How to Travel Safely with CBD—Not Like Brittney Griner

Brittney Grimer in Jail for possession by gettyimages

If you’ve ever traveled with cannabis products—or even talked about them openly on social media— you’ve probably come across people who think it’s a smart idea to just lie about their stash. “I’ll just say this is a bottle of shampoo and then it’ll be fine.” Anyone who thinks like that is in for trouble. In fact, lying about or concealing your cannabis products at any border or airport could land you in jail or result in hefty fines (upwards of $2,000). Don’t believe it? Just ask Brittney Griner—former WNBA player turned entrepreneur arrested and sentenced in Russia. Don’t make the same mistake. Know how to travel safely with hemp, CBD, and or cannabis, or try THC free CBD (topicals, tinctures, and gummies), which is legal just about anywhere.

Cannabis laws are nothing to mess around with, especially in international waters. In 1996, RVD lost his world titles for possession. Thursday, Augst 4th, 2022, Brittney Griner, the 2 time gold Olympic medalist and former WNBA star went to jail. Russain officials sentenced her to 9 years for possession of hashish oil. Acording to NPR, “A Russian court has found Brittney Griner guilty on drug smuggling and possession charges. The widely expected verdict comes after a monthlong trial and nearly six months after the basketball star was arrested at a Moscow-area airport with cannabis vape cartridges in her luggage.”

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Can You Travel Safely With CBD, Hemp, or Cannabis?

The short answer is not a simple yes and no. Where you go, and what you take makes all the difference. RVDCBD cannot emphasize enough how important it is to do your homework before you travel. If you’re not sure what that may be, click here. Yes, it can be challenging—especially when you’re flying outside the country. But is it worth it? Just ask Brittney.

Cannabis, not to be confused with CBD or hemp, is not legal to bring into airports in general, not even in America. Hemp, is legal, but keep in mind that CBD and hemp-derived products are treated the same as marijuana-infused items in most countries around the world. Even hemp derived products, though legal in the US, are considered a controlled substance just about everywhere else. Internationally, cannabis in your possession is almost always considered the illegal importation of a controlled substance. This means that if you fly with them, you risk jail, and or security will confiscate them.

If you’re traveling internationally, the first thing to remember is that honesty is always your best policy. Customs officers will ask if you have any products containing cannabis and expect an honest response. You should avoid trying to hide the product or lying about it. Similarly, don’t try to sneak it in by pretending that it’s for someone else or by faking a prescription — these tactics rarely work and can make things worse when they do.

Back in the Day, RVD Didn’t Travel Safely With CBD

Even Rob Van Dam made the same mistake as Brittney Griner. Shortly after winning the heavyweight championship title, he and Sabu were pulled over for speeding, and arrested. Wrong place, wrong time, wrong plant. That’s why RVDCBD aims to educate you, and offer THC free CBD (topicals, tinctures, and gummies), which is legal just about anywhere. But, always do your homework and check with customs or the airport you know you will be traveling through.



While Hemp is legal in the US, it’s easy to forget that there are still some countries where you can’t legally purchase or possess it. And even if you do find a way around that problem, traveling with your weed can still be tricky, as Brittney Griner found out. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to stay safe while traveling with hemp or CBD products. As a general rule, don’t fly with cannabis or marijuana. Avoid being detained by airport security, border patrol agents, and jail. But if you do find yourself in a sticky situation, remember, honesty is the best policy.

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