Can You Fly With CBD? The Answer Will Surprise You!

November 6, 2019 09:00:12

Flying with marijuana has always been a tricky issue. Different states have different policies on marijuana, and what’s allowed in havens like California may not be allowed anywhere else. A statement released by the TSA said that “TSA officers do not search for marijuana or illegal drugs. Our screening procedures are focused on security and detecting potential threats. But in the event a substance appears to be marijuana or cannabis-infused product, we’re required by federal law to notify law enforcement. This includes items that are used for medicinal purposes.”

TSA officers won’t actively look for any marijuana or marijuana-infused products, but if they do find any marijuana-like substance, you could be in trouble.

A poll by Gallup found that 14% of Americans use CBD products and that every four out of ten people use it as a pain reliever. The majority of the rest use it to manage anxiety and insomnia. The chances are that whoever is flying with CBD is doing so for medical reasons. So what is the TSA’s policy on CBD? It’s pretty complicated.

Travis Rexroad, a senior official at Weedmaps, an institution that chronicles the changing state, federal and international marijuana laws, says that, unfortunately, there are still some nuances on whether it’s advisable to fly with CBD, varying mostly from state to state. “The reason being,” he adds, “that although there has been movement at the federal level to legalize hemp-derived CBD, certain states hold stricter laws that could mean consequences for those traveling with CBD.”

He talks about the case of a 69-year-old woman who was arrested at Disney World in Florida after peppermint CBD oil was found in her purse during a search. Her North Carolina doctor had prescribed the medication to her to help manage her arthritis. The CBD had “THC free” labels, but when it was tested, they found THC. She has since been released on a $2,000 bond and her charges dropped, but her case leaves other CBD users in a bind. Denver-based start-up Ellipse Analytics tested 250 top selling CBD products and found THC in 45% of them. 21% of the products that claimed to be “THC free” had THC.

For now, flying with CBD is just as risky as marijuana. You could carry a certificate of analysis with you, or only buy products clearly labeled as “THC free,” but as Ellipse Analytics found, a lot of the sellers lie on their packaging. It’s a risk that could either pay off or end up with an arrest record.

Experts believe that it is such uncertainty surrounding CBD that could prompt cannabis companies like VPR Brands LP (OTCQB: VPRB) and Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) to start or continue warning their clients to be vigilant about the cannabis laws in their area in order to stay out of legal trouble.

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