Traveling with CBD
Within the Netherlands you can use our CBD products and take them with you. Unfortunately, until now this is different when you travel abroad, especially when you travel by plane.
The CBD products from Renviden are made from the industrial hemp plant that contains a lot of CBD and very little THC. The THC percentage in our products is in accordance with the maximum permitted percentage in the tolerance policy of the Dutch government.
This is not always the case in other countries.
Cannabis oil made from the cannabis plant is forbidden in the Netherlands and many other countries around the world. It contains a high concentration of THC and may not be sold and is prohibited by law. This is included in the Opium Act.
There are customs officers in different countries who are not always aware of the regulations in the different countries. This is why we strongly advise against flying internationally with a CBD product, even if it is a non-psychoactive product such as Renviden’s CBD oil.
It’s simply not worth it getting in trouble for.
When traveling by car, bus, train or boat, you can basically just bring CBD with you. After all, there are no border controls in the Schengen countries.
If you are flying or on a cruise, strict checks apply to your (hand) baggage and your body is also scanned. Not all customs officials will know the difference between CBD oil and THC. Nor is the legislation in many countries very clear in this area.
Prior to your travel you should always check local legislation.
If after all you do want to take your products with you, then put them in your check-in baggage and not in your hand baggage. Do not bring too many of your product because suitcases are scanned as well and it is more likely that multiple bottles will stand out.
For traveling to a destination outside Europe it is not advisable to bring your CBD products. Many non-EU countries have very strict anti-drug legislation and the probability of problems is quite large.
You can, of course, ask your (family) doctor for a health declaration in English if he/she is open to it. Maybe it will help.
You should always contact the airport of destination before you travel to check local legislation. Usually you can fill in a contact form online and often you have an answer to your question within 24 hours.
Positive developments are that currently many countries look at their cannabis and CBD laws and regulations in order to make them more flexible or less punishable. Some countries recently decided to allow cannabis for medical use.
For the time being it would be best to abide by the laws that are currently in place in the country of your destination.
Also check interesting information on our website under “Legislation”.
Legislation countries regarding CBD
There are many companies in Europe that use industrial hemp as a natural source for the production of CBD extracts and isolates.
Renviden products are made from industrial hemp that contains a lot of CBD and other cannabinoids and little THC. The percentage of THC that is used is even below 0.2%, which is according to the maximum allowed by Dutch legislation.
More and more countries around the world are currently reviewing their laws and regulations regarding (medical) cannabis.
As mentioned above Renviden fully abides to the current Dutch legislation regarding their CBD products.
As soon as the Dutch government adjusts its policy and legislation and regulations regarding (medical) cannabis in general and the permitted amount of THC in particular, Renviden will be ready to expand its product range.
The Senate approved a bill in April 2017 that would legalize the use of cannabis oil and other medicinal cannabis (products) in the country. Under the new law, various government agencies are allowed to grow cannabis for patients and research purposes.
A regulatory proposal for prescribing and distributing the products to patients has been drawn up. Cannabis oil should only be prescribed to patients who do not respond to existing medication. Recognized conditions in Argentina in this regard are epilepsy, cancer, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis.
In 2016, the Australian federal government legalized access to medicinal cannabis cultivated in Australia.
The new regulation allows the cultivation of cannabis with permits, as well as the production of cannabis oil for medicinal and scientific purposes.
The Ministry of Health wants to give Australian farmers and manufacturers the best chance to become number one in the export of medicinal cannabis worldwide. For the time being only the worst chronic people will have access to medicinal cannabis. Each state is free to decide whether or not to apply the new legislation.
Austrian law only has a restriction on “psychotropic” cannabis. According to the Austria Narcotic Substances Act, there is no restriction on CBD in Austria since CBD is not psychoactive.
THC levels of up to 0.3% do not constitute something illegal according to European regulations, so growing hemp for commercial use is acceptable. The Austrian government adopted a draft law in 2008 that will make the Ministry of Health exclusively responsible for growing cannabis for medicinal and scientific purposes.
The Belgian Cabinet is finalizing a royal decree in 2018 that will create a legislative framework for the legal cultivation of medicinal cannabis. There is no question of legalization of cannabis cultivation for recreational purposes due to the high concentration of THC.
