Can you cross the Canada-U.S. border with CBD? Maybe, but don’t risk it

Since legalizing cannabis last year, the Canadian government has repeatedly issued stern warnings against carrying the drug over the border



Since legalizing cannabis last year, the Canadian government has repeatedly issued stern warnings against carrying the drug over the border into the United States.

Which of course makes sense. While recreational cannabis is legal in states like Washington and California, at America’s federal level, anything with THC in it (somehow) remains a Schedule I narcotic.

But CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second active ingredient in cannabis. Unlike THC, it is not psychoactive, meaning it will not get you high.

Is it legal? That’s a complicated question.

Regardless, a CBD boom across America has grocery-store shelves stocked with more CBD-infused products than breakfast cereals. But while the alleged-miracle product is everywhere lately, one place you don’t want to take it is anywhere near the Canada-U.S. border.

An anonymous woman who’s been speaking to CBC News learned that the hard way when she recently received a lifetime ban from entering the United States after customs agents caught her with CBD at the border crossing between B.C. and Washington.

The 21-year-old Ontario resident was fingerprinted, fined $500, barred from entering the United States, and told that she was banned from future visits pending her successful completion of a special waiver she would have to obtain before every trip she intended to take to the U.S. for the rest of her life (at a cost of $585 per application, regardless of each request’s success).

The lifetime ban was subsequently reversed, CBC News reported today (September 3). But it was reversed without any explanation. The question of whether U.S. border agents are cool with CBD is more confusing than ever.

‘Going forward all I can tell people is to be cautious on what they bring to the United States because who knows, today CBD oil is OK, but CBD oil next month may not be,’ the woman’s lawyer, Len Saunders, told CBC News. ‘Nobody really knows what’s going on.’


  • Azriel Adelberg May 12, 2020 12:21 PM

    Although the possession of cannabis is legal in some U.S. states, it remains illegal under U.S. federal laws. Do not attempt to cross the Canada-U.S. border with any amount of cannabis in any form, even if you are travelling to a U.S. state that has legalized possession of cannabis. Azriel from biomdplus

  • carol Fray June 11, 2020 05:25 AM

    I think this is very unfair to punish people who like to travel to the USA but now due to medical reason beyond our control and no other options for pain killers which leaves only CBD to control the pain we are basically being put in jail of either don’t take the CBD and suffer with the pain in which forces us to live a life in bed or take the chance of taking CBD across the border and pay the price of again jail time. This is unfair and there should be some leway with a medical certificate to allow us to have some kind of freedom. Not all of us use it to get high. We are being judged by the USA and it needs to stop.

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