The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (more commonly known as the Farm Bill) made waves when it was passed in December 2018, legalizing industrial hemp on the federal level. On one hand, it created a new source of revenue for farmers, the CBD industry, and many others. However, it also left agencies like the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) scrambling to update policies. So before you head to the airport with your CBD products, take a look below at what you need to know regarding flying with CBD.
Is It Legal to Fly With CBD?
The short answer is yes, you can fly with CBD, but that yes comes along with some strict contingencies. According to the TSA, CBD products may be brought on a plane in either checked baggage or in a carry-on bag. However, all CBD products must strictly adhere to the guidelines set by the 2018 Farm Bill, meaning they must contain no more than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis. The only exception to the rule is a CBD product or medication* that’s approved by the FDA.
What’s Not Allowed While Flying
It may seem simple, but basically any CBD product that doesn’t fall under the 2018 Farm Bill guidelines (i.e., exceeds 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis) or anything that’s not FDA-approved isn’t allowed on planes. Despite the simplicity of the banned products, the main issue that consumers can run into is unknowingly purchasing products that don’t meet federal or FDA guidelines. If a non-conforming product is discovered by a TSA officer, it’ll be turned over to proper authorities.
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Additional Information on Flying with CBD
One of the most popular ways to use CBD is vaping, which actually comes into play when it comes time for air travel. CBD cartridges are allowed, provided the CBD vape juice meets 2018 Farm Bill Guidelines, but keep in mind that vape pens are only allowed in carry-on bags due to their lithium batteries.
Another thing to consider when traveling with CBD is to treat it as if you’re flying with medication and keep it in its original packaging, if possible. Or if you have a prescription for a medication containing CBD, TSA’s medication rules will apply to it. It’s also a good idea to keep a note from your doctor handy, just in case.
Finally, a crucial part of the 2018 Farm Bill dictates that, although industrial hemp is legal at the federal level, it also gives power to each individual state to regulate and limit its production and usage. With that in mind, make sure to check local laws regarding hemp-derived and marijuana-derived CBD products before traveling.
*Currently, the only FDA-approved medication is Epidiolex, which is used to treat seizures.