CBD is in a never ending legal battle between states, jurisdictions, and consumers. Despite the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, which made the hemp plant with special regulations legal once again, questions on getting pulled over or missing flights are still a concern.
Flying With CBD, Good or Bad Idea?
This is a natural question to ask even though CBD was made legal in 2018. It’s one every regular CBD user who travels often asks. Can I fly with CBD? The 2018 Farm Bill was a win-win for CBD advocates across the country as the hemp plant was officially removed as a “dangerous” controlled substance in December.
While federal law and its position toward CBD is very clear,, disputes continue between the Federal Drug Administration, The World Health Organization, and the United States Department of Agriculture, along with colleges, airports, and a plethora of other institutions.
Flying with CBD can be tricky. It will have to pass through your Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Under the Transportation Security Administration within the United States Department of Homeland Security, any suspected violations of law are to be reported by all TSA officers to local, state, or federal authorities.
Dallas especially has been a hub for potential “drug offenses”. In late May 2019, a 71 year old Lena Burtula was detained in Dallas Fortworth International Airport on her way to visit her granddaughter in Oregon for being found with CBD oil in her carry-on. At the time customs officials stated that guidelines and rules in the state of Texas had not been implemented and until then, any detected amount of THC could be confiscated.
June 11, 2019 – The Texas Legislature has since then set up a federally approved hemp program for Texas farmers to grow, manufacture, and otherwise process industrial hemp. It also expanded consumer protections on purchasing hemp-derived CBD oil and CBD products that contain 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) or less.
Flying with CBD ultimately lands on TSA officers. Security screening is part of their Transportation Security Mission, which involves screening carry-on bags for potential threats such as explosives and other life-threatening devices. If an officer considers a CBD product to be sketchy, they will hand it off to law enforcement. Flying with CBD depends on the airport and it depends on the state.
Some feel it’s not worth getting questioned over and possibly missing a flight. In many ways, it may be smarter, in many ways it may not. CBD has become an essential travel companion for many for relieving stress and other travel demands. It is best to look into your own state laws and the laws of your destination regarding CBD and its usage.
Traveling With CBD? Here Are Some Tips
CBD is a travel comforting must-have for many. Its gained popularity among adventure-loving and business-related travelers. If you do choose to take CBD with you to an airport, here are some tips.
Have Your COA With
If you do take the risk of bringing CBD into an airport, it would be in your best interest to provide customs with evidence of THC content. This is found in your product’s COA. The main concern with traveling with CBD is the THC content. This is what will raise the red flags. A COA with be helpful in this situation.
COA stands for a certificate of analysis. This is a product’s seal of purity, quality assurance, and authenticity. Avoid products that do not provide these certificates. Have it ready in paper form nearby or available on your phone if questioned. Reading labels carefully and double-checking a product’s COA will give you a sound mind that your purchase is safe for travel.
Try “THC-free” Products When Traveling
Is any CBD product “travel friendly”? Which ones will get me through the airport? Which one is the lightest and safest? Some products may prove more successful than others.
Before you step foot in an airport with CBD, consider your choice of product and CBD type. There are three types of CBD and bringing one over the other may save you the cost of missing a flight.
- CBD isolate
- Broad-spectrum CBD
- Full-spectrum CBD
CBD isolate does not contain any detectable levels of THC, same with broad spectrum. Full-spectrum on the other hand has or should have 0.3% THC. A drug test may detect THC content in your system even at this level.
Bringing an isolate or broad spectrum-based CBD product may be more discrete than one with even a slight amount of THC. Topicals will most likely be your safest product to pass through your airport. Our CBD roll-on, a three-ounce broad-spectrum CBD topical, has countless times passed through airports without trouble, but again CBD laws differ between states and airports.
Take CBD After The Test, Not Before
Discretion should be practiced prior to screening. TSA canines are specifically trained for explosive detection, not for drugs, but just in case, avoid taking CBD prior to getting scanned.
Is Taking CBD Oil On A Plane Worth The Risk?
It ultimately depends on the Travel Transporation Security Administration to question your CBD product. They most often stick to potential explosives but have the authority to question any suspicious items they deem unsafe. Always check with your destination’s state laws on CBD, what type of product your bringing, and have a COA available if you choose to bring CBD on a trip via flight.
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