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Can You Travel With CBD? [It’s Not Advised]

Green Shoppers Written by Green Shoppers
Updated on July 1, 2019

As CBD becomes increasingly popular, more questions are coming to light about the products. It’s true that CBD occupies a legal grey area because of its existence in cannabis, but it should be noted that cannabidiol products are legal in the UK without a prescription, as long as they contain less than 0.2% THC.

CBD products are used for a number of reasons. The food supplement is popular as a way of maintaining general health and wellbeing, as well as for things like relaxing and managing mild anxiety. With this being the case, it is common for nervous flyers to wonder whether their beloved CBD supplement is allowed in their carry-on.

You might think that CBD oils are fine because they usually come in 10ml bottles; they are well-below the 100ml limit for carry-on items. However, it is not actually the liquid restriction that is the problem here: It is the CBD.

Can You Fly with CBD?

Sadly, the answer to this is no. Despite the fact that CBD is legal in the UK, it is not legal everywhere. Misunderstandings regarding CBD may lead to you being stopped by airport security before you have even left the country. Even if you get through security, you may not be safe.

You may be flying to a country which has stricter restrictions in place regarding cannabidiol, and this could lead to problems. Security at the other side could leave you stranded in the airport for hours while you try to explain that CBD is legal in the UK; that won’t matter, by the way, if it is illegal in the country you are now in.

CBD isn’t the only problem, actually. When travelling to a country like Australia or New Zealand, there are strict checks searching for flora and fauna coming into the country. This being the case, CBD may be confiscated as a result of it being a plant-based substance from hemp.

Even if travelling within the UK, it is not recommended to take your CBD with you. There have been no set laws created about this, but it is not worth the risk. Especially considering what we know about CBD in the USA. In the States, public transport is managed by the Transport Security Administration (TSA). This government body explicitly bans medical marijuana (including cannabis oil) from being brought on board the plane in either a carry-on or in your cabin bag. As a result, CBD oil could be confiscated.

What if I am Flying to a Place Where I Know CBD is Legal?

Though it may be frustrating, you are still not allowed to take your CBD with you. Once again employing the example of America, passengers who use medical marijuana are not allowed to take their medication from one state to another, even if that state also allows medical marijuana.

It is an unfortunate fact that CBD and other cannabis or hemp-derived products are widely misunderstood. As a result, airport security staff could mistake your CBD oil for a cannabis product and thus confiscate it, landing you in trouble. If you ask us, it is just not worth the risk.

Will New British Laws Change Anything?

As you may know, medical cannabis was approved in the UK and doctors were given permission to prescribe it from November 1, 2018. “Medical cannabis” here refers to cannabis extracts and synthetic cannabinoids like those contained in the licensed medication Sativex.

As of yet, nobody has actually received a prescription for these medications. To be quite honest, we’re not sure whether the law was passed just to quieten the public after the Billy Caldwell scandal. Nevertheless, hope persists that medical cannabis will enter circulation for those who need it.

So, CBD oil aside, will recipients of cannabis prescriptions be able to take their medication on board planes? At this stage, it is unclear whether it will be allowed. You certainly would not be allowed to take cannabis products abroad, as you would most likely be arrested at your arrival destination.

If you are travelling within the UK, however, then there might be slightly different rules. It’s possible that travellers will simply have to inform the airline and declare their possession of cannabis oil. But like we said, we just don’t know!

Final Thoughts on Travelling with CBD Oil

Bear in mind that travelling with CBD around the UK in your car, on a train or on any other public transport is fine. The issue is travelling abroad or travelling on a plane.

In these instances, it is best to avoid taking your CBD anywhere with you. Despite the fact that CBD is non-psychoactive and is legal in most nations, there is a chance you will be stopped. If you are stopped while still on British soil, you risk missing your flight; if you are stopped after arriving at your destination, you risk incarceration and a spoilt holiday. As a result, we say it’s just not worth it.

New laws and regulations surrounding cannabis products in the UK may one day lead to changes in airport regulations for domestic flights. Several governing bodies are still investigating CBD and cannabis use as they make decisions on new laws; we hope that air travel is something they take into consideration.