From the time of the legalization of cannabinoid or popularly known as CBD, people have started using CBD based products for their medical needs freely. Despite of the federal government allowing hemp derived CBD with a maximum of 0.3% THC, travelling with medical marijuana on flights still seems to be a strenuous task with a high chance of getting arrested at the airport.
Many passengers have been arrested by the police officials for carrying CBD oil on the flight. The accused even includes elderly people who rely on CBD for their joint pains and acute aches, which seems to be completely innocent. As per the federal law, carrying and using CBD infused products is legal, however many agencies and law enforcement departments hold back their decision still considering CBD as an illegal compound.
CBD is a non-psychoactive and anti-inflammatory compound most commonly found in the hemp plants of the cannabis genus. CBD has been reported to have significant health effects on human beings. It is believed to reduce pain, swelling, inflammation, anxiety, stress, insomnia, sleep disorders and even treat severe ailments such as cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
Intensive study and research have been going on to derive the exact compounds of CBD and understand how it interacts with human body. While many believe in the power of this drug, others are sceptical about its long-term effects and how it could alter the state of mind permanently.
The federal government has clearly legalized CBD and not THC, tetra hydro cannabinoid, another compound found in hemp plants which has psychoactive nature. THC can change the state of mind negatively, produce hallucinations, lead to fatigue, memory loss, blurry vision and cause permanent mental disorders if taken for a prolonged period of time.
The Food and Drug Administration is yet to decide its regulatory framework around CBD and its infused products. Till then the consumer market remains in sort of a grey area regarding the marketing, distribution and possession of CBD and its products.
According to Fox News, the TSA just updated its policy regarding passengers carrying medicinal CBD oil in both- carry on and checked luggage. Until now, the organization has been quite clear about its stringent regulations and has advised passengers to leave their CBD at home. But the FDA has approved a CBD infused medicinal drug known as Epidiolex for seizures, and the TSA seems to be following suit in order to allow passengers access to their medications.
CBD is not a psychoactive drug which causes euphoria or “gets you high” when you smoke weed. Instead it is the THC compound that is responsible to make you feel “high”. According to Harvard Medical School, CBD has a variety of health benefits without any psychoactive side effects .
Apart from medicinal drugs, cosmetic grade CBD oils can be found in skincare and makeup products, praised for their inflammatory and moisturizing properties. Many celebrities promote and use CBD based oils, creams and other products to showcase their love for CBD and how it is helping them in their lives. Right from mascaras, face masks, lip balms, lotions, topicals, oils to even tinctures, all have become holy grail beauty items and sought-after products for people who want to live a healthy life without any acute pains or joint aches.
As compared to CBD oil, CBD infused beauty products are less dicey to carry on an airplane which makes them all the more convenient and accessible. This new policy change will certainly help people who carry CBD oil for medicinal reasons, and not just use its products as a face cream.
But since CBD and medical marijuana laws differ from one state to another, there are still prohibitions that restrict passengers to carry CBD oil at many airports across the country. There are specific rules laid out that one must follow in order to avoid any unforeseen challenges. All CBD being taken through security must be in compliance with the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018, according to the TSA website. It is also crucial to have a proper medical prescription by a doctor and packaging along with your CBD oil.
If any TSA official is suspicious of anything found in your bag or on you in person, they have the right to take the matter further and extend the security check process to investigate any CBD containing product that you might be carrying. The screening process of TSA focuses on security and is designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers.