Up until the decline in travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic we were frequently asked “can I take CBD oil on a plane?”.
When travel resumes, we expect this question to come up even more frequently, given increased need for help with anxiety and the need for sanitising products that also help protect the skin.
Fortunately, the answer is… in most cases yes, you can travel with CBD products, provided they meet a few important requirements! There are however some no-go zones where you should NEVER travel with CBD including places like the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Australia and Singapore.
Laws on Cannabis and related substances are changing quickly around the world, so our key advice is to always check with the embassy of the country you are traveling to or through to ensure you have the most up to date information for that destination.
To elaborate further, of course it all depends what type of CBD you have.
In the UK, CBD products must contain no THC or CBN (it’s incorrect to say that products can contain less than 0.2% THC, that law relates to the source material not finished products). And you must be absolutely sure of this. If your CBD oil contains these banned cannabinoids, you’re holding a controlled substance, and that doesn’t tend to end well at airports.
All KLORIS CBD products are blended in the UK under strict controls to guarantee they contain no THC or CBN.
We’ve covered a few common flight zones below and how they fare in terms of carrying CBD.
CAN YOU TAKE CBD OIL ON A PLANE WITHIN EUROPE?
Industrial Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L) derived CBD like KLORIS is 100% legal in all EU states, provided it contains no THC - some countries allow low levels of THC, generally up to 0.2% but sometimes up to as much as 1% (in the case of Switzerland). Make sure you’re carrying a brand that states the content on the label clearly. Ditch anything with no labels.
There are also still general rules around carrying liquids that you must be aware of. A 10ml bottle of KLORIS CBD Oil is under the limit for carry-on liquids.
TAKING CBD ON A PLANE IN THE USA
In the USA, CBD Oils come with and without THC. So it’s a little more complicated here. Although medical cannabis (with THC) is legal in some states in the USA, all airports are controlled under federal law. This means that if, for example, you bought CBD Oil with THC in Colorado, you can’t fly with it. That’s because under federal law THC is illegal in the USA.
However, the good news is that CBD has been removed from the controlled substances list by the DEA so if you’re flying with a THC-free CBD Oil made from hemp, like KLORIS CBD, you aren’t breaking any laws. It’s still going to be important that your product clearly states this. There’s also a chance that a misinformed officer at the airport doesn’t understand the difference between the two products. It won’t land you in jail, but it could slow you down and they may take it off you.
TAKING CBD ON A PLANE IN ASIA, AFRICA & REST OF WORLD
This is where things get really interesting. Take Thailand for example. There have been cases of people getting 5 years in a Thai jail for carrying substances that were legal in their home country, only to find they are a criminal when they land. Prescription drugs like Tramadol.
There was also a case of Mostafa Soliman, an America citizen who was imprisoned in Egypt in 2010 for importing organic hemp seed oil, used mostly in salads. If convicted he would have faced the death penalty. Thankfully he was released following protests. Although these horror stories do exist, there are also plenty of people on TripAdvisor forums saying they’ve traveled happily between borders with a single bottle of CBD Oil in their hand luggage, still we can only suggest everyone follows whatever the local law is of their destination.
CHECK WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES BEFORE YOU TAKE CBD ON A PLANE IF YOU’RE NOT SURE
So we'll end this article as we started and say if you’re not 100% sure, check with authorities in the country you are traveling to before you leave. Don’t forget to include any countries where you might be changing flights, although you’re not leaving the airport, you’re still landing there and subject to their laws. If you’re flying via Dubai or Singapore, make sure you’re fully aware of the laws in those states before you take off. Another great tip is to ask your airline if you can take CBD Oil on the plane, as they may be able to help.