Now you’ve diNow you’ve discovered the benefits of CBD, can you travel with it? Here is the RVD’s comprehensive guide on how to find the information you need before you go. With the World Wide Web you can find any information at the click of a few buttons, but is that information accurate? Find out reliable sources for legal status on CBD throughout the world, the state of CBD in our neighboring countries, and whether you can bring CBD from other countries into the USA. Be safe when you travel with Cannabis.
Commonly Asked Questions
CBD Worldwide Status
The world is leaning toward accThe world is leaning toward accepting CBD but isn’t entirely there yet. To find out why, click here. CBD is kind of stuck in the closet with one foot out the door. Until the world’s leaders define it, this lack of definition can make it unsafe to travel with. Remember, being a citizen of the United States is not a get out of jail card for free. While you are in another country, you abide by their laws. Thus, if you break one, you pay their price, even if you didn’t know the law. Ignorance is not bliss.
At RVDCBD, we know you’ve had Rob’s back throughout his career, and we have yours now. To avoid legal trouble, we highly recommend checking on the country’s government website before you go. In general, here is a breakdown of CBD Legal status in categories:
- 100% banned
- Unclear—neither legal nor illegal
- Restricted—only people with medical prescriptions
- Anything Goes—anyone can get any form, anywhere without medical permission
Can I Travel with CBD oil?
Yes and no; there is no easy answer to this question. Whether or not it is legal, depends on where you are going and when you ask. Laws are continually changing from country to country, province to province, and it is not safe to rely on articles posted on the web that may or may not be updated monthly.
If you are traveling within the U.S.A., you can travel with CBD Oil as long as it meets TSA and Federal guidelines. IF you are traveling internationally, it depends on each airport you travel through, and where you are headed. What is legal in one airport may not be in the next.
But how do you know if it’s legal where you’re headed? When in doubt, go straight to the source. We’ve all played the telephone game, and information from second, third, and fourth sources is never accurate. Information is always lost in transmission. However, if you’re determined to get your information from the web, (which we highly discourage) at least check the date the articles were posted or updated, and whether they have first-hand sources. If you’re not sure how to do this, click here.
How Can I Find Out if CBD is Legal Where I’m Traveling?
With Covid restrictions lifting, travel is opening again. But with CBD laws changing daily and weekly, how do you know where you can go with CBD? CBD is not legal in every county yet, and some websites are posting inaccurate information. At RVDCBD we know how painful being in the wrong place at the wrong time with cannabis can be. Just ask Rob, click here for more info.
“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”~ Abraham Lincoln
So, if you’re going to travel, don’t rely on any old CBD website. Go straight to reliable sources such as:
- FYI: this is a great resource for other safety travel issues as well.
- Note, this website is slow due to the Russian/Ukraine travesty, so expect delays.
- USPS International Mail Manual
- From the above link, scroll down to Individual Country listings. Then choose the appropriate country. This will give you a list of what is prohibited and restricted in that country for mailing purposes.
- Rule of thumb; if you can’t mail it there, you probably can’t have it there.
- Call USA Customs and talk to a person
- Call the US Embassy in the country you intend to travel to. Find All embassy info here.
CBD in The North America
Can I Take CBD Oil on The Plane?
According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), marijuana and some products containing CBD remain illegal under federal law. Within the United States, as long as your CBD product meets the liquid and perishable carry-on size limits (> 3oz) and follows the federal THC guidelines (> .3% THC), you are fine. For more information on TSA guidelines, click here or here for a complete list of what you can and cannot carry on the plane.
TSA CBD Guidelines
- Must be less than 3 oz
- Must contain less than .3% THC
- For marijuana guidelines click here.
While there is no regulation on the amount you check in your bags, many people have found their CBD products (even those that follow all guidelines and laws) disappear in checked luggage. We recommend only taking what you can carry on. If the quantity is an issue, make sure your CBD products are individually wrapped in less than 3 oz containers, bring labels to verify the THC quantities, and a doctor’s signed note if necessary.
Can I Travel with CBD Cream?
Yes, you can travel with CBD cream within the U.S.A. However, it must meet all TSA guidelines. Click here for TSA CBD Guidelines or medical marijuana guidelines for anything with greater than. 3% THC.
Bringing Edibles on the Plane
Yes and no; you can travel with Edibles within the U.S.A. However, it must meet all TSA guidelines. Click here for TSA CBD Guidelines or medical marijuana guidelines (for anything with greater than 0.3% THC).
Can I Fly with Marijuana in the U.S.A.?
Within the United States you can only fly with Medical Marijuana IF YOU HAVE:
Medical Marijuana Guidelines
- A letter signed by your doctor(s)
- The letter is written or typed on official letterhead from your physicians office
- Your prescription must comply with the 3 oz size guidelines
Again, do not pack this in your luggage; it will disappear. If you do not have a note signed by a doctor, you will be turned over to the local, state, or federal law officials. If you are planning to fly internationally with Marijuana, you must check with customs from the countries you plan to visit.
Can I travel to Canada with CBD Oil?
Some websites tell you CBD is legal in Canada. Cannabis is considered a controlled substance in Canada, under the United Nations drug control conventions. However, through the Cannabis Act, Canada has opened only authorized CBD use.
Similar to the U.S., Canada countrywide has legalized CBD to a certain standard. In Canada’s case “authorized use” is legal. This loosely translates to medicinal with prescription and is governed from Province to Province much like here in the U.S. where CBD is regulated from state to state. For more info on this, click here.
Can I Travel to Mexico with CBD Oil?
Is Traveling with CBD a no-go? What about mailing it to family or friends? As of June 2021, the Supreme Court in Mexico ruled banning recreational use of Cannabis unconstitutional, and Mexico’s President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, “Legalizing weed could help the country.” While his senate supports the supreme court’s decision, the legal status is still stalled. To watch his interview on Reuters, click here.
The short answer, traveling in Mexico is a no-go, stuck in a limbo of grey area. While some countries within Mexico have legalized medicinal use, recreational and any other use is simply not safe for foreigners. Mailing it to Mexico is on both sides of the fence. According to the USPS guidelines for Mexico, it depends on how it is labeled. If your CBD is a “Pharmaceutical product,” it is prohibited, and you could be subjected to fines or prosecution. However, if it is a “medicinal product or a beauty product,” air is restricted and requires prior authorization from the Mexican Secretary of Commerce.
All in all, it sounds like it’s more trouble than it’s worth.
Domestic Travel with CBD oil
Domestic travel simply means within the same country. So, if you are a U.S. citizen wanting to travel here in the states, that would be domestic travel. However, if you are in Europe and want to catch a flight from Belfast, Ireland to Dublin, Ireland, that is also domestic. Now, if you’re catching a plane from Dublin, Ireland to Paris, France, that is no longer domestic. Flying from country to country throws you into the international game, even though like with Ireland and France, both part of the European Union (EU).
CBD & the U.S.A
The 2018 Farm Bill, aka the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 Pub. L. 115-334, was signed into law on Dec. 20, 2018. And Hemp was removed from the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). This means cannabis plants, and anything made from it is legal as long as it contains no more than 0.3 % THC on a dry weight basis.
For more information on your state, click here.
If yoIf you are coming back to the states with CBD, you need to know the US Customs rules and regulations. According to the Customs and Border Protection for the U.S. government, hemp seeds CAN be imported. As of 2018’s Agriculture Improvement Act (aka the Farm bill of 2018), Hemp seeds have been reclassified and are no longer part of Schedule 1 Controlled substances. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cannot require hemp seed permits for imports.