TSA Now Permits Epilepsy Drug Containing Cannabis On Flights

TSA Now Permits Epilepsy Drug Containing Cannabis On Flights

CBD is the non-psychoactive (meaning it doesn't produce a "high") compound in the hemp plant and marijuana plant. In 2018, however, the Farm Bill, legalized hemp products, clearing the way for CBD lotions, pills, edibles and oil to hit the market.

All forms of marijuana were previously prohibited in both checked and carry-on luggage.

CBD-infused products such as lotions, capsules and oils are already widely available in major chain stores such as CVS and online.

CBD was not legalized in the Farm Bill, but rather it was moved under the purview of the FDA, which immediately said companies can not add it to food or beverages.

"TSA was made aware of an FDA-approved drug that contains CBD oil for children who experience seizures from pediatric epilepsy", the spokesperson wrote via email to Marijuana Moment. The TSA said it "immediately updated" its written guidelines "once we became aware of the issue".

In an April statement announcing the hearing, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency took notice of interest in products containing cannabis or cannabis derivatives.

Marijuana in its other non-medical forms, however, won't be allowed aboard commercial aircraft.

The TSA will no longer prevent you from bringing federally legal CBD on your flight.

Many medical cannabis patients rely on cannabis products containing Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for relief of pain, nausea, anorexia, spasticity, seizures and other symptoms. "TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law, including possession of marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products".

And since at least one of the most popular field tests used by authorities can't tell the difference between CBD and THC products, we're guessing that flying with them is still a bit risky.

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