The production, distribution and sale of therapeutic cannabis is still prohibited. The Belgian Ministry of Health wants to legalize cannabis oil and its use only if there is scientific evidence that cannabis oil is not harmful.
The legal hemp products that are freely available in the Netherlands, such as CBD oil, have been banned by law in Belgium to date and possession or import into Belgium is punishable.
In Bulgaria trade in, use and possession of drugs (soft and hard drugs) is completely prohibited.
The Bulgarian Act on Narcotics Control and Precursors indicates that certain restrictions apply to different cannabis applications.
Hemp with a THC content of 0.2% has always been legal – at a certain level. Since there are no restrictions for hemp products, CBD is legal.
In June 2018 the Canadian Senate approved the legalization of cannabis. As of September 2018 marijuana may be sold for ‘recreational use’. The Canadian states are allowed to fill in the details of the law themselves.
Marijuana had been officially banned in Canada since 1923. In 2001, the drug was legalized for medical use.
Canada is now the first country of the G7 to legalize marijuana.
As a recreational or medicinal user, you can legally buy CBD.
Production and possession of cannabis for personal use is prohibited.
Export and import are only legal when it concerns medical cannabis. Since 2013, this medicinal cannabis can be purchased in 20 selected pharmacies.
CBD oil is legal in the Czech Republic. The legal THC limit in cannabis is 0.3%.
Cannabis in Croatia is decriminalized for personal use and legalized for limited medical uses.
From 2013, there is a distinction in the Croatian penal code between various illegal substances, they are now separated on heavy drugs and light drugs like cannabis. According to the law, growing or selling cannabis is punishable.
As of 15 October 2015, the Ministry of Health officially legalized the use of cannabis-based drugs for medical purposes for patients with illnesses such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, or AIDS.
Croatia grows industrial hemp on large plots. CBD hemp is legal to import and purchase in Croatia.
Cannabis in Cyprus is illegal but may be used for medical purposes under very limited circumstances.
Cyprus legalized the medical use of cannabis oil in January 2017. However, only patients with an advanced stage of cancer are currently eligible.
According to the law of Cyprus, production is permitted if it does not exceed the THC limit of 0.2%.
CBD is legal if it comes from industrial hemp and respects the limits of THC.
According to EU law, Danish farmers can only grow hemp with a maximum THC content of 0.2 percent. In 2015, the Danish Agriculture and Food Council announced that it wanted to legalize cannabis within a similar framework that various American states have introduced.
From 1 January 2018, Danish patients will have access to medicinal cannabis products. This is the result of a parliamentary vote in December 2017. The use only applies to certain diseases.
Nevertheless, recreational cannabis remains illegal in the country. Denmark is currently discussing this more widely.
Possession, sale and cultivation of cannabis are prohibited in Finland.
Some forms of medicinal cannabis are legal in Finland, but full legalization of cannabis is still far away. In 2008, the Finnish government adopted a law regulating the prescription of medicinal cannabis in individual cases.
Finland has no law prohibiting the cultivation of hemp and is known for the development of hardy hemp varieties such as the Finola. This species was added to the list of subsidized crops of the European Union in 2003 and has grown into one of the most important hemp varieties worldwide.
CBD is legal because it is not psychoactive. It is not on a list of prohibited substances. The oil is also not prohibited.
The use of narcotics and their introduction into France is strictly prohibited, including soft drugs tolerated in the Netherlands.
Cannabis is also not permitted as a medicine.
French laws show that hemp growth and CBD are legal in France. The government, however, prohibits the slightest trace of THC present in these products. CBD-oil is legally under these restrictions.
In January 2017, Germany not only adopted a law that legalized medical cannabis, but also decided to have it compulsorily reimbursed by health insurers. This makes Germany one of the forerunners in Europe.
According to current legislation, recreational weed is not allowed in Germany.
According to German narcotics law, CBD (Cannabidiol) as a substance is not subject to strict control and regulation. An update was released in 2004 and the exceptions specify a change that allows the use of hemp (cannabis) only if the THC content does not exceed 0.2%. EU legislation and German laws harmonize and acknowledge that CBD oil is legal in Germany.
In 2017, the Greek government legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes for adults.
In 2018, the cultivation and production of medicinal cannabis was subsequently approved.
