Travellers – Cannabis (marijuana) legalization Do you use CBD oil and are planning a trip over state lines or internationally? Read out guide to find out the dos and don’ts of carrying CBD Follow the link to find out if you can travel with CBD oil across Europe, America, and Canada, and what you need to know before flying.
Cannabis at the border
The Cannabis Act, legalizing and regulating cannabis (marijuana), creates a strict legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada.
Transporting cannabis across the border in any form – including any oils containing THC or cannabidiol (CBD) – without a permit or exemption authorized by Health Canada remains a serious criminal offence subject to arrest and prosecution, despite the legalization of cannabis in Canada. The prohibition applies regardless of:
- The amount of cannabis you have with you,
- Whether you hold a medical document authorizing the use of cannabis for medical purposes,
- Whether you are travelling from an area with legalized or decriminalized cannabis.
Don’t bring it in. Don’t take it out.
If you are entering Canada from another country, remember: if you have cannabis with you in any form, you must declare it to the Canada Border Services Agency. Not declaring cannabis in your possession at the Canadian border could also lead to arrest and prosecution.
If you are leaving Canada, remember: you may not take cannabis out of the country either. You may be subject to criminal charges if you attempt to travel to other countries with any amount of cannabis in your possession.
Only Health Canada retains the authority to issue permits or grant exemptions to import or export cannabis. They do so under very limited circumstances and for limited purposes: medical, scientific or industrial hemp. For importers with the Health Canada granted authority, please refer to Customs Notice 18-19 on calculating cannabis duty.
Laws for cannabis at the Canadian border
An explanation about the laws for cannabis at the Canadian border.
Guide to Flying with CBD Oil
Flying with CBD oil may hinge on a technicality: whether your CBD products are derived from hemp or cannabis. But even then, federal authorities can confiscate your CBD and there have been some arrests .
If the CBD product you’re carrying with you contains less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD derived from the stem of hemp plants, then it should be legal to bring to any state. But CBD oils and other CBD products derived from cannabis containing higher amounts of psychoactive THC are considered illegal substances.
Here is everything you need to know about traveling with CBD oil and other CBD products. Before heading to the airport for your next domestic or international flight, know the rules.
Note that this article does not constitute legal advice. For specific legal guidance, we recommend consulting a lawyer.
Flying with CBD Oil in the U.S.
The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp legal in the United States, but with certain nuances and restrictions. The bill outlines that hemp-derived CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC may be transported across state lines. The products covered in the bill include CBD oil, CBD tinctures, CBD edibles, and other hemp-based items.
But what if your CBD oil comes from cannabis and has more than 0.3% THC? The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has said, to paraphrase, ” We’re not looking for your weed .” However, suppose TSA agents spot any suspected law violations, as in something that may look like cannabis or a cannabis-containing product. In that case, they are required to notify the local authorities.
Depending on the cannabis-friendliness of the authority (or whether or not their arrest targets need to be met), this can mean either a lucky escape or prison time. Also, as flying with cannabis is against federal law, you may face penalties even if you’re going between two legal states.
However, we strongly advise against carrying cannabis or cannabis-based CBD products onboard a flight.
Current TSA Guidelines
The TSA explicitly states that it will report any suspicious items to the local authorities. If you’re caught with a cannabis product with a higher than 0.3% THC concentration, you may have legal issues to handle. But if you travel with a bottle of hemp-derived CBD oil in its original container, the TSA most likely will not detain you.
Flying Internationally with CBD Oil
Different countries have vastly different laws, and it’s not possible to state everywhere in the world, you may be able to carry your hemp-based CBD oil with you. But here are some global highlights concerning CBD laws:
Canada does not permit people to bring cannabis or CBD products.
If you’re wondering, “can I take CBD oil to Mexico?” The answer is, no, you cannot. But you can purchase CBD products legally once you are in Mexico.
Some countries in Central America, like Costa Rica, allow you to travel with a CBD product if it contains less than 0.3% THC.
Laws vary across South America, but you may take your CBD products to Brazil if they contain less than 0.2% THC.
