Woman kicked off of plane for having cbd oil

I Gave My Anxious Dog CBD Oil During a Flight, and Here’s What Happened

Seven hour-long episodes of Poldark downloaded; Bluetooth headphones charged and ready to go; and a book just in case we’re stuck on the tarmac for longer than expected. I’m so prepared, my flight anxiety is basically at zero.

As for my pup, Oakley, she’s totally fine traveling with me…well, except for that tiny little portion of the trip when the plane’s ascending or descending. I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure it has to do with the change in pressure because as soon as we plateau, she relaxes. But during takeoff and landing, Oakley is freaking the hell out, whimpering and shedding like never before. Poor baby.

My sweet Pekingese-Dachshund mix has been prescribed “puppy Prozac” from a vet before, and while it definitely quells her anxiety, it also zonks her out for the entire day. So, on my most recent flight, I decided to try something more holistic: CBD-infused hemp oil.

Before you call me the next Pablo Escobar (or the cops), you should know that hemp-derived CBD (cannabidiol) is legal in all 50 states. It’s non-psychoactive, and you don’t even need a medical card to buy it. While I couldn’t get a vet to recommend any products (they’re not legally allowed to at this point), one did tell me—off the record—that if you get your CBD oil from a reputable company, it honestly couldn’t hurt to try.

So, a couple days before the flight, I put two little drops of Extract Labs hemp tincture (hemp oil rich in CBD in a base of fractionated coconut oil) in my dog’s food. I didn’t notice much of a difference in her behavior, but I also didn’t notice any adverse effects either. Phew. The next day, I gave her a couple drops without food. The change was subtle; she was more relaxed and a little more cuddly than usual, but she was back to barking at skateboarders within the hour. Perfect.

The little vial of hemp tincture was easy to carry with me on the plane, and while it is perfectly legal, it smells like, er, a college dorm. So, yeah, I did feel part badass, part the first 25 minutes of Brokedown Palace. As soon as we got in our seats, I gave Oakley two drops of the tincture sublingually (under her tongue), and I didn’t detect any disapproving faces about the short-lasting smell. By the time we were taking off, Oakley was still on higher (pun not intended) alert than usual, but her whimpering was significantly dialed down. Plus, she didn’t make her usual crazed attempt to escape and run down the aisle. That’s a win to me.

When the flight attendant announced, “prepare for landing,” I gave Oak another couple of drops, and that was that. Usually, after flights my pants are covered in dog hair shed from all that nervous energy. This time, I didn’t even need to dig out the lint roller in my bag. Another big win.

An hour later, we were barbecuing at my parents’ house, Oakley was back to normal, running around like a Tasmanian devil, and my dad was begging to try the CBD oil himself—we all took a drop. But that’s another story.

Traveling Grandmother Jailed for CBD Oil: ‘I Slept on the Floor… Next to the Toilet’

A trip to Oregon with a stop at DFW Airport ended with a woman spending two nights in jail

By Scott Friedman and Jack Douglas Jr. • Published on May 21, 2019 at 4:57 pm

What to Know

  • Traveling with CBD oil or hemp-based derivatives could you get arrested at the airport.
  • While CBD does not contain enough THC to give anyone a high, it can be enough to test positive.
  • With CBD laws differing state-to-state, including in Texas, travelers face a confusing patchwork of enforcement.

Lena Bartula, at age 71, is an accomplished artist and proud grandmother who had an unsettling experience as she passed through North Texas on her way to visit her granddaughter in Oregon.

In fact, a nightmare, she said, would be a better description for when police officers slapped handcuffs on her at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport after they found cannabidiol (CBD) oil in her travel bag.

The Fort Worth native, who now lives in an artist community in Mexico, was told she was under arrest.

“I think I almost laughed out loud, because I thought that couldn’t really be,” Bartula said in a Skype interview with NBC 5 Investigates.

She realized it was no laughing matter when, handcuffed, she was driven to the DFW Airport Jail where, “I slept on the floor, my head next to the toilet.”

It was a far cry from the peaceful, picturesque community in Mexico where Bartula runs a popular gallery.

And it only got worse the next day — she said her arms and legs were shackled, and she was moved to the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth to spend another night behind bars, then facing a felony drug charge.


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“I had no idea what would happen to me,” Bartula recalled.

A year ago, arrests for CBD at the airport were “almost non-existent,” said Cleatus Hunt Jr., area port director for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at DFW.

“But in the last six months, the interception rate for that has skyrocketed,” Hunt said.

Attorneys for the CBD industry said federal authorities have no right to detain someone with the product. They argue that hemp-made CBD was legalized in December with the passage of the federal farm bill.

But customs officials said they were still in the process of implementing the new federal rules so, for now, products with THC are still prohibited at ports of entry, such as the one at DFW Airport.

As a rule, if federal authorities detect THC, they notify the airport police who likely will make an arrest, because state law prohibits CBD oil with any amount of THC in it.

CBD oil has become a health craze, both in Texas and across the country, with users saying it does such things as ease their anxiety and soothe their aches and pains.

For Bartula, she said it was those aches and pains — so common as the years add up — that caused her to use CBD for relief.

Her case was dropped, when a Tarrant County grand jury declined to move the case forward.

Still, those nights in jail have convinced her to never again pack CBD in a suitcase when she travels — a bit of advice she’s quick to give to her friends.

“I have warned everyone I know, because most people my age, with my kinds of aches and pains, do take this,” said Bartula. “They rely on it.”

TSA changes policy to allow some CBD oil and medications on planes

The change was prompted by the only FDA-approved drug that contains CBD oil, Epidiolex, which is used to treat seizures in children with epilepsy.

The Transportation Security Administration quietly changed its cannabis policy over the weekend to allow passengers to bring some forms of cannabidiol (CBD) oil, plus an FDA-approved marijuana based drug, on flights.

All forms of marijuana were previously prohibited in both checked and carry-on bags. But Sunday, the agency updated TSA.gov to reflect new regulations that allow FDA-approved medical marijuana and products that contain hemp-derived CBD oil. The CBD oil is allowed “as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law” under the 2018 Farm Bill, which federally legalized hemp and hemp derivatives. The development was first reported by Marijuana Moment on Monday.

Hemp derivatives contain little to no tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana that produces a high.

The TSA’s new rules still ban other forms of marijuana, including certain cannabis-infused products and CBD oils that have THC, which are still illegal under federal law. TSA officers are required to report any violations of that law. It is not clear how the TSA intends to check whether a product contains THC; a TSA spokesperson said that if there were questions of whether a substance was illegal under federal law, the issue would be referred to law enforcement for further adjudication, but that the TSA would not do the testing.

CBD hemp oil at Beezy Beez in the Staten Island borough of New York, on March 20, 2019. P Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

The change was prompted by the only Food and Drug Administration-approved drug that contains CBD oil, Epidiolex, which is used to treat seizures in children with epilepsy, the TSA said.

“To avoid confusion as to whether families can travel with this drug, TSA immediately updated TSA.gov once we became aware of the issue,“ the agency said in a statement to NBC News.

Epidiolex was approved by the FDA last June to treat severe, rare forms of pediatric epilepsy. The TSA spokesperson said the agency recently became aware of Epidiolex and updated its policy accordingly.

The TSA did not offer any other details on other CBD oil that its website says is allowed on flights now.

Regardless, the updated policy is welcome news for CBD advocates, especially after some passengers have been arrested for carrying CBD oil on planes — such as a 71-year-old woman who was arrested at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport earlier this month.