Medical Marijuana, Some CBD Oils Now Allowed Aboard US Planes

TSA now allows flyers to travel with drug derived from marijuana	 	 	 			File Image

An FDA-approved drug that contains CBD oil for children who experience seizures from pediatric epilepsy will now be allowed on flights, according to the Transportation Security Administration's new guidelines, The Hill reported.

The agency recently updated its guidance to passengers on what can be brought aboard aircraft, indicating that - subject to "special instructions" - there are forms of medical marijuana that can be brought on board or placed in checked luggage.

With summer coming up and marijuana legalization making headway around the country, those traveling may be wondering about whether they can travel with hemp-derived CBD.

TSA said as long as travelers have CBD in forms that adhere to the regulations in the Farm Bill, it will permit these on airplanes.

The regulator has been under pressure to create a regulatory framework for CBD - which took a new urgency when Congress make hemp legal in December under the Farm Bill.

The TSA's new rules still ban other forms of marijuana, including CBD oils that have THC, and cannabis-infused products that are still illegal under federal law. Hemp-derived CBD is legal per the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. These include some cannabis-infused products and CBD oils that have THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which remains illegal under federal law.

For example, FDA has issued warning letters to companies illegally selling CBD products meant to treat diseases such as cancer, which did not obtain new drug approvals. To date, the FDA has only approved one product containing CBD for use as a drug; in June 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex for the treatment of epilepsy. That said, the TSA admits that its officers "do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs".

CBD oils, or cannabinoid oils which are usually derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, are often sold as relaxation or pain-relief supplements.

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