Despite it’s many amazing qualities, there is no denying that the rules around CBD and CBD-infused products, such as oils, gummies, and lotions, can be slightly confusing. The rules also differ by state, THC percentage, and type of product. If you’re thinking of traveling with CBD, there are some key things you should know before you take off to your destination.
How Can CBD Help Me?
CBD products have immense benefits for your body, psychologically and physically. The products can relieve pain, reduce anxiety and depression, alleviate cancer-related symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and pain, and potentially reduce acne.
While CBD products cannot give you the “high” feeling of THC products, like marijuana, they might have neuroprotective properties. Some researchers believe that CBD’s ability to act on the brain signaling systems and endocannabinoid system might help neurological disorders. Some studies found that CBD can help with epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.
Finally, CBD can also benefit your heart health. The products can aid your heart and circulatory system with the ability to lower high blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause strokes, heart attacks, and metabolic syndrome, so it is beneficial to lower it.
Can I Fly with CBD in the United States?
Many air travelers who struggle with anxiety and jet lag have begun to turn to CBD as a remedy. Other fliers like to use CBD in skincare or other beauty products. They wonder, will my CBD get past the Transporation Security Transporation Administration (TSA)? The answer is: it depends.
In 2019, TSA announced that people would be able to fly with CBD and hemp-related products. You can read their ‘What Can I Bring?” section of their website for more information.
This announcement was a significant update because even though CBD is not legal under United States federal law, the TSA (a federal agency!) allows CBD on airplanes. This change to the protocol could change the stigma around CBD as many people are raving about the benefits of CBD products.
The update stated that families could also bring the hemp-derived drug Epidiolex, used to treat epilepsy in children, “as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law,” under the 2018 Farm Bil. The bill legalized hemp and hemp derivatives in the United States.
However, the rule still banned other forms of marijuana. Marijuana and other cannabis infused-products, including CBD oil, are still illegal under federal law. A TSA spokesperson, Carrie Harmon, said that these products would not get through government security screenings at airports.
But, CBD products made from hemp are legal under federal law. These products contain no more than 0.3% THC, the component in marijuana that produces the “high.”
The FDA warned companies that the addition of CBD to foods or dietary supplements is still illegal. It has not been declared to be “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS).
The TSA’s updated regulations allow you to bring these products aboard your flight legally:
– Medical marijuana
– Products that contain no more than 0.3% THC
– FDA-approved products. The only one currently approved is Epidiolex (medication for severe and rare epilepsy)
What Can You Expect at the Airport?
After you arrive and check-in at your respective gate, you will reach the TSA checkpoint. Here, the TSA screening is focused primarily on security and protecting your safety as a passenger.
According to the TSA, their security offers don’t search for marijuana or cannabis-infused products. They state, “if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer. Law enforcement officers will then follow their procedures.”
While the TSA’s guidelines about CBD have changed, they warn that the final decision rests with the TSA officer on duty that day at the airport.
Don’t worry; there will not be a TSA dog smelling or sniffing your luggage for CBD products. They only search for explosives or explosive components.
While TSA agents play a role in the decision, so do the varying laws by state. For example, in Virginia, you can only purchase CBD with a prescription.
Experts suggest these guidelines for traveling with CBD products:
- If you are traveling with medical marijuana or an FDA-approved drug, take your prescription with you and be sure to keep it in its original packaging.
- Find the product’s certificate of analysis or CoA listed on the manufacturer’s website. The CoA will list the percent of CBD when tested and the lab’s name that tested it. Some recommend printing a copy of the CoA to have formal documentation of what the product is.
- Have the latest regulations on the TSA website pulled up on your phone. This way, if you come across a new TSA agent or one unfamiliar with all the regulations, you have backup information.
Don’t fret if you are still anxious about traveling with CBD through TSA. You can still check out whether the products are legal at your destination and buy the products there! You can also shop online or at a store before the trip and ship it to where you will be stating.
Attorneys also advise being cautious in flying internationally. They recommend not take CBD on international flights as the laws in the jurisdictions could be drastically different. Law enforcement officials may disagree country-to-country, so it’s safer not to travel with CBD internationally.
CBD products have many benefits that can be very useful when traveling domestically in the United States. The 2019 TSA regulations allow you to travel with certain CBD products, but it is crucial to understand the states’ laws you are traveling within.
Do your research and make sure that you are following all legal guidelines when traveling.
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