Traveling with CBD -
Where Can You Legally Use it in Europe?
Even though Cannabis sativa and its derivatives have been legalized in various countries worldwide for medicinal and recreational purposes, traveling with CBD is still confusing for many people. Because of that, it is of utmost importance to understand what the laws regarding possession and consumption of CBD across the European Union and the European continent are. This article will explain all you need to know about what traveling with CBD implies and where it can be legally used in Europe.
Legality and Flying with CBD
CBD has been around for a while, yet research on its advantages and disadvantages is still carried out today. As a result, the law regarding CBD is continuously changing. Make sure to speak to an embassy representative or a customs agent for the CBD’s latest rules and regulations. So, unless you want to be involved in an international crime, you want to make sure you do your research regarding flying with CBD. Do not forget to pack it in your luggage so that you can access it effortlessly when requested.
CBD and the European Union
If your first instinct is to think that the European Union works like a big country where the same laws apply everywhere, then think again. Imagine that the European Union is like the United States of America and that each country is a different state. Although many federal laws apply to all states or countries, some states and local laws might state otherwise. Because of that, you should first familiarize yourself with what is legally accepted within the European Union, and then within each specific country.
As a general rule, the European Union accepts the possession, the consumption, and even the sale of CBD products that do not contain a quantity bigger than 0,2% psychoactive THC substance. In most cases, CBD products will have their cannabinoid content and legality of their THC content displayed for everyone to see. Nonetheless, if you do not want to take any risks, you want to shop CBD products only from reputable brands.
Similarly, countries like the Netherlands, France, the UK, and Spain allow recreational use of cannabis with a concentration of up to 0,6% of THC. On the other hand, there are countries like Slovakia, where CBD use is downright illegal. Hemp oil in specific percentages is allowed in countries like Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, etc. Other countries like Finland, Austria, Germany, and so on, permit the possession of CBD products only with a medical prescription.
CBD Outside the EU
Traveling within the European Union is very easy, so make sure you know the rules for every country you are passing through. Do not unawarely hop on a bus that will take you to a country where, all of a sudden, ownership of CBD becomes illegal. Traveling outside the European Union brings new rules and regulations regarding CBD. Make sure to do your research before your departure.
Finally, no matter where in the world you plan to fly to, remember always to read and understand the local regulations and to bring proof for your hemp-derived CBD oil, as well as any other medical prescription you might have.