What You Need to Know About Taking CBD on Vacation

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With around 497,000 US postal workers diligently toiling across America to ensure our mail arrives promptly and safely, July 1st’s National Postal Worker Day provides a pause to appreciate our hardworking postmen and women.

July is a busy month for travel. And while postal delivery is one helpful option, it takes time and means your patients can be left without the wonderful relief CBD CLINIC™ products provide. This prospective problem may result in one of our frequently asked question arising, “Can I take my CBD CLINIC products with me on domestic vacation?”

The short answer is: Yes!

Let’s take a look at what determines a product’s legality and why CBD CLINIC products are safe.

In short, the laws and regulations are constantly changing across the United States to keep up with the evolving medical landscape. As of now, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will permit products or medications that contain cannabidiol (CBD) in your carry-on or checked bag, thanks to a little confusion with the epilepsy medication, Epidiolex.

Here’s a little on the history behind the legal changes for medical cannabis and why the TSA has now revised their policy on flying with medications to (mostly) permit legal travel with CBD.

Is it Legal to Take CBD CLINIC Products on Flight?

Good news. The answer is yes! According to the TSA

“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.”

Please remind your clients or patients that TSA maintains restrictions on the volume of fluid products that are permissible. These are limited to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) per item, which must be placed in a one-quart clear zip-top bag. Moreover, each traveler can only carry one of these bags. If products exceed this limit, the items must be put in the checked baggage. It is always best to keep any products containing CBD in their original package to avoid any questions.

[Please note: This update pertains to travel in the United States. International laws still apply. Please encourage your patients to check with the jurisdiction they are traveling].

CBD Legislation Backstory

The cannabis plant has a variable history and, as such, has been under strict legal control for decades. In 1937, Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act. This criminalized marijuana across the country. Prior to 2018, there was no distinction between its vastly different compounds, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). That was until The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 — also known as the Farm Bill — was enacted.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell led the legislative push that allowed hemp to enter the mainstream. Now, finally, there is legal differentiation between the CDB that won’t get you high and THC with its psychoactive properties.

The act states:

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 FDA.

Following this law, various governing bodies and organizations have been clamoring][ to update their laws.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s CBD Hearing

On May 31, the FDA held a public hearing into cannabidiol, with the aim of establishing its safety and effectiveness. Input from farmers, manufacturers, retailers and scientists was invited. Why? As reporter Angelica La Vito said in her CNBC report, the FDA is currently deciding on the appropriateness of adding this oil to consumables and supplements. While it is not yet legal for this potent cannabinoid to be used as an ingredient in foods and beverages, it is legally allowed in creams and ointments.

We were the first family of over-the-counter topicals to contain CBD and analgesic, active ingredients including menthol and camphor. This created a much-needed revolution in the topical pain relief market.

But with understandable concerns around what is and isn’t allowed, it’s important to look at the differences that define legal and illegal.

CBD Spectrums

One of our most frequently asked questions relates to how CBD isolate compares to a full-spectrum option. Let’s take a look…

CBD isolate

The term CBD isolate is used in products that contain cannabidiol only. They include pure cannabidiol, without other plant compounds including THC, terpenes, or cannabinoids.

Using this compound alone harnesses its benefits, without the potential risks associated with THC, the mind-altering component of the cannabis plant. CBD is non-addictive, does not have psychoactive properties, and will not cause anyone to fail a THC drug test.

Broad spectrum CBD

Broad Spectrum CBD is a blend of CBD isolate and full-spectrum (see below).

Like CBD isolate, the THC is removed from the product, however other cannabinoids remain present. Therefore, consumers can still benefit from the entourage effect, also known as the synergy effect, without worrying about failing a THC drug test.

For this reason, CBDCLINIC™ utilizes Broad Spectrum distillate in the primary formulas.

Full-spectrum CBD

Full spectrum CBD contains the complete range of cannabis plant compounds, from terpenes to essential oils, and other cannabinoids including tetrahydrocannabinol. While the THC level must be below 0.3 percent to be considered legal, there could be a small potential risk for it to show up on a drug test. But in reality, our products are not transdermal, so they do not enter the bloodstream. Moreover, the legal amount is so low that failing a drug test through the topical use of CBD alone is highly unlikely.

Bottom line: It is legal to travel with CBD on the plane for domestic flights. Just ask your patients or clients to check with international laws if they intend to travel abroad.

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