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The Transportation Security Administration recently updated its medical marijuana policy to allow fliers to bring FDA-approved products and medications that contain hemp-derived cannabidoil, more commonly known as CBD, with them when they fly.

CBD products have become a rapidly growing trend across the nation. Some call it a medical miracle, while others condemn it because of its association with marijuana — CBD is drawn from hemp, and both hemp and marijuana are derived from the plant cannabis sativa.

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TSA officers were briefed on the updates, but because the update is new, some may not recognize the FDA-approved version of CBD products. Chances are, if you bought your CBD oil legally, it contains little-to-no THC because of the federal standards.

Typically, TSA officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs during screening because their function is to detect threats to passengers, however, if illegal drugs are found during a security screening, the matter will be referred to law enforcement.

TSA’s recent change was made in compliance with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which removed FDA-approved hemp and cannabis derivatives with “extremely low” levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC, from the Controlled Substances Act. For hemp-derived CBD products to be legal under the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, they must contain less than 0.3% of THC, the compound found in marijuana that creates a high.

Alex Wolfe, spokesperson, ShopCBD.com.

If you have CBD products, find the product’s certificate of analysis, or CoA.

Besides packing the CoA, ”print out the latest regulations that TSA has posted, or have the link to the latest regulations on your phone,” Wolfe suggests. That way, if you encounter a new TSA agent or one unfamiliar with all the regulations, you have support.

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Here’s what experts suggest:

While the TSA recently loosened up its regulations around CBD products, the answer is still: It depends.

Los Angeles attorney Griffen Thorne, who is familiar with cannabis issues, urges passengers to be cautious. He recommends not taking CBD on international flights.

Marijuana Policy Project.

For travelers specifically, Tutkus recommends CBD oil “for long flights to decrease stiffness and soreness, to help regulate sleep patterns with time change and jet lag, and to help decrease anxiety related to the unknowns of traveling.” She says “some people have even replaced their prescription [bensodiazepines] with CBD oil, instead of having to take a Xanax or Ativan prior to a flight.”

Irie Bliss also makes a CBD Pain Balm stick (similar to a deodorant stick) that can be applied as a roll-on for quick application. And Jules Battel NP-BC for the GreenNurse Group says she’s, “a big fan of the tiny sublingual oral spray”.

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Here’s a more light-hearted explanation from TSA’s Instagram:

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