Can you ship CBD?

So, you’ve made the decision to incorporate CBD into your wellness regimen. Good for you! The next step is procuring the right product. In order to find a brand that provides CBD from organically grown hemp, conducts third-party lab tests and has products in varied strengths and flavors, you might have to do some online research. Consequently, so many CBD consumers choose to shop online: it’s where all of the information is! However, for first time CBD users, or those that are looking to market and sell CBD, a common question arises: can CBD be mailed? We’re here to demystify all things CBD and shipping related.

The history of mailing CBD

Mailing any cannabis products has always been tricky and considered illegal by authorities. In a few cases where the product in question was hemp-derived, they were confiscated too. Most noteworthy is the fact that those caught trying to ship marijuana could be made to pay a hefty fine: up to $250,000!

Update from the USPS

Lucky for CBD lovers, the USPS updated their policy on mailing hemp-derived CBD in March. If you didn’t already know, hemp derived CBD was legalized at the federal level last December, leading to several organizations updating their policies to reflect this change.

Here are the key directions (aimed at manufacturers) for shipping CBD:

A self-certification statement is required to ship CBD

A statement must be printed on the mailer’s letterhead, subject to False Statements Act 18 U.S. Code § 1001, with the following text:

I certify that all information contained in this letter and supporting documents are accurate, truthful, and complete. I understand that anyone who furnishes false or misleading information or omits information relating to this certification may be subject to criminal and/or civil penalties, including fines and imprisonment.”

The hemp producer’s license is required to ship CBD

In this case, the industrial hemp producer would refer to the farmer. Farmers growing industrial hemp are licensed by the state’s Department of Agriculture. First of all, this license needs to be provided with the manufacturer’s name. Furthermore, proof that the farmer permits the CBD company to market products made using his/her hemp must be added.

A lot of companies may be based in one state, but derive their hemp from another. In this case, it’s best to attach the license regardless of which state the hemp comes from. Some companies may not have direct communication with the hemp producers either, but will be required to get the letter of permission to ‘market’ their products.

A CBD product with more than 0.3% THC cannot be shipped

This is pretty self-explanatory. Hemp is legally classified as a cannabis plant that has less than 0.3% THC. As a result, any final CBD product that contains more than 0.3% THC probably came from marijuana and is therefore illegal. These can usually be confirmed with a simple Certificate of Analysis from a third-party lab.

More regulations on shipping CBD to come

The USPS has also mentioned that these criteria are temporary, and a more permanent regulatory framework is still to be made. Therefore, one can expect guidelines for shipping CBD to be more relaxed in the future.

Do I really need to follow these rules?

If you’d like your shipment to be sent with fewer hiccups, then yes. It is technically legal to ship CBD because the 2018 Farm Bill does not require any of the above steps to be fulfilled. Most importantly, following the steps above can help you avoid unnecessary seizing and detention of your packages.

Do private companies ship CBD?

Not all of them do. UPS wants all information about the CBD manufacturing process, right from the cultivation of hemp to the end product. FedEx has been known to accept some CBD shipments, but they have listed CBD alongside other cannabis products on their prohibited items list. DHL does not accept CBD shipments.

Final thoughts on shipping CBD

As a consumer, is there anything you can do to make sure your shipment arrives on time? Turns out there is. First off, make sure the company you’re buying from has a lot of information available! This is good for you in the long-term too: any company worth buying from will provide all the information about their manufacturing process.