Should you travel with your CBD products?
While you might not think twice about bringing your favorite CBD products with you when traveling, you might want to start. Everyone knows that marijuana has been federally illegal since the 1930s and most Americans know that it is a bad idea to bring weed with them to the airport, but what about CBD products?
CBD or cannabidiol can come from both the marijuana plant or the hemp plant and is clearly an industry on the rise amongst American consumers in the past two years. There is a wide variety of CBD products on the market, and all these products have many different applications. You can find lotion, tinctures, sunscreen, aloes, and even vape liquid with CBD, people are even adding CBD to food and beverages and giving CBD treats to their furry friends. But just like its well-known counterpart THC or tetrahydrocannabinol which is the psychoactive compound found in the marijuana plant, CBD is in a current state of conflicting legality depending on what state you live in and even what town you reside in. It is obviously very important to read up on state laws and even city laws and they all vary depending on where you are.
You probably bought your CBD products from Savage CBD or at your local vape store, making it seem completely fine to bring with you on your next adventure. However, because of the lack of regulation over CBD products, specifically with the labeling, packaging, and the standards on CBD purity which has put CBD products in a very complicated state legally, traveling with CBD products has landed some travelers in the Dallas airport in some extremely hot water according to a local news source.
The problem is, or as TSA and airport security see it, they can’t tell how much THC is actually in your CBD products just by looking at the label and packaging alone. It’s really the potential “hidden” THC that is the problem not so much the CBD product itself. There may be a non-detectable amount of THC or there may be way more than the legal limit which is 3%. This is another great reason to only shop with companies like Savage CBD that have lab results to go with each product, but even this is not going to get you out of potential trouble at the airport.
As of right now, there is no governing body to oversee the regulation of CBD products or set standards which is one of the huge factors contributing to the rise in the interception of CBD products being brought to the airport by travelers.
The 2018 Farm Bill was passed in December and was seen and still is seen as a huge win for the CBD community but has also left some travelers an unwarranted comfort when traveling with CBD. The Farm Bill legalized CBD to be produced on an industrial scale in the United States, but just because growing hemp is legal does not mean there are no restrictions on its derivatives.
Within the farm bill, there is nothing that is explicitly protecting consumers of CBD which is leaving the legality of CBD up to interpretation at this point. In New York City, the Department of Health recently made it clear that there will be penalties for restaurants who mix CBD into food and yet you can still walk down the street and purchase a bottle of oil or lotion that contains CBD. All of this is not stopping big name brands like CVS and Coca Cola from jumping into the CBD market.
Even though most of the CBD that is found in the products you are able to buy online or in a store are sourced from the hemp plant, the law is complicated and may not be completely apparent to each individual law enforcement officer. Even though CBD is no longer classified as a schedule I drug under the Controlled Substance Act, the FDA still considers all CBD products as illegal no matter if the CBD came from a hemp plant or a marijuana plant.
It is important to note that all of Savage CBD products are derived from the hemp plant, and most CBD products on the market today follow in the same footsteps, but just like anything else, there should be some research done by the individual before use. Being a consumer of CBD comes with some responsibility. Make sure that you are purchasing products from a reputable brand that tests their products and has those lab results easily accessible, Also make sure that you can actually get ahold of the company to ask any questions you may have regarding their products.
The same is true when traveling, some research needs to be done by consumers before bringing any CBD products with them on their next vacation, especially if they are traveling internationally. There are many countries where CBD is still highly illegal, and you don’t want to be locked up abroad because you packed your favorite Savage CBD tincture to enjoy on the flight. Once you are in foreign waters, you are under their laws, so, think twice or read up about the laws on CBD for the country you plan on visiting when packing any CBD products for your next trip.
Long story short, until the law is crystal clear, all law enforcement federal or local are on the same page, and there is some way to tell exactly what is in your CBD product based on the label alone, it is probably best to not bring your beloved CBD products into any federal jurisdiction. Law enforcement, especially federal law enforcement is not just going to “take your word for it” when you try telling them that your product contains no THC only CBD. At the very least, pack it in your checked bag, but it is probably best to just leave it at home and purchase a CBD product when you get to your final destination.