Summer is finally here!
You’ve dusted off your passport, packed far too many bikinis or shorts than you need for a week in the sun, stocked up on factor 40, and you’re ready to check-in to the departure lounge on Facebook.
But can you take your CBD with you?
If you’re jetting off on a European break, you’re in luck, CBD products derived from Hemp are legal throughout most of the EU, and there’s so far been no reports of problems at UK airports for travellers with CBD in their luggage. CBD products are still banned in Belgium, Bulgaria, and Slovakia, and in the tiny island nation of Malta a prescription is required.
Standard hand luggage rules still apply though, so make sure you’re within the 100ml limit if you plan to keep it in your carry on.
However, if you’re visiting multiple European countries, be sure to research whether CBD is legal in each individual country, for example in Switzerland, Hemp derived CBD is legal and widely available, but in Russia all Cannabis products remain illegal.
If you’re heading further a field, things might be a bit more complicated.
The legality of Cannabis is a very hotly debated topic in the USA, with laws varying from state to state and federal laws overruling some state laws. Under federal law Cannabis is still illegal, meaning you cannot bring any Cannabis derived products into the country, or take it onto federal lands such as national parks. However, each state has it’s own laws, meaning that once inside the country (but off federal lands) CBD might be legal. A number of states, such as California and Colorado, have legalised Cannabis for medicinal and recreational use. While others, including as Florida and New York, have legalised Hemp derived CBD for recreational and medicinal use, but THC derived products remain illegal for recreational use, and are strictly regulated for medicinal use.
In states like Arizona and Nebraska, all Cannabis derived products remain illegal for both medicinal and recreational use.
If you’re road tripping your way around the USA, be careful about crossing state lines with CBD.
For example if you’re starting your trip in Washington, where CBD is legal and travel south into Oregon where it is also legal, you shouldn’t have any problems. But, if you go east into neighbouring Idaho, where all Cannabis products are illegal, you become an inter-state drug trafficker, which, if caught, is punishable with a federal prison sentence and hefty fines.
CBD Origin have produced this handy CBD Law Finder with the legal status of CBD in all 50 states.
Elsewhere, each country has their own laws, some countries like Australia and New Zealand only permit CBD with a prescription or for medicinal use, but keep in mind if you’re travelling down under that in popular stopover destinations Dubai and Abu Dhabi, all Cannabis products are illegal and possession is punishable by prison sentence.
In South America, Peru, Chile and Argentina have all legalised Cannabis in all forms, whereas in Columbia, Paraguay and Uruguay, CBD and Hemp are legal, but there are still restrictions on Marijuana and different laws for foreign visitors.
Similarly, Hong Kong has legalised CBD and medical marijuana, but in mainland China both still remain illegal.
When it comes to cruises and international waters, it is best to check with your travel provider as some cruise companies do not allow CBD onboard, and bear in mind where you will be boarding and disembarking the boat, and whether CBD is legal there.
Products derived from THC-high Marijuana are still illegal in many countries, so make sure your CBD products clearly say Hemp derived on the label to avoid running into trouble.
The information above is intended as a guide only and laws governing Cannabis and CBD change frequently, #Organics recommend you carry out your own research before you travel.
If in doubt contact your travel provider for further advice.
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All #Organics products are 100% THC free, meaning they are safe, legal to use in the UK and won’t get you high. In January 2018, the World Anti Doping Agency removed CBD from their list of banned substances. So, no matter what you do, whether you’re an athlete or an accountant, #Organics products won’t show up on a drugs test or negatively affect your job.
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