This Is What The TSA Has To Say About Flying With Medical Marijuana


I recently shared the story of my mom who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis thirty five years ago. She slowly came around to the idea of using medical marijuana to alleviate her symptoms such as pain, inflammation, loss of sleep and even seizures.

Once she got around to trying cannabis, the next challenge was finding the right medical grade cannabis for her. It's not just a matter of throwing some green flower into a bowl and puffing away. She was not interested in inhaling anything. That narrowed our search to CBD oil. After trying out a few different CBD products, we finally found an oil that's highly effective at treating her.

It took years to find a medical marijuana product that was effective. Now that she's relying on it for daily use, she wants to travel to Mexico for a week but is concerned about whether or not she can bring her medicine with her.

We spoke with Rob Tankson from medical marijuana card provider Presto Doctor about how she could travel with the oil. He had a smart suggestion: Bring enough oil with but don't plan on bringing any back.

So my mom went out and purchased enough capsules for her trip. She filled them with oil, then put the capsules in her pill box with other medications. The big concern about traveling with cannabis is whether the cannabis gives off a smell that can be detected.

We asked the CO2 cannabis oil extractors at Critical Source in Eugene, Oregon, about whether CBD oil gives off a scent. Kenan Hester, co-founder of the company, says oils can certainly give off a smell. "The reality is that there can be minute amounts of THC even in CBD dominant oils, unless you've found a pure CBD oil product." He went on to add,

The Weed Blog contacted the TSA about traveling with medical marijuana and here's the response they received:

According to the TSA, it doesn't matter if a passenger has a medical card; possessing cannabis is a federal crime in the US. The wild card in my mom's situation was how the Mexican government would handle her case if she was discovered to be carrying medical marijuana back to the states. We didn't want to take that risk, which is why she brought enough in capsule form.

When in doubt, it's always wise to pack your medicine in air-tight sealed containers.

This post was originally written by Rick Bakas for WeedHorn