Europe’s laws vary between countries, but it is generally legal to possess CBD products with trace amounts (0.3% or less) of THC.
The Middle East has extremely strict laws on cannabis and CBD possession, and Dubai, a party playground for the wealthy, issues severe penalties for having CBD. A man from London was recently sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for possessing CBD in Dubai .
Asia has strict laws on cannabis and other drugs. But Thailand allows you to possess a thirty-day supply of CBD oil if you have a permit from FDA Thailand. India has more lenient CBD laws, and you can possess CBD products without a permit.
You can have CBD oil in Australia only with a medical prescription.
The laws on CBD in Africa are emerging. South Africa permits CBD possession but with a strict caveat: it must contain less than 0.001% THC.
Tips for Flying with CBD
Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re traveling with CBD products:
- Be aware of the laws of each destination country if traveling internationally
- Carry your medical marijuana card with you if you have one
- Keep the CBD product in its original packaging
- Carry any prescription information with you
- Make sure the CBD product is genuinely a CBD product and contains no more than 0.3% THC (even less than that in some countries)
Following these basic guidelines will help you adhere to the law of the land wherever you go.
What About Bringing CBD on Other Modes of Transportation?
Avoid carrying cannabis-based CBD products with you in the car over state lines. Hemp-based CBD products should be fine to travel with by car.
The Subway/Commuter Trains
It may be legal to travel with CBD on the subway or train, but you should check the rules of the specific transportation authority before doing so.
Boats and Cruise Ships
If the boat or cruise ship travels over waters where CBD is outlawed or docks someplace where the substance is illegal, you should leave your product at home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pack CBD oil in my checked luggage?
Yes, you can pack hemp-derived CBD oil with less than 0.3% THC in your checked luggage, provided that it meets all other requirements , including size, weight, and packaging.
Do airlines test for CBD?
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not consider CBD oil an acceptable treatment for working pilots, even those with a medical card.
Does CBD oil pass the security airport checks?
On CBD products, unless you have a prescription for approved medications such as Epidiolex, then it may be best to leave your CBD product at home and buy one when you get to your destination. You may not get arrested for possessing CBD, and if caught, are more likely to have your CBD-containing product confiscated, but is it worth the risk?
Access legal cannabis and CBD products with a medical marijuana card. Speak with one of Leafwell’s trained physicians to apply for your MMJ card.
Can You Fly With CBD Oil In Europe, America, And Canada?
Planning a trip, but not sure if you can take CBD oil with you? Keep reading to find out if you can fly with CBD oil in Europe, America, and Canada, and for our top travel tips for frequent flyers.
- The legality of CBD oil
- Flying with CBD oil
- CBD oil tips for frequent flyers
- What about travelling by car, ferry, or train?
- A final note on flying with CBD oil
The legality of CBD oil
At this point, several countries around the world have effectively legalized both recreational and medicinal cannabis in its various forms. But, even with a growing acceptance of the Cannabis sativa species and all its derivatives, travelling with CBD oil isn’t as straightforward as you might think.
The legality of cannabidiol still varies from country to country, so travellers will need to carefully research and understand the requirements of the country they’re visiting. In fact, the legality of CBD oil in the jurisdiction you are travelling to is the most crucial factor to consider.
The surest 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!
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.
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?
Most CBD products will prominently display their cannabinoid content. Additionally, they will usually point out the fact that their product is under the legal threshold for THC 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 like Cibdol will always provide you with test results to back their claims. It is simply safer to travel with a brand you can trust to produce legal CBD oil.
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.
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).
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
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.
Where possible, bring a print-out of any related test results as a way of proving your CBD oil is legitimate—if challenged. If you cannot get hold of test results, then at least try to bring the oil’s packaging, as this should also state how much THC it contains.
• Understand local regulations
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.
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?
When you aren’t flying, there is a little more freedom in how much CBD oil you can carry, but legal limitations still apply. You’ll need to be aware of the regulations surrounding CBD oil for all locations you’re travelling from, to, or through—no matter how you get there. There’s less of a chance you’ll be stopped or searched if you’re going in your own car, but we wouldn’t recommend throwing caution to the wind.
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.
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