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Can You Take CBD Oil On A Plane In The UK?

It’s a common question that many CBD users planning to travel ask: ‘Can you take CBD oil on a plane in the UK?’.

With more than a million Brits using CBD regularly as part of their health and wellness routines, many want to ensure access to its potential benefits both at home and when travelling.

Thanks to its potential mental health benefits, sublingual absorption is a popular method of using CBD oil. 

Considering how it may reduce the symptoms of a range of anxiety disorders, it’s unsurprising that travelling with CBD oil is front of mind for many users.

Given that planes and flying can be anxiety-inducing for at least one in ten of us, CBD oil users may be keen to have the product to hand. 

Similarly, regular users who report the positive effects of CBD may not want to leave it behind when travelling on a plane.

In this article, we answer the question ‘can you take CBD oil on a plane in the UK?’ and look at the ins-and-outs of travelling with CBD oil.

Can you take CBD oil on a plane in the UK? - An in-depth guide by Leaf Sciences

What’s the legal status of CBD oil in the UK?

The fact you can purchase CBD oil in major high street retailers is a bit of a giveaway.

CBD oil is legal in the UK – so long as it contains no more than 1 mg of THC per container in any given CBD product.

However, regulation of CBD is far from stringent at present, so it’s important to only purchase CBD oil from a reputable supplier. 

Ideally, purchase CBD oil from a producer who engages a third-party lab to test their product, ensuring it meets legal requirements.

A lower-quality CBD oil containing more than 1 mg of THC per product is illegal to possess and use in the UK, and therefore a serious concern for those considering travelling with CBD oil.

Can you take CBD oil on a plane in the UK?

In short, yes, you can take CBD oil on a plane in the UK.

As long as the CBD oil contains no more than 1 mg of THC per product, it can be taken on a plane in the UK

The importance of ensuring its quality is evident (and you may consider seeking out CBD oil produced from CBD isolate).

There shouldn’t be an issue taking it in either your hand or hold luggage – there are a couple of considerations, though.

If putting CBD oil in your hold luggage, ensure it is well wrapped to avoid breakage. The last thing you want to find on arrival is a broken CBD oil bottle in your suitcase!

When taking CBD oil in your hand luggage, remember the usual restrictions regarding taking liquids on planes apply. The container mustn’t contain more than 100 ml of CBD oil. 

This shouldn’t be a problem as you rarely find CBD oil for sale in quantities larger than this. Don’t forget the single, transparent, resealable plastic bag to put it in either.

In the UK, it’s rare for CBD oil to be prescribed by a medical professional, but if this is the case, it’s worth taking their details as well as a copy of the prescription when travelling by plane.

If you’re at all unsure about whether you can take CBD oil on a plane in the UK, check with the airline before flying. They will be able to clarify the regulations for you and ease any worries.

Of course, it’s also important to consider your destination when travelling with CBD oil.

The importance of the destination of the flight

While you can take CBD oil on a plane in the UK, not all countries have the same laws in relation to CBD.

This means that it is illegal to fly with CBD oil into certain countries – even if just carrying out a stopover.

Popular destinations such as the UAE as well as a number of south-east Asian countries prohibit CBD oil outright, as do China, Russia, certain US states and some nations within Europe.

For example, a British man was sentenced to 25 years in prison in Dubai in November 2021 (reduced to 10 years) for possessing 4 small bottles of CBD oil and a vape pen.

Other nations such as Australia, New Zealand and Denmark will require a prescription along with any CBD product, while Sweden requires CBD products to be in their isolate form (i.e. containing 0% THC).

For more information about CBD restrictions in different countries and states, see here.

Be aware, laws around CBD are often changing and you should seek out the most up-to-date and authoritative sources regarding the legality of taking CBD oil into a country before doing so.

Will Brexit impact travelling with CBD oil?

This is an unknown right now.

Travel regulations have been widely discussed since the UK left the EU – and clarity hasn’t always been to the levels some flyers might hope for.

However, at this stage there is no indication Brexit will result in changes to the legality of flying with CBD oil in or out of the UK to the EU.

Again, check before you fly for the latest possible information and be sure to review the laws of your destination.

To learn more about the impact of Brexit on CBD in the UK, check out our article on Brexit CBD restrictions.

Can You Take CBD Oil On A Plane In The UK?: Conclusion

Essentially, you can take CBD oil on a plane in the UK, although do exercise caution when considering drug laws in the country you’re travelling to.

The onus is on you to ensure the product is of sufficient quality, you adhere to hand luggage regulations, and have researched the legality of CBD oil in your destination.

There’s plenty of information available online, and most airline customer service teams will be happy to advise prior to your trip to the airport.

For more information about CBD and its legality, as well as CBD business insights, check out our blog or get in touch today.

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