CBD company giving samples at Hartsfield-Jackson

A company called HempFusion is giving out CBD product samples at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s in the middle of the domestic terminal atrium.

HempFusion is a brand of cannabidiol, or CBD, products.

The company this week put a “vending machine” in the Atlanta airport’s domestic terminal atrium, staffed by a “HempFusion brand ambassador” who checks IDs and answers questions.

The free samples of HempFusion’s Stress product are being given to those 18 and older. The company plans to hand out the samples at the world’s busiest airport 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Dec. 15.

Those interested in the samples answer a questionnaire on the machine’s touchscreen asking about their travel details and other information, and get a sample based on their level of travel stress.

CBD is derived from hemp, a cousin of the marijuana plant that contains a trace amount of THC. THC is what gives marijuana users a high.

The Transportation Security Administration’s website says marijuana and some CBD products are illegal unless they are under the 0.3 percent limit of THC or approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

But travelers should be aware that CBD isn’t legal in all countries.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been “working closely” with federal agencies on regulatory changes, but has noted that it has importation protocols on controlled substances.

An agency spokesman also said travelers are “responsible for understanding the laws of the countries they are visiting” or stopping in.

The idea for the CBD vending machine was developed by Boulder, Colo.-based brand marketing firm Fortnight Collective, which calls it the first CBD vending machine at a major U.S. airport.

But it’s not the first company to make CBD products available at Hartsfield-Jackson.

Minute Suites started selling CBD products earlier this year at its Hartsfield-Jackson sleep unit locations.

That came after passage of the 2018 federal Farm Bill, which permits CBD oils to be carried on flights provided they contain no more than 0.3 percent THC. Such products are also now sold in stores across Georgia.

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Kelly Yamanouchi
Kelly Yamanouchi
Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.
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