The twenty-first century has been full of surprises. With the world of prescribed medication taking a backseat, sources of alternative medicines and therapies are making a significant mark in the market. Natural remedies like CBD have made it to the online and offline stores after the President introduced the Farm Bill in 2018. Not only does the supplement hold the potential of alleviating and treating various ailments and illnesses, but it also allows users to pave a way out from the administration of synthetic medication.
When it comes to internal laws and regulations, the government has legalized CBD in several states. However, this might not be the case when you plan on traveling abroad with this substance. The TSA has their set of guidelines that travelers need to adhere to. More often, officials at the checkpoints confuse CBD with cannabis. So, it is essential for you, as a traveler, to carry all the necessary documents that approve the substance and states that it falls under the official and approved guidelines. As a result, keep a check on the current guidelines since they may vary from country to country.
With CBD’s popularity skyrocketing every day, several manufacturers and companies are entering the market. Here is a rundown of three of the significant facts that you need to know about travel and CBD, along with TSA’s take on it.
TSA’s CBD Policy
The official policy of the TSA states that specific cannabis products are illegal under federal law. However, the allowable amount of THC amid a legal CBD product should fall under the bar of 0.3%. As long as the supplement is derived from hemp, you can fly with it. Regulations might differ in other countries you are flying to, so be sure to do your research beforehand.
Another notable fact surrounding CBD is that it can also get sourced from marijuana. If that’s the case, you can get fined or face charges against you if caught traveling with marijuana-derived CBD products.
1. Overseas Legality of CBD
Even if you are flying in the domestic jurisdiction, CBD can complicate your case. That’s mostly because of its origination and nature and the family of cannabis that it comes from. In the US, CBD has gained legal status, owing to the Farm Bill’s acceptance in 2018. You also need to know the substance’s dry weight before getting it through the airport’s TSA check.
Although it is not difficult to go through security checks, you need to understand CBD’s legal standpoint. Check the laws that European countries have for cannabis and its derivatives. If you are traveling with CBD from the US, where it is legal, the supplement doesn’t need to be legal in your destination country. It is important to check their take and bills on potent substances like CBD. In simple terms, your arrival and departure points should not pose a problem. In some European countries, 0.2% THC level or less is legal, which, in turn, differs from US standards. For instance, France allows items created with CBD isolates and do not accommodate any THC traces. It would be best to research well before traveling with CBD because of such varying laws and regulations.
2. Always Carry The Product’s COA
A certified CBD product comes with a Certificate of Analysis or COA. This document approves its authenticity and confirms the cannabinoid content of the product along with safety verification. In case you haven’t received the COA after purchasing a CBD product, you can check the manufacturer’s website and download the Certificate of Analysis directly. Keep the certificate handy as you might have to show it to the TSA and security officials. If there’s no COA with the CBD product, you might not be allowed to get through the security check. This certificate provides finesse insight during the process of check-ins and check-outs and will enable you to avoid little delays.
3. Pack strategically
You can only carry liquids, aerosols, gels, pastes, and creams in your carry-on bag. Furthermore, the TSA has rules surrounding liquids that allow you to take not more than three ounces. Keep all forms and types of liquids, including CBD, in a transparent Ziploc. Experts suggest that you pack CBD products in carry-ons as the cargo’s unregulated temperatures can affect the substance. Hot and frigid temperatures can severely hinder the product’s quality, eventually reducing its shelf life.
When it comes to travel authorities at the airport and cannabis’ derivatives, you should not leave any information untouched. It is advisable to run through CBD rules and regulations before you set your foot free. Moreover, if you are traveling overseas, check your destination country’s take on THC’s amount permissible in CBD products.
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