CBD is legal in the UK as long as it contains no more than 0.2% THC. With the number of emerging pet CBD products available -it’s best to stay afloat on the laws when abroad. However, this is not the case in every country you may travel to. THC is psychoactive ingredient, which is why it is restricted in some countries and why local laws are so changeable. A product that contains hemp will contain less than 0.3% THC, so these are legal in many countries. If a product contains more THC than this, it is considered to be marijuana and the laws get a lot stricter.
Tips for Traveling in Europe
The European Union has made hemp grown for fibre legal as long as it contains no more than 0.2% THC. However, the EU can’t dictate the legal policy of its member nations, so more research is necessary in order to avoid falling foul of local laws.
Laws are changeable, so check the law in the country you are due to travel to just before you depart.
If you are buying CBD abroad, don’t just assume that it is okay to take it to another country within the EU. Even if it’s for your pet, the area is still considered grey. For example, in The Netherlands it is legal, as cannabis was decriminalized due to their Toleration Policy. In Slovakia it is illegal as it is listed as a Group 2 Psychoactive Narcotic.
Traveling in Europe
Europe currently falls into four different categories, ranging from totally legal to totally illegal.
Countries where CBD is legal – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Croatia, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, The Netherlands.
Countries with 0.2% THC restriction – UK, France, Spain, Ireland, Cyprus, Greece, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Hungary.
Countries where you need a medical prescription- Germany, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Portugal
Countries where CBD is illegal – Slovakia.
Countries that have other legislation – In Italy, CBD is legal as long as it contains no more than 0.6% THC. In Czech Republic, the THC is restricted to 0.3%
Travelling in the USA
USA law is tricky. All airports are controlled by Federal Law which states that CBD should have a less than 0.3% THC content in order to be legal. That means that you will be breaking federal law even if you are flying to a state such as Colorado where marijuana is legal. You should also be wary when you travel between counties as county laws differ widely too.
If you’re considering flying with cannabis products for your pet, make sure that the bottle you are carrying clearly states the THC content, otherwise it is likely to be seized. Travel with a sealed bottle as an open bottle will be seized even if it states the THC content as you will not be able to prove that you have not switched it to something more potent.
Travelling in Australia
Here, you can take a three-month supply of CBD if you are traveling from overseas. These Herbal Health CBD gummies are a good way of carrying CBD products with you as they are easy to swallow and there is less danger of the product leaking on long flights.
Domestic travel in Australia requires a prescription, identification, and a doctor’s note or a vet note.
The law differs so widely when you are traveling with CBD. Carry out your research carefully to make sure you are not going to break the law in the country you are visiting.
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