In fact, there are only a few Asian countries that are CBD-friendly, including:
However, traveling with your CBD aid kit can sometimes be bothersome, since not all countries are CBD-friendly. For that reason, we’ve prepared a list of the most commonly visited countries that allow you to travel with your CBD.
Australia was one of the countries in which different states had different laws regarding CBD. Fortunately, as of 2020, the usage of CBD for medical purposes is legal, as long as it contains less than 2% of other cannabinoids. However, you can possess or buy CBD only with a medical prescription.
The Asian continent is famous for its countries’ strict policies and laws. Therefore, taking your CBD to Russia, Singapore, or Japan could be a bad idea — penalties range from head-spinning fines to jail time. China, on the other hand, has a booming CBD industry, but deems illegal any usage, selling, or buying of CBD in the country.
In the African continent, the CBD market is still non-existent. Therefore, it is incredibly difficult to find out which laws apply there. Although many witnesses said that smoking cannabis is frequent across Africa, it is still not clear whether it is illegal or not.
As mentioned before, the rules and regulations can vary from country-to-country. Also, each cruise-line likely has its own policies and procedures with respect to CBD, depending on the port of destination. For this reason, it is best to err on the side of caution and not bring CBD on your cruise, unless you have received express authorization from the cruise line or port of destination.
Now that I have given you a brief overview of some of my “best practice” tips when traveling with CBD, I’ll provide you with an overview of places that I have recently traveled to and have experience in. Of course, it is always the best course of action to take the least possible legal risk when traveling to other countries.
Under the Controlled Substances Act, Congress has generally prohibited the possession, distribution, manufacture, cultivation, sale, transfer, or the attempt or conspiracy to possess, distribute, manufacture, cultivate, of marijuana. The 2018 Farm Bill states that it’s important that any CBD product you travel with contains less than .3 percent by dry weight and volume. Although both marijuana and industrial hemp (or “CBD”) come from the cannabis plant, the THC concentration is the main distinction between “industrial hemp” or “CBD” and marijuana.
Traveling Abroad with CBD
I thought it would be helpful to provide some highlights, with respect to traveling with CBD, as well as some context and color to the underlying regulations. For the purposes of this article, I will refer to CBD to include gummies, edibles, vape-pens, tinctures and all other products (with the exception of flower that I will discuss at the end of the article).
Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) will specifically ask you if you are carrying any cannabis at customs, stating “transporting cannabis across the border in any form – including any oils containing THC or cannabidiol (CBD) – without a permit or exemption authorized by Health Canada remains a serious criminal offence subject to arrest and prosecution, despite the legalization of cannabis in Canada.” Most people are well aware that Canada has legalized recreational marijuana use; however, most people would not understand (or at least think) that it is actually illegal for them to possess a legal substance without a permit. For these reasons, it is important to research the countries that you are traveling to, so you can understand the rules and regulations for each jurisdiction.
As you can see above, the TSA is mirroring the position of congress and provides a simple carve out for traveling with CBD. Here at Maku, we hope that CBD can provide for a soothing experience amidst the bustle/friction of air travel. In particular, having CBD can be handy for traveling, because it is legal at the federal level and “state-by-state” regulations with respect to medical marijuana cards can be confusing and the fees can be expensive.
You hear different things from different people. You are going on vacation or traveling for work. You wonder ‘Should you bring the CBD? Could I get in any sort of trouble if I do?’. These are valid questions. I have found myself asking the same ones, traveling with CBD oil and generally concerned about the public’s knowledge and that of law enforcement agencies. Standing in an airport terminal with a bottle of CBD I have wondered, is this German Shepard in Jacksonville going to get a sniff of my CBD? Is that adorable English Springer in London going to tip off the authorities that I am traveling with a low THC cannabis products?