The CBD flowers are always consumed for various health reasons. And its beneficial effects are so well known that more and more people can’t help but put it in their vacation or business travel suitcase.
Unfortunately, however, as we know well, in some countries CBD is still often confused with THC, which is the active ingredient that causes the high and which, like CBD, is found in the cannabis plant.
The question at this point is: can CBD oil or vape be taken on the plane? The answer: it depends on the country in which you choose to spend your holidays or where, for business reasons, you have to go to meet your customers or to conclude business.
Air Travel With CBD: Current Regulations
For air travel within the European Union and countries that, although not part of it, have joined the Schengen area, the laws of the country of entry apply to the transport of the CBD.
However, it must also be said that, in most cases, the THC limits tolerated in CBD oil are comparable to those in force in France.
That is, to ensure that CBD is not considered as a doping substance, the THC content must be less than 0.2% .
The more liberal customs regulations are present in the Netherlands, where cannabis is widely used for both medical and recreational purposes, and in Switzerland, where, since 2015, CBD collections have returned to being considered a legal product.
In general, if you travel to European Union countries with CBD in your suitcase or hand luggage, you shouldn’t have any problems.
However, keep in mind that in many countries, including Italy, the legal status of CBD is still very smoky and, every day, the laws on the subject are changed or evolve according to the dominant political situation.
Therefore, before making any trip to Europe and packing CBD in your suitcase or backpack, always inquire about the legal status of CBD and cannabis in the country you intend to enter.
Also remember that, just as often, customs officials don’t know the difference between CBD and THC and that, especially at airports, baggage checks are very strict.
If you decide to carry CBD in your hand luggage, in addition to declaring it, you must keep it in a 100 milliliter bottle, hermetically sealed, and seal it in a plastic bag with a maximum capacity of one liter.
Liquids are checked regularly as they pass through customs to the duty free area.
However, if you don’t want to have a problem and just can’t help but carry your CBD with you, the best move is to put it in your checked baggage.
Attention: in order to reduce risks, or to have trouble at customs, bring few products with you.
Air Travel With CBD Abroad: How to Behave?
If, on the other hand, you plan to travel outside the borders of the European Union, remember to be especially cautious if you decide to take CBD with you on the plane.
If you really cannot do without it for medical reasons, and only in this case, before leaving for abroad you must find out exactly what the legal situation of CBD is in the country concerned and the current regulations in force for products based on cannabis.
Thailand, as well as Vietnam, Indonesia, Bali and most Asian countries, have very strict customs regulations for cannabis products. Furthermore, in some of them, capital punishment is still in force for those who try to introduce drugs or doping products.
For this reason, and for your own safety, we strongly advise you against trying to import CBD into these countries.
Outside the European Union, in addition to Switzerland, the countries that allow the import of CBD are Canada and Uruguay.
What Are the Precautions to Take When Traveling With CBD on the Plane?
CBD is available both by prescription and as an over-the-counter product. However, in both cases, there are some precautions to take to avoid the risk of having troubles at customs when boarding and disembarking from the plane:
- Prescription Cannabis: If CBD, or other cannabis products, have been prescribed to you as part of a therapy, ask your treating physician to write down a medical certificate before you leave. This way, if you are stopped at customs, you can show it as proof.
- Cannabis without a prescription: There is a real risk that CBD will not be recognized as such and be mistaken for THC. If possible, to avoid the risk of a seizure or a penalty, you can ask the manufacturer for a certificate of analysis in English.
- Alternatively, if this is not possible because the manufacturer is abroad or cannot provide it to you, you can try asking your doctor for a medical certificate.