CBD products are so popular that many people wonder if they can fly with CBD products to other regions or countries.
In the US, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 legalized hemp-derived CBD that contains less than 0.3% of THC (a psychoactive cannabinoid). That is to say, flying with CBD products is legal around the United States. However, you need to be careful if you fly abroad as many countries have very strict rules regarding marijuana and hemp-derived products.
U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs twitted about travelling with CBD products abroad. Traveling with CBD products can land you in trouble, which means that you need to research what is allowed and what isn’t before travelling to certain countries:
Is CBD legal?
In the US, the federal government recognizes two types of cannabis sativa: marijuana and hemp. They are both essentially the same plant, but they vary on their content of cannabinoids. Hemp or industrial hemp contains high amounts of CBD and negligible amounts of THC (in order to be classified as hemp, it cannot contain more than 0.3% of THC).
The Agriculture Improvement Act was signed in December 2018, which effectively legalizes hemp in all US states by removing it from the list of controlled substances.
In May 2019, the Department of Agriculture released a memo which expressly permits the transport of hemp across state lines so long as it complies with the State-approved program.
Specifically, the Federal Farm Bill allows States to control hemp more strictly, and many States have done so. The state hemp legislation is currently in a rapid state of change, with a strong tendency to support legalization. Today, CBD is not entirely legal in all States, and some States today insist on applying certain conditions for its purchase.
What About Europe? Is CBD Legal in Europe?
The European Union has classified cannabidiol (CBD) as novel foods. This means that CBD products may require authorization under the EU Novel Food Regulation. Nonetheless, many EU countries have classified CBD products as medical products.
In UK, almost all cannabinoids are classified as controlled substances, however, CBD is not classified as such.
However, although cannabis has been decriminalized in countries like Spain, the legal status of CBD remains confusing. Apparently, in Spain isn’t legal to commercialize CBD for human consumption.
As we can see, CBD and cannabis laws differ widely from country to country. In general EU law allows the consumption of CBD oils containing no more than 0.2% THC. Nonetheless, some European countries such as Croatia and Slovakia have harder rules and these countries don’t allow any cannabis products. Flying with CBD oil to Croatia or Slovenia is not recommended…
Many EU countries have legalized cannabis products for medical uses; however, it remains unclear whether cannabis products and CBD products are legal or not. The legislation is not clear in all the EU countries. For instance, Sweden has one of the most restrictive drug legislations in Europe with no specific law about CBD products.
Flying with CBD oil: Asia
Flying with CBD oil could land you in trouble. Do some research before travelling to avoid unnecessary problems. Certain countries, especially Asian countries, are very strict with marijuana products.
It seems as CBD is legal in many Asian countries but bringing CBD from your home country into them could be problematic. Some sources say that CBD is legal in Japan and even in China. As a matter of fact, China is the largest producer of hemp in the world (70% of the world output). However, as mentioned above, bring hemp-derived products into China might cause you some troubles. Consequently, we don’t recommend you bring any CBD products to China or any other Asian countries. For example, CBD products will no longer be considered narcotics in Thailand but only if they are produced in Thailand.
In Latin American there are countries with an open view on cannabis such as Mexico (it will legalize cultivation, processing, sales and possession of cannabis) or Argentina or Uruguay that have decriminalized cannabis. On the other hand, there are other countries with a strict view on cannabis products such as Brazil.
Uruguay, Paraguay, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Perú allow CBD oil from hemp. It would not, in theory, be a problem to fly with CBD products to any of these countries.
Marijuana is illegal in most of African countries. Perhaps, the only exception is South Africa. South Africa has a very open attitude towards cannabis allowing its use for both medical and recreational uses.
Why was CBD Illegal?
We can say that it was mainly based on ignorance. We didn’t know that much about the medical properties of cannabinoids. For decades, marijuana was just a psychoactive substance with only recreational uses.
Starting in the 1950s, we began to classify substances into two main categories: hazardous toxic substances and ‘familiar and common substances’. Marijuana or cocaine, for instance, have been categorized as hazardous and toxic whereas alcohol and tobacco have been listed as ‘familiar and common substances’.
Unfortunately, marijuana has been ostracized and demonized for much of the twentieth century. Believe it or not, there is no valid reason to ban marijuana, and it was mostly banned because, back in the 1930s, cannabis was synonymous with the jazz subculture and black and Mexican people. In summary, there was a lot of racism involved. In other words, it wasn’t considered a “civilized” substance like tobacco or alcohol.
Flying with CBD Oil: Conclusion
Flying with CBD oil could be a problem in certain countries. For example, there are countries with very strict rules such as China, Singapore or Sweden. On the other hand, it’s widely decriminalized in most of EU countries and many Latin American countries.
In the US, hemp-derived CBD is legal at federal level. However, the Federal Farm Bill allows States to control hemp more strictly, and many States have done so. The state hemp legislation is currently in a rapid state of change, with a strong tendency to support legalization.
Do some research before flying with CBD oil!
Can I fly with CBD products?
Flying with CBD oil could be a problem in certain countries. In the US, hemp-derived CBD is legal at federal level. There are countries with very strict rules such as China, Singapore or Sweden. On the other hand, it’s widely decriminalized in most of EU countries and many Latin American countries.