Can you take CBD oil on a plane?
The legality of CBD
Once people have gotten their heads around the basics of what CBD oil is (and if you still haven’t, you can introductory guide to CBD) the questions that follow are normally concerning legality. Since cannabidiol shares both the root of its name and the root of its creation with cannabis, it can seem like a taboo topic.
One of the most common queries we get concerning legality is whether or not you can take cannabidiol on a flight. Since people get used to the daily routine of buying CBD and taking CBD, the prospect of not being able to take it abroad for business or on holiday can be frustrating. As ever, given the relative flippancy with which CBD’s legality is often handled, the question isn’t a simple yes or no situation.
Liquid laws & CBD
Before getting into the specifics of your Broad Spectrum CBD E-liquid and whether you can or can’t fly with it, the most universal impediment is the size of the liquid container you’re carrying. If you’re intending to bring it in your carry-on, then you’ll be subject to the 100ml liquid rule.
The confusion here stems from the fact medicines aren’t limited by the 100ml rule if accompanied by a prescriptions or doctor’s note. As such, if you’ve been prescribed a CBD tincture you can ignore the liquid limit, but that’s unlikely in the UK.
CBD oils and THC
The main point of contention to consider when debating taking your CBD oils abroad is THC content. Since the market is poorly regulated, some products might not have been extracted properly. That’s why Vitality CBD provide independent batch reports here to guarantee you peace of mind.
Meanwhile, for full spectrum and whole plant products, the trace amounts of THC can raise red flags at airports where staff aren’t properly informed on the distinction between CBD products and medical cannabis. Likewise, it might be that the country you’re flying to has a lower THC threshold than the one you’re flying from.
For example, in the UK the maximum levels of THC in the hemp extract are 0.2%, whilst in the U.S. they can reach 0.3%. That means that even if a CBD oil is legal in your home country, and legal in your destination, you still need to confirm that the laws follow the same guidelines.
UK laws about flying with CBD
Since the majority of our users are UK based, you’re probably already aware that buying CBD is legal in the UK, especially given that it’s now being stocked in national supermarkets and stores. However, the laws around flying with CBD can seem a little confusing.
The CBD oils you’ve been purchasing are most likely being sold as nutritional supplements due to the nature of the law as it stands. Furthermore, the CBD you’re using will have been extracted from hemp containing lower than 0.2% THC, since it’s not covered by the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act, and is therefore legal in the UK.
As such, given its legal status you should be able to bring CBD products on board domestic flights within the UK, and international flights to the UK. We still recommend contacting your flight provider and customs in advance though.
Flying internationally with CBD
As mentioned above, the easiest solution is often just to contact your flight provider, and the incoming customs department for your destination. Having said that, it definitely helps to be informed on CBD law ahead of time, especially given that not all staff may be aware of its legal designation.
Changeover flights & cannabidiol
So, you’ve established that the country you’re flying to allows travellers to bring CBD oil across their borders, but have you also considered your changeover along the way? Even if you’re only dropping off in a country for a half-hour sprint across to your next flight, you still fall under their jurisdiction.
Generally laws are tighter in Asian and African countries, but there are exceptions across the board. As ever with CBD, research is key. Either visit the Visa HQ Customs site, or, if you’re flying in the U.S or Europe, you can check Alternative Airlines for a breakdown of CBD laws by region.
Final tips for flying with CBD
We haven’t provided individual country reports because simplified information can cause issues in and of itself. Broadly speaking, for example, European constituents are tolerant of hemp-derived CBD oils due to the mass legalisation of industrial hemp, but there are still grey areas in more hardline countries like Sweden.
The best solution to any headaches you may be having about whether you can fly with CBD or not is to be upfront. That means taking it in your carry-on, carrying the batch report with you to prove your THC levels (if you’ve bought your CBD with us you can find your specific one here) and contacting customs in advance to ensure you’re on the same page.
Learn more about CBD
If you’re looking to discover more about how to use CBD, read about it in our beginner-friendly CBD guide, or if you want to know more about the difference between different CBD oil classifications, check out our article here.
We also have category pages that cover each of our product ranges, including CBD e-liquids, CBD oils, CBD cosmetics, as well as CBD topicals and CBD edibles. That way, you’ll be totally ready to buy CBD.
