Although US federal law, in the form of the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act, has legalized the sale of cannabidiol (CBD) within the US, there is confusion over whether it is permitted to travel with CBD within the US. Similarly, CBD is legal in most European countries and Canada. But can you carry your CBD product through customs in these countries? And what about countries where cannabis is altogether illegal and where carrying it can result in harsh penalties?
TRAVELING WITH CBD IN THE US
The US Transport Security Administration (TSA) allows passengers to carry FDA-approved cannabis products and cannabis products that contain less than 0.3% THC, in carry-on and checked bags, on a dry weight basis.
However, the final decision on whether you will be allowed to take your cannabidiol (CBD) product on board rests with the TSA official on duty. Also, TSA policies on acceptable luggage are subject to change.
Update yourself on the latest TSA policies concerning CBD products before heading for the airport. Also, familiarize yourself with the CBD laws of the state into which you’re flying. Even though CBD has been legalized, there have been numerous instances of CBD products being seized at airports.
If you want to know whether CBD is legal in your state, NORML has a helpful interactive map listing cannabis laws by state.
TRAVELING OUTSIDE THE US
Different countries have different CBD laws. Below are some examples:
- CBD products containing 0.2% or less of THC are legal in many European countries.
- Cannabis as a whole, and therefore CBD, is legal in Canada.
- Thailand allows travelers to carry Thai-made CBD products containing 99% CBD and no more than 0.01% THC. Therefore it is not recommended that you carry CBD products into Thailand from outside.
- It is not advisable to carry CBD products in countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Singapore, which have strict anti-drug legislation. It’s recommended that you don’t carry CBD products if you happen to be traveling to such countries.
If you’re traveling overseas, it’s important to update yourself on the CBD and marijuana laws of the country you’re traveling to. Also, if you’re traveling to a country where CBD is legal, get a note from your physician advising that you’re using CBD for medicinal purposes.