With the political landscape surrounding CBD continuously evolving, many consumers remain hesitant towards certain aspects of this organic compound. Valid concerns such as matters of legality and potential repercussions involved while transporting CBD makes many consumers reluctant to travel with their supplements. To aid with these concerns, we will discuss current legislation, as well as how to travel with CBD-infused products safely.
WHAT IS CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a plant-based chemical compound naturally secreted by hemp and cannabis (marijuana). Known for its research-supported therapeutic benefits, CBD has become increasingly popular as a potential remedy for a host of symptoms directly associated with various conditions and disorders including (but not limited to):
- Chronic pain
- Epileptic and non-epileptic seizures
- Gastrointestinal (GI) issues
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Sleep disorders
IS CBD LEGAL?
The U.S. Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (commonly referred to as the U.S. Farm Bill), reclassified hemp as an industrial commodity, making it legal to grow and cultivate in select U.S. states. Hemp-derived CBD was additionally legalized and removed from the Controlled Substances list so long as the following rules and regulations have been met:
- Compliant with state and federal legislation
- Sourced from industrial hemp grown and cultivated by a certified grower
- Contains less than 0.3% THC
Bear in mind that the 2018 Farm Bill has absolutely no effect on cannabis or any of its byproducts, which will remain illegal from a federal standpoint for all intents and purposes. Despite this, a total of 33 different states have passed legislation to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes. Cannabis-derived CBD can be legally obtained in these select states with a recommendation from a healthcare professional and a state-issued medical cannabis card.
TRAVELING WITH CBD
Hemp-derived CBD that adheres to the rules and regulations as defined by the U.S. Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 is considered legal in all 50 states. These products can legally be purchased, sold, and transported across state lines throughout all of America.
FLYING WITH HEMP-DERIVED CBD
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently announced a potentially revolutionary change to their policy regarding federally compliant CBD-infused products and FDA-approved CBD-based medications. The new update reads as follows:
“Marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law except for products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by [the] FDA. (See the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018…)”
It is always advised to check TSA guidelines for carry-ons and checked luggage for domestic and international travel as these rules apply to CBD products.
Considering the varying legalities held by other countries around the world regarding both cannabis and hemp plants, it is always advised to check the local regulations of your destinations. The same applies with any layovers and stops on the way to your destination as local laws still apply.
In some nations, cannabis and hemp are so heavily regulated that the mere act of importing a CBD-infused product for personal use could result in severe criminal punishment in a foreign country far from home.
All of our products are in compliance with the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 and are entirely legal in all 50 states to buy, sell, and transport. Visit a Pioneer Green USA store near you to begin your CBD journey today.