UK flights: Can you carry CBD oil in hand luggage? Rules for medicinal cannabis onboard

UK flights: Can you carry CBD oil in hand luggage? Rules for medicinal cannabis onboard

Hand luggage restrictions mean many items cannot be packed when travelling abroad.

Large bottles of liquids and large scissors are some of the items banned from baggage in the cabin.

With the announcement that doctors can prescribe cannabis-based medicines on the NHS next month, could Britons see hand luggage rules when they travel change?

Will all cannabis-based medicines, including CBD oil, be allowed to be packed in people’s suitcases?

It remains unclear at this stage whether passengers can carry cannabis-based medicines with them, and travellers are advised to contact their airline before travelling.

If travelling within the UK then the same laws would apply for the departing and arrival destination.

However, travelling to other countries could cause problems if caught with it when landing.

For example, destinations such as New Zealand and Australia may not allow the substance due to restrictions on plants and fauna.

Some states in the US allow small amounts of cannabis to be taken in, but most do not.

Medicines taken onto a plane are not subject to the 100ml liquid rule if a prescription or doctors note accompany them – so this may change with the new UK law in place.

Passengers are advised to carry enough with them in hand luggage for the duration of the flight.

Large amounts of medicine should be packed in checked luggage.

Following the announcement that specialist doctors could apply for a license to prescribe cannabis-based medicines, home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “This will help patients with an exceptional clinical need but is in no way a first step to the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use.”

“The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) will be conducting a long-term review of cannabis and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has been commissioned to provide advice for clinicians by October next year.”

The use of the plant in oil form is thought to help a number of help problems, from arthritis to sleep, and even epilepsy.

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, has been found to have a wide variety of medicinal effects. The substance, commonly produced in oil form, is legal and was made available on the high street late last year.

CBD comes from the cannabis plant but doesn’t hold any psychoactive properties – THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a cannabinoid-like CBD, is the principle psychoactive constituent of cannabis and is currently illegal in the UK.

THC can be found in some CBD products, but official guidelines from The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) says no more than 1mg of THC can be contained per bottle.

From November, cannabis-based medicines containing both CBD and THC will be considered by doctors to prescribe to patients.

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