Traveling with CBD: What you should pay attention to

Reisen mit CBD: Darauf sollte man achten

Despite the potential inconvenience, taking CBD with you is important for many people. Whether for relaxation or to increase well-being, the reasons can be varied. However, before you decide to take CBD with you, you should thoroughly inform yourself about the laws in the destination country and consider whether CBD oil is allowed in your suitcase.

In general, before traveling abroad, you should find out exactly which regulations apply to the use of CBD-containing products in the destination country. In this way, possible problems at customs can be avoided and a smooth start to your holiday can be guaranteed.

On the go with CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) has gained popularity in recent years due to its health-promoting effects. As a weakly psychoactive active ingredient in the hemp plant that does not have any intoxicating effects, it can generally be consumed and sold legally. However, this does not mean that the substance is not subject to legal restrictions.

Products that contain no more than 0.2% THC in a preparation containing cannabidiol are available for sale over the counter. No medicinal effects may be promised when it comes to dietary supplements. If the THC content exceeds this limit, the product is subject to the Narcotics Act and therefore strict prescription requirements.

The legal situation in Germany is essentially based on the requirements of the European Union. However, there is currently no uniform Europe-wide regulation for products containing CBD. This means that the legal situation can be quite different in different EU countries. In Austria, for example, there is currently a maximum THC limit of 0.3% for ointments and oils with CBD. These different laws can affect taking CBD products on vacation.

Before traveling abroad, you should always clarify which regulations apply to the handling of foods and medicines containing CBD in the destination country. However, when traveling within the EU, it can be assumed that there will be no problems as long as the THC limit of 0.2% is adhered to.

5. TIPS for taking CBD products with you when traveling by plane:

  1. Customs declaration:

It can be helpful to declare your CBD product to customs to be open and honest about what you have with you. This way you can avoid possible inconveniences when entering the country.

  1. Keep an eye on liquids:

Many countries have strict regulations regarding liquids in hand luggage. Before you travel, find out the amount of CBD oil allowed to avoid seizures. Be careful not to exceed the permitted amount.

  1. Trusted Manufacturers:

Choose CBD oil from reputable manufacturers who have their products tested by independent bodies. Test results should be available on the manufacturer's website or upon request.

  1. Packaging takeaway:

To avoid suspicion, the packaging of your CBD oil should be clearly visible. It's best to even take the original packaging with you to ensure the legality of the product.

  1. Certificates & tax receipts:

For additional security, tax receipts and certificates should also be presented in addition to the exact ingredients. These prove the origin of the product and contribute to trustworthiness.

A comprehensive guide to country-specific regulations

Taking CBD-containing products with you when traveling is becoming increasingly popular as more people realize the health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD). However, before you pack your CBD oil in your suitcase, it is important to know the country-specific regulations to avoid possible inconveniences at customs.

Within the Schengen area: Generally unproblematic

In countries that are part of the Schengen Agreement, taking CBD-containing preparations is usually not a problem as long as they comply with the applicable regulations for dietary supplements. Germany is one of the stricter countries with a THC upper limit of 0.2 percent, while in Austria, for example, up to 0.3 percent is allowed. Outside the Schengen area, it is advisable to carry an information leaflet with a detailed list of the ingredients for the products you are carrying, ideally in the national language or in English.

The Schengen countries include :

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Austria
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary

  • Rule of thumb for international travel, follow laws

    In countries where the cultivation, consumption and sale of cannabis products containing THC are prohibited, caution should be exercised when importing products containing CBD. Conversely, it can be assumed that with liberal legislation or complete legalization, carrying and consuming CBD is unproblematic.

    Particular caution should be taken when traveling to Southeast Asia as countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia (Bali) and Thailand have strict border controls and anti-drug laws. We strongly advise against taking CBD products with you. In these countries, if medically necessary, a medical certificate and consultation with the embassy can be helpful.

