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More countries are accepting that cannabis and hemp are not the same thing, just like THC is intoxicating whereas CBD is not. As a result, CBD oil is becoming increasingly legalised worldwide.
So, can you travel with CBD oil? Generally speaking, if CBD oil is legal in a country, that means you can bring CBD oil into, or out of that country.
However, that’s not always the case, and the complete explanation is more complicated. In this CBD oil travel guide, we’ll tell everything you need to know about travelling with CBD oil.
What are some of the health benefits of CBD Oil?
- Anxiety relief
- Neuroprotective – Researchers are looking at a receptor located in the brain to learn about the ways that CBD could help people with neurodegenerative disorders.
- Pain relief – The effects of CBD oil on your brain’s receptors may also help you manage pain, especially in cases of arthritis and chronic pain.
Flying with CBD Oil
Research Country CBD Laws
If you’re planning to travel by air with CBD oil, the most important thing is to look up the CBD laws of your origin and destination countries. This way you’ll know if you can bring your CBD oil through security onto the plane, and then bring it past security again when you land.
Keep in mind that even if CBD oil is legal in a country, that doesn’t always mean you can travel with it. For example, even though all cannabis products, including CBD oil, are legal in Canada, you cannot bring any cannabis into or out of the country.
This is why it’s important to look up the exact CBD laws from a government or flight-related authority of a specific country. You can also ask your airline.
Be Aware of Airline Regulations
In addition to country laws, you also have to aware of airline regulations. For example, most airlines do not allow liquids with more than 100 ml in your carry-on bag.
Furthermore, we recommend looking up whether your airline has specific CBD-related laws. Certain airlines, such as Royal Caribbean, do not allow any CBD products onboard regardless of your destination.
Hemp-Derived vs. Marijuana CBD Oil
Another thing to keep in mind is the source of your CBD oil. The vast majority of CBD oil products are made from hemp — cannabis with 0.2-0.3% or less of intoxicating THC. Since hemp is legal in many countries, CBD oil is also legal.
However, in some cases, CBD oil is made from marijuana — plants with higher THC levels. You can’t travel with marijuana-derived CBD oil in countries where marijuana is illegal.
Your Agent Has Final Authority
Even if everything is legal, keep in mind that the airport security agent still has final authority on whether they will allow you through with CBD oil. For example, if an American TSA agent checks your carry-on bag, finds CBD oil, and for whatever thinks that it might contain marijuana, they could still confiscate it.
To reduce the chances of this happening, you can carry printed third-party lab tests of your product to prove that it contains low THC levels. It’s also a good idea to travel with a less conspicuous CBD product, such as a travel-sized (10 ml or less) CBD oil or even capsules or gummies. These products are far less likely to arouse suspicion.
Travelling with CBD Oil in the U.S.
Hemp-derived CBD products containing 0.3% or less of THC are legal in the United States. This means you can fly into or out of the United States with hemp-derived CBD oil.
Travelling with CBD Oil in the UK
In the UK, hemp-derived CBD oil with 0.2% or less of THC is legal, which means you can bring it into or out of the country. However, remember that if you’re travelling with an American CBD oil product, it could contain 0.3% of THC, which is over the legal limit for the UK. As such, we recommend buying a UK-friendly CBD oil, CBD Shopy has put together a great article on UK’s top-selling CBD oils.
Travelling with CBD Oil in Other European Countries
European countries have different laws regarding CBD. In most European Union member countries hemp is legal as long as it contains 0.2% or less THC. This means that CBD products made from hemp are legal to travel with.
However, it’s best to check the laws of individual countries. For example, even though Sweden is a member of the EU, CBD is only legal here if it contains 0% THC.
Travelling with CBD Oil: Err on the Side of Caution
As one final tip, we’d recommend that you always err on the side of caution when flying with CBD oil. If the CBD laws of your destination country are unclear or confusing, it’s always better to play it safe and not bring your oil than risk having it confiscated or something worse.
Similarly, it’s best not to take CBD oil to countries with restrictive cannabis or drug laws, such as China or the Philippines. Although you might be able to pass through airport security without them finding your CBD oil, the risk is simply not worth it. In such countries, you can easily go to jail if the agent finds your CBD oil and knows that it’s made from cannabis.
So, do your research, take small precautions like packing a smaller CBD oil or a less obvious product like gummies, and enjoy your trip.
The good news is that hemp-derived CBD oil is becoming legal in more and more countries as governments are increasingly aware of its non-intoxicating nature and beneficial effects.
This is a collaborative post.