CBD products have become a rapidly growing trend across the nation. Some call it a medical miracle, while others condemn it because of its association with marijuana — CBD is drawn from hemp, and both hemp and marijuana are derived from the plant cannabis sativa.
As long as a product is approved by the FDA and meets that THC threshold, it’s not considered an illegal substance under federal law, which means it’s legal to own, manufacture and sell CBD products.
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Listen up, fliers. You can now bring your CBD oil on an airplane.
TSA officers were briefed on the updates, but because the update is new, some may not recognize the FDA-approved version of CBD products. Chances are, if you bought your CBD oil legally, it contains little-to-no THC because of the federal standards.
Typically, TSA officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs during screening because their function is to detect threats to passengers, however, if illegal drugs are found during a security screening, the matter will be referred to law enforcement.
Also, if you’re traveling with a liquid form of CBD oil, like a tincture, pack it in shatter-resistant travel bags, and make sure your volumes don’t exceed federal limits for onboard liquid travel sizes.
One of the main reasons people carry CBD oil while traveling is because they feel like doses make it less nerve-wracking to fly. It’s just a fact: some people get anxious when they travel. Taking CBD may help you cope with those anxious feelings during your travel hours. And it’s a safer option than drinking alcohol while you travel since drinking on a plane can speed up your dehydration and potentially alter your behavior. Even if you do not have aviophobia (fear of flying), tasks such as getting through the security lines may exacerbate your stress levels and cause anxiety, and many people report that CBD may help cope with these symptoms.
Additionally, long and international flights can trigger jet lag, especially if you are not well-rested prior to your travel. Here again, CBD may be a useful item to pack in your suitcase, since many people report improved sleep after using CBD.
For years, the TSA banned traveling with any form of cannabis product. Recently, however, they updated the information on their website, making it clear that you can now travel with CBD oil and hemp-derived, FDA approved medication. In short, products that are FDA approved or contain hemp-derived CBD oil are generally legal in the United States, so passengers can legally carry these items on their flights.
When you are purchasing CBD oil for travel, you need to be cautious. Remember, you have to purchase an approved product that meets all federal guidelines. When choosing the CBD, one good strategy to use is the FLOW acronym, which helps you choose CBD oil that is of high quality. First, check whether the CBD oil has flowering strains of hemp or cannabis. Next, confirm whether the product has undergone lab testing for potency and purity. Also, confirm that the product is organic. If your product has met all the above requirements, it is considered safe for use. Another good rule of thumb when buying CBD? Examine the CBD extraction process that was used to derive the oil. While there are various modes of extraction, if possible, choose a CBD oil derived using CO2 extraction, since this method produces the safest and most pure CBD oil.
Why the sudden change? The TSA update was a result of the FDA approving a drug, called Epidiolex, that contains CBD oil. (Epidiolex is an effective treatment for seizures in children with epilepsy.) Basically, when traveling within the United States, you can fly with your CBD oil, as long as the product you have is produced within the regulations set out by TSA.
Flying is a very stressful experience for animals because their movement is restricted and they are in an unfamiliar environment. Recently, the Humane Society suggested that giving your pets a dose of CBD when traveling could help them cope with the stress of air pressure changes, rough handling, and other stressful situations. Just be sure to discuss any new supplements with your veterinarian before providing any CBD to your pet.