Traveling with CBD

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Traveling can be a stressful experience. From delays, trying to make connections, and cancelled flights to that annoying passenger constantly kicking the back of your seat, trying to stay calm and comfortable can be a challenge.  Whether traveling for vacation or for work many people are choosing to bring their CBD oil products with them on their travels to reduce this stress.

How can you travel successfully with your CBD products?  If you have a trip coming up and you are not sure what the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and individual countries allow, the following information will help you plan accordingly:

Can You Fly Domestically with CBD Products?

The short answer is yes, you can bring hemp-derived CBD products (products that do not carry a THC level higher than allowed with CBD) on a plane while flying in the United States. Let’s go over why that is: 

When conducting screenings, TSA officers are looking for anything that’s not allowed in the cabin during air travel, from guns and explosives to liquids purchased outside the security gates. However, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill also known as the Hemp Bill, this doesn’t include CBD. The TSA website says “Marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law except for products that contain no more than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by FDA.” Meaning, if your CBD products conform to the limit of THC outlined by the Hemp Bill, it’s perfectly fine to bring them with you on a plane.

To be safe, review the Certificate of Analysis also referred to as lab test results for your CBD products to confirm that they contain less than 0.3% THC. If you are having trouble reading the COA, contact your CBD vendor who can walk you through the details.

If the product will be in your carry-on bag, it must contain less than 3.4 ounces of liquid, ointment, cream, or balm; be contained in a shatter-proof container; and should be included in a transparent quart-size bag. The TSA screening machine will be able to see your CBD products clearly this way. You may want to consider flying with CBD softgels or gummies as they are come in plastic containers instead of glass.

It doesn’t hurt to have all your ducks in a row by keeping a copy of your CBD Certificate of Analysis with you in case you do come across a challenging TSA agent. This way that agent will be able to see the product is derived strictly from hemp and does not contain an illegal amount of THC.

TAKEAWAY: Yes, you can fly with CBD domestically if the product contains less than 0.3% THC, is enclosed in a shatter proof container, and packed in a transparent quart-size bag. Know your product and be certain all TSA requirements are met.

 

Can You Fly Internationally with CBD Products?

Flying internationally with CBD is where things get more complicated because regulations on the level of THC allowed (and classifications of products) change from country to country. 

Following is a list of what countries do and do not allow travel with CBD:

NORTH AMERICA & MEXICO

You can travel anywhere is North America and Canada with CBD products meeting the 0.3% THC threshold.

Mexico was behind the US and Canada to legalize CBD and has a 0.2% THC limit. Be sure to read your labels before traveling to Mexico.

SOUTH AMERICA

South America still has stringent hemp laws.  Uruguay, Paraguay, and Columbia are the only three countries with no restrictions on CBD products that contain 0.3% THC or less.

 Argentina, Brazil, and Chile allow CBD products with a prescription.

South American Countries where CBD is illegal:

  • Bolivia
  • Ecuador
  • Suriname
  • Guyana
  • French Guiana – hemp is slowly becoming decriminalized in French Guinea

CARRIBEAN

Much of Central America prohibits CBD oil.

All cannabis is legal in Jamacia, Costa Rica allows CBD oil with 0.2% THC or less, and Panama allows CBD oil with a prescription.

EUROPE

 Hemp or CBD products are legal in many European countries. However, unlike America, Europe classifies hemp as containing 0.2% THC or less excluding Austria which allows up to 0.3%.  Research the laws of the country you are traveling to be sure of their requirements and so that you do not break any international laws unknowingly.

 European Countries Where CBD is Legal with 0.2% THC or less:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • France (Must be THC-Free products)
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg (allows up to 0.3% THC)
  • Netherlands (must be EU hemp and allows up to 0.5% THC)
  • Poland (must not surpass 0.2% THC during production)
  • Romania (must be under 0.2% THC)
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland (no restrictions on any Cannabis Products, as long as THC is below 1%)
  • Ukraine (must be THC-free products)
  • United Kingdom (no THC unless doctor prescribed)

 European Countries Where CBD is Legal with a Prescription:

  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Ireland (also must be Cold-Pressed, no Ethanol or CO2 Extraction)
  • Italy (allows up to 0.6% THC per product)
  • Liechtenstein (allows up to 0.1% THC per product)
  • Malta
  • Portugal

 If you are a medical cannabis patient, make sure to travel with your marijuana card.

European Countries Where Hemp is Illegal:

 (the following countries classify hemp products as a Schedule 2 drug or illegal drug):

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Georgia
  • Iceland
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia

 AUSTRALIA

Hemp seed oil is the only legal cannabis product in Australia – it contains no CBD oil.

