For many folks, flying on an airplane is a daunting task. You must pack your suitcase full of everything you could possibly need for you trip, get to the airport, find parking, get through security, and find your terminal. All of this before you can even have time to think about the anxiety that comes with the flight itself. After you get done packing your bathing suit, you ask yourself “Can I bring my CBD with me or will TSA give me grief over it?”
Laws surrounding CBD have certainly become clearer with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. Recently, the TSA said that it will allow passengers to fly with CBD and hemp products. In an effort to change with the times, the TSA has updated its “What Can I bring?” guidance to put the minds of weary travelers at ease.
According to the new rules, families can also bring the hemp-derived drug Epidiolex, which is used to treat epilepsy in children, as well as CBD products, “as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law” under the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp and hemp derivatives. What this means is that if the product tagging along with you contains <0.3% THC, you are cleared for takeoff!
What about the other stuff?
The TSA’s new rule set still bans marijuana, including the edibles you got in California, the vape pen you picked up in Oregon, or the joint you artfully tucked into your tampons after a trip to Colorado. That said, the TSA admits that its officers “do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs.”
In short, in the absence of federal level guidance due to the FDA still not giving official guidance, it’s still the Wild West when it comes to CBD. But of all the federal agencies, at least the TSA is getting its ducks in a row so you can fly calm and confident.