Another option is to shop online or at a store before the trip, then ship the CBD to your destination, Avetisyan says.
Citizen Truth: “What is a CBD Certificate of Analysis (COA) (And How to Read It).”
Once at the TSA checkpoint, what can CBD-toting travelers expect? According to the TSA, screening is focused on security and protecting passenger safety. “TSA security officers don’t search for marijuana or cannabis-infused products. However, in the event a substance that appears illegal is discovered during security screening, TSA officers will refer the matter to law enforcement. Law enforcement officers then follow their own procedures.”
The TSA’s updated regulations allow passengers to legally bring these products on board:
“Any good brand should be able to show you the CoA,” agrees Gary Avetisyan, who is co-owner of two Topikal stores in the Los Angeles area selling CBD products. That way, he says, it will be clear there is no THC or it is below the required 0.3%.
But many also wonder: Will my CBD get past the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)?
CoAs are listed on manufacturer’s websites. Or, once the product is purchased, the QR code on the label should be scannable, taking customers to the product’s webpage and the CoA. A CoA will list the percent of CBD and other cannabinoids, when it was tested, and the name of the lab that tested it (outside labs are preferred to company testing, experts say.)
Unfortunately, you may not even be safe if you’re flying into the US. In May of 2019, a 71-year-old grandmother heading home from Mexico and passing through Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was arrested for traveling with CBD oil and given a felony drug charge. She spent two nights in the DFW airport jail. At the time, customs officials said laws permitting CBD were still in the process of being implemented.
However, the TSA didn’t comment directly until 2019. That’s when they updated their policy to clarify that yes, you can bring CBD on carry-on or checked luggage.
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.
Some CBD Products are a Better Choice than Others
The TSA says it’s legal, and TSA agents should know the law. But what happens when a lot of people should know something? Some of them don’t. So it’s best to be prepared for a little extra scrutiny from the agent and officer who missed orientation.
First, no CBD pre-roll joints. It’s a joint: pungent green flower wrapped in rice paper and twisted on the end. Try explaining the botanical paradox of hemp and marijuana to someone who is very tired and very underpaid.
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?
In 2019, the government agency announced: “ TSA officers DO NOT search for marijuana or other illegal drugs … But in the event a substance appears to be marijuana or a cannabis infused product, we’re required by federal law to notify law enforcement.”