Maybe you heard the news that broke over Memorial Day weekend: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it would allow certain CBD products through its security screenings. But don’t rejoice just yet—there are stipulations to this new rule.
Here’s the official blurb from the TSA’s website:
“Marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law except for products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by FDA. (See the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334.)”
The announcement only covers hemp-derived CBD products that contain less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or drugs approved by the FDA (read: Epidiolex). So, if you’ve got a high-CBD tincture with an 8:1 CBD-to-THC ratio, you could still technically be busted for that.
And of course, all marijuana products remain illegal at the federal level. So if you’re caught with them at a checkpoint, TSA is required to report it.
But the question remains: If you have a high-CBD product that contains more than 0.3% THC, other than looking at the label, how are TSA officers supposed to know? And what’s to stop a person from taking a product whose labeling states that it has less than 0.3% THC and replacing the contents with a product that’s high in THC?
The reality is that there isn’t a way to know without testing the actual product—and we all know that TSA doesn’t have time for that. On its website, TSA states that its main objective is security, not the enforcement of drug laws. But its agents are still required to alert authorities if they find federally prohibited materials in your luggage.
If you take CBD to manage a certain condition and don’t want to get held up at a security checkpoint because you have CBD products on you, the best course of action is to make sure that your products are compliant with TSA rules. In other words, you’re transporting items that are 0.3% THC or less—even if there’s technically no way to be sure that CBD products are what they say they are without testing.
To help you prep for your next trip, we’ve rounded up a few travel-friendly products that meet TSA’s new guidelines. And they can all be shipped directly to your door via our shop.
1. Plant People’s Be Calm Capsules
If you’re anxiety-prone, especially on flights, take Plant People’s Be Calm capsules with you on your journey. Each capsule contains 15 mg of CBD along with a blend of adaptogenic herbs that can help improve your mental state and manage your body’s stress response.
2. Pure Ratios’ CBD Hemp Vape Cartridge
Whenever you take a vape pen on flights, there’s always a chance that it’ll leak due to elevation changes. It’s no one’s fault—vape pen technology simply hasn’t gotten there yet. However, this shouldn’t stop you from bringing a pen on flights, especially if you’re managing a condition and vaping is your preferred method of administration.
While you won’t be able to vape on the plane, we recommend that you pack Pure Ratios’ CBD Hemp Vape Cartridge in your carry-on. It comes in its own container. So if a bit of oil manages to trickle out, it’ll be contained and easy to clean.
3. Holistic Hound’s CBD Dog Treats
If your pup is tagging along on your plane ride, bringing a little CBD is a must. CBD can calm your pooch’s nerves, helping them chill out and pass the time. Holistic Hound’s treats come in 3 mg or 7.5 mg doses, and you can choose from either a chicken- or lamb-based treat.
4. Humble Flower's Relief Balm
The Relief Balm by Humble Flower Co. is ideal for travelers who need high-CBD topicals to manage aches and pains. And it’s also a great option for those whose muscles tend to cramp during long flights. Each jar contains 200 mg of CBD, arnica extract and a blend of clary sage, lavender and rosemary essential oils—all in a TSA-friendly 2 oz container.
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