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Planning On Carrying Your CBD Oil To Airport? Sit Back & Think Again

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CBD oil in Airports

Cannabis had been termed to be federally illegal since 1930s which is why carrying the same to the airport is considered to be a bad idea. As per the federal law-enforcement inspection, every traveller has to mandatorily undergo thorough checking before boarding the plane. The same rule also holds true in states where legalized marijuana usage for recreational purposes has been shown a green signal. Travellers who are found to carry excess legalized marijuana than the prescribed amount can be made subject to legal prosecution.

 

Possibilities Of CBD

Cannabidiol or CBD is derived from both marijuana and hemp plants. It has lately gained record popularity amongst American consumers who have been using the same for curing chronic ailments such as nausea, inflammation, pain, anxiety, epilepsy, nausea and even acne. The best thing about CBD is definitely its versatility in terms of usage as it can be vaped, eaten or even applied tropically. Maybe this is why FMCG giant Coca-Cola has also shown interest in the same.

 

Conflicting Legality

THD – the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana has been creating a lot of contradiction in regards to the legality of CBD. Although CBD oil is being baked into vegan brownies and squirted into lattes, its non-existent regulatory standards as well as quasi-contraband status makes it a difficult choice while deciding on your airport luggage.

 

Airport Troubles

Consumer confusion regarding CBD has led to skyrocketing CBD interception rates at the Dallas airport, some of which have even resulted in felony charges. Los Angeles based cannabis law specialist,Griffen Thorne, working at the firm Harris Bricken revealed that, “Until the law is very, very clear, people are going to get arrested for possession of things that aren’t explicitly illegal.” He further added that, “Federal authorities in general are much less likely to let people off the hook” compared to local law enforcement.

Travellers at Dallas airport are finding themselves at loggerheads with airport authorities especially due to lack of proper regulatory oversight. Standards on CBD purity has not been set by any governing body. Thus, CBD infused products can even contain higher THC content which can even characterise them as marijuana under the eye of law.

Thorne spoke out on this issue stating that, “It’s kind of a dangerous game when you’re walking through an airport and you’re taking a risk that something either is or is not federally illegal.” He further emphasized on the fact that travellers need to be more worried about hidden THC rather than the legality of CBD itself. “It’s sort of like speeding in a car,” said Thorne, “If you say, ‘I didn’t know I was speeding,’ you’re probably still going to get in trouble.”

 

2018 Farm Bill

CBD advocates were found rejoicing over the Farm Bill which was passed in December for legalizing the cultivation of hemp throughout United States. This also allowed an industrial scale production of CBD for assisting in its usage as a pharmaceutical ingredient as well as lifestyle product. However, things did not actually fall into place after the Bill’s introduction as several restrictions cropped up in regards to its derivatives.

Thorne holds the opinion that, “There’s nothing in [the Farm Bill] that explicitly protects consumers.” This leaves the ultimate interpretation entirely up to consumers which can even lead to problems in lower jurisdictions. For example, the New York City Department of Health has recently taken the call of penalizing all restaurants which infuse CBD in their menu chart. In spite of that, shops are still allowed to sale creams or oils containing the chemical. Pharmacy mega-chain CVS made an announcement earlier this year of rolling out CBD products to its 800 American stores.

 

Further Contradictions

Hemp, the source of CBD is kept outside the purview of products found in regulated marijuana dispensaries. But individual law-enforcement officers might not be able to immediately make out the distinction. CBD is not considered to be a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. However, Food and Drug Administration considers all CBD products to be illegal irrespective of their source.

 

International Travels

The propensity of airport troubles shall increase further for international travellers as they need to be especially careful about the legislative guidelines of the state they are travelling to even when their home state supports the legalized usage of recreational marijuana. People trying to enter United States for example with a disputed CBD product can land in deep trouble which is more serious than a simple possession charge. Non-citizens found possessing THC while entering U.S. port can face deportation as well as felony charges.

