TSA OK’s CBD – Cites 2018 Farm Bill

TSA OK’s CBD – Cites 2018 Farm Bill

It’s Official.

The TSA  is cool with CBD

The Transportation Safety Administration updated their website to spell out their policy on CBD and medical marijuana.

“Products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018.”  – TSA.gov

As long as it is compliant with regulations the 2018 Farm Act – particularly  the famous “less than .3% THC” part – you are good to go. Literally.

Looking for Bombs – Not Vape Pens


TSA agents at security       “TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs” – TSA.gov


The TSA has never been tasked with finding illegal drugs.  Their job has always been protecting the safety of airline travel. They are trying to intercept weapons, bombs and flammable stuff – not CBD tinctures.

Of course, they are obligated to report any controlled substances that they might find, but that is not a priority. Their main responsibility is somewhat more important.

In fact, the overburdened agents don’t have time to waste scanning for vape cartridges. I’m sure they see thousands per day.

Once again, common sense is coming to bear with cannabis.

MJ OK Too?

TSA CBD policy

In my opinion – and I’m not a lawyer – they are perhaps signalling that they are not too concerned about the actual THC content of whatever is in your vape oil.  If you have 2 or 3 CBD vape carts in your backpack,  it probably won’t even raise a TSA eyebrow.

But if you are traveling with CBD, use your head to avoid any hassle.

  • Keep the original packaging – unless it really is weed.
  • Only bring what you need personally for the duration of the trip
  • Don’t travel CBD flower, dabs or pipes – anything that looks like a stash or stoner equipment

Also – remember, this is just the TSA.  The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) is a separate agency. They’re OK with CBD, but not cannabis.  The cute, little DEA beagles are still sniffing around the baggage claim area from time to time.


We are slowly getting there. CBD is becoming so common that there’s no stopping it in airports. I would still be careful flying out of small airports in conservative states. Even Dallas-Ft. Worth has been hassling CBD users. So there is still some lingering trouble.

However, a lot of industry insiders are predicting federal legalization of cannabis soon – perhaps within two years. So the above words will become 100% irrelevant.

Here’s to that!


John Astrab


Legal Disclaimer – I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. Always obey all federal, state and local laws.



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