CBD oil has miraculous effects, and people who know it always has their doses ready. It is hard to go without CBD, which is why when on a trip you would likely want to carry some of it. Either in the form of edibles like capsules or gummies, or straight oil. Many travellers who struggle from anxiety or jet lag have turned to CBD as a remedy. But travelling with CBD can be a little tricky not because of CBD itself but because of its brother THC. CBD as a cannabinoid is legal in every state of the USA and also in major countries, but when it comes to THC, the story is different. Anything with a THC level below 0.3% is not considered to be cannabis and wont put it on the Schedule 1 drugs.
There is one good news for the CBD lovers, i.e. you can now travel with CBD products but on few conditions. Firstly, CBD should be derived solely from hemp, and secondly, the product’s THC levels should be below 0.3%. This was also announced by TSA in an Instagram post that only hemp based CBD with THC below 0.3% or FDA approved products can be allowed. After the Farm Bill in the USA, CBD became more acceptable, and the stigma attached to marijuana is not the same when it comes to CBD.
But remember, if you choose to fly with CBD oil, make sure it is following the rule of all liquids. The rule when it comes with flying with liquids is that the volume should not exceed 3.4 ounces. Thus, if travelling with CBD oil it should not exceed 3.4 ounces when carried along with the carry baggage. In cases with more than 3.4 ounces of CBD Oil, you will have to put it in your check-in luggage.
Where is CBD legal?
Although when seen individually CBD as a compound is relatively safe to use and thus should be legal. But looking at the illegality of cannabis and hemp, the legality of CBD falls in a grey area. Following are the countries where hemp based CBD is legal. This is not an exhaustive list, and rules may change. So travellers should always look for the latest municipal laws.
- South Africa
The international scenario is also changing as CBD becomes more and more acceptable. It is now safe to carry CBD products across borders as well. In major countries like India, UK, France etc. hemp based CBD is legal and not on the controlled substances lists. But again since this is a reasonably new substance and not all nations have entirely accepted it. It is always safer to first know of the municipal laws that a country has before trying to pull such stunts. For, e.g. although the USA has accepted THC levels of 0.3% major European nations have a smaller limit of 0.2% THC. And in countries like Finland, although CBD is legal, but only for medical purposes thus a prescription is required.