Can you take CBD on a plane? Learn how to travel with CBD in this simple and easily understood guide. Now that international travel has resumed, we are seeing many people (especially those visiting our London CBD Store) ask if they can travel internationally with CBD oil even more frequently, especially given increased need for help with anxiety and the huge growth in the number of CBD users around the world. Flying wi
Can You Take CBD Oil on a Plane?
If there’s one universal truth about buying CBD oil online, it’s this: CBD isn’t cheap. Buying a bottle of high-potency CBD oil represents a fairly significant investment for many people – and if you happen to be planning a vacation at the same time, the investment becomes even more significant because you’re probably trying to scrape together every penny you can get. You don’t want to double-spend by buying more CBD oil during your vacation when you’re already spending a fortune to travel. Moreover, you also don’t want to spend your hard-earned vacation time looking for a place that has CBD for sale.
So, can you take CBD oil on a plane? The answer to that question is usually “yes,” but you may need to pay attention to certain regulations that apply to taking liquid products on an airliner. In addition, it’s also important to check the local laws in your destination country if you’re planning to travel internationally. The international laws regarding CBD may not always be as permissive as they are here in the United States. Before you travel with CBD, this guide will provide some helpful information that you should consider first. Let’s jump in!
How to Take CBD Oil on a Plane
As with any of the other liquid items that you might want to bring when traveling, you have two options if you want to travel with CBD. You can pack it in your carry-on bag, or you can pack it in your checked luggage.
If you want to pack CBD oil in your carry-on bag, special rules will apply because it’s a liquid product, and you can’t simply throw liquid items into your bag because they’ll need to be presented for separate inspection when you go through the airport security checkpoint.
Here’s what you need to do with your CBD oil and other liquid products if you want to pack them in your carry-on bag.
- The bottle must be no larger than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters). For most travelers, that shouldn’t prove to be a problem because CBD oil is almost always sold in one-ounce bottles. If you happen to have an oversized bottle of CBD oil, though, it’ll need to go in your checked luggage.
- The bottle must fit in a quart-sized zip-top bag.
- All of the other liquids, aerosols, gels, pastes, oils and creams that you intend to bring in your carry-on bag must also fit in the same single zip-top bag. You must be able to close the bag after placing the items inside. Anything that doesn’t fit in the zip-top bag needs to travel in your checked luggage.
- Remove the zip-top bag and present it for separate inspection when you go through the airport security checkpoint.
If you can’t follow the above rules for bringing CBD oil on a plane in your carry-on bag, you have two alternatives. The first alternative is to buy something that’s not a liquid – such as CBD gummies – instead. If you do that, there’s no need to worry about following the special rules that apply to traveling with liquids. You can simply put the CBD gummies in your carry-on bag with all of your other normal items.
Alternatively, you can always travel with CBD in your checked luggage instead. There are no special rules for traveling with non-hazardous liquids in your checked luggage. It’s still a good idea to put your CBD oil in a zip-top bag, though, because liquid items can sometimes tend to leak at high altitudes.
Is Traveling with CBD Ever Illegal?
The only reason why you would ever need to be concerned about the legality of traveling with CBD is because the product itself isn’t legal. CBD oil extracted from industrial hemp is federally legal according to the provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill defines industrial hemp as cannabis that contains less than 0.3 percent Delta-9 THC by dry weight. Here at VapeJuice.com, we only sell CBD oil extracted from industrial hemp, and the companies that we carry have the lab tests to prove it. All products sold here test below the federal limit for Delta-9 THC.
If you happen to have a bottle of CBD oil purchased from a store other than VapeJuice.com, you might want to leave it at home when traveling unless you’re completely confident about the source and seller of the product. It might not be safe to assume that a bottle of CBD oil purchased from an informal source – a friend or a local gas station, for instance – is compliant with federal law unless there are lab tests to confirm that assumption.
Another situation in which it might not be legal to bring CBD oil on a plane is because you live in a state that permits medical or recreational cannabis use, and you purchased the CBD oil from a dispensary. There are many cannabis strains that are high in CBD but are also above the federal limit for THC. It’s possible, therefore, that a full-spectrum CBD oil made from one of those cannabis strains would be legal according to your state’s regulations but not legal according to federal law. You wouldn’t want to bring your CBD oil on a plane in that case. Remember, it’s your responsibility – and not the dispensary’s responsibility – to ensure that products comply with federal and international regulations.
Can You Use CBD on a Plane?
There are no known rules or regulations that apply to taking standard oral medications and supplements while on a plane. You can use CBD on a plane without worrying that someone will give you a problem. Vaping, however, is an exception to that rule. For this article, we’re focusing only on the types of CBD products that we sell at VapeJuice.com – oral products like CBD oil, gummies and capsules and topical products like CBD creams and lotions. CBD vaping products do exist, and you cannot use those products on a plane because no airline allows vaping in flight. Don’t even think about trying to vape on a plane. It’s forbidden by every airline and will land you in some seriously hot water.
Are There Any Countries Where CBD Is Banned?
Before we go into detail about the countries in which CBD is banned or in a legal gray area, we need to note that the information presented in this article is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of writing and is in no way legal advice or a replacement for taking the time to do your own research. Before you travel with CBD to any international destination, it’s your responsibility to confirm that CBD is legal there. This information is presented for informational purposes only.
With that said, these are the nations in which CBD is banned or exists in a legal gray area according to the results of a web search.
Can You Take CBD Oil On A Plane? 2022 Update
Now that international travel has resumed, we are seeing many people (especially those visiting our London CBD Store) ask if they can travel internationally with CBD oil even more frequently, especially given increased need for help with anxiety and the huge growth in the number of CBD users around the world. Flying with CBD oil is something many people are keen to be able to do!
Fortunately, the answer is… in most cases yes, you can travel with many CBD products, provided they meet a few important requirements! There are however some no-go zones where you should NEVER travel with CBD oil including places like China, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.
In some countries laws also vary depending on whether the CBD is ingestible (like a CBD oil) or topical (like a CBD Balm). For example, in the UAE topical CBD is permitted, but CBD oil is banned. In these instances, using products like CBD patches instead of CBD oil may be helpful.
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.
Under UK law, CBD products must contain less than 1mg THC or CBN, which is effectively none (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 oil and other CBD products on a plane.
CAN YOU TAKE CBD OIL ON A PLANE WITHIN EUROPE?
Industrial Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L) derived CBD like KLORIS is 100% legal in all European countries, 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).
Always choose a reputable CBD company that is transparent about its products, especially when you’re flying with CBD oil. Make sure you’re carrying a brand that states the CBD content on the label and shows the source as hemp derived CBD clearly. Ditch any CBD products 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. CBD laws vary considerably around the world and are often confused with cannabis laws originally intended for marijuana and cannabis oils, which don’t make much sense for hemp derived CBD products that aren’t intoxicating.
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. Thailand has now legalised many CBD products but only those manufactured within Thailand, importation is still prohibited.
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 across 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, especially when flying internationally.
CHECK WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES BEFORE YOU TAKE CBD OIL 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 countries like 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.