15 Feb Can you carry CBD oil on a plane?
With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, products made from industrial hemp are now legal across most of the country. That includes cannabidiol or CBD that contains less than 0.3% THC, the element in marijuana that causes the feeling of being “high”. But while CBD is now highly popular, many wonder if you can carry it on a plane. In other words, can you put CBD drops into a discreet container such as a poison ring and legally carry it on an airliner?
CBD is Legal for Carry-On Bags
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has recently announced a relaxation of its policy towards CBD. Today, CBD can be carried on-board if it meets certain requirements although no one is quite sure what the requirements are at this point. This is because the legality of transporting CBD along with similar products is still in question both at the state and federal levels.
The announcement itself was rather innocuous as it appears in the “What Can I Bring” section of the TSA website. Before, all marijuana products which include medical marijuana and CBD were not permitted to be carried on-board. Today, it can be under “special instructions”.
What should be noted is that the amount of CBD does not seem to be an issue, at least when it comes to what can be conveniently carried on your person. From bottles of CBD oil to CBD drops found in a poison ring, the important point is whether it can be carried to abide by the special instructions.
Is CBD Legal?
According to the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, otherwise known as the Farm Bill, as long as the CBD comes from industrial hemp and is FDA approved, then it should be legal to carry even on an airliner. However, in many cases the CBD oil does not conform to the law that allows it to be legally carried and even so, TSA agents at airports may not be able to make the call themselves.
The differences are based in state and federal law. While some states have allowed for the use of recreational marijuana, meaning that you can carry it freely in an airport. The TSA is a federal agency and it is illegal under federal law. However, the new addition to the TSA website indicates that under certain conditions CBD can be carried into the aircraft.
This is because the primary duty of TSA is to prevent devices or substances designed to damage the aircraft or threaten the passengers. CBD does not threaten anything therefore it is a waste of resources to stop someone carrying a non-threatening substance. However, it should be noted that a TSA agent only has the word of the passenger as to whether the CBD is free of THC, which means that the lack of information may be holding the agency back.
You should always check airport and airliner guidelines when it comes to substances such as cannabidiol. You do not want to get into trouble carrying CBD drops inside a poison ring as it might cause more harm that good to your efforts.