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.
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.
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.
Flying internationally 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 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.
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.
If you fly regularly and can’t be without CBD oil, we’ve put together some top tips to make travelling as straightforward as possible.
In the majority of situations, the difficulty of taking CBD oil on a flight will likely outweigh any potential benefits you might get from taking the substance with you. Regulations in the US are a little clearer, but even travelling with CBD oil between states can be challenging.
If you are not flying domestically across the US, make sure you research your home nation’s stance on CBD. As we have pointed out, even though CBD oil may be legal to buy and use, it may not be suitable to take on a flight. If you are flying within the US, make sure you understand the regulations in the states you are flying to and from.
• Bring proof that your CBD oil is hemp-derived
In the United States, regulations for CBD have been put forth by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency). Legal CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC—0.1% higher than in most parts of Europe. Many travellers have reported receiving a pass on small variations in concentration, but TSA regulations require agents to report any possible violations to law enforcement.
As such, without extensive research or written permission, the uncertainty associated with taking CBD oil on a flight doesn’t outweigh the benefits—at least in the majority of situations.
In most cases, CBD oil is safe to carry within Europe as long as it contains less than 0.2% THC. While this exact threshold may differ from country to country, 0.2% is low enough to be safe in most locations. But how can you know for sure if your CBD products contain less than 0.2% THC?
Given the distinction in guidelines between hemp-derived and marijuana-derived CBD, it is highly advisable to bring proof that what you are travelling with is the former. Reputable producers of CBD will have their products third-party tested to ensure the ratio of cannabinoids is correct.
And no, there won’t be a TSA dog sniffing your luggage or purse. “TSA K9s only search for explosives and explosive components,” Harmon says.
The TSA’s updated regulations allow passengers to legally bring these products on board:
At the Airport
Another option is to shop online or at a store before the trip, then ship the CBD to your destination, Avetisyan says.
While the TSA recently loosened up its regulations around CBD products, the answer is still: It depends.
In addition, the FDA recently warned companies that adding CBD to foods or dietary supplements is illegal because it has not been declared to be GRAS, or generally recognized as safe.