Published: Fri, May 31, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

TSA now permits FDA-approved epilepsy drug containing cannabis on flights

TSA now permits FDA-approved epilepsy drug containing cannabis on flights

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) now allows some products containing hemp-derived CBD (cannabidiol), and medications such as oils containing CBD approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in both carry-on and checked luggage at airports.

Hemp derivatives contain little to no tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana that produces a high. Cannabis is classified by the DEA as a Schedule I drug, and thus federally illegal-and the TSA is a federal agency.

Regulating the CBD free-for-all, which will come soon via the FDA or Congress, could be a good thing for a fast-growing industry that needs uniform product standards and rules of operation so players can market effectively and legally as well as communicate properly with investors, experts say.

Now the TSA has announced that it will allow people to fly with CBD and hemp products. As soon as the agency learned of the drug, its "What Can I Bring" section on the TSA website was updated accordingly. "TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law, including possession of marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products".

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The official also said TSA's screening process is focused primarily on security and threats so TSA agents don't specifically search for marijuana, "but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer".

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. CBD derived from cannabis plants has been touted for its therapeutic properties.[1] How the FDA will choose to regulate CBD remains uncertain.

"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.

Oils containing CBD (Cannabidiol) are seen in a shop in Paris on June 14, 2018.

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