Incidentally, the Greek laws for cannabis are still very strict compared to other European countries.
CBD of hemp is excluded from drug control. CBD is legal if there is less than 0.2% THC.
Consumption and possession of cannabis are illegal in Hungary. In Hungary, new legislation was adopted in 2013 which even increased the penalties for possession and sale.
Despite the fairly strict cannabis legislation in Hungary, the country has an active, thriving subculture of cannabis cultivation.
The Hungarian legislation does not include provisions for medical cannabis.
Hungary is the largest producer of hemp in the world.
Cannabis with less than 0.2% THC is considered hemp. Laws do not explicitly limit CBD; therefore, CBD is legal in Hungary.
Although Ireland was one of the first countries with a scientific interest in cannabis, little is changing in the area of legislation.
And a large social basis for medicinal cannabis has not helped much either.
Since 2016, Parliament has been negotiating the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation bill.
Regarding recreational cannabis, Ireland does look at the Netherlands and show interest in the Dutch model.
As far as CBD oil is concerned, it is legal under EU law if there is less than 0.2% THC.
In Italy, all actions with cannabis, including the use of it, are prohibited by law.
Since 2013 it is possible to get medical cannabis on doctor’s prescription.
A number of legislative proposals have recently been made for the decriminalization of cannabis cultivation and use. The most far-reaching bill envisages, among other things, a state monopoly on the cultivation, processing and sale of cannabis.
The 2017 law stipulates that industrial hemp may be grown if the THC content is 0.6% or less. This law was launched with the intention of making a historical comeback for the industrial cultivation of hemp and CBD products containing less than 0.6% THC.
Interesting to know is that in the 1940s Italy was the second largest producer of industrial hemp.
On 28 June 2018, the Luxembourg Parliament passed a law regulating the use of medicinal cannabis. Cannabis may now be prescribed to relieve chronic pain or nausea or against vomiting in chemotherapy and muscle cramps in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis.
It is also allowed in Luxembourg to grow yourself, provided that the strain contains less than 0.3% THC. Industrial hemp and CBD products obtained therefrom are therefore permitted.
In 2018 legislation is passed that makes cannabis for medical use legal in the country.
Patients can get a cannabis pass from their doctor and buy medical cannabis at the pharmacy.
CBD oil is still not legal in Malta.
Officially CBD oil in the Netherlands falls under the Opium Act, but is allowed as a food supplement provided it is produced from EU permitted industrial fiber hemp species and contains no more than 0.2% THC.
The products from Renviden comply with this.
In contrast, cannabis oil, made from the Cannabis plant, is forbidden. Cannabis oil contains a high concentration of THC. Cannabis oil may not be sold and is forbidden by law. This is included in Dutch legislation.
Polish law makes no difference between cannabis and other drugs.
In 2015, three bills concerning medicinal cannabis were submitted in the Polish parliament. It has been indicated that the medicinal properties have been scientifically proven, in particular for the treatment of side effects of chemotherapy.
Since 2016 it has been possible to fully receive medical cannabis that has been obtained with permission from the Ministry of Health under the “intended import” regulation.
Hemp strains with less than 0.2% THC have been cultivated in Poland for hundreds of years. There are no restrictions in the legislation that prevent the use of CBD. CBD oil is therefore legal.
In October 2018 the Portugese Parliament passed a bill that legalized cannabis-based medicines. All medicinal cannabis products will soon need a license from the Infarmed regulator, which is the state pharmaceutical agency and the regulatory body overseeing medical and health products in Portugal.
The medicine will also be sold only in pharmacies.
Additionally, cannabis-based products in all forms are allowed, from oils to dehydrated flowers.
There is no explicit ban on hemp in Romanian law.
The cultivation of industrial hemp is allowed in Romania. CBD oil is permitted.
According to Slovak law, CBD is on the list of psychoactive substances of “2 Group”. The Ministry of Health must approve the transportation and treatment of cannabis and CBD.
CBD and CBD oil are illegal according to the Slovakian law.
The sale of cannabis is illegal under Slovenian law, but the consumption of cannabis and other drugs does not count as a crime in Slovenia and is therefore not punished as such.
The Slovenian legislation reveals that industrial cannabis is exempt from the law.
