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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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
What about travelling by car, ferry, or train?
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.
Many people still think that cannabis is just for the lazy wasters out there. It’s time to let that go.
Cannabis is an incredibly useful medicine for many people out there. From its roots as a traditional medicinal herb before being criminalised, it has helped countless people across the globe with pain, PTSD, anxiety and a whole range of other conditions.
The NHS primarily prescribes opioids to people in pain. They often just make patients feel groggy and spaced out and don’t really help with the pain anyway. Exercise helps, sleeping well and eating healthily, but pain is difficult to live with. Widely available CBD is very helpful for many people living with chronic pain. But for a large minority nothing works as well as full-spectrum cannabis. It has a massive difference on pain levels that you have to live with daily.
For children with epilepsy, cannabis can be a wonder drug, stopping them from having dozens of terrifying seizures a day and allowing them to live a normal life. Technically, they could be prescribed cannabis on the NHS to help relieve their symptoms. It’s not quite as simple as this. In reality cannabis is only been legal in theory. In July 2020 it was reported that no new NHS prescriptions have been made since it’s legalisation in 2018.
A few months ago the parents of a three year old boy suffering from severe epilepsy began the first legal challenge on the guidelines for prescribing cannabis on the NHS. The boy, Charlie Hughes, went from having 120 seizures a day to just 20 after taking medical cannabis. But two years after it was licensed as a medicine, Charlies parents can only get it by purchasing it privately.
Professor Branes stated that the NHS guidelines on medical cannabis are “unhelpful and simply wrong”. Guidance by the drugs advisory body the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is “hopelessly negative”, and healthcare professionals do not have enough education to confidently prescribe cannabis: “99 per cent of doctors have never learnt about cannabis or the endocannabinoid system” (the system in our own bodies through which cannabis compounds work).
“NICE and the Royal College of Physicians have basically said there’s not enough evidence to prescribe [medical cannabis], which I think is complete nonsense,” said Prof Barnes: “It’s a brave doctor that says: ‘No’, actually I do want to prescribe this.’”
Alfie Dingley was admitted to hospital dozens of times before he was prescribed medical cannabis to stop his regular seizures. His mother, Hannah Deacon, told me: “The granting of Alfie’s medical cannabis licence and the subsequent law change raised the hopes of many other families. We felt every child and adult who had tried everything else may get the chance to use medical cannabis, to keep them out of hospital and improve their quality of life.
“Yet for vulnerable families and their suffering children, this optimism has now been replaced by despondency. To the best of my knowledge, access to medical cannabis on the NHS is totally blocked, forcing families to fundraise to pay thousands of pounds a month for a medicine that is legal here.”
Private prescriptions are now rising 20 to 30 per cent month-on-month at clinics opening around the country. Most prescriptions are for pain and neurological conditions, but also for multiple sclerosis and complaints like anxiety and PTSD. Most pay around £400 or £500 a month, but children with severe epilepsy, because of the doses involved, can pay up to £2,000 a month. Clinics supply either cannabis flower, which is vaped, or cannabis oil, which is taken orally.
Last year the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, promised that cost wouldn’t be an obstacle to the prescription of cannabis. Cannabis itself is cheap, and Prof Barnes thinks it could be supplied by the NHS at “net zero cost”. In Alfie Dingley’s case, repeated intensive care visits cost the health service “many, many thousands”. But even in less severe cases, savings made by replacing other prescription medication like anti-anxiety drugs, opioids and so forth, means that medical cannabis could be supplied, in Prof Barnes’s words, “without actually costing the National Health Service a single penny”.
The solution, said Prof Barnes, is for a “patient-led revolution”. He urges anyone who thinks they could benefit from a cannabis prescription to go to the GP, and “not take ‘no’ for an answer”. GPs themselves are currently not allowed to prescribe cannabis but patients can ask to be referred to a hospital specialist. If the specialist says ‘no’, then the patient needs to ask why, and have the case referred to the local hospital trust. If the trust cites cost, then they can be referred to the Department of Health to test Matt Hancock’s pledge. If it cites lack of evidence, Prof Barnes says, this goes against a tide of medical opinion worldwide that has shown cannabis to be effective for many conditions.
These days, most of us won’t eat a cereal bar without first checking the label, and we should adopt the same level of care when buying CBD. Any reputable company will offer you a Certificate of Analysis (COA), This is done by a third party lab that shows that what you get inside is the strength it says it is, whether it contains isolate of full-spectrum CBD and which other plant compounds are in there, and finally that it doesn’t contain any of the things you don’t want in there, like moulds and pesticides. The batch number of the product should be on the bottle, which can be researched on the brand’s website. If you can’t see the COA certificate on the company’s website, email them to request it. British Hemp Co provide certificates for all of our products.
When you go shopping for CBD you will generally come across three different options: CBD isolates, full-spectrum hemp oil, and broad-spectrum hemp oil; it’s the latter two you want to go for. This means the whole plant has been used, as opposed to an extracted isolate, which seems to work better because lots of the plant’s different chemicals work symbiotically together, creating the entourage effect.
So why don’t all companies use the whole plant? It’s because the more purified form of CBD – the CBD isolate – is cheaper. It can be made from lower quality plants, which are then processed to get rid of the contaminates, isolating just the CBD. CBD is a commodity like any other cash crop and the price of isolate has come down quicker.
The milligrams of CBD should always be stated on the label. If you don’t see it, don’t buy it. A percentage without the milligrams doesn’t tell you anything. So what kind of numbers should we be looking for? A lot of standard brands offer 300-2,000 mg, which can be in a 30ml, 40ml, or 60ml bottle. If you see a very high amount, check it’s not an isolate by looking at the COA certificate.
Most companies state a suggested dose on the bottle, but there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to CBD. It depends what you’re using it for. start low and go slow. For a chronic condition you should be taking it daily on a consistent basis. It’s not a quick fix.
A brand’s motivation matters and for every charlatan CBD brand there are as many with their hearts – and certificates – in the right place. There clearly needs to be more rules and regulations. There’s so much hype and marketing, it’s quite confusing for the customer. At British Hemp Co we self-standardise and go above and beyond to make sure it does what it says on the tin – and equally there’s nothing in there that shouldn’t be.