CBD oil has become more popular in recent years for a variety of ailments but traveling with it has caused many a lot of anxiety. There are varying state laws on the legalization of CBD oil and a confusing patchwork of enforcement left many travelers unsure if they could travel with their CBD oil. The Transportation Security Administration just updated their policy on CBD oil in light of recent confusion and arrests. Travelers are cleared for national travel with CBD oil and some medical marijuana products.
Many people rely on CBD for a variety of conditions. These include anxiety, cancer, Alzheimer’s, PTSD, nausea, motion sickness, inflammation, fibromyalgia, acne, autism and pain. While travel for many meant no problems going through security with their CBD oil, not all made it through easily. In some states CBD oil is legal and in others it isn’t. Many of our patients traveled with documentation to support their use of CBD oil to make their travel easier, but it often still caused some anxiety.
It was especially frustrating to see recent news stories of people getting arrested for a product that is not only harmless but beneficial. One grandma who used CBD for pain was traveling to Oregon to visit her granddaughter. She ended up spending the night in jail instead! Police officers at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport found CBD oil in her bag. The charges were later dropped, but nobody wants their travels disrupted with a felony charge and a night in jail.
TSA Updates Policy on CBD Oil
That shouldn’t be a problem anymore as the TSA updated their “What Can I Bring Page” this past weekend to be consistent with the 2018 Farm Bill, which federally legalized hemp products. It now clearly states the policy so there is consistency across the United States for travelers.
“Possession of marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law. TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law, including possession of marijuana and certain cannabis infused products.
Products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018.”
This move makes a lot of sense legally and medically. Hemp products contain little to no THC, so they don’t have the same psychoactive attributes as marijuana, but still have the cannabinoid benefits. Our bodies have a whole endocannabinoid system. It’s a regulatory system in the body that supports homeostasis and that researchers are just beginning to figure out. Cannabis, and therefore CBD oil, is able to mimic the endocannabinoids in our body that create homeostasis. If you want to learn more about the benefits, check out Dr. Patrick’s article, Cannabis Talk.
Therefore, don’t let anxiety take over your travel plans. Travelers can now take advantage of the medical benefits of CBD oil with TSA’s recent update to their policies. Before you travel make sure that your CBD oil is made from hemp… and is good quality like this one. If you have any other questions check out the TSA’s website and our article on traveling with supplements. You and your CBD oil are clear for (national) travel!
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