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Is it legal to fly with CBD

Is it legal to fly with CBD?

Many people use cannabidiol, or CBD, the non-intoxicating substance found in cannabis because it induces anxiety relief and relaxation. Studies have yet to prove beyond a doubt how exactly CBD produces specific effects. Still, they do know it interacts with serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that has a role in regulating mood, fear, and anxiety. When the US passed the Farm Bill in 2018, hemp, one kind of cannabis, became legal to cultivate, sell, and use broadly. This means that hemp-derived CBD became legal as well. Still, flying with any kind of cannabis product feels a little weird given that marijuana, another type of cannabis, is still a schedule 1 drug, according to the US government. So what exactly are the rules about flying with CBD?

Can you bring CBD on airplanes?

Flying with marijuana is not legal in the US, despite marijuana being legal in many states. However, flying with some forms of CBD oil and products has finally been officially permitted by the TSA. As long as the CBD came from hemp and not marijuana, you’re legally allowed to fly with it now. In addition, any FDA-approved product with CBD in it is fine to fly with as well. To date, there is only one CBD-based drug approved by the FDA, which is Epidiolex, a medication that treats epileptic seizures. The FDA’s specific language states, “Products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018.” They made sure to clarify that any CBD oil derived from marijuana remains illegal, and TSA officers should report the possession of these products the same way they would report the possession of marijuana. That being said, know that the TSA does not screen for marijuana or illegal drugs specifically, only potential threats to aviation. Still, if you’ve searched for another reason and some unlawful substance is found, they will hand you over to local law enforcement. Before announcing these new rules permitting some CBD products on airplanes, the TSA treated all cannabis products the same: illegal. This was true even though hemp-derived CBD contains less than 1% THC, the psychoactive, intoxicating chemical found in cannabis.

Can TSA tell the difference between hemp-derived CBD and marijuana-derived CBD?

TSA does not perform on-site testing at airport security checkpoints, so they would have a hard time determining if CBD oil contains THC or has been derived from hemp or marijuana. When in doubt, they would hand the case over to local law enforcement. In the end, the TSA officer is the one to decide whether or not to let you CBD oil through airport security. If it seems like it has THC in it, they might not let you through. It is commonly known in the cannabis community that certain kinds of CBD oil invariably contain THC. Any product labeled full-spectrum CBD will contain trace amounts of THC. People opt for full-spectrum CBD because it contains the whole plant, which is said to be more effective therapeutically than CBD that has been completely isolated. The amount of THC in full-spectrum CBD is very little, definitely not enough to give you “high.” Still, if a TSA officer happens to know what full-spectrum CBD is, there is a chance they won’t let you pass. That being said, full-spectrum CBD can be derived from either hemp or marijuana, and there isn’t much way to tell which is which. Some CBD products are specifically labeled as “hemp-derived” for reasons of legality. Companies often want to make it clear that their CBD products are legal across all 50 states, not just in states where marijuana is legal, so they include this information on their labels. CBD oil that is labeled as hemp-derived should be safe to bring on an airplane and keep TSA officers from potentially questioning you as a general rule. Until the FDA begins approving and regulating CBD products, they will continue to remain in a gray area. While most of the time flying with CBD should pose no problems for you, if you happen to run into a strict TSA officer in a state that continues with strict laws about cannabis, you might get stopped. In the end, if your CBD is legal by their standards, no legal action will be taken, but the inconvenience of dealing with TSA and perhaps missing your flight because it could be frustrating.

