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Thanks to changes to a policy on medical marijuana, you can now fly the friendly skies with your CBD edibles. In fact, the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has paved the way for air travelers to have their FDA-approved hemp-derived cannabidiol products and medications. This means you can take your CBD tincture on the next flight out of town without worry.
The shift was made to be compliant with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. In it, FDA-approved hemp and cannabis derivatives were removed from the Controlled Substances Act. There is one very important point to make here. The hemp and cannabis products in question are only those that contain “extremely low” THC levels. But there is more. In order for one of these products to be considered legal according to the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, the THC level has to be no greater than 0.3%.
In case you aren’t completely clear on what this policy change actually means, you can get a better idea at the TSA website. On it is a section you can review titled “What Can I Bring” and it basically breaks down what CBD you can and cannot take with you on your flight. Essentially it looks like this:
But what are those ‘special instructions? Well, to paraphrase the legalese that appears as the explanation, yes, you can take CBD products with you when you fly. However, it has to be CBD with no more than 0.3% THC in it. Any more than that and your bottle of CBD oil you have in your carry on is now considered an illegal substance.
To make their point loud and clear that there is a threshold that will keep the friendly skies friendly, the TSA website goes on to remind you that they still have a job to do. That is to report those who are found to have marijuana and cannabis products that don’t qualify as being legal according to the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.
So, if you want to have your CBD with you when you fly, just be certain that is has the legal limit of 0.3% THC or less. If it doesn’t, it really isn’t worth testing the guideline. However, you may get lucky. TSA agents do not specifically search for marijuana or other illegal drugs but if one of them comes across something that looks like CBD with a higher level of THC in it, expect to spend some time answering questions from a law enforcement agent while your flight takes off.
Just to be clear, TSA agents do fulfill an important role at your local airport. They conduct the screening process before passengers can board a plane. Their official stance is to “focus on security” with screening that is designed in such a way to “detect potential threats to aviation and passengers.” So if your CBD oil is within the legal limits, you won’t have a worry.
You can thank some of the wonderful health benefits from CBD use that have been promoted heavily as catching the eye and ear of TSA. More specifically, pediatric epilepsy medication started the ball rolling. A regional spokesperson for TSA stated that once the security agency was made aware of the way in which CBD oil in the epilepsy medication helped control seizures, they did not want to prevent families from being able to carry CBD on flights.
That depends. However, we’ve pointed out here several times already that the best thing to do is to confirm that your CBD product has less than 0.3% THC in it. One basic and simple way of testing to see is to ask yourself where you purchased your CBD tincture or CBD edibles. If you bought them at a legal, licensed location you would have CBD products that fall within the federal standards. That means you are good to go with your CBD oil on your next flight.
Keep in mind that the change in the TSA policy occurred just in May 2019. Although TSA agents were briefed on the update and compliance with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, there are going to be a few that may not completely understand what it all means. We’re not saying TSA agents don’t know what they are doing. If anything we are saying the complete opposite. However, ask anyone you see on the street to explain the difference between CBD and THC and you are going to see a fair number of dazed and confused expressions.
CBD and THC are both cannibiniols that come from the cannabis plant. THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol and it is the one compound found in hemp plants that causes the ‘high’ many associated with marijuana use. CBD, which comes from the same source as THC, does not contain any THC. CBD is all-natural and will not cause drowsiness or any other side effect. It also will not counteract with any other drug or medication.
CBD has been proven to be an effective alternative treatment for many different health conditions. It is probably best known for the role it can play in pain management and in treating anxiety. Which brings us back to the main topic in this article. Does flying make you nervous? Well, the TSA says its okay to take your bottle of CBD oil on your next flight and you can keep it in your carry on bag if you wish. Should you use your CBD to calm your nerves before take off, as long as it has less than 0.3% THC in it, no one else in your section is going to care.