Individuals and business entities can send hemp products, including cannabidiol (CBD), through the mail as long as the hemp’s tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) level is 0.3 percent or less. You must also follow any applicable state and federal laws.
Which CBD is legal to ship in the mail?
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp products can ship legally via the United States Postal Service (USPS) and private couriers between states, except to military bases. This includes the plants themselves, their seeds, and the products that contain them, as long as the THC they contain is at or below 0.3 percent.
CBD typically falls under this blanket. In order to legally qualify as CBD, it must come from the hemp plant; in order to legally qualify as hemp, the cannabis sativa plant must be at or under 0.3 percent THC.
How do I ship CBD in the mail as a business owner?
Any CBD product shipped on behalf of a company through USPS needs to have documentation proving it meets federal standards — in other words, that the CBD is at or below 0.3 percent. Senders also need to provide a signed self-certification statement affirming as much, and they must have a license from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) license to ship it.
You likely won’t have to present this documentation when you mail the product. However, you’re required to keep it for two years in case you’re asked to present it later. This situation usually arises if the package is intercepted by USPS because it raises a shipping concern. For example, if a CBD oil bottle breaks and leaks through the cardboard box it was shipped in, you may be asked for proof that you’re legally allowed to ship it.
Private couriers — like UPS, DHL, and FedEx — may have their own regulations for shipping CBD outside of the post office’s requirements. Be sure to visit the website of any company you decide to work with to make sure you have everything you need to mail your CBD.
How do I ship CBD in the mail as an individual?
If you order a CBD product online and have it shipped to yourself, it falls to the company to follow mailing regulations, so you don’t have to worry about the legality of it as long as you can verify the legitimacy of the company. If you can certify that the vendor you’re ordering from is a legitimate business, you can rest assured it meets government standards for shipping. When this is the case, it’s easy to buy CBD online and ship it to yourself or a friend.
If you decide to buy CBD at a local retailer and send it through the mail yourself, be sure to check the most recent guidelines of the USPS or private courier you’re working with. You should also check local laws of the state you’re shipping from and the one you’re shipping to so you’re sure you’re complying with them.