Cannabidiol has been facing a lot of controversies recently, even when it has been proven to not display any addictive or intoxicating behavior. Regardless, the widespread acceptance for this substance is growing all around the world. Recent evidence lies with the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) updating their policies to allow passengers to carry CBD oil and some other forms of FDA approved medicinal marijuana on board for both inbound and outbound flights.
Even until recently, all luggage and carry-on bags were checked by the TSA to ensure that no form of Cannabis is taken on board. Since last Sunday, that policy has been updated on TSA’s website without any formal notification or through news update. This may have been because of the growing controversies surrounding this issue and the TSA itself, and the authorities did not want to attract any form of attention through this change of regulation.
Limitations and Extent
The new regulation allows the passengers to carry marijuana meant for medicinal purposes as well as the products that contain CBD oil derived from hemp. Furthermore, these products are approved as long as they have been derived from products that follow the production regulations that have been defined by the law in the December 2018 Farm Bill, legalizing Hemp and its derivatives.
However, the rules still do not exempt products with higher THC content, which are still illegal under federal law. This includes any form of marijuana that is not FDA approved or being used for a medical purpose. Although it’s still unclear how the agency plans on determining the THC levels of the products, their spokesperson hinted that any suspicions would be confirmed through contacting the law enforcement agencies, meaning that the TSA would not be doing any testing.
Allowed Forms of Medication
Epidiolex, a known form of CBD medication, has been explicitly allowed on both domestic and international flights. This medicine, along with all other forms of CBD oils that are approved by the FDA is allowed to be taken on board with the passengers without any interference from the TSA.
Many such medications are used as a substitute for opiates as painkillers and can even help alleviate the dependency on such substances. Apart from that, they have been known to provide relief against any forms of sleeping disorders and help induce sleep in its imbiber. This is useful for the passengers due to the in-flight resting conditions not being suitable for most of the elderly passengers. Apart from that, CBD has been known to be a prescription treatment for people suffering from epileptic seizures as well as help reduce anxiety and stress.
With this new policy out there, advocates of CBD use are one step closer to realizing their dreams and can sigh in relief, knowing that no more people will be arrested for trying to take their medications on-board of a flight. The TSA’s this new regulation might just be something that redeems their already sketchy reputation amongst the general population. We say you’ve just earned a thumbs up, TSA!
Untested CBD-infused Products Could Pose Health Risks as Market Grows Stronger
Cannabidiol products have recently spiked in sales and availability, granted by its popularity as an alternative cure to anxiety and pain. However, medical authorities warn about the potential health hazards of CBD and the many unproven therapeutic claims of the said substance.
Cronos, a Canadian company, recently bought a $300M CBD company, 7-Eleven stores now have CBD-dispensing robots, and HempAmericana Inc. started a live e-commerce portal to foster online CBD sales.
Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, director of the University of Wisconsin’s Doctor of Medicine-Master of Public Health Program, stated that cannabidiol might have numerous benefits, but most of these claims have not been tested for accuracy.
He cited the clinical trials of CBD for intractable seizures as the only benefit proven to be true. Intractable epilepsy is a kind of seizure that does not respond to therapy or any treatment. The CBD-containing drug, Epidiolex, is the only FDA-approved cannabidiol medication given for such cases.
Navsaria reiterated that several claims lack strong evidence for them to count.
Earlier this year, the FDA gave out warning letters to companies that sell new yet unapproved drugs that allegedly have CBD. Three of these firms are located in Florida.
CBD is widely available in stores and online, including big retailers like Walgreens.
Navsaria pointed out the lack of guarantee in terms of a product’s purity, and its active ingredients are what make it hard for medical practitioners to say yes to patients asking whether they can try CBD. It’s is the same dilemma they face for homeopathic remedies and herbal supplements, Navsaria added.
Research on CBD
Forbes revealed cases of people testing positive in urine drug tests from using CBD. This situation poses a risk for people whose jobs stipulate routine drug testing.
Natalie Schmitz, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, studied the labeling accuracy for CBD products in her research. She stated that the literature related to CBD is limited and cannot support the claims of effectiveness.
She added that further research should be done to support all claims, including the benefits of CBD for pain and anxiety so that a conclusive statement can be made.
Some studies show how CBD can cause liver problems. There is also evidence of the substance causing several side effects like irritability, fatigue, and nausea.
Schmitz further stated that there is a need for FDA-approved guidelines for standardization and state-proposed quality measurements to help ensure that CBD products do not pose health hazards for the public.
Navsaria said that people should question products that are claiming to have several benefits without proper evidence. He cited profit motive as a drive for the proliferating CBD market. He believes that sellers are taking advantage of the trend to maximize sales, making it questionable whether these products are actually made to help people.
He further added that claims could easily be made, but there is little to no support over its factual value.
Heads Up: TSA Officers Might Not Like Your CBD Oil
Cannabidiol or CBD is the wonder cure that the world is gradually noticing; Forbes reported a forecast of the industry growing to $5B this year. However, various rules and regulations in the United States question the absolute legality of the substance.
