Can You Take CBD Oil On A Plane?

Jul 26, 2020

With CBD being part of the daily routine for many, the thought of not being able to take it on a plane, whether that be for business or for holiday, is understandably a concern.

Although many people are aware that CBD oil in the UK must contain less than 0.2% THC in order to remain legal, it is less known whether CBD oil can legally be taken on a plane. Given that the laws of your destination will play a part, it’s easy to see why it can cause confusion. It’s one of the most common questions we receive, so what better way to answer it than to cover it in an in depth blog post.

Taking Liquids On A Plane

Given that CBD oil is classified as a liquid, we must first cover the laws which determine what liquids can be taken on planes.

If you’re planning on taking your CBD oil in your hand luggage then it must be in a container that holds a maximum of 100ml. However, there is an exception if you have been medically prescribed CBD by a doctor and can prove so. If this is the case then you will be able to take greater than 100ml, however given it’s uncommon to be medically prescribed CBD then you’re unlikely to fall into this bracket.

If you want to take more than 100ml of CBD oil then we’d recommend you putting it within your suitcase. There’s no laws which prevent you taking over 100ml of liquid within your hold luggage.

Flying With CBD Oil On Domestic Flights

Given that CBD is legal in the UK, so long as it contains less than 0.2% THC, taking CBD oil on domestic flights is also perfectly legal.

We’d always ensure you buy from a trusted online store that provides lab reports, like our online CBD shop. When buying from low quality suppliers without a lab report you run the risk of the product containing more THC than it claims.

Before going on a domestic flight we would recommend you double check with your airline regarding their rules on taking CBD aboard. You should also take a copy of the lab report for the products you are carrying so you can prove that your products contain less than 0.2% THC should it be required. It’s unlikely, but it may be mistaken for cannabis so it’s always handy to have the lab report on hand to prove otherwise.

Flying With CBD Oil On International Flights

Whether you can take CBD oil on international flights depends entirely on the laws of the country you are travelling to. You won’t have any issues boarding the plane in the UK, but the problems will arise at customs of the arrival airport.

The key to determining whether you can take your CBD oil on a plane is doing your own research on the country you are travelling to. Whilst some countries are relaxed on the matter, others are extremely strict and will classify it as drug trafficking which can result in hefty fines and a prison sentence.

In order to research the destination you are travelling to we’d recommend you contact both the airline you are traveling with and customs of the country too. Some online articles attempt to cover the information on each country but the advice is ever changing and it is best you get confirmation from the official sources rather than a post which might be inaccurate or outdated.

We’d recommend you be wary of the legal limits of THC in CBD products too. Whilst CBD is legal in the UK, it is only legal so long as it contains less than 0.2% THC. Whereas in the USA CBD is legal so long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. Bringing CBD oil on a plane from the USA into the UK which contains greater than 0.2% THC would therefore be illegal given it exceeds the limit set by the UK government.

What About Changeover Flights?

So, even if CBD is legal in the destination you are flying to, if you have a changeover or connecting flight you need to ensure it’s legal in that country also. You may only be in the changeover country for a short amount of time but you still fall under their jurisdiction.

We cannot give you a list to cover every country and so we would recommend you do your own research to determine whether CBD is legal in the country you have a changeover flight in. Usually laws are more strict in Africa and Asia, but be careful as this is not to say countries outside of these regions are automatically ok. Like always, we recommend checking with the airline you are flying with and the airport customs that you are visiting.

Final Thoughts

If you’re heading off on a plane and thinking about taking CBD oil with you, we’d only recommend doing so if you’re absolutely certain it’s legal. You will need to do your own research to determine so. Whilst it is legal for domestic flights in the UK, international flights will ultimately depend on the countries laws that you are visiting.

If you do decide to go ahead, you must remember that you can only take 100ml of CBD oil within your hand luggage. We’d also recommend taking a copy of the lab reports for your chosen product to avoid any confusion should a customs worker confuse the CBD oil for cannabis.

Should you have any doubt or confusion about taking CBD oil on a plane then we’d recommend against taking it with you. In some countries, the fines and punishments for bringing CBD into the country will be extremely severe. 

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