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TSA allows FDA approved epilepsy drug containing CBD on flights – Says TSA officials do not specifically search for marijuana

CBD on Flights

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allows CBD (cannabinoid) only in a paediatric epilepsy drug which is used for treating severe patients of epilepsy. The drug is now permitted on flights and users can carry the drug without worrying about the prosecution, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The agency recently updated its guidance to passengers on what can be brought aboard the aircraft, indicating that – subject to “special instructions” – there are forms of medical marijuana which can be brought on the flight or placed in the checked in luggage.

Earlier, passengers carrying CBD oil were arrested and prosecuted for possession of illegal drugs even if they contained small traces of THC. Tetrahydro cannabinoid aka THC is another chemical found in marijuana plants which changes the state of mind and causes hallucinations. It is this chemical which is responsible to give the “high” that users feel while smoking weed.

According to the federal law which passed the Farm Bill in December 2018, hemp derived cannabinoid with a maximum concentration of only 0.3% THC is a legal compound. It can be used for medicinal purposes without getting allegedly charged or arrested for the same.

The law also removed CBD from the list of Controlled Substances which has given companies and retailers the freedom to incorporate the compound in a variety of consumer-based products.

According to statistics, CBD sales will skyrocket to a whopping 22 billion US dollars by 2022. It is one of the hottest ingredients present in the market which has attracted millions of consumers in just a few months.

After the farm bill was passed which made CBD a legal substance, many companies began exploring the CBD space, making products that were technically still illegal as per the FDA standards. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has stringent regulations against CBD and every other marijuana related chemical.

It prohibits the use of CBD in foods and beverages. Despite of this, there is a wide variety of CBD infused edible range available in the market. From CBD based beer, coffee, juices to CBD based burgers, pizzas, gummy bears, chocolates, CBD is being included in almost every other food item on the menu!

The agency is yet to set a regulatory framework for CBD infused edibles in May. Stakeholders along with consumers will be participating in a public meeting arranged by the FDA on May 31 and talk about how it can be inculcated in the consumer market safely. Till then, companies continue to sell and promote CBD infused products.

From Willie Nelson’s CBD based tinctures to Crussh’s debut CBD oil boosters, there is a heavy flow of CBD throughout the market which is quite evident. Celebs like Kim Kardashian West, Younes Bendjima and many others are taking to their social media accounts to profess their love for CBD and how it has changed their lives for good.

CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory and non-psychoactive nature. It is used to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, inflammation, swelling and also treat severe ailments such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and cancer. Many consumers have reported a significant improvement in their health after taking CBD for just a few weeks.

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Marijuana Moment, an online cannabis advocacy publication, first reported that TSA updated its guidance to passengers about carrying CBD onboard aircrafts. TSA confirmed on the updated rules to CNN, noting that “possession of marijuana and certain cannabis infused products” remains illegal under the federal law, but said that the agency “was made aware of an FDA-approved drug that contains CBD oil for children who experience seizures from paediatric epilepsy.”

The agency further told that to avoid any confusion as to whether families can travel with this drug or not, TSA immediately updated the once they became aware of the issue.

A TSA official told CNN that agency officers are being briefed on the rule update but since this is a new consideration, there may be some who do not recognize the FDA approved version.

The official also said that TSA’s screening process is focused primarily on security threats so TSA agents do not specifically search for marijuana, however if any illegal substance is discovered during the security process, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement official who will take the matter from there on.

Ivan writes about Cannabis at The Cannabis Radar. He has a degree in Nutrition Sciences from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre. He likes to spend his spare time reading to his daughter or spending time with his wife.

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