Can you take CBD on a plane?

Can you take CBD on a plane?


In recent years, there has been an increase in the use of Cannabidiol, CBD products such as Dope CBD by many consumers. While there have been claims and beliefs of the effectiveness of CBD products in relieving numerous health issues, it is because CBD products are extracted from cannabis that is making people keep asking various questions concerning the consequences in the usage of CBD products as well its legitimacy, including whether it is legal to take CDB on a plane when traveling.

So what is CBD and why is it generating a lot of questions?

According to various scientific research and evidence CBD, a shortened form of cannabidiol is a chemical compound derived from the Cannabis plants. However, both marijuana and hemp are plants containing different specific amounts of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol usually referred to as THC, a chemical substance or psychoactive element that is capable of getting users of cannabis products "high".  Based on verifiable scientific proof, a THC of 0.3% or less can be ingested into the body without users getting high. This amount (0.3% or less) of THC is found in hemp plants, hence, it is generally accepted to be utilized in the production of CBD products like Dope CBD Gummies for human consumption. Marijuana, on the other hand, has been proven to contain a minimum of THC of more than 0.3% percent, hence, it is not accepted to be used when manufacturing CBD products, however, small the quantity may be. All Dope products contain the legal amount less than 0.3% THC. 

Considering the complexities and intricacies involved in determining whether a cannabis product satisfy the medical requirements that will ensure it does not cause a psychoactive effect on users, there are have been specific laws and regulations set out by the federal government of the United States to guide the usage and possession of CBD and its products. Following the passage of the Farm Bill of 2018 which specifies the conditions and guidelines upon which CBD can be used, CBD products from hemp extracts are permitted in both carry-on and checked bags during flight travel. While it appears that the questions concerning CBD's legality and consequences have been answered. However, in a twist of turn, back in the middle of the year 2019, an event in which the officials of the Dallas/Fort-Worth International Airport apprehended a septuagenarian woman after uncovering a CBD oil in a carry-on, which later led the affected woman to spend two nights in jail has made the questions of whether it is still legitimate to take CBD on a plane, even despite the TSA (Transportation Security Administration; a United States agency) lately relaxing on its regulations about CBD products. Incredibly, the answer is still peculiar.

Laws and Regulations Guiding CBD

To ascertain if you can take CBD products like Dope Body Butter; a product carefully manufactured for practical and leisurely usage, on a plane, it is essential to understand the government-established rules or laws and regulations guiding the possession and usage of CBD and its manufactured products.  According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, under the Farm Bill 2018; the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, and in an attempt to regulate the production and possession of CBD and its product, stated that “Products or 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.” While defining the hemp to make more clarifications, the agency claimed that "the term 'hemp' means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis." Therefore in technical terms, this implies that content of more than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol in any CBD plant or product will be regarded as marijuana, and its possession is seen as a violation of law concerning hard drugs under the United States federal law.  However, despite the Farm Bill which allows the use and possession of CBD containing THC of not more than 0.3 percent, the FDA still retains the authority to determine the safety and legality of the CBD products to use. This is based on the belief that most of the time if not all, it will be difficult to determine whether a particular CBD product has THC of 0.3 percent or less, except for the trained eyes.  Hence, particularly for the producers, it is expected that any products, whether foods, dietary, drinks, etc, will need to pass through the FDA agency, by satisfying the production requirement, and then get the approval of the agency. Otherwise, the possession of such CBD products may be considered illegal. Again, while hemp is now legal in the United States through the passage of Farm Bill 2018, including the freedom to cultivate, market its products, and transfer or transport CBD infused products, there are still certain restrictions that are established to ensure the CBD are manufactured accordingly without causing health risks related issues to the users while also satisfying the laws and regulations provided by the Food and Drug Administration Agency. Though the restrictions laid out to guide the production and consumption of CBD and its products are not numerous, yet, they are quite substantial that the public should take note of such regulations. One of the regulations is that the manufacturing of CBD products or CBD in possession must not exceed 0.3 percent of THC, otherwise, that will be a violation of the regulations. Another one is the requirements of CBD producers to obtain regulatory licenses from the appropriate quarters. The regulatory license can be obtained from either state or federal level depending on the arrangement between the state government and the United States Department of Agriculture.  Hence, it is safe to conclude that cannabidiol, a good sample of which is Dope CBD Vape Cartridges is made legal albeit under some specific circumstances. It should also be noted that while the possession and use of CBD are legal at the federal level, there are certain differences in the regulations of CBD in some states in the country. Different state laws on CBD usage and ingestion differ. For example, in the state of Texas whereby CBD is only approved at zero percent level of THC content, it is however approved to be used medically at a percentage of nothing more than 0.5 percent. There are some other states in which CBD such as CBD Lip Balm is approved to be utilized under specific guidelines both medically and recreationally. In another vein, however, some states only approved CBD usage medically. While some states, it’s still totally not approved whether it is made from hemp or marijuana.

Are there differences between the Hemp Infused CBD and Marijuana-Infused CBD.

