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February 2021

The legality of CBD oil
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The legality of cannabidiol varies from country to country, so travellers will need to carefully research and understand the requirements of the country they’re visiting. The best way to find out if CBD oil is legal in the country you are travelling to is by speaking to a customs agent or an embassy official. You may also be able to receive assistance from airline or airport officials. As CBD oil gains more acceptance across the globe, laws are subject to change, so checking them regularly is highly recommended—you might be pleasantly surprised!

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Flying with CBD oil

The issue with international travel is that you have to consider the laws in the country you are flying from, and the country you are flying too. Despite hemp-derived CBD oil being accepted throughout much of Europe, the US, and Canada, every nation (and state) has a slightly different take.

Europe

CBD oil is usually safe to carry within Europe as long as it contains less than 0.2% THC. This exact threshold may differ from country to country, 0.2% is low enough to be safe in most places. But how can you know for sure if you’re CBD products contain less than 0.2% THC?

Most CBD products display their cannabinoid content. However, without third-party lab testing, there is really no way to know if this is true or not. That’s why it’s vital to only travel with CBD products that are produced by a reputable and trustworthy brand. Transparent brands will always provide you with test results.

United States

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. However, the situation in the US isn’t as straightforward as it appears. While state law may accept CBD oil, local decisions can still conflict with federal regulations. As such, it is always a good idea to research the local laws of the specific state you’re flying into.

Canada

Both medical and recreational cannabis are legal in Canada, and there is no limit on the amount of THC that a CBD product can contain. Even better, you can safely travel with up to a 30-day supply of CBD. However, CBD oils carried onto an aeroplane will be subject to your airline’s limit on liquids (usually 100ml in Canada).

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CBD oil tips for frequent flyers

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.

• Bring proof that your CBD oil is hemp-derived

Where possible, bring a print-out of any related test results as a way of proving your CBD oil is legitimate. If you cannot get hold of test results, then bring the oil’s packaging, as this should also state how much THC it contains.

• Understand local regulations

Just because you can fly with CBD oil from one destination doesn’t mean the state you’re landing in also allows it—researching regulations is crucial.

• Adhere to the same rules as other liquids

Assuming CBD oil is accepted on your flight, don’t forget it must adhere to the standard rules regarding liquids. These will vary from country to country, but in most cases, liquids should be in a see-through container and declared at customs. Don’t try to hide your CBD oil; instead, treat it the same as any other liquid you would take on a flight.

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A final note on flying with CBD oil

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 cannot be without CBD oil, make sure you thoroughly research any applicable regulations. You can always contact an airline or security agency directly to ask what their stance on travelling with CBD oil is, especially if guidance is lacking online.

Planning a trip and need to stock up on CBD oil? Choose from an extensive selection of high-quality CBD oils, creams, and supplements when you browse the Cibdol store. And, if you need to find out how alternatives to CBD oil compare, check out our CBD Encyclopedia for more information.