Are you Flying to the UK with CBD Oil? Here’s Everything you Need to Know

11th October 2019

Wallet? Check. Passport? Check. CBD oil? Hhmm…Can I?

There are certain items we must have before we leave for the airport and CBD oil is quickly becoming one of them. Its incredible anti-anxiety effects are great for nervous flyers. You can buy it practically everywhere. But can you bring it home?

CBD Laws in the UK – An Explanation

CBD oil is currently in a grey area. You can buy CBD online and in any health store in the UK. The reason for this is because an EU directive states that products from cannabis (hemp) with less than 0.2% of the intoxicating THC are legal.

On the other hand, in the UK there’s the ‘Misuse of Drugs Act’ which states that THC is illegal regardless of quantity. But due to its non-psychotropic effect and the current EU stance, UK police are taking a light approach here and standing back from the issue. At least when it comes to CBD oils.

This is comforting to know when you're at home but what about if you want to bring some back to the UK from your holiday in the Med?

Can you Fly to the UK with CBD Oil?

You can fly into the UK with CBD oil so long as it comes from the hemp plant that contains less than 0.2% THC. Cannabis oil is seized if it contains significantly MORE than the 0.2% THC limit.

There is a chance that customs might confuse your oil with THC-rich oil and so it would be pertinent to purchase reputable CBD oil and print off the lab analysis sheet that comes with it, along with the receipt to prove beyond doubt of its origins.

Can you bring it in your Hand Luggage?

You can bring Bottles of CBD oil in your hand luggage, so long as it is less than 100ml. Over this is not permitted and should be placed in your suitcase for the cargo hold.

Which Europeans Countries can you bring CBD Oil to?

European laws currently dictate how CBD oil is treated in the UK but individual nations are free to set down their own laws as they deem fit. Thankfully most countries are tolerant towards CBD oil as outlined here:

Ireland– Legal

The laws surrounding CBD are identical in Ireland with regards coming from hemp containing less than 0.2% THC. CBD products in Ireland must be produced via cold-pressing.

Poland – Legal

CBD from hemp with less than 0.2% THC is legal.

Croatia– Legal

CBD from hemp with less than 0.2% THC is legal. It is very popular in Croatia

Latvia – Legal

CBD products are legal from hemp which has less than 0.2% THC.

Luxembourg – Legal

CBD oils are legal as long as the THC content is less than 0.3%

Netherlands – Tolerated

The Dutch are famously tolerant of THC-rich cannabis, even if its legality is less than total. CBD is treated with a similar attitude.

Switzerland – Legal

A very liberal country where CBD with less than 1% THC is legal.

Greece – Legal

Hemp-derived CBD products are deemed legal as they are not seen as drugs.

Slovenia – Legal

Allowed with a maximum content of less than 0.2% THC.

Italy – Legal

CBD is legal and this includes oil from plants containing up to 0.6% THC.

Laws constantly change so it is advised to double-check prior to your flight.

Can you take CBD Oil from the UK to the US?

Yes, providing it contains less than 0.3% THC and you are entering a state where it is legal. The 2018 Hemp bill made CBD oil from hemp federally legal and this tallies with most states where medical cannabis is legal but double-check the state laws of your destination.

What about other Countries?

As CBD oil is a relatively new concept, laws have had to be changed to adjust to consumer demand but law changes take time, so expect a lot of countries around the world to be lagging behind. In particular, the Middle East and most of Asia.

Always Check The Local Laws Before Travelling.

Key Takeaways

CBD oil is generally legal in the UK, most EU countries, the majority of U.S States and all of Canada.

The likelihood of having your CBD oil confiscated at the airport is quite slim but bear in mind that customs officers could easily think you swapped your CBD oil for cannabis oil. Without proper testing and documentation, it is impossible to know and so you run the risk of having it confiscated.

Best Advice – Purchase at home and use at home. Purchase abroad and use abroad.

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