What You Need to Know About North Carolina’s Smokable Hemp Laws

Starting May 1, 2020, people living in North Carolina may no longer be able to access smokable hemp legally. After hours of debate, the North Carolina Farm Act was passed, which made smoking hemp illegal. The revisions change the definition of hemp to exclude smokable hemp. In North Carolina, Hemp is currently legal to grow with a license, but this bill proposes to change all of that if passes in the Senate as well. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation made a memo supporting the ban of smoking hemp. Senate Bill 315 passed with a 63-48 vote on August 21. Most Democrats voted against the bill being passed. Currently, it’s waiting to be heard in State Senate. A previous version including the smokable hemp ban passed 31-14 in June. Other inclusions on the bill are allowing shooting ranges to be considered agritourism, but only in counties with less than 110,000 people. The terms of the bill banning smokable hemp are in direct contradiction with the United States Farm Bill that was passed in December of 2018. Smokable Hemp Unlike marijuana, hemp does not get users high. It does not contain the active ingredient, THC. If a cannabis plant is .3 THC, then it considered marijuana. Anything lower than that is considered hemp and is legal in the US. The flowers of hemp plants contain CBD, and many users say it is the fastest way to ingest CBD. It is a small part of the hemp and CBD industry, but it was one that was growing quite quickly. Lawmakers are currently debating whether or not the passing of this bill makes hemp a controlled substance. The reasoning behind this move was smokable hemp smells similar to cannabis when burned, and law enforcement officers were unable to tell the difference. Anyone found using smokable hemp is now considered giving law enforcement probable cause to search them. Hemp growers in the area are concerned and wondering how it will affect business, and their ability to get crop insurance. Legal Ramifications The amendment passed deemed it legal for law enforcement to arrest and search individuals who had smokable hemp as if it were marijuana, even if later it was tested and it was shown to be hemp. Evidence found during that search could be viable for other charges. Rep. Keith Kidwell stated that “People have the right to privacy and security,” and that the amendment was a violation of constitutional rights. Other policymakers pointed out that smokable hemp was federally legal, and it was useless to try to ban something that was legal on the federal level. Rep. Kelly Alexander stated, “Hemp, smokable hemp, is federally legal. There is no way we will be able to sustain something that is federally legal.” Senate Bill 352 is banning smokable hemp but allows for CBD in other forms such as topicals or oils. The community is speaking out. Many are saying that this could affect their livelihoods and that smokable hemp helps people to smoke fewer cigarettes or less pot.

What You Did Not Know About Marijuana

There are a lot of urban myths about marijuana, and the tales have been spoken throughout the ages about its use in the biggest events in history. Here are some of the bizarre facts about marijuana that you probably did not know.

Growing weed is bad for the planet

The energy consumed to grow cannabis indoors is equal to driving across the entire USA five times. Agriculture is one of the biggest pollutants in the world, and cannabis just adds up to it by consuming a huge amount of energy.

Cannabis in the air

clinical trials In Italy, the traces of cannabis has been found in eight cities, including Milan, Naples, Rome and Bologna. In 2018, the researchers from the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research found the existence of quantities of marijuana and cocaine in the air of these eight cities. The highest concentration was found in Turin and the lowest in Palermo. The other traced substances included nicotine and caffeine.

Female are excluded from clinical trials

Women have found to be more tolerant of cannabis than men due to their continuous hormonal changes. This is why they are often excluded from the clinical trials for cannabis by the researchers as they want to avoid dealing with the hormone swings inherent in woman’s biology.

There was Ford’s hemp car

Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Company, came up with a hemp car in 1941. It was almost entirely made of hemp plant material and ran on hemp biofuel. Ford and his partners made the car with hemp plastic which they claimed to be 10x stronger than steel. The only metal in the car was its turbine.

Hollywood was Hollyweed

 
The famous “Hollywood” sign was once “Hollyweed’ during the New Year’s in 1976. It was not intentional, but a prankster changed the iconic sign using tarps to change the O’s to E’s.

Cannabis was the truth serum in World War II

The Office of Strategic Services(OSS), which was set up by the U.S. during World War II was experimenting with the use of cannabis for interrogating prisoners. Cannabis was spiked in the cigarettes and given to the prisoners before starting investigation. It was found to be working in some cases in taking out secret information from the prisoners, which the tough ones were drugged in different ways.

Bill Gates supports marijuana legalization

Bill Gates is believed to support the legalization of cannabis. He feels that legalization can curb the illegal trades and help in minimizing the trouble caused in the illegal drug trades. He voted in favour of legalization of marijuana in Washington State in the state’s 2012 referendum. Bill Gates said, “It’s an experiment, and it’s probably good to have a couple of states try it out to see before you make that national policy.”