What You Need to Know Before You Fly with CBD

There is simply no denying the fact that we live in a busy world. We also live in a world where we are certainly more connected to one another than ever before. Many of us have business relationships, social connections, and family ties that require us to travel regularly around the country and around the world. Or, on other occasions, maybe we simply want a vacation from the busy, hectic pace of life – we find ourselves wanting to see someplace new, relax, and unwind for a while. Whatever our reasons may be, many of us find ourselves regularly needing to fly. And as anyone who has flown recently understands, there are many rules and restrictions to be aware of when flying.

Certainly, the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) was created for our safety. It does a wonderful job of helping to ensure that passengers across the country travel safely from one destination to the other, each and every day. In order to accomplish that mission, the TSA implements any number of rules and safety procedures. As a passenger, it is your job to familiarize yourself with those rules and procedures, both for the safety of yourself and others, and to ensure that you are able to fly without delay.

Understandably, as CBD is still relatively a new supplement, there are a number of questions as to what rules, if any, pertain to bringing it on a flight. In order to be certain that you remain informed and aware of the most current rules, the first and most important step to take before flying is to check the TSA website at www.tsa.gov. There, you will be able to find the most current guidelines and restrictions as to what is and isn’t acceptable to carry on your flight. While checking the TSA website should be your most important step prior to flying, it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of how the TSA has approached the issue of bringing CBD onto flights so far.

CBD Specific Standards

CBD is still new to many people and to many communities across the country. The ability to purchase CBD and use it as a daily supplement became an option, nationwide, after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized the sale of hemp and all hemp-derived products containing less than .3% THC. While the passage of this bill was wonderful insofar as it made CBD an available option to anyone who wanted to experience its benefits, there has, understandably, remained some confusion about what CBD is – and what it isn’t.

One of the most common misconceptions that continues to exist about CBD is the tendency to confuse it with marijuana. While CBD and marijuana are both derived from the cannabis plant, they are, in fact, very different and function very differently within the body. Perhaps most importantly, for purposes of flying with CBD, is that marijuana has high levels of THC, which is the compound that creates the feeling of being “high” commonly associated with its use. CBD, by its nature (and to be federally legal), must contain almost no THC.

Just as this was somewhat confusing for consumers, it has also been somewhat confusing for the evolution of safety rules with respect to flying. In the past, TSA did not make a clear distinction between marijuana and hemp-derived products, and even those products that contained the smallest traces of THC were often disallowed on flights.

Following the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, however, the TSA has recently updated its “What Can I Bring” page to provide that medical marijuana, as well as CBD products which contain less than the .3% legally prescribed limit of THC, can either be packed in checked baggage or taken onto a flight in a carry-on bag. Of course, this is only the case if other standard rules are followed – for example, that the item contains no more than the standard 100ml liquid limit for a carry-on item, and is in a TSA-approved type of container. Again, checking the website thoroughly before flying is the best way to ensure that your carry-on CBD item will ultimately be allowed on the flight.

It is also worth noting that those, who want to either keep CBD products in their checked baggage or carry it on their flight, should be certain that they are aware of exactly what those CBD products contain. Although hemp-derived CBD products that contain less than .3% THC are federally legal, any products which are directly derived from marijuana or which contain more than the prescribed limit of THC, are not. If you are found to be in possession of a product that is not legal in that particular jurisdiction, you may not only be prevented from flying, you may also be arrested – and certainly, that is to be avoided.

For all of these reasons, it is very important to be aware of where your CBD products come from and what they contain. It’s one of the many reasons why, at Om Grown Organics, we are very clear with our customers about each and every ingredient in our products, and why we lab test each and every product to be certain of its purity.

Call Om Grown Organics Today

At Om Grown Organics, we are passionate about CBD and all of the benefits that it offers. We want our customers to be able to experience those benefits wherever they are – whether they are at home or away. As a result, we are happy to provide information about traveling with CBD and any other information about CBD that might be helpful to our customers in making choices about what products might be the best fit for their needs. We are proud of the premium products we provide – each one carefully crafted with a focus on quality from the time the first hemp seed is planted in the ground until it ultimately reaches our shelves. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss CBD and its many benefits, or any of our products with you in greater detail, and help you to find one (or more!) that you love. Visit us today.