Nowadays, in the age of fast advancement of medical technologies, alternatives are still present. People will seek less expensive ways for medication, even to the point of considering Hemp Flower as one of them.
And fortunately for them, marijuana can be used for medical purposes with certain restrictions on usage and carrying during flight because of the component called ‘CBD’.
The Difference Between Marijuana, Hemp and Cannabis
The terms marijuana, hemp, and cannabis can be used interchangeably but technically they are different. Cannabis is the plant classification and under it are three major types: ruderalis, indica, and sativa. Marijuana is either a member of the cannabis sativa or cannabis indica while hemp is a member of cannabis sativa only.
At first glance, marijuana and hemp look the same but for a trained individual, there can be distinctions. Both of them contain the two important compounds: one, the addictive and intoxicating agent known as ‘tetrahydrocannabinol’ or THC, and the other that is medically beneficial ‘cannabinol’ or CBD.
The difference between marijuana and hemp is the possible amount of THC each can contain. For marijuana, it can contain 40 percent THC and upwards while hemp can only contain 0.3 percent at most. In that logic, hemp contains more CBD and is more medically beneficial if used.
The Legal Status of CBD
The medical benefits of CBD have always been debatable. It can be confirmed by numerous users but on a scientific level, due to the CBD levels of some plants that are inconsistently hard to trace, the national government cannot legalize its use. In a federal government like the United States, each state can do its own evaluation and formulate policies regarding it.
CBD hemp flowers and seeds must not have a THC content exceeding 0.3 percent. National agencies like the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, restrict utilizing CBD products on foods, supplements, and cosmetics. Because of such confusion between the CBD sources, the marijuana and hemp, there are inconsistencies between the policies from one state to another.
Traveling with CBD
The Transportations Security Administration, or TSA, had clarified that any CBD products derived from marijuana are illegal while those derived from hemp are not. However, when you go to the airport, the chances of quickly determining if a CBD product is derived from either marijuana or hemp are very low.
The solution is to test the THC content of the product but it is also the most impractical since it will take months. The alternative is to have the Customs and Border Patrol, of CBP, check the contents, and trace its origin.
If there is a go-signal from them, then you can board the flight with your product. For many conveniences, if your CBD product is used for your medication, make sure it is FDA-approved and don’t forget the prescription.
With all the necessary processes made, if found out that the CBD products you are bringing have exceeded the tolerable amount of THC, you will be really put to trouble. Depending on the gravity of the situation, whether it’s a prescription mistake or a failed business venture, the repercussions can also vary from unable to board the flight to being imprisoned for weeks.
To be safe, you must be informed first of the flight rules and the federal policies of the states involved. You can contact the institutions, ask for guidelines, and explain your circumstance. It’s better to be travel with CBD under only extreme needs such as strictly for a medication of risky health condition.