I’m sure when first researching CBD you’ll have heard some of the horror stories of people getting arrested when travelling with CBD to different countries, so we’ve put together this article to help ensure you stay safe and within the law when your travelling with CBD oil.

The first thing to know is that you can travel with CBD too most destinations.  However there is some caution that needs to be taken when you think about entering another country with CBD oil. Although most countries see CBD as a legal substance, this does depend on the THC levels that are in your CBD. In the U.K the legal limit is defined as the total product contents not containing more than 1 milligram of THC, although this is most often unofficially stated as 0.2% concentration or less. Other countries’ legal limit of THC varies from the UK. For example, in Italy, where products can be up to 0.6% THC. Other countries require a prescription such as Germany and Portugal.

What is CBD?

CBD is also known as cannabidiol, which is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Unlike other elements found within the plant, CBD doesn’t get you high and is not psychoactive. This is what makes it safe and legal to take in the form of your choice. You can find many different forms of CBD available to help with pain, such as oils and gummies.

It does this, as well as providing a host of other beneficial effects, by promoting homeostasis within the body. This is essentially a healthy balance of all the elements needed to promote healthy living in humans.

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Can I take CBD on a plane?

You can take CBD on most flights, however you should always check with the airline that you are travelling with, and the country that you are travelling into.

The best rule of thumb when taking CBD on a plane is to research whether your destination allow CBD. You should also make sure to thoroughly understand the products in your possession, and whether they contain any THC or are purely CBD.

Can you carry CBD in your hand luggage?

Yes, you can carry CBD in your hand luggage. If you’re following the regulations of the destination that you are in, you shouldn’t have a problem going through airport security with CBD oil.

There are still rules in place about taking CBD oil in your hand luggage when flying. Like all liquids, you can only take less than 100ml and need to keep it in a clear plastic bag when you go through airport security. Also remember that vapes aren’t allowed in your hold luggage (checked bags) for both domestic and internal flights.

Is CBD legal in the UK?

CBD is completely legal in the UK because it’s non intoxicating. There are some things that are required for CBD to be legal in the UK, which are outlined below.

  • CBD is completely legal in the UK as long as it contains less than 0.2% THC. As THC is a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
  • CBD is legal in the UK as long as it has been derived from an industrial hemp strain that is approved by the UK.

At Organic Relief, all of our CBD products are legal in the UK.

Where is CBD illegal?

Due to the lack of research and it being a relatively new to market product, CBD is still illegal in some countries.

  • Singapore
  • Belgium
  • Russia
  • Dubai
  • Slovakia

Although CBD may be legal in other countries, it’s important to look into the requirements for CBD to be legal in that destination. Always ensure you do your research before travelling with CBD.

Countries rules on CBD

North America

Hemp-derived CBD products have now been maded legal at a federal level. This means that CBD products are legal in all 50 states in the US. These products must have a maximum THC limit of 0.3%.

South America

The legal status of CBD and other cannabis products in South America varies from country to country. In Uruguay, both recreational marijuana and medicinal cannabis have been legalised. Other south American countries have relaxed their laws around cannabinoids. In Colombia and Mexico, CBD products can be granted a license for sale provided they have less than 1% THC content. In Brazil, CBD has only been licensed for medical use but this is expected to change in the future.


The regulations around CBD products are strict in Australia and they are not available over the counter. Cannabis oil is considered to be a ‘scheduled product’, meaning you can only access it with a prescription from your doctor.


When thinking of travelling with CBD always ensure you do your research first. The laws around CBD are constantly evolving and each country has their own rules and regulations on CBD.