Studies around CBD oil have been a trendy topic in the medical world. Several studies have shown that CBD oil can help to treat anxiety, depression, and a lot of other health issues. Various CBD products are already available in markets like CBD bath bombs, CBD oil lotions, and even CBD oil dog treats. Although people already use CBD products, a lot of travelers are left confused about their legality, especially when it comes to bringing it onto a plane.
This article will take you through all the updates regarding the rules and regulations around flying with CBD oil-induced products. But before that, let’s understand what CBD oil actually is.
What is CBD oil?
CBD is a nonintoxicating cannabinoid found in hemp plants. CBD oil is the oil derived from specifically hemp plants as hemp plants contain a minimal amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the intoxicating or psychoactive compound of the plant that causes the users to feel “high”. However, a minimal amount of THC does not produce noticeable intoxicating side effects.
Flying with CBD oil:
Flying may not be as easy as it seems. It is a cause of worry and anxiety for a lot of people. Long flights can also cause jet lag and sleep deprivation. Here is where CBD oil helps! Evidence suggests that CBD helps users in coping with depression, PTSD, chronic pain, and other conditions. It is an effective, non-intoxicating alternative to self-medication and pharmaceutical treatments! CBD is also known to improve skin health and sleep hygiene. It is also an effective way to reduce the stress pets undergo while flying.
The legal aspect:
As of the 2018 Farm Bill, it is legal to fly domestically with CBD oil that is derived from the hemp plant. Other CBD oils, like the one derived from the marijuana plant, are still illegal in some states. If you want to know the difference between the two types of CBD oils, you can simply read the product’s label and identify the amount of THC content in it. CBD oils that contain less than 0.3% of THC are allowed to be taken across state borders in the US. Although CBD oil is legal at the federal level, certain state laws vary in terms of possession of any kind of CBD oil.
According to the TSA’s website, “Marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law except for products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by FDA.” (See the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334.) TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law to local, state, or federal authorities.
TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.
As a precautionary measure, you may still want to double-check the CBD oil possession laws of both the state you are traveling to and the state you are traveling from. It is also recommended to print out the product’s lab report and have it available if needed to verify the cannabinoid content to any inquiring authorities. If you are traveling with CBD oil-induced products as medication, we recommend that you always carry your prescription while traveling as well as keep the CBD in its original container.
Flying with CBD tends to generate confusion amongst the masses. Hopefully, this article has cleared up a lot of things for you. All you need to do is research international laws and pack smart when it comes to flying with CBD. Thank you for reading!