You can have CBD oil with a doctor’s prescription.  Australia also allows travelers with a medical marijuana card to bring up to three months’ worth of prescriptions with them.

 ASIA

While cannabis use dates to ancient times in Asia, it is highly restricted throughout most of the continent.  The only two countries in Asia where CBD is completely legal are Japan and Hong Kong.

Asian Countries Where CBD is Legal with a Prescription: 

  • China
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Israel
  • South Korea
  • India
Asian Countries Where All CBD Products are Banned:
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Mongolia
  • Uzbekistan
  • Singapore
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Yemen
  • Kuwait
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Oman
  • Afghanistan
  • Myanmar
  • North Korea
Some countries such as Singapore have very strict fines and you may face prison time as well.


AFRICA

All cannabis products, including CBD oil, are illegal throughout most of Africa with a few exceptions.

Countries in Africa Where CBD is Legal:

  • South Africa – (0.2% THC or less)
  • Ghana – (0.2% THC or less)
  • Eswatini (with prescription)
  • Lesotho (with prescription)

TAKEWAY: Laws vary from country to country throughout the world.  When traveling abroad you will want to check with the Department of Tourism or appropriate government agency to determine what is allowed and not allowed before packing your CBD!

 

Best CBD Products to Travel Abroad

Now that you know what can and can’t be brought on a plane and where CBD products are legal and illegal, let’s talk about the best CBD products to take with you while traveling:

Ongoing Stress

For ongoing stress concerns CBD Softgels are a great alternative to CBD oil. There is no need to worry about liquid laws and they pack easily.  Due to the nanoemulstion process used to make the softgels, Anistopetera Mercantile’s oil is now in a non-liquid state https://anisopteramercantile.com/collections/new-softgels-1/products/premium-unflavored-cbd-softgels-1?variant=41306773061797. Its gelatinous texture is broken into tiny microbeads of CBD.  From there, the cannabinoids are engulfed in a casing void of any psychoactive chemical compounds and therefore, are TSA-friendly. 

Occasional Stress

For occasional anxiety or flight only concerns, gummies are the perfect choice. Take one or two before your flight and relax while you continue to your destination. These will help with mental and physical support. https://anisopteramercantile.com/collections/new-gummies/products/premium-cbd-gummies-strawberry-lemonade?variant=41359570534565

Difficulty Sleeping

International flights and jumping time zones or sleeping in a different bed with an unaccustomed amount of room light can cause a restless night. Easy to pack and travel with, our CBD softgels with melatonin  https://anisopteramercantile.com/collections/new-softgels-1/products/premium-cbd-softgels-with-melatonin-cbn?variant=41359549661349

or our CBD gummies with CBN and melatonin will provide that much needed restful night’s sleep. 

Muscle and Joint Pain Associated with Arthritis or Back Problems

Sitting in an airplane for a long flight, sleeping in a different bed, and doing things that you don’t usually do (walking all over a city or playing beach volleyball for instance) can exacerbate pain. Our Premium Sports Cream NEED TO ADD NEW LINK and Organic Salve https://anisopteramercantile.com/collections/new-topicals/products/premium-organic-cbd-salve-1?variant=41306772045989

will help you to move more freely and sleep more comfortably.

Relief on the Go

Easy to toss in a pocket or backpack, our CBD Salve Sticks are a convenient way to get quick relief for aching and sore muscles so you can continue to explore! https://anisopteramercantile.com/collections/new-topicals/products/organic-cbd-salve-stick-1?variant=41359576891557

Staying Hydrated

Traveling especially on airplanes with the stagnant cabin air and staying in hot, dry climates can take a toll on your skin.  Remember to pack a CBD infused skincare product and sunscreen to help your skin stay healthy and hydrated. 707 Flora https://www.707flora.com/ and NTY  https://nty.co/ offer a variety of skincare products to do just that! 

Traveling with a Dog or Cat

Be sure not to forget that your pets stress levels climb in busy airports, cramped spaces on airplanes, and new living environments.  Anisoptera Mercantile’s Dog Chews contain 2mg of CBD per chew and will help alleviate his/her stress and anxiety.  An option for your cat is Penguin CBD Cat Chews which contain 3.3mg of CBD per chew.  https://anisopteramercantile.com/collections/premium-pet-cbd/products/premium-cbd-dog-treats-1?variant=41359692038309

 

The Bottom Line 

If you’re traveling in the United States, you’re generally going to be fine traveling with hemp-derived CBD products if the products you have conform to federal government regulations. Internationally, you’ll want to check out the regulations of the countries you’re visiting, but in general, traveling with CBD internationally is much stricter. To learn more about CBD and CBD products, sign up for our mailing list or stay tuned to our website blog section.

Disclaimer:  This information was provided on July 9 and is not a legal opinion

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