 

Bottom Line

 Legal worries pertaining to CBD can prove to be exceptionally cruel for nervous fliers. Much scientific advancements have not yet been made in regards to the effect of CBD on human anatomy. In spite of that, CBD usage have proved to show positive impact on people suffering from anxiety.

While travelling thousand feet above ground level, it is only normal for people to succumb to anxiety attacks which is why they can be seen carrying CBD solutions in their travel pack. However, considering the current state of things, it is advisable to just take a deep breath and count your blessings in your next flight unless federal cannabis law comes to a clear settlement. According to Thorne, “The best thing for consumers to do is just not to bring it into any federal jurisdiction, period, especially anywhere on a plane.”

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CBD Crackdown Backed By the Attorney General

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AG Backs CBD Crackdown

Leevin Camacho, Attorney General supports the recent crackdown on hemp-derived CBD products and has issued a statement regarding the issue. Since the 2018 Farm Bill passage, cannabidiol associated products have been on a rise in the market in various island stores across the nation.

The statement mentioned that the passage of the bill has given an impression that hemp has been legalized and that CBD containing products are decriminalized. Majority of the people believe that selling CBD is legal everywhere and anyone can do it. The Attorney General assures that “decriminalization does not mean there will not be any regulation.”

Guam Officials Question CBD Crackdown

The statement provided by the Attorney General was issued as a response to a letter delivered by the Guam Officials. Speaker Tina Muna Barnes and acting Gov. Josh Tenorio asked for a written statement on Monday from the Attorney General on his thoughts on the extent to which individuals and business can sell or import CBD products in Guam.

The letter was sent in response to local island businesses who issued complaints because their products containing CBD were seized by Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency officers. Director of the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services Linda DeNorcey denied that her officials have rejected the release of products containing CBD because they “might contain THC and also because these products have not been screened by the U.S Food and Drug Administration.” DeNorcey stated that her department did not instruct CQA to confiscate any CBD containing products. Despite the Public Health department’s zero involvement, officials question the reasons behind CQA’s confiscation of these products.

CQA Director Tested Shipments

Ike Peredo, the Director of Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency mentioned to The Guam Daily Post that his officers did start testing some CBD products that arrived through air cargo shipments in February. These products were found to contain trace amounts of THC, the major component of the psychoactive marijuana, which is still illegal under federal law. Since THC is related to CBD, despite its non-psychoactive effects, CBD is classified as a drug. According to Camacho, the FDA can regulate these products containing CBD, most of which still require approval for interstate trade and commerce.

AG Concerned About Consumer Health

Camacho referred to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association which observed that more than 70% of the products containing CBD which are usually bought online were not labeled properly. Thus, a consumer might as well be ingesting THC instead of CBD, which is still illegal. The AG said that his office is worried about consumer safety and that it’s his responsibility to ensure that the products contain the proper ingredients and are properly labeled.

By regulating these products, he wants to ensure that there is minimum harm done, and it may stop businesses from stating false claims about their products. The FDA had previously warned businesses about advertising CBD products as miracle cures to diseases such as cancers, anxiety, depression and other serious ailments.

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Do Pet CBD Supplements Really Work?

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CBD Pets

The CBD Bandwagon has gathered such momentum that people are now even investing in CBD products for not only themselves but their pets as well. But how much of the presumed benefits of these products on their pets are legit? What should be the things that a pet-owner should be aware of? These are the questions asked by the Seattle Times with some collaboration with veterinary experts.

Pet CBD Products

With many of the CBD products available for people out there, there are CBD products available for dogs as well. Although the effectiveness of these products in animals is still in question, it’s definitely not doing anything to stop people from experimenting with their beloved animals with these products. While some of these products help the animals, others inadvertently lead to a waste of time and money in the best case scenario and cause harm to the animals in the worst (As seen in the experimentation with rats).

