The year 2019 is blessed with lots of new moves for the cannabis industry. First, it was the approval of cannabis-related products for medical use, then the legalization of medical marijuana and CBD based drugs. Now, it will also interest you to note that the TSA has recently updated its Medical Marijuana Policy to permit fliers to travel along with their FDA-approved CBD products and medications whenever they fly.
This move was in line with supporting the growing trend of CBD products around the world. Data gathered from scientific and clinical research has shown that CBD can be utilized as an antioxidant, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial agent. CBD can also be used for a vast array of medical conditions known to man. This wide range of activity has been attributed to the ability of CBD to interact with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system scattered all around the body.
The recent changes in the TSA’s Medical marijuana policy, specifically to traveling with CBD, are also in alignment with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 , which exempted FDA-approved hemp and cannabis medications with acceptable levels of THC (less than 0.3%) from the list of substances in the Controlled Substances Act.
Before now, the mere mention of the term hemp, cannabis or marijuana automatically leads the minds of people to feelings of getting high due to the activities of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound present in weed and hemp plants. Excessive use of these substances (marijuana, hemp, and cannabis containing a high level of THC) could tamper with the normal brain function, lead to substance abuse and violence. This has raised several concerns, thus, leading to the ban of hemp-related products on planes and airports.
The ban on the use of CBD and hemp related products during flights continued to be a thing of a challenge especially for people who relied on them as a source of medication or alternative treatment for disease conditions like pediatric epilepsy.
What does this mean for fliers?
With the recent move, you are free to travel with your FDA-approved CBD products as long as it contains not more than 0.3% of THC. Anything above this value is considered illegal and may be punishable by law.
Please note, while you are free to travel with your FDA-approved CBD or hemp drugs, possession of hemp is still illegal and may be subject punishment. There is a great difference between CBD and cannabis, and adequate care must be taken not to confuse the two. While the latter is a chemical compound found in cannabis plant, the former is the whole plant containing a mixture of both harmful and beneficial plant chemicals.
As a precautionary measure, it is highly recommended that you purchase your CBD products from accredited outlets to gain access to the best FDA-approved CBD products void of THC. Kindly consult with your airline operator before taking any CBD product on the next flight and don’t forget to Contact us if you have any questions on CBD products and how it affects your body system; We would love to hear from you.