Cultivation of cannabis with a low THC content (less than 0.2% according to EU regulation) on an area of less than 0.1 hectare is legal in Slovenia and does not require a permit. Cultivation of cannabis with a low THC content on an area of more than 0.1 hectare is legal but requires a permit.
Use of CBD oil is legal in Slovenia.
In Spain, the trade in cannabis and its possession in public areas are punishable. The use of cannabis in a private room and the cultivation for personal use is not punishable, provided that it concerns a consumption quantity for one person.
The cultivation of cannabis for research and medical use is permitted, but medical use is only permitted under strict prescriptions and supervision by a physician and for the relief of pain in terminal cancer, chemotherapy, AIDS and multiple sclerosis.
Spain has regulations that restrict the way in which farmers have to grow hemp. In addition, a restriction of 0.2% THC applies to the cultivation of industrial hemp. Because CBD is not a psychoactive drug, it is not covered by the 1971 UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances. As a result, CBD is legal and THC is illegal.
The Swedish government has a zero-tolerance drug policy and applies strict laws against the possession, sale and distribution of weed. This applies to everyone, whether you are a resident or a tourist.
The fact that Sweden has one of the lowest percentages of drug users in the Western world does not contribute to easing policy.
Nevertheless, 2017 has seen a number of breakthroughs. For example, patients who want to use medicinal weed can request a prescription from their doctor.
Because CBD (cannabidiol) does not appear on the Swedish list of banned substances, CBD is legal in Sweden.
Switzerland has long been one of the most progressive countries in Europe in the field of drug law. In recent years, the national drug policy has been tightened and subsequently made more flexibel.
Swiss law states that any hemp plant with a total average THC content of 1.0% or less, is allowed and legal. If your hemp does happen to have more than 1.0% of total average THC, then it is illegal.
CBD is not covered by the Swiss Narcotics Act. CBD-rich strains may be cultivated as long as they remain below the prescribed THC percentage.
The cultivation, use, possession and sale of cannabis is prohibited in the United Kingdom.
In the UK, no CBD oil can be sold as of 1 January 2017, since CBD has been officially recognized as a medicine in the UK since 2017. This means that CBD is legally available there and that doctors can prescribe CBD prescriptions to patients.
Due to the fact that it is recognized as a medicine, the products must now pass certain tests and comply with a number of new provisions.
Within the UK you can cultivate industrial hemp, in accordance with European regulations. That is why CBD oil with a THC content of over 0.2% is considered medicinal cannabis, which makes it illegal.
Despite legislation allowing non-UK EU residents to travel to the UK with their prescribed medicines, the Home Office has explicitly stated that British residents are not allowed to enter the UK with medicinal cannabis legally obtained elsewhere.
Due to the Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971, weed is illegal in the United Kingdom
In Urugay, a law was passed in 2013 to legalize the growing and obtaining of cannabis. It made cannabis legal for both medicinal and recreational use.
In Uruguay, people first had to register and identify with fingerprints.
In December 2017 CBD (cannabidiol) was supplied for medicinal purposes at all local pharmacies in the form of CBD oil and containing 2% of Cannabidiol.
Uruguay became the first country in the world in which a cannabis-derived product is registered as a medicine, and as such, it can only be prescribed by a doctor like any other medicine.
Although according to federal law all actions with cannabis, including use, are prohibited, the 50 states that form the USA all have different cannabis laws. However, the federal government that governs these states has its own cannabis legislation and does not assign a medical value to cannabis and cannabis extracts.
The 50 states that form the United States of America all have different cannabis laws. The federal government that governs these states, however, has its own cannabis legislation and has no medical value for cannabis and cannabis extracts.
These laws are defined by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) as “extracts containing one or more cannabinoids derived from cannabis plants, but not the isolated resin (processed or unprocessed) obtained from the plant”.
Although cannabis is federally banned, this does not apply to industrial hemp. As a result, CBD obtained from industrial hemp is legal to produce and sell.
Currently, cannabis, including CBD, is recreational and medically legal in 9 American states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington and the Columbia District (Washington DC).
In some states, medicinal cannabis (sometimes also CBD only) is legal, while recreational weed is not. We are talking about Oklahoma, New Mexico, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Georgia, Delaware, Florida and Connecticut.