In late May of 2019, the Transportation Security Administration changed its posted online policy to allow medical marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products such as CBD (cannabidiol) oil on domestic flights within the United States. The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (more commonly known as the “Farm Bill”) officially declared hemp to be an agricultural commodity and set the line of demarcation at 0.3 percent THC. In other words, products made from hemp that contain less than 0.3 percent THC are no longer considered a “controlled substance” whereas anything containing more than 0.3 percent THC is classified as “marijuana.”
What Does This Mean for U.S. Travelers?
Prior to the passing of the Farm Bill, CBD consumers had to closely monitor state laws, and were often unable to legally transport their CBD oils and products through TSA security checkpoints. With more and more individuals relying on a daily regimen of CBD, this presented a substantial inconvenience, and may have made travel impossible for certain individuals. But since the TSA has modified their policies, travelers are now allowed to carry CBD oil on flights that originate and terminate within the U.S.
Besides the many reputed benefits of regular supplementation with CBD oil, countless individuals rely on this cannabis-derived product to help with emotional distress during travel, physical discomfort, and jet lag.
According to the TSA.gov website policy as of July 2019, “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.”
5 Tips for Traveling with CBD Oil
As this policy change is fairly new, TSA continues to modify the logistics of security screening as it relates to CBD oil and products containing CBD. Here are the recommended practices for minimizing your risk of having your CBD oil confiscated:
Examine Your CBD Oil
Ensure that any CBD oil and products you’re planning to take with you contain less than 0.3 percent THC. Otherwise, they would be considered marijuana. Ensure your CBD oil is in its original packaging, bottle, or container with the manufacturing label(s) intact.
Pack CBD Oil with Your Liquids
TSA policy allows each traveler to transport one quart-sized clear bag of liquids, aerosols, creams, pastes, and gels in their carry-on bag. Each container inside the bag must not exceed 3.4 oz (100 milliliters). It is recommended to include your CBD oil and other CBD products in this bag, which is usually inspected and separated from your carry-on bag at the security checkpoint. The added advantage of this is you’ll have your product with you if you need it during travel. Do not attempt to transport CBD oil in a container larger than 3.4 oz.
Do Not Attempt to Hide Your CBD Oil
While TSA policy states that CBD oil can be carried in checked or carry-on luggage on domestic U.S. flights, most travelers feel safer including CBD oil with their carry-on clear quart-sized bag of liquids. If your CBD products contain more than 3.4 ounces or you wish to pack them with your checked luggage, store them with your toiletries or other liquids. Stashing CBD elsewhere may lead TSA inspectors to wrongfully assume you’re trying to hide something, in which case they would confiscate your product.
Bring Any Available Documentation
If you have a prescription for CBD oil, bring it with you, along with any written or printed information that specifies the product is hemp-derived and contains less than 0.3 percent THC. If this seems like too much effort, an alternative is to have your CBD oil shipped to your destination location, so that it’s waiting for you when you arrive.
Time Your Dosing
When timing your dosing, consider when you’ll need it most so you can plan accordingly. Ask yourself the following: Do takeoffs and landings make you feel nervous? Do long flights give you a headache? Are you concerned about time differences and jet lag? Do you have trouble getting restful sleep away from home?
Remember, international travel is trickier, so if you’re traveling overseas, be sure to check the laws and policies of your destination country before you head to the airport.
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