We hear a lot of questions from people about flying with CBD oil (Cannabidiol). Hemp extract is the perfect supplement for travellers to promote calm and relaxation. Not to mention its ability to fight pain, inflammation and anxiety. It stands to reason that people would want to take it with them on long journeys. There is a lot of uncertainty around airports and air travel and whether Cannabidiol is allowed or not. Regular users of CBD ask if it is legal to take their oil with them through the airport and on board a plane. Well, there is no simple answer to this question. It depends on where you are flying from and your destination.
In some countries, Hemp CBD is legal. This means you are free to take Cannabidiol with you on internal flights. However, for international flights, some countries still prohibit the use of all forms of CBD extract. Hence, you could find yourself in a situation where you depart from a location where the CBD is legal and arrive in a country where you are breaking the law. Let’s say you are travelling from the UK to Dubai in the UAE. In this country, Cannabidiol is illegal and if you are in possession, you would be breaking their laws.
In the United States, CBD is now legal (as of December 2018) and can be taken through airports and on aircraft for internal flights. However, it must be derived from Hemp and contain less than 0.03% THC. Nevertheless, this is a welcome change for American citizens who are flying between states.
Check The Label
It cannot be stressed enough, always check the label of your CBD oil so you know exactly what the THC content is. This will give you peace of mind and confirm the legality or otherwise.
Check Before Travelling
Do your research well in advance before embarking on your journey. Plenty of accurate information can be found online. If in doubt, please check with the local authorities before travelling to avoid any confusion or uncertainty.
If you are clear to take CBD on your flight, the best practice is to keep it in your hand luggage with any liquids, oils or lotions you are allowed to take on board. This means it will be close at hand while negotiating the security process and you will be present to assist airport staff with any queries they may have.
Hemp-derived CBD is now legal in most countries. However, because Hemp is sometimes confused with Marijuana, there is still some stigma towards Cannabidiol. In time, we anticipate there will be more widespread acceptance of this natural substance and fewer restrictions on travellers. However, for the time being, we would urge caution and research before flying with CBD oil (Cannabidiol).