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Once a taboo, CBD has recently become mainstream. Its health benefits and soothing properties are getting more and more recognition each day. As one of its consumers, you certainly know what we’re talking about.
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.
Where Can You Take CBD Legally?
1. North America
North America, like Europe, has quite loose policies for CBD. In the United States, 47 out of 50 states allow CBD in some form. The only three states where CBD is still illegal are Iowa, Idaho, and South Dakota.
In Canada, as of 2018, it is legal to use CBD for both medical and recreational purposes. Mexico, on the other hand, allows only medical CBD usage. Aside from Jamaica and Costa Rica, where CBD is not legal but is decriminalized, all other North American countries prohibit its usage.
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 fact, there are only a few Asian countries that are CBD-friendly, including:
- India - Just like you can buy bhang, a popular form of cannabis in India, you can also purchase CBD oils. They are completely legal and you can bring them with you irrespectively of your medical condition.
- South Korea - Although CBD is a common ingredient of topical products in South Korea, you cannot use it for recreational purposes. You can bring CBD to South Korea only if you have medical reasons for that.
- Thailand - You can bring your CBD into the country only if you have a permit from FDA Thailand. The permit allows you a maximum of a 30-day supply of CBD for personal use.
Unlike the countries of Asia, most European countries have looser policies regarding CBD. Countries that allow CBD include:
- The United Kingdom - If your CBD product matches the laws of the UK, you can bring it into the country. CBD products must not contain any THC, and they must be safe for human consumption.
- Germany - As long as the CBD product contains less than 0.2% of THC, you can safely bring it into the country.
- France - CBD is legal in France only under certain conditions. One of them is that the product contains 0% THC. Any trace of THC and the product will be regarded as a narcotic by the authorities.
- The Netherlands - If your CBD contains less than 0.05% of THC, you can safely bring it to the Netherlands.
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.
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.
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.
6. Central and South America
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:
- Mexico - It is legal to take your CBD across the Mexican-American border. But the label on your CBD has to confirm that it is a hemp-derived product.
- Colombia - If your product has less than 1% THC by dry weight product, it is safe for usage in Colombia.
- Costa Rica - Another country with a limitation on THC percentage. If the product contains less than 0.3% THC, it is safe to take it across the border.
- Brazil - As one of the largest CBD markets in the world, Brazil allows bringing CBD oil across the border. However, it cannot contain more than 0.2% THC.
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.
Because of that, we firmly believe that traveling with your CBD will soon be safe anywhere in the world. Until then, we hope our list can help you with the preparations for your next trip!