Since the majority of our users are UK based, you’re probably already aware that buying CBD is legal in the UK, especially given that it’s now being stocked in national supermarkets and stores. However, the laws around flying with CBD can seem a little confusing.
As such, given its legal status you should be able to bring CBD products on board domestic flights within the UK, and international flights to the UK. We still recommend contacting your flight provider and customs in advance though.
UK laws about flying with CBD
For example, in the UK the maximum levels of THC in the hemp extract are 0.2%, whilst in the U.S. they can reach 0.3%. That means that even if a CBD oil is legal in your home country, and legal in your destination, you still need to confirm that the laws follow the same guidelines.
So, you’ve established that the country you’re flying to allows travellers to bring CBD oil across their borders, but have you also considered your changeover along the way? Even if you’re only dropping off in a country for a half-hour sprint across to your next flight, you still fall under their jurisdiction.
Before getting into the specifics of your Broad Spectrum CBD E-liquid and whether you can or can’t fly with it, the most universal impediment is the size of the liquid container you’re carrying. If you’re intending to bring it in your carry-on, then you’ll be subject to the 100ml liquid rule.
Just because CBD is easy to find doesn’t mean it’s entirely legal. In September of 2018, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) changed its stance to say that CBD products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are allowed. Everything else containing CBD is still a Schedule I drug alongside marijuana and heroin. That said, a DEA officer told Men’s Health that people are unlikely to be prosecuted for possessing or buying CBD products.
“A CBD tincture or CBD edible is a great way to take the edge off,” Curt Van Inwegen, the CEO of CBD company Life Elements, told Matador Network. “I don’t take anything with THC because I find that CBD has a way of calming my nerves and relaxing me so I can deal with delays, stress, crowds, and anything else that comes up.”
“The way I describe CBD’s effect is that there is no visceral feeling like a buzz or a high or anything,” Van Inwegen said. “You just realize that you’re more patient and can better focus on solving a problem like rerouting a flight or finding an emergency ‘I gotta pee NOW’ stop for someone in the car.”
Pro: It may lessen anxiety and make you feel more calm.
Things get even trickier when you add in the varying state laws, especially states that allow marijuana. That said, it’s not like the TSA is exactly hyper-efficient. The agency missed 70 percent of fake weapons when checkpoints were tested in 2017.
Those nerves can be a big problem. A study in CBD publication Remedy Review found that nearly 58 percent of women and 47 percent of men are anxious about flying. Around 33 percent of respondents in the study said turbulence was the most anxiety-inducing issue, followed by delays (25 percent) and TSA lines (18 percent).
Flying during the holidays is a nightmare. You don’t need anyone else to tell you that, what with all the airline studies that come out every year about just how bad it’s going to be getting in and out of the airport this time of year. But other than expecting a crowd, it’s hard to know what to actually do about handling holiday flight stress other than some measly “hacks” like “check-in online!”
In a preliminary study, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) found that CBD is an effective way to reduce stress. The authors of the study write that “overall, current evidence indicated CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders,” while also noting further studies need to be done.