a result of the FDA approving a drug, called Epidiolex, that contains CBD oil. (Epidiolex is an effective treatment for seizures in children with epilepsy.) Basically, when traveling within the United States, you can fly with your CBD oil, as long as the product you have is produced within the regulations set out by TSA.
Flying is a very stressful experience for animals because their movement is restricted and they are in an unfamiliar environment. Recently, the Humane Society suggested that giving your pets a dose of CBD when traveling could help them cope with the stress of air pressure changes, rough handling, and other stressful situations. Just be sure to discuss any new supplements with your veterinarian before providing any CBD to your pet.
One of the main reasons people carry CBD oil while traveling is because they feel like doses make it less nerve-wracking to fly. It’s just a fact: some people get anxious when they travel. Taking CBD may help you cope with those anxious feelings during your travel hours. And it’s a safer option than drinking alcohol while you travel since drinking on a plane can speed up your dehydration and potentially alter your behavior. Even if you do not have aviophobia (fear of flying), tasks such as getting through the security lines may exacerbate your stress levels and cause anxiety, and many people report that CBD may help cope with these symptoms.
“TSA was made aware of an FDA-approved drug that contains CBD oil for children who experience seizures from pediatric epilepsy,” TSA regional spokesperson Mark Howell said in a statement. “To avoid confusion as to whether families can travel with this drug, TSA immediately updated TSA.gov once we became aware of the issue.”
Listen up, fliers. You can now bring your CBD oil on an airplane.
The Transportation Security Administration recently updated its medical marijuana policy to allow fliers to bring FDA-approved products and medications that contain hemp-derived cannabidoil, more commonly known as CBD, with them when they fly.
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Keep in mind that the possession of marijuana, certain cannabis-infused products and some CBD oils are still illegal under federal law, and TSA officers are required to report any suspicions of legal violations, the policy stated.
As long as a product is approved by the FDA and meets that THC threshold, it’s not considered an illegal substance under federal law, which means it’s legal to own, manufacture and sell CBD products.
TSA officers were briefed on the updates, but because the update is new, some may not recognize the FDA-approved version of CBD products. Chances are, if you bought your CBD oil legally, it contains little-to-no THC because of the federal standards.
TSA’s recent change was made in compliance with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which removed FDA-approved hemp and cannabis derivatives with “extremely low” levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC, from the Controlled Substances Act. For hemp-derived CBD products to be legal under the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, they must contain less than 0.3% of THC, the compound found in marijuana that creates a high.