    The global trend towards decriminalization of products containing THC is based on the proven positive effects of cannabis on health. However, CBD is not yet well known as an active ingredient, and education about the non-intoxicating effects of CBD is therefore crucial. This is because border officials may not be able to distinguish between CBD and THC.

    CBD oil on the plane

    Which CBD products are allowed on planes?

    CBD oil, CBD cream and CBD spray can actually be taken on EU flights without any problems as long as the THC content is below 0.2 percent. However, problems can arise when taking CBD resins and CBD flowers with you because the THC content cannot be clearly identified by inspectors.

    Long-haul flights: Using CBD oil before or during a long-haul flight can relieve pain, stress, and fear of flying, as well as help with sleep and jet lag issues. However, before use, the legal framework and entry requirements of the destination country should be carefully examined.

    International flights: It is not recommended to take CBD products on flights outside the EU. Import regulations vary widely and quantity restrictions and THC content limits may apply. Before traveling, you should find out exactly about the legal situation in the destination country.

    How should I take CBD oil with me when traveling by plane?

    Never hide CBD oil to avoid unnecessary suspicion during customs controls. The quantity restrictions for liquids in hand luggage must be observed. It is best to transport the CBD oil in the original packaging and bring a receipt and a tax receipt with you to be able to prove legal purchase and the THC content.

    Hand luggage or in a suitcase?

    If you want to use CBD oil during the flight, you can take it with you in your carry-on luggage. However, please note the import regulations of the destination country and the maximum amount of liquids in hand luggage.

    Do I need a tax receipt for CBD on the plane?

    If you want to take CBD oil with you on flights within the EU, it is advisable to have a receipt or tax document with you. This serves as proof of the legal origin of the product. It is best to transport it in the original packaging so that customs can check the ingredients.

    Recommendations for the safe transport of CBD products

    Description of ingredients: For CBD oils or ointments without THC, it is recommended to have a description of the ingredients in English to document safety.

    Although the global liberalization of hemp is also evident outside the EU, particularly in countries such as Canada and the USA. In the USA, the import conditions for CBD were only recently liberalized. However, it is advisable to always keep yourself informed about the current regulations, as the legal situation changes worldwide.

    Cross-border travel within the EU: Problems are unlikely when traveling within the EU as long as the THC limit of 0.2% is adhered to.

    Greece: CBD oil is legal in Greece as long as the THC content is not more than 0.2 percent. Make sure the THC content is stated on the packaging or other document.

    Turkey: Importing CBD oil into Turkey may cause customs issues. Cannabis-based dietary supplements are permitted if they contain less than 0.2 percent THC. However, there are quantitative restrictions on imports.

    Norway: CBD products may only be imported into Norway if they do not contain THC. CBD oil with low THC content is therefore prohibited.

    Spain: The import regulations for CBD products into Spain are complicated. CBD products with less than 0.2 percent THC are legal, but only for external use such as creams. Cannabis-based dietary supplements are not permitted. CBD oil requires a prescription and pharmacy in Spain and is therefore not allowed to be imported.

    USA: CBD oil is legal in many states, but regulations vary. Some states have THC limits, others have liberalized THC.

    Canada: Similar to the EU, CBD oils with up to 0.3% THC are permitted without a prescription.

    Other countries: Travelers should find out about the current legal situation in advance or buy CBD products in the destination country to avoid unpleasant questions.

    Tip: Find out about the legality and import regulations of CBD products from the embassy or consulate of the destination country. This way you can enjoy your journey with CBD more relaxed and avoid possible uncertainties.

    ! CALMA products have a 0.0% THC content!

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    Dr. Niemeyer is a renowned expert in the field of cannabidiol (CBD) research. With a doctorate in pharmacology, she specializes in researching the therapeutic uses of CBD. Through years of work, she has made significant contributions to the scientific community and is internationally recognized for her research on the effectiveness of CBD for various medical conditions, including pain relief, anxiety and neurological disorders. Their work has not only deepened the understanding of how CBD works, but also helped open new avenues for the development of CBD-based therapies. Dr. Niemeyer is passionate about educating people about the potential benefits of CBD.