TSA loosens up policies to allow CBD oils and medications on flights
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently announced that they will now allow CBD oil in carry-on and checked bags. The agency updated their rules and regulations regarding CBD and medical marijuana products recently. This means passengers are allowed to carry medical marijuana products and CBD products that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Previously, all forms of the marijuana plant were prohibited in both checked and carry-on luggages. Though Sunday May 26th 2019, the new policy took place. CBD oil is allowed “as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law” as stated in the Farm Bill passed in 2018 that federally legalized hemp and its derivatives.
Unlike THC, hemp and its derivatives contain no psychoactive chemicals that give you a “high”. CBD, which is extracted from hemp, has a variety of medicinal benefits such as treating pain and inflammation, as well as reducing anxiety and depression, to name a few. Interested in learning more about CBD? Here’s an article about everything you need to know about CBD.
While this sounds like a major step into the acceptance of hemp, and it is, some passengers may be worried that allowing these products into flights may actually slow down the security lines at airports. TSA will have to figure out if the medical marijuana products and CBD products they stop to search are approved. According to the TSA website, “TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.” So it’s very important to keep the products in its original packaging, otherwise, they have the right to take anything from your luggage that looks suspicious.
Oddly enough, one of the biggest beneficiaries of the new policy is the beauty industry. Cosmetic grade CBD oils are everywhere nowadays, especially in makeup and skincare products which folks boast about for the anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties. See why CBD beauty products are the latest craze in this article. The new policy spells good news for folks who were previously worried about their CBD infused lotions and moisturizers.
In summary, passengers need to be aware that the new rules set in place by the TSA still bans many forms of marijuana. Any products that are infused with THC, including CBD oils with THC, are still illegal based on federal law. Please keep in mind that TSA is required to report all violations of the law to the proper authorities. So it’s best to make sure that the products you are bringing contain no THC unless approved for medicinal purposes.
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