If you want to ask us about your specific journey, our experienced CBD team are always on hand to field any questions. You can reach out to us on our contact page.
The legality of CBD Once people have gotten their heads around the basics of what CBD oil is (and if you still haven’t, you can introductory guide to CBD) the questions that follow are normally concerning legality. Since cannabidiol shares both the root of its name and the root of its creation with cannabis, it can see
Are you Flying to the UK with CBD Oil? Here’s Everything you Need to Know
Wallet? Check. Passport? Check. CBD oil? Hhmm…Can I?
There are certain items we must have before we leave for the airport and CBD oil is quickly becoming one of them. Its incredible anti-anxiety effects are great for nervous flyers. You can buy it practically everywhere. But can you bring it home?
CBD Laws in the UK – An Explanation
CBD oil is currently in a grey area. You can buy CBD online and in any health store in the UK. The reason for this is because an EU directive states that products from cannabis (hemp) with less than 0.2% of the intoxicating THC are legal.
On the other hand, in the UK there’s the ‘Misuse of Drugs Act’ which states that THC is illegal regardless of quantity. But due to its non-psychotropic effect and the current EU stance, UK police are taking a light approach here and standing back from the issue. At least when it comes to CBD oils.
This is comforting to know when you’re at home but what about if you want to bring some back to the UK from your holiday in the Med?
Can you Fly to the UK with CBD Oil?
You can fly into the UK with CBD oil so long as it comes from the hemp plant that contains less than 0.2% THC. Cannabis oil is seized if it contains significantly MORE than the 0.2% THC limit.
There is a chance that customs might confuse your oil with THC-rich oil and so it would be pertinent to purchase reputable CBD oil and print off the lab analysis sheet that comes with it, along with the receipt to prove beyond doubt of its origins.
Can you bring it in your Hand Luggage?
You can bring Bottles of CBD oil in your hand luggage, so long as it is less than 100ml. Over this is not permitted and should be placed in your suitcase for the cargo hold.
Which Europeans Countries can you bring CBD Oil to?
European laws currently dictate how CBD oil is treated in the UK but individual nations are free to set down their own laws as they deem fit. Thankfully most countries are tolerant towards CBD oil as outlined here:
The laws surrounding CBD are identical in Ireland with regards coming from hemp containing less than 0.2% THC. CBD products in Ireland must be produced via cold-pressing.
Poland – Legal
CBD from hemp with less than 0.2% THC is legal.
CBD from hemp with less than 0.2% THC is legal. It is very popular in Croatia
Latvia – Legal
CBD products are legal from hemp which has less than 0.2% THC.
Luxembourg – Legal
CBD oils are legal as long as the THC content is less than 0.3%
Netherlands – Tolerated
The Dutch are famously tolerant of THC-rich cannabis, even if its legality is less than total. CBD is treated with a similar attitude.
Switzerland – Legal
A very liberal country where CBD with less than 1% THC is legal.
Greece – Legal
Hemp-derived CBD products are deemed legal as they are not seen as drugs.
Slovenia – Legal
Allowed with a maximum content of less than 0.2% THC.
Italy – Legal
CBD is legal and this includes oil from plants containing up to 0.6% THC.
Laws constantly change so it is advised to double-check prior to your flight.
Can you take CBD Oil from the UK to the US?
Yes, providing it contains less than 0.3% THC and you are entering a state where it is legal. The 2018 Hemp bill made CBD oil from hemp federally legal and this tallies with most states where medical cannabis is legal but double-check the state laws of your destination.
What about other Countries?
As CBD oil is a relatively new concept, laws have had to be changed to adjust to consumer demand but law changes take time, so expect a lot of countries around the world to be lagging behind. In particular, the Middle East and most of Asia.
Always Check The Local Laws Before Travelling.
CBD oil is generally legal in the UK, most EU countries, the majority of U.S States and all of Canada.
The likelihood of having your CBD oil confiscated at the airport is quite slim but bear in mind that customs officers could easily think you swapped your CBD oil for cannabis oil. Without proper testing and documentation, it is impossible to know and so you run the risk of having it confiscated.
Best Advice – Purchase at home and use at home. Purchase abroad and use abroad.
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