However, South Africa is the only country in Africa that clarified its position and laws on CBD. In May 2019, South Africa changed its medicines law, which now allows you to consume 20 milligrams of CBD per day. Additionally, it must contain less than 0.001% of THC and less than 0.0075% of total CBD.
Similar to Africa, laws, and regulations regarding CBD in Central and South America are quite unclear. However, there are a few countries that consider CBD to be legal, including:
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.
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.
Unlike the countries of Asia, most European countries have looser policies regarding CBD. Countries that allow CBD include:
There is no doubt that the favorable effects of CBD are increasingly getting noticed around the world. As seen above, many countries already understand consumers’ demands.
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.
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.
Closely related to cruising is traveling to the Bahamas. Although the Bahamas has not decriminalized cannabis or CBD generally, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands has stated “Yes, it is legal” to reporters. However, this is inconsistent with the Dangerous Drugs Act, which “includes all parts of any plant of the genus cannabis whether growing or not from which the resin has not been extracted; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt derivative, mixture or preparation of such plant or resin.” Moreover, as stated by the Nassua Guardian there may be some legislative updates, reporting “in July the CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana recommended the declassification of marijuana as a dangerous drug in all legislation and the reclassification of the drug as a controlled substance, as noted in its report presented at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government Meeting.”
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.
Traveling to Canada with CBD
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.
According to Forbes, “on June 19, 2017 President Enrique Peña Nieto signed a bill into law that officially legalized the cultivation, production, and use of medical cannabis products with less than 1% tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC ) in Mexico.” It’s unclear what the rules and regulations are with respect to traveling to Mexico with CBD, so I have elected to steer clear of this jurisdiction.
I know from experience that traveling with CBD can be a daunting process. As a general rule of thumb: traveling domestically can be generally considered safe , although it makes sense to err on the side of caution with respect to international travel . Bringing CBD into the wrong country can result in criminal charges. However, if you are in a domestic airport and you see our authorities fluffy little companions walk by, feel free to hold your ground. Perhaps even go up and give that dog a pet, because you are in the clear with TSA.
I’ve traveled around the world exploring the legality of CBD domestically and abroad. Prior to founding Maku, I was responsible for drafting and researching the legality of CBD prior to the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the “2018 Farm Bill”). In line with Maku’s mission to provide the best possible CBD knowledge, my goal is to (1) offer you some clarity with respect to domestic travel and (2) offer words to caution you with respect to international travel and flying with CBD.
For maximum confidence, make sure the product was obtained from industrial hemp and contains less than 0.3% of THC; that generally covers you on the more stringent federal level, and no state will bust you for a hemp-based product. Now that the USDA is monitoring THC content, labeling accuracy for trace amounts of THC should improve, too, so you’ll be much less likely to get caught out.
We’ll be honest: The legality of CBD is still muddy. The government has done a terrible job making standards clear, leaving the door wide open for local law enforcement to put everyday people through a legal wringer with no outcome. If you run across a security officer who’s in a bad mood, there aren’t many cut-and-dry regulations that will spare you grief.
It’s all so confusing and needlessly stressful that we could use a good anti-anxiety treatment. Anyone know of something that would work?