TSA Updates Policy to Allow CBD on U.S. Flights

Summer is synonymous with traveling, and traveling is synonymous with stress.

CBD helps combat negative travel experiences by helping you feel calm and relaxed, so of course, many people wonder if they can bring this miracle worker with them on hectic flights.

Thankfully, that answer is now a definite yes!

Over Memorial Day weekend, the TSA quietly updated its long-held outdated policy to allow hemp-derived CBD on all U.S. flights in carry-on and checked luggage!

Here’s the new policy found on the TSA website:

“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.”

Wait, I was already taking CBD on flights. What changed?

Hemp became fully legal in December 2018 after the 2018 Farm Bill. So, technically, it also became legal to bring hemp-derived CBD on U.S. flights, however, the TSA did not update its policy to reflect the new law until just a few days ago.

This led to confusion over the past several months. Many people boarded flights without any problems, while others were stopped, and even arrested for possessing hemp-derived CBD.

Now, the TSA has finally caught up with federal law to allow hemp-derived CBD on all flights within the U.S.

What does the new policy mean?

This new policy is still pretty wordy, so let’s break it down.

Marijuana is still federally illegal. In case you need a refresher, marijuana is defined as cannabis with a THC content of over 0.3%. Hemp is a variety of cannabis that contains 0.3% THC or less.

So, that means that it’s okay to fly with hemp-derived CBD, but not marijuana-derived CBD.

Make sure your CBD product is hemp-derived by checking the label. As long as it says 0.3% THC or THC-free, you’re good to go.

If it’s higher than 0.3%, it’s best to leave the product at home. Although TSA agents do not specifically search for illegal substances, if they happen to find something, you can land in hot water with the law. Don’t risk it.

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Can I travel internationally with CBD?

This is not an easy question to answer. Every country has its own CBD laws, and sometimes they’re not always clear or enforced.

You may end up with an even bigger headache trying to research all the laws than you would if you just didn’t bring CBD in the first place.

If you absolutely must take your CBD with you internationally, make sure you know the laws of the countries you’re traveling to.

It may seem silly, since CBD is not a psychoactive substance, but there is still an unfortunate worldwide stigma against cannabis, and it may be quite a while before laws are updated.




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