There are many reasons why somebody might want to travel with CBD products. Aside from the fact that they can have calming effects and relieve travel anxiety, many CBD users feel like they need to take their balms, tinctures, or oils away with them for medical reasons.
All advice accurate as of the time of writing (January 2019). For up to date information, check with the relevant authority.
Can I bring CBD oil on a plane?
Although CBD products are legal in most of Europe and the UK, travelling with them on flights could still pose some risks.
Travellers across Europe who plan to take CBD products with them should pack their products in hold luggage if possible. If you’re travelling light with hand luggage only, consider printing a Certificate of Analysis for the Canavape product that you’re carrying. A Certificate of Analysis is a third-party test that proves the legality of Canavape products by showing the level of cannabinoids within each product.
So that you avoid prosecution, CBD will have to be legal in both the country that you’re travelling from and the country in which you will land. Be sure to seek up to date information regarding its legality before you travel. It is not recommended to travel with hemp products or CBD to countries in Asia and South America, as in some cases, bringing illegal substances into the country could result in life-long jail sentences or the death penalty – it simply isn’t worth it.
Where is CBD legal?
The American Transport Security Administration guidelines for bringing CBD into the USA are clear – you cannot bring medical marijuana (including CBD) in carry-on bags or checked in bags.
Despite the legality of the substance in many states across the USA, it is still illegal in some states. However, because each state is governed by federal law as well as their own individual state laws and cannabis is federally illegal, it’s not legal to bring it into the country.
However, industrial hemp isn’t illegal and similarly to the UK, CBD derived from industrial hemp is legal to produce and supply, even though it’s the same compound but isolated from a different plant.
Many states now allow marijuana for medical and recreational use, including Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia (as of January 2019). Medical cannabis (in some cases only CBD) is now legal in Oklahoma, New Mexico, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Georgia, Delaware, Florida and Connecticut.
Medical cannabis, and therefore CBD, is legal in multiple countries across Europe such as Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Romania, Spain and Italy. Industrial hemp is also legal to cultivate in a lot of Europe if the compounds contain less than 0.2% THC. Many companies use industrial hemp to manufacture CBD extract and isolates. Check the law for the individual country you are visiting before you travel.
The European Industrial Hemp Association is campaigning for harmonised legislation across Europe, but until then, travellers across Europe are advised to research the individual law for the country that they are travelling to.
CBD is legal and unregulated in the UK, meaning that it is openly sold and there is no requirement for it to be sold as a ‘food supplement’. CBD must be derived from hemp rather than marijuana and must have less than 0.2% of psychoactive THC. Travelling on domestic flights within the UK will be fine, but you will still need to pass the same border security.
Prepare for questioning as border agents may not be clued up on the latest laws. The relevant page on the UK government’s website has not been updated since the new legislation, so it currently reads that CBD is illegal. If customs agents are using this as a reference point, there could be an issue.