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Are you planning a trip and wondering if you can bring your CBD oil along?
Well, the answer is either yes, you can or no, you can’t. However, the answer depends greatly on the destination you wish to travel to. Come along as we take a quick look at CBD laws in the United Kingdom and other travel destinations.
Is CBD Legal in the UK?
Cannabidiol (CBD) – one of the many cannabinoids of the cannabis plant - has garnered increased popularity lately due to some newly-discovered health benefits. As a matter of fact, statistics from the Cannabis Trade Association UK show that the CBD consumers in the UK skyrocketed from 125,000 in 2017 to about 250,000 in 2018. And this number has reportedly increased to over 300,000 this year. Experts predict that the market will continue to grow in future years.
This impressive growth isn’t exclusive to the UK alone. A study shows that the global CBD oil market, worth $462 million in 2018 is expected to yield $2,177.99 million return by 2023.
Nonetheless, this new CBD craze is yet to sit well with international governments, who believe it can be used wrongly as a control substance. Although many have argued about the phenomenal health benefits that CBD oil provides, governments are yet to shake off the fact that it contains some traces of THC – the psychoactive element found in marijuana.
Canada broke the internet late last year when it legalized recreational cannabis and edible sales are expected to take effect in a few months. This makes it the second country to embrace the use of cannabis after Uruguay.
Back in the UK, CBD law is a bit shaky. Following the high profile case of Charlotte Caldwell’s son last year, the UK government has decided to allow the use of cannabis-based medicinal products and CBD oil with 0.2% of THC.
Therefore CBD products with THC not more than 0.2% will no longer be classified as a control drug.
Specialist doctors have also got the legal green light to prescribe cannabis-based medicinal products with THC greater than 0.2%. So, you may want to say that things are looking up for the UK cannabis market. But not so fast.
Cannabis laws across the world are constantly changing. And the UK is not exempted from this change. Therefore, we advise you tread this path carefully. Stick with acceptable measures. Always look out for the THC content of any CBD-based product before buying it.
Travelling with CBD – Can I Take It On A Plane?
Travelling with CBD is both legal and illegal, depending on the country you are in and your destination country. In the UK and most European countries, you can take your CBD oil with you on a plane without any hassle – provided it does not contain more than the recommended THC content – 0.2%. This is in accordance with the European Union CBD law. However, it is essential to note that there are some European countries that are strongly against CBD, irrespective of the THC content. This is why we advise tourists to check with their destination country before deciding whether or not to bring their CBD products along. For safe countries, you can totally take your CBD oil with you – both in your luggage or by hand. You are safe, after all.
9 Safe Countries to Travel With CBD
As I mentioned earlier, it is very important to check with your destination country before travelling with CBD. While CBD products – with 0.2% THC – may be safe to use in the UK, there are some countries where you could get into trouble for having the same product in your possession. It’s better safe than sorry, yes? Outlined below are a few CBD-safe countries. Check it out!
Italy: Italy allows CBD products with THC content up to 0.6%. That is more than you can use in the UK. Therefore, you are safe to bring your UK-bought CBD oil with you as you travel to Italy.
Czech Republic: Unlike the UK and most European countries, The Czech Republic allow you to use CBD products with 0.3% THC. Travelling from U.K to the Czech Republic with your CBD oil shouldn’t be a problem. But the same cannot be said of CBD oil bought in there – unless it maintains a THC level of 0.2% or less.
Romania: Travelling with CBD to Romanian is completely safe as there are no laid down rules guiding the use of CBD in the country. You are good to go!
The Netherlands: CBD and other cannabis are totally decriminalized in the Netherlands. No limits observed.
France: France operates with the same CBD laws as the UK. You can only bring CBD products containing 0.2% THC or less.
Spain: Although there are no limits enforced by the legal body in Spain, they still maintain the 0.2% THC rule for domestic hemp cultivation.
Ireland: Ireland maintains the same CBD laws as the UK. So, you are free to bring your UK-bought CBD oil along.
Switzerland: Like Poland, Sweden, Latvia, and Lithuania – to mention but a few, - bringing your CBD oil is perfectly safe in Switzerland. There are no regulations yet, so you have nothing to worry about.
Estonia: CBD oil and other CBD products are totally allowed in here as they are not considered psychotropic.
5 Tourist Destinations That Shun CBD
Not all countries are CBD safe as the ones outlined above. Despite the 0.2% cut set by the European Union, there are some countries who are strongly against CBD. The THC level doesn’t count here. You just can’t travel with CBD products down here. Please take note!
Slovakia: CBD in all its appearances is considered illegal in Slovakia.
Portugal: Like Germany, Finland, Denmark, and Austria, you can only bring CBD prescribed by medical professionals. Without such clearance, it is considered illegal. Steer clear.
CBD is highly lauded for its amazing health benefits today. Nonetheless, the “miracle drug” is yet to gain mainstream acceptance, especially at government level. For example, CBD laws differ in the 50 states of the U.S.A. This is a perfect display of how variable these laws can be. Hence, we advise you to check with your destination country before travelling with CBD.