According to Dr. Peter Grinspoon from the Harvard Medical School, the confusion regarding CBD stems from it being a derivative of marijuana’s cousin plant variety, the industrial hemp. CBD is also an essential component of medical marijuana but does not cause the “high” from use.
Many agencies have changed their stance regarding the substance, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), that previously disallowed travelers from carrying CBD on board. Last May, the TSA remarked that CBD is allowed provided that it does not contain more than 0.3% THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound responsible for marijuana’s high.
Questions about TSA’s New Rule
The public raised important questions about the new rules on CBD that TSA is currently implementing. For instance, people wonder how enforcers will check the THC content of a product, so they know if it contains the right amount or not. This situation, however, can hold lines and cause disturbance for other travelers, which also leads to many issues concerning CBD.
For another, state laws and regulations are varied and hold no consistency regarding the matter. Hemp and hemp-derived products may be legal in almost all states, but cannabis purchase and use are still primarily frowned upon across the country.
What might be wise to do at this point is to evaluate the product carefully and ensure that it meets all the TSA qualifications. As a personal care product, it’s far from being a harmful item that officers watch out for, such as weapons, explosives, and other destructive equipment.
Minchul An, doctor of pharmacy for CBD seller Buzzn, suggests carrying a certificate of analysis to clarify the product’s ingredients, which could help supplement the information found on the labeling. However, this document may only be available upon request.
Varying degrees of state rules and regulations
In the United States, laws and regulations for CBD differ from state to state.
Travis Rexroad, Weedmaps public relations director, stated that there are nuances to consider when flying with CBD on hand. He added that although the federal government has made its move to legalize CBD derived from hemp, there are still states that implement stricter laws on the substance. This could lead to travelers facing the consequences if they are found to have CBD with them.
NBC Miami reported the case of a 69-year0old lady who was arrested at Disney World Florida last April when authorities found CBD in her purse. They detained her for 15 hours for carrying what she said was a doctor-recommended product for her arthritis.
CO-Head William Garvin of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, a law firm that advocates for the cannabis industry, said that CBD is nothing like the usual consumer products. He made an example of Diet Coke, which one can buy in Missouri and carry all the way to Montana. This case is not acceptable to CBD due to conflicting laws between states.
Experts and advocates like An and Garvin do not advise traveling with CBD due to the risks. Expensive CBD products could be confiscated, or worse, the traveler could miss their flight. All of these problems are dependent on the destination and the laws on CBD that the state implements.
Garvin added that it’s more practical to buy CBD oil from wherever the traveler is going to since it is widely available across many states. Ultimately, it is up to the person carrying CBD if they are amenable to facing the risks of traveling with the product.
CBD Gummies Found in Kentucky Trick-or-Treat Candy
Law enforcers in Williamsburg, Kentucky warn parents regarding trick-or-treat candy. The police have received a report that some CBD gummy bears were included in some trick or treating loot bags.
The law enforcers further determined that the case was an isolated incident. Parents sent word to the police about the said candy bags that seemed suspicious.
Police are still warning parents to watch out for CBD gummies and check their kid’s Halloween candy. They urge parents to report any suspicious sweets they find in the loot bag and contact authorities as soon as possible. Parents are also advised to throw out the candy they find suspicious.
CBD sweets: are they useful?
CBD gummies were the most Googled edibles in the US last year. However, much like other CBD products, there aren’t many studies that back claims on CBD gummies.
Research by Joseph Maroon, MD from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center showed CBD to have promising effects on pain, inflammation, and anxiety, but it is limited to pure preparations of the compound.
While clinical evidence is hard to come by, users are still praising CBD products for being a “miracle” remedy for many health conditions. Aside from pain and anxiety, two of the most reasons for CBD use, people also claim its relaxing effect.
Others use CBD to help them sleep better, which is a therapeutic benefit that is yet to be proven.
CBD or cannabidiol is now a widespread ingredient for many wellness products such as tinctures, pills, lotions, creams and more. There is also a growing market for CBD water, or sparkling water incorporated with cannabidiol.
Are CBD gummy candies legal?
There is still a lot of controversy surrounding CBD in spite of its popularity. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers regarding CBD edibles since there aren’t many studies to back up different claims.
As of press time, there is only one medication containing CBD approved by the FDA. Epidiolex is a CBD drug used to treat intractable epilepsy, which doctors can legally prescribe.
Many states have become amenable to the purchase and use of CBD. However, the FDA stance has put a halt to CBD ventures, especially that of the edible kind. Various politicians, including a bipartisan coalition in the Senate, has penned a letter to the FDA, urging the agency to hasten the development of a concrete regulatory framework for CBD.
CBD candies’ legality is up for debate, but users are keying in on this product because it looks and tastes just like regular gummies. There are a variety of flavors, shapes, and colors to choose from. Users prefer this form of CBD because it is easy to ingest.
The federal law based on the 2018 Farm Bill holds in all the states, making industrial hemp legal for cultivation, processing, and marketing. However, hemp and hemp-derived products like CBD should not have more than 0.3% level of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the active component in cannabis that causes psychoactive effects like that in marijuana.
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