Can You Mail CBD Products Legally?

The US Postal Service Issued A Guide On Mailing CBD & Hemp Products.

Although the US Postal Service currently ships and delivers hemp products, you still should think twice and do your homework before sending some CBD oil to a friend in another state.

Earlier this year, the United States Postal Service quietly released a letter which cites the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills. The Farm Bill federally permits cannabis products made from hemp that contains less than 0.3 percent THC. USPS announced that hemp products are the only cannabis products allowed to be shipped in the United States, clarifying that hemp is federally legal.

The Difference Between Hemp And Marijuana

Marijuana and hemp are both members of the cannabis family. However, the difference between the two is the amount of CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) each plant produces. A marijuana plant can contain up to 30% THC while the hemp plant usually contains no more than 0.3% THC. Marijuana. It is almost impossible to feel high from consuming hemp. This is the reason hemp is legal and tolerated in the United States and most other countries. CBD is safe for elderly people, children, and even pets.

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When shipping hemp products, mailers must fill out a form confirming they are sending hemp and only hemp. According to the memo from USPS, anyone who wants to mail hemp products must provide the following documents:

  1. “A signed self-certification statement, subject to the False Statements Act. Statements must be printed on the mailer’s own letterhead, must be signed by the mailer, and must include the text “I certify that all information furnished 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 or imprisonment.”
  2. The industrial hemp producer possesses a license issued by the Department of Agriculture, for the state where the post office/acceptance unit is located, which includes documentation identifying the producer by name and showing the mailer is authorized by the registered producer to market products manufactured by that producer.
  3. The industrial hemp, or products produced from industrial hemp, contains a delta-9 THC concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis.”

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People Are Mailing Marijuana Anyway

Since marijuana has been legal medically and recreationally in some states, the USPS banned mailing marijuana products through the postal system in accordance with federal law. However, despite the ban, people kept sending marijuana through the system. In 2017, over 900 packages were discovered by the postal inspection service containing marijuana. These packages were mailed to or from the state of Colorado.

Shipping marijuana through the mail is a federal crime. This is why mailing cannabis is never a good idea. Although according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Chicago, some 90 percent of the cannabis shipped goes undetected, and the penalties for getting caught are serious. The possibility of prison time and high fines are not worth sending some marijuana to a friend in another state. Penalties may vary depending on the state and the amount of pot. Shipping over 28 grams of cannabis will land you in huge trouble. Although shipping a small amount will lessen the chances of getting caught and fined, it is still not advisable. Any legal troubles are definitely not worth it just to send your friend some cannabis.

If you’re thinking that you can get away with mailing marijuana by using a false name and address, you’re wrong. A lot of people don’t realize how sophisticated mail tracking is these days, and if there is an investigation, a package can easily be traced back to the original sender (fake name or not). Forget about the tips and tricks you can find online because the consequences outweigh the benefit.

Mailing Marijuana Internationally

Forget about it. Never attempt to send a package containing marijuana or any other illegal substances internationally. You will definitely get caught because the package will be x-rayed when it goes through customs. Depending on which country you send it to when it arrives it will be x-rayed and examined thoroughly. In many countries, packages coming from a foreign country will be opened and thoroughly inspected by customs officials. If you get caught, consequences are worse for the receiver in the other country. Needless to say, we DO NOT recommend this.

Have you ever had issues receiving packages of CBD products in the mail? What are the rules and regulations in your country? Share your story in the comments!

Published by Alyssha


Alyssha Bal is the editor of Nordic Oil’s blog. She’s a Philadelphia native who has a keen interest in alternative and natural medicine, especially the use of cannabis for healing. It is for this reason that she is passionate about helping to spread accurate information about the benefits of cannabis. She reports and educates about cannabis as it relates to policy, politics, science, and culture. Her goal is to be a contributor to a safe, fair, and legal cannabis industry. When she is not writing, Alyssha likes to travel, try new food, and spend time with her husband and Maltese. Currently, she lives in Munich.

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