Despite the popularity of CBD oil in the UK and worldwide, there is still a lot of grey area that users are not sure about.
One area is whether you can use CBD oil on a plane or if you can even bring it on the plane in the first place.
CBD is legal in the UK as long as it meets the set standards and concentrations of THC. However, when it comes to planes, it's another story and you have to be sure where the legality of CBD oil in an aircraft stands to avoid any problems.
Liquid Laws On Planes
Before jumping into the specifics of the legality of bringing CBD oil into a plane, you have to consider the liquid laws in planes, especially if you want to have your CBD close to you.
Any liquid carried in the carry-on luggage has to be 100ml or less. However, the same rule doesn't apply to medicines accompanied by a prescription or a doctor's note.
It's uncertain if having a prescription for your CBD oil will give you a straight pass for your CBD given that the state of CBD in the UK is still in limbo.
UK Laws About Flying with CBD?
Even though buying CBD products in the UK is now legal, the laws about flying with CBD are a little confusing.
In most cases, CBD oils are sold as nutritional supplements and not medical products because of legal requirements. As long as the CBD you bring contains less than 0.2%, it’s perfectly fine to bring the CBD on domestic flights.
You can also bring in CBD into the UK But, to avoid problems with customs and the flight providers, it's best to ask in advance just to be sure. However, you shouldn't have any problems with CBD in the UK.
Flying Internationally from the U.K.
In this case, it's best to ask before attempting to bring CBD on board an international flight from the UK. You might not have problems boarding with your CBD in the UK. However, the incoming customs department might have a different opinion depending on the laws of the country.
You can research on the CBD laws in the destination country ahead of time. To make the process easier, here is a list of countries that won't give you problems when bringing CBD from the UK.
- The Netherlands
- Italy (with THC levels of up to 0.6%)
- Belgium (only for personal use)
- Czech Republic
Just as there are countries that are liberal with CBD, there are those that have strict regulations and legislations in place. If you happen to be visiting any of these countries, make sure you’re thoroughly informed on their CBD regulations before you attempt to bring any CBD with you to avoid problems.
- Germany (CBD supplements must be prescribed by a medical professional)
- Australia ( CBD supplements must be prescribed by a medical professional)
- Denmark (only prescribed by a medical professional)
- Poland ( same as Germany, Australia, and Denmark)
- Slovakia (CBD is illegal in Slovakia. It’s listed as a Group 2 Psychoactive narcotic)
Taking CBD On a Plane In The US
Traveling with CBD to the US is a little more complicated than most of the countries. First, you need to know that all the airports in the US are controlled under federal law. That means that your CBD has to meet the federal standards and also the state that you’re traveling to.
The state laws are different from one state to the next so you should research on CBD regulations in the state you are visiting.
Here are a few facts to keep in mind when flying to the US with CBD oil:
- CBD oil that contains more than 0.3% THC is classified as a Marijuana which is illegal at a federal level
- The product will be seized if it doesn’t explicitly state the amount of THC it contains
- If the CBD bottle is already opened, it will be confiscated because of the risk of interference
CBD Oil on Changeover Flights
When thinking about bringing CBD oil with you on a flight, consider if there will be a changeover flight. The laws of the final Country of destination might be CBD friendly. But, if you have a connecting flight, you should know that you will be subjected to the laws of the country where the change will be taking place even if you will only be there for a few minutes.
Generally, in Africa and Asian countries, CBD laws are tighter and more conservative. But, some have exceptions across the board.
When it comes to CBD oil and traveling, particularly on planes, the key is to do extensive research and cover all your grounds.
If you're not sure and you fear you haven't done enough research, the best solution to avoid any headaches is to be upfront. Make sure you have any necessary paperwork like the batch report to prove the THC levels.
In countries where CBD is not allowed, they will likely confiscate the product for those that are CBD-friendly, you just need the paperwork to prove your CBD oil meets their standards and you’re good to go. Also, try and contact customs in your destination and any changeover airports to enquire about bring CBD on planes.