General Skepticism

Obviously, the grey lines in its usefulness will bring about a lot of controversies from different organizations and individuals; especially when CBD is gaining such popularity at such a rapid pace. While the supporters of CBD can blow it off as “haters hating”, the opposition does take these skepticisms as weapons to fuel their beliefs.

Actual Data from the Proper Sources

With arguments from both sides, it’s actually very easy to get lost amongst the truths and differentiate the myths from the facts. So, like the Seattle Times, we believe that the best way to get rid of these confusions is to refer to actual sources of knowledge and the unbiased statements from the experts in the field.

One such source, is PetMD, a pet-focused version of WebMD. It details everything, with clear details on the benefits as well as the side-effects of these “medications” on pets. Going through this source does reveal some alarming information about these products. However, they do also do not deny some of the perceived benefits that these products can have on dogs.

What to Do?

So, if CBD infused treats and medications for your pets come with both benefits and side-effects, what to do? The answer is simple: Moderation. According to the Seattle Times, experts did not completely discount the use of these products, but rather advised its users to use them with caution. They should refer to their better judgment when purchasing their products from different companies and only use the products that have demonstrated effectiveness rather than just assumed or self-proclaimed ones.

Nowadays, it’s easy to find products for your pets in stores and online, Vet CBD is a notable example. But not all of the sources might be able to provide what they claim to deliver. Some of these products might just be a dud, with little to no effects on your pets. While others might even go as far as to harm your pets. Regardless of which, your pet product is, it’s always safe to administer these products to your pets in moderation and after careful consideration of the sources.

 

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Payment and Compliance Companies Now Playing a Huge Role for CBD Products

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Compliance issues among CBD products

CBD has faced a good amount of controversy surrounding its efficacy and abuse potential in the past. While it doesn’t give a high like marijuana or other THC-containing products, it’s been reported to help with pain and anxiety.

Nowadays, issues with payments and compliance are huge concerns in the cannabis industry, as well as other CBD-containing products. Among the issues are the exceeding amounts of CBD or THC in the products. For this issue, LegitScript comes into the rescue. They are an online service that verifies and monitors online pharmacies.

They have since launched a program that certifies websites selling CBD products that are legally compliant. As of today, USDA, FDA, and DEA- approved U.S. manufacturers and traders can apply for certification via LegitScript. Currently, the site provides a 10-page introduction regarding marijuana laws and regulations. It aims to help people understand the state restrictions and payment processes involving medical marijuana.

Having the LegitScript certification gives consumers and banks assurance that CBD merchants are compliant with state-specific laws, as well as regulations provided by various U.S. agencies. Even though cannabinoid or CBD-containing products have been made legal in the U.S., some products that contain THC in more than legal amounts are still illegal. This is why it has become difficult to pinpoint which merchants are selling compliant products.

CBD payments made easy

Even though the CBD industry has its regulation difficulties, major companies like Target and Walmart have been reported to be having discussions with CBD manufacturers. Many are also asking for lab and research results on top of CBD samples.

With this, the fact that the CBD industry is increasingly growing is undeniable anymore. Thus, digital payment companies such as Square, have gone into the CBD industry by providing access to basic financial services. This happened just when Elavon recently backed out from CBD companies.

A year after the legalization of CBD in the U.S., Square has stepped in to give businesses in the CBD industry a good financial service that makes it easier to process payments.

A growing industry

It’s been reported that over 7 percent of Americans are using products that contain CBD as of February. Cowen & Co. surveyed 2,500 adults and have found that the CBD market would be worth over $16 billion by 2025. Meanwhile, in a study by Vivien Azer, analyst, there are over 2.7% more people who use CBD more than e-cigarettes. Because of the rapidly growing industry, more people would definitely be in need of safer and more efficient payment options. In the future, more research will back up most of CBD’s health claims, thus attracting more attention from consumers. There will come a time that these certification programs will be a necessity amongst many consumers.

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