You may have heard from friends, family or news articles that CBD is good for its calming effects; helping to regulate anxiety, stress and insomnia. Research has shown that human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS), a system of receptors in the body that help to regulate a range of biological functions, including memory, energy, stress to name a few. The compounds found within CBD interact with several receptors in the brain. While research is still limited, many people have found that using CBD has really helped them in their everyday lives. As travelling is often a trigger for high levels of stress and anxiety, there doesn’t seem to be a better time to use CBD oil, but will you get the all-clear going through security?
The short answer is it depends.
It’s important to know what CBD actually is. CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant, known as a cannabinoid. There are over 100 cannabinoids present within the plant, with CBD and THC being the most common. Unlike THC, CBD is completely legal in the UK due to its non-psychoactive properties.
When travelling from UK airports, you can rest assured that CBD oil would have been seen before and will not cause you any problems, and as most oils come in 10ml bottles, they comply with the 100ml maximum liquid limit. However is it important to be cautious, as the same rules do not apply globally. For example, American laws, as stated by The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), state that it is legal to travel with hemp-derived CBD products approved by the FDA, with THC levels of up to 0.03%, whereas UK laws only allow product with levels of 0.02% THC.
One family who have faced problems bringing CBD through the airport is the Caldwell family. With the support of his GP in Northern Ireland, 12-year-old Billy Caldwell became the first person in the UK to receive medical cannabis treatment through an NHS prescription to treat his severe epilepsy. After The Home Office ordered Billy’s GP not to renew the prescription as it went against UK law, Billy’s mother felt her only option was to take him to Canada to continue his treatment. However, the medicine was seized on their return home at Heathrow airport due to its high level of THC.
Some countries, such as South East Asia and the United Arab Emirates, are much less informed about CBD. It is therefore advised that CBD is not taken to these countries as you may be putting yourself at risk. For peace of mind, it is advised that you check for up to date travel information for the custom laws of your travel destination before flying as rules and regulations vary from country to country.