Traveling with CBD – What are the do’s and dont’s?

CBD users already know that consistent use is key for desired results from CBD products, making traveling with them a very important part of the process. Although 100% legal in the UK, when traveling with CBD overseas it is important to check the rules and regulation on entering a new country, where the rules may differ from the UK.

05 September 2022

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The benefits of traveling with CBD

One of the main reasons people like to travel with CBD is because they like to stick to their routine. CBD is often incorporated into sleep routines, so it can really help to have it to hand if you’re on a long-haul flight, or if you’ve got a lengthy lay-over and need to get some much needed rest.

CBD also helps to maintain your wellness. Traveling can be a strenuous experience for anyone, even if it’s a short trip. With all the stresses surrounding airport dashes and flying in general, it is always nice to have your CBD alongside you to help you feel grounded within yourself, even when you’re on-the-go.

Flying with CBD

As it stands in 2022, CBD is legal to carry on domestic flights throughout the UK. CBD products are considered a food supplement throughout the UK, but there are a few things to remember before you travel;

  • THC still has limits in the UK. Although CBD and THC are not the same thing, some CBD products carry minor traces of THC. The legal limit of THC levels is 1mg per container. Some countries such as the USA have different laws surrounding THC levels, so be aware of what the limits are before you’re flying into the UK. If your CBD product exceeds the UK THC limit you won’t be allowed to carry it with you on a flight.
  • As the vast majority of CBD products are not a medication, standard liquid rules apply. You’re allowed to carry liquids under 100ml in hand luggage on a flight in the UK, so make sure if it’s CBD oil or e-liquid you’re carrying with you that it adheres to the liquid limits set out by the airport you’re flying from.

For traveling to countries outside the UK, it is imperative that you research if CBD is legal in the country you’re traveling to before packing your CBD products. There may be variants in rules, for example some countries allow CBD but only if they contain 0% traces of THC, some allow CBD with larger traces of THC, some prohibit CBD completely.

CBD oil is generally legal in a lot of European countries, certain states in the US and the whole of Canada, but there are variations in the law depending on where you go, so it’s best to check before you set off on your trip.

If in any doubt, it’s a good idea to contact the airline you’re flying with directly to ask any questions you’re unsure on concerning taking your CBD products with you. Moreover, it’s good to check the government website for the country you’re traveling to just to understand the laws, as they may differ country to country. Travelers to multiple countries should check the laws in every country they will be setting foot into. Even if you’re not staying in the country, it’s good to make sure you’re allowed to carry your CBD while you wait for a connecting flight, even if it’s only a few hours.

Any good CBD brand will make the batch codes and certificate of analysis readily available to you for your reassurance of all the ingredients contained in your CBD products. If any doubt, look up the certificate of analysis by looking at the batch code included on the product or packaging you want to take abroad with you.

Key points to takeaway

  • Research the laws surrounding CBD for the countries you are traveling to.
  • Contact the customs department of the countries you are traveling to confirm the rules of traveling with CBD.
  • Make sure the CBD products you are taking are under 100ml if they’re in your hand-luggage.
  • Make sure your CBD products have a batch code with a certificate to show the ingredients, consistency and strength of said ingredients.
  • Bring your COA with you alongside the product, this is to confirm the THC levels.