Five Tips for Traveling with CBD Oil
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% 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% 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 its policies, travelers are now allowed to carry CBD oil on flights that originate and terminate within the United States.
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% 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.”
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% 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 full spectrum CBD oil 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 and CBD isolate can be carried in checked or carry-on luggage on domestic US flights, most travelers feel safer including CBD oil and hemp 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% 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.
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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CBD's legality is still a grey area in many states, so here are five tips for traveling with CBD oil to ensure a smooth trip no matter the destination.
TSA Update: Flying With Some CBD Oil Is Now Okay
The TSA says some CBD oil and FDA-approved medications are cleared for take-off.
Recreational and medical marijuana is legal in some states, but the TSA has always been clear that flying with any form of marijuana was illegal. But that changed over the weekend, when the TSA quietly updated its “What can I bring?” page on medical marijuana to note that passengers can now fly with some forms of CBD oil and one hemp-derived medication approved by the FDA.
Yesterday on Twitter, the @AskTSA account advised a traveler that ” Products that contain hemp-derived CBD oil or are FDA-approved are generally legal & can fly.”
The TSA said the change was prompted by the only Food and Drug Administration-approved drug that contains CBD oil, Epidiolex, which is used to treat seizures in children with epilepsy.
The notation on medical marijuana now reads:
“Possession of marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law. TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law, including possession of marijuana and certain cannabis infused products.
Products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018.
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.”
In the past, the TSA did not differentiate between marijuana and some hemp-derived products. Hemp derivatives contain little to no tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana that produces a high.
The new rule does not change the TSA’s ban on other forms of marijuana, including cannabis-infused products and CBD oils that contain THC. But it’s unclear how TSA officers would know whether a substance contained THC, since the TSA does not do on-site testing at airport security checkpoints. If there is a doubt, a TSA spokesperson said the matter would be referred to local law enforcement.
“This is an interesting development, but demonstrates several things,” says David Bannard, an attorney with Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP in Boston, who consults with airports on marijuana and other regulatory issues.”First, this confirms the split between the federal regulatory regime and those states that have legalized marijuana for certain uses, especially for recreational use. Second, it also shows that Congress is beginning to follow the general public and may presage the devolution of regulation of marijuana to the states. Lastly, it does not mean that it is legal to fly with marijuana products in one’s possession — that remains impermissible under federal law.”
As the TSA’s “What can I bring?” page notes, “The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.”
TSA turnaround: Some CBD oil and FDA-approved medications are now cleared for take-off.