The demand for cannabis products has skyrocketed in the last few years. If you want to make and sell these products, you may wonder if it is legal to sell CBD online. So, is it legal to ship CBD oil and other cannabis products in the United States by mail? Today, let’s talk about how to send CBD by mail the correct way to avoid trouble with the law. You’ll also learn which shipping providers ship CBD products, and which will not.
Which cannabis laws changed?
The 2018 Farm Bill (aka the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018) changed hemp’s classification from an illegal Schedule I substance to what is known as an “agricultural commodity.” This change essentially legalized hemp and products derived from it, like certain types of CBD oil.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration also made a significant change. Namely, that CBD containing less than 0.1% THC was reduced to a Schedule 5 drug, meaning it has fewer sale restrictions than its earlier classification. The DEA still requires that these products are approved for use by the FDA.
Is it legal to sell CBD online?
The short answer is it depends. Many states have recently changed cannabis laws, allowing manufacturers to make and sell CBD products. However, not all states or federal jurisdictions followed suit.
It matters a great deal how the CBD was extracted. CBD extracted from hemp is legal, but CBD extracted from marijuana is not. The reason is that CBD extract from marijuana contains THC, the chemical that gives users a feeling of being “high.” Under federal laws, that is still illegal.
Therefore, this article focuses solely on shipping CBD derived from hemp only.
Not all hemp is created equal
The hemp must meet specific criteria to be legal. First, it must be grown by a licensed farmer. Second, the THC content must be less than 0.3%. Third, farmers and manufacturers must comply with all federal and state regulations.
Is shipping CBD oil legal?
CBD extracted from hemp is broadly considered legal across the states, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. This bill lifted restrictions on the sale and shipment of these products. Further, the DEA has listed a “non-priority” on its list of restricted substances.
Here is what the major U.S. shipping services have to say about shipping CBD:
- Will USPS ship CBD?: They will ship legal hemp-based CBD. The March 2019 guide lists USPS’s acceptance criteria for shipping CBD.
- Does UPS ship CBD?: CBD products (again, from hemp only) may be shipped via UPS, but the shipper must reveal where the hemp was grown and provide details about manufacturing.
- Does FedEx ship CBD?: No luck here. FedEx bans shipping all hemp and hemp-related products, including CBD.
- Does DHL ship CBD? Same as FedEx.
As of 2019, CBD products are legal in the following countries, typically as long as they’re extracted from industrial hemp and generally contain less than 0.2 percent THC:
- United Kingdom
- South Korea
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- Republic of Slovenia
- South Africa
- Virgin Islands
- New Zealand
CBD products are banned in the following countries:
- Virgin Islands
- New Zealand
- United Arab Emirates
- Australia is a unique case due to its changing laws. Though the Australian government legalized cannabis for medical reasons in 2016 and reclassified CBD from a prohibited drug to being legal by prescription only, CBD is still highly regulated and available to only a limited number of people by medical prescription without exception.
Ultimately, before shipping cannabidiol oil overseas, thoroughly research the exact laws governing the importation of CBD products into the country you’re looking to ship to in order to avoid any unwelcome surprises!
How to ship CBD oil the right way
As of this writing, USPS and UPS are the shipping providers you’ll be using to ship legal CBD products. First, you need to package the CBD properly for shipment. CBD oil is typically sold in glass or plastic jars. To prevent CBD oil glass jars from easily breaking, using bubble wrap is recommended.
High-quality leak-proof containers will prevent any unwanted surprises when the customer opens the package. It’s also a good idea to place the jars inside a sealable polybag, just in case it leaks.
Need help shipping CBD products?
A third-party fulfillment center makes shipping legal CBD easy and gives you peace of mind that your products will arrive to customers in good condition.
The information contained in this article is for general informational purposes only, and nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice or professional opinions. If you are considering manufacturing, buying, shipping, storing, or selling CBD products, you should not rely on the above information, but instead must make your own judgments regarding the legality of your proposed actions. Simpl Fulfillment, LLC disclaims all liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on the contents of this article. Contact a reputable attorney to obtain legal advice.