Going by the typical knowledge of cannabis, it is believed that both hemp and marijuana are extracted from the cannabis plant. But why the FDA approved the possession and usage of hemp or hemp products under specific conditions but outrightly dismissed that of marijuana? The answer lies in their chemical makeup. Even though both hemp and marijuana are families of the same cannabis plant, they are different in not just appearance alone, but also in their compound contents. This is evident in each of the cannabis plants containing different amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol often referred to as THC. This chemical compound is what gives the users the psychoactive effect. And the higher the amount of THC, the greater the effect of psychoactivities in the users. Medical analysis has shown that a THC of 0.3 percent or lesser will show no noticeable psychoactive effect in the consumer's body. On this note, it has been proven that hemp usually contains nothing more than 0.3 percent THC, while also containing sufficient cannabidiol that gives consumers several related health benefits. On the other hand, research analysis on marijuana has shown that, depending on the plant's chemical structure, marijuana usually has between 5 to 30 percent THC of its total make up, while also having minimal content of cannabidiol, thereby making it produce a high level of psychoactive effect on users.  Also, it has been observed that hemp can grow with little or no with an extra touch, care, and can easily survive in various environments, marijuana plants, however, is cultivated on specific and regulated condition. Based on these differences, and considering the health-related benefits that may be derived from the intake of cannabidiol present in hemp, FDA then approved the legality of hemp and hemp-infused products, including Dope CBD Capsules which are easy to consume and offers great benefits like bioavailability, even though it is under collaborative guidelines and restrictions, while marijuana and marijuana-infused products are prohibited anywhere in the United States. 

Is it legal to take CBD On a Plane?

Now that you know the difference between hemp and marijuana, and the laws and regulations guiding the usage and possession of CBD in the United States, the question now is if it is legal to take CBD on a plane? Here is the answer you've been looking for: According to a Transportation Security Administration, TSA, spokesperson, Carrie Harmon, CBD or CBD infused products that are based on marijuana are currently considered illegal under federal law because the THC content is above 0.3 percent. Thereby, carrying such a CBD or any of its products would not be tolerated by the government at the Airport. However, the CBD products that are produced from the hemp extraction and have THC constituent of 0.3 percent or lesser amount, for example, Dope Lip Balm,  is considered legal under federal law; the Farm Bill of 2018, hence, such CBD or any of its products are very much allowed at the airport. All Dope Products are federally legal and contain less than 0.3% THC. You can view 3rd Party Lsb tests to verify every product. 

Similarly, in the recently updated version of TSA's guidelines concerning the transportation of CBD, the agency has highlighted that passengers at the airport would only be allowed to carry CBD made for a specific situation, including;  medical marijuana, CBD, and any of its products that with 0.3 percent THC or less than that amount. Also, the CBD that can be allowed is those approved by the FDA as hemp or fully licensed as CBD products that are capable of treating one ailment or the other.

Though, TSA has come out to declare that the major verdict on whether CBD would be allowed to carry during airplane traveling depends on the TSA officer on duty. Yet, the TSA spokesperson also claimed that ordinarily, TSA security officers on duty, barely check for these things (marijuana or any CBD products that may have more than 0.3 percent) but should there be any reason to make further analysis, such as cases where some things or products appears illegal, then such issue will be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency, who will then do the needful accordingly. In light of the aforementioned, and based on our experience, it is quite better if a passenger is well prepared for the event ahead. At this point, the consumer with CBD products can take necessary prescriptions or type of medical approval on the need to use such particular CBD. 

Another thing to do is to ensure if possible to hold and easily present the product's certificate of analysis, or COA; which gives verifiable evidence on information about CBD products just like Dope Gummies, including the actual percentage of cannabinoids during its test analysis, the lab where the products are tested  which can all be found in the description of the product you have on hand! Another way in which one can be able to carry CBD on a Plane is to ensure the product that is being carried matches the latest regulations that TSA has published. To quickly verify at the point of checking during airport travel, passengers are advised to carry a hardcopy that will quickly show the TSA officers in charge that you're still within the confines of the laws.

We recently tested the system and carried every Dope product (except vapes) in carry-on luggage from ORD to SJU and we weren't ever stopped or questioned.

Understanding the Peculiarity for Traveling with CBD

Because aside from the United States federal laws under the Farm Bills of 2018, that specifically state what is accepted and what is not approved in terms of CBD, other factors need to be considered before thinking of traveling with CBD. If you are traveling locally or within the country, you have to consider the laws and regulations guiding the use and possession of CBD in the state or region you are traveling to.  For example, state of Virginia is known to only approve the transaction of CBD with necessary prescription. Similarly, the state of Texas only allows the purchase of CBD for medical use when it has a 0.5 percent content of THC otherwise, they only allow zero percent of THC in CBD products.  Generally, in recent years in the United States, there are only thirty-three states that have approved the legal possession and usage of cannabis for medical reasons alone, while only ten states have fully approved the consumption of cannabis for adult use. Hence, to avoid unnecessary uncertainty at the point of departure when traveling domestically, it is ideal to consider the exact place you're moving to and prepare fully well. You could also be wondering when traveling internationally, if whether taking CBD on a plane is permitted in the country you're traveling to. Typically, in some countries in western Europe such as the United Kingdom and France, a CBD containing 0.2 percent of THC or lesser is only allowed to be used or applied. Similarly, in Italy, the possession and usage of CBD products are limited to 0.6 percent of THC. Thereby, making it reasonably fair to comply when coming from the United States. On the other hand, in places like Belgium and Netherlands, CBD products like Dope CBD Lemon Gummies are quite accepted though still restricted. The restriction in Belgium is only limited to 3 grams of relatively huge THC, and that of the Netherland is restricted to 5 grams of THC content. On the contrary, however, the majority of the eastern European countries and some north-western European countries allow the use of CBD products is legal. Countries such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and, Slovenia. Likewise, in some other Western European countries such as Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Malta, and Portugal, the use and possession of CBD is prohibited, however, it can only be allowed if it is prescribed only for the purpose of medical care.