Medical and recreational cannabis is legal in some states, but the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has always been pretty clear that flying with any kind of cannabis was illegal. However, they have recently changed their policies to allow some CBD products on planes. TSA has updated their “What can I bring?” page on their website to specify that passengers can now fly with certain forms of hemp-derived medication and CBD oil approved by FDA.
Non-THC FDA-Approved CBD Products Are Allowed
As mentioned above, TSA now allows passengers to bring certain forms of CBD as well as cannabis-based FDA approved drugs on flights. As long as there isn’t any THC in the product, you can travel with it without any issues. While you can carry it in your poison ring or other desired storage solution, it is recommended that you make sure to travel with the product in its original container with the correct labeling so that the product contents are clarified upon inquiry.
According to Transportation Security Administration, the change was encouraged by Epidiolex – the only FDA-approved drug containing CBD. It is used to control epilepsy seizures in children.
In the past, TSA did not differentiate between some hemp-derived products and cannabis. Hemp-derived products contain little to no THC. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is psychoactive chemical in cannabis that produces a high. It is still unclear how the Transportation Security Administration officers would know whether a substance contains THC because the testing is not done on-site at airport security checkpoints. According to them, if there is a doubt, the matter would be referred to local law enforcement.
Cannabis and High THC Still Not Allowed
You should keep in mind that the changes in the TSA policies still take a firm stand and implement bans on other forms of cannabis e.g. CBD brownies that you want to travel with, CBD gummies that you can get from California, CBD in your poison ring, etc. Such products still have the legal limit of 0.3% THC. Even though cannabis and high THC products are not allowed, TSA has instructed their officers not to search for cannabis or other illegal substances on passengers except in certain cases.
Since not all the tests performed on-site differentiate between THC and CBD, issues could arise. This is because both THC and CBD show up on the test as the same thing as both come from the cannabis sativa plant. So, if you are traveling with CBD in your poison ring and the TSA agent tests it, you might want to be sure that you have a copy of the Certificate of Analysis with you. In this way, you will be able
to effectively show them that the cannabis you are traveling with is legal.
The Bottom Line
As CBD products become increasingly popular, the laws about traveling with them are changing. At the moment, only FDA-approved drugs containing CBD are allowed. However, with the legalization of cannabis in more states, it is likely that the strict regulations surrounding it will become more lenient with time. As a cannabis user, it is your responsibility to learn all the regulations and rules before traveling to ensure the safety of everyone.