When hemp was legalized in 2018 as part of the Farm Bill, the market for CBD products exploded. New products like CBD gummies, oil, vape juice, and other products began to flood the market, making it easier than ever to buy CBD.
But with all these new products, laws have not been very clear about the legality of these products. And when it comes to flying on an airplane with CBD products, you need to make sure they are legal to avoid issues.
In this article, we’ll go over the laws surrounding CBD products on planes and whether you can travel with them.
CBD Products: The Basics
To understand the laws surrounding CBD products, you need to understand what they are and how they are made.
What Is CBD?
CBD refers to cannabidiol, which is a chemical compound found in the cannabis and hemp plants. CBD does not have any psychoactive effects, meaning that it does not cause intoxication like THC. Users can ingest CBD in a number of forms, including oil, edibles, tinctures, and using a vaporizer.
Many people use CBD as a treatment for many common illnesses and issues. CBD can treat pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, and it can even treat things like acne and insomnia.
How Is CBD Made?
CBD comes from either the hemp plant or the cannabis plant.
Hemp-derived CBD usually has little to no THC in it. This is due to the fact that hemp contains very little THC. When the hemp plant is processed into CBD, the producers often test the amount of THC in the product to make sure it doesn’t reach high levels.
CBD can also come from the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant has a lot of THC in it, which means that CBD extracted from cannabis plants will almost always have a higher level of THC in it than CBD extracted from hemp.
Is It Legal to Fly With CBD Gummies?
When it comes to the legality of flying with CBD, the answer is, unfortunately, a little fuzzy.
According to the TSA, flying with hemp-derived CBD is completely legal. This is because hemp has little to no THC, which means that hemp-derived CBD also has little to no CBD.
This decision was also made due to the fact that there are pharmaceutical drugs that contain CBD for things like seizures and epilepsy. The TSA needed to make them legal to travel with since they are official medication. Since these drugs use hemp-derived CBD, they made traveling with hemp-derived CBD legal, which includes any hemp-derived CBD products.
Traveling with cannabis-derived CBD is still considered illegal in many states. This makes it illegal to travel with cannabis-derived CBD as well because many cannabis-derived CBD products contain THC in them as well.
TSA Policy In Relation to CBD
When it comes to TSA’s policy regarding the transport of CBD, they take more of a passive approach. TSA’s guidelines state that they search passengers’ bags for anything that might be a threat to fellow passengers or the aircraft. They explicitly state that they are not looking for drugs.
They do say that if they find any illicit substances in a carry-on or checked bag, they will contact law enforcement to take appropriate action. When it comes to CBD, this policy enters a bit of a gray area.
Since both the TSA and law enforcement lack the testing equipment to determine whether the CBD is hemp-derived or cannabis-derived, they can’t determine where it came from. Some testing facilities even lack testing equipment that tells the difference between CBD and THC.
Tips for Traveling with CBD
If you’re going to travel with CBD, you need to take the appropriate steps to make sure you are obeying the law and won’t get in trouble.
Check the Laws and Regulations About CBD
Your first step should be to check the laws and regulations about CBD in the state or area you are visiting. Some states allow the use of both hemp-derived CBD and cannabis-derived CBD, while some states will only allow the use of hemp-derived CBD.
In other states, they regulate the use and sale of any hemp or cannabis-related item. Make sure you do the research and contact local law enforcement or legal organizations if you have any specific questions.
Read the Lab Report for Your CBD Product
If you’re going to travel with CBD, you need to know exactly what is in it. Your first step should be to make sure that the CBD is hemp-derived. This will ensure that you don’t run afoul of any local cannabis laws.
Your next step should be to look at the THC content of the CBD. While some cheaper brands will say “THC Free” on the label, it may still contain a high enough level of THC to be illegal.
Most reputable CBD companies will offer a detailed lab report alongside their CBD products. These lab reports break down the exact chemical measurements of your CBD gummies, including the potency of the CBD, the THC level, and the amount of other chemical compounds related to CBD.
You should print out this lab report and bring it with you if you travel with CBD products. This will keep you out of trouble if a TSA or law enforcement agent asks about the THC content in the CBD.
Don’t Fly Internationally with CBD
And finally, do not travel with CBD to an international destination. The laws and regulations about hemp, cannabis, and CBD are still very cloudly in certain countries, and they may not recognize any difference between CBD and THC.
Fly Safe, Fly Smart
Now that you know a little more about CBD gummies and whether you can fly with them, you are better prepared to stay out of trouble and transport your CBD product.
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