If you have CBD products, find the product’s certificate of analysis, or CoA.
“The laws in the jurisdiction you are flying to can be drastically different. Flying domestically with a CBD product is obviously less of a risk, but I still think there are risks.” Not everyone is up to date on the new TSA stance, he says. Hemp is not a controlled substance federally, he says, but people transporting it across state lines get pulled over. Law enforcement officials are not all familiar with the differences between hemp-derived CBD and cannabis-derived CBD.
At the Airport
Carrie Harmon, TSA spokesperson.
Nov. 26, 2019 — Many air travelers who struggle with anxiety and jet lag have turned to CBD as a remedy, even as researchers are still investigating whether it works. Other travelers like to tote along CBD in skin care or beauty products.
Gary Avetisyan, co-owner, Topikal CBD, Los Angeles.
CBD Gummies and CBD Capsules , on the other hand, are a good travel option. They’re not liquid, which the TSA is notoriously strict about.
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, including the full-spectrum hemp oil products sold by Green Lotus, must contain less than 0.3% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). That’s the chemical in marijuana that produces the “high” sensation. Any level under 0.3% is generally too low for a person to feel.
That’s why we recommend leaving CBD at home if you’re planning to fly out of the United States.
Some CBD Products are a Better Choice than Others
Any such products can legally be carried through the TSA screenings you’ll find at US airports.
If you use CBD regularly and you’re getting ready to travel, you probably want to know if you can fly with CBD. What are the rules? Which type of CBD is best to fly with?
If you fly with CBD within the U.S., the rules are pretty simple. If you fly with CBD internationally, the rules are not so simple.
“ 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.”
Due to the discrepancies between federal and state laws (not to mention the speed with which they’re changing), it’s probably just not worth traveling with any CBD products at this time. If you do so, be sure to familiarize yourself with laws of the states you’re traveling to and from. It may also be helpful to contact the product’s producer to request a copy of the certificate of analysis — which shows the cannabinoid potency profile — for the products you intend to travel with.
This is where things begin to get, somehow, even more hazy. Hemp-derived CBD containing no more than 0.3% THC and produced under certain regulations is federally legal, as per the 2018 Farm Bill passed in December. The Bill amended the Controlled Substances Act to exempt hemp from “THC” and “marijuana,” so long as it was sourced following the new regulations.
If traveling in a state where local law deems CBD legal, there is no federal or local offense. But if local law deems it illegal, there is a risk of prosecution. According to Texas state law, possession of any cannabis product, including CBD, can result in a felony, a hefty fine and a minimum of 180 days in state prison.
But the origins of a specific product and its THC levels can be difficult to trace, and many states are reluctant to legalize CBD. In Texas, for example, CBD with a THC level greater than 0.0% remains illegal unless a recommendation has been made by a qualifying doctor to treat epilepsy. In this case, a patient could be prescribed a product containing no more than 0.5% THC.
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It’s the latest regulatory change that makes flying with marijuana and CBD products somehow even more confusing.
While many use the terms “cannabis,” “hemp” and “marijuana” interchangeably, they are actually very different. Cannabis is the classification of a plant that can be broken down into three main types: indica, sativa and ruderalis — with indica and sativa being the most well-known. While marijuana can be a member of either cannabis indica or cannabis sativa, hemp can only be a member of cannabis sativa. To the trained eye, the marijuana and hemp plants have very distinct properties.