7th June 2023

Prescribed Cannabinoids:
A Traveller’s Guide

by Simon Tordoff


Travel can be an exhilarating and enriching experience, but it can be more challenging for those patients using prescribed cannabinoids. The global stance on medical cannabis is diverse, with some countries embracing its therapeutic benefits while others enforce tight restrictions. We’ve put together this guide to ensure a safe trip with your prescribed cannabinoids and to help you navigate this complex landscape.

Understanding UK Law and Prescriptions

In the UK, medical cannabis is legal for certain medical conditions, such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and severe epilepsy. It is important to understand your prescription and the legalities surrounding it. We suggest that you consult your prescribing doctor before going on your trip to ensure an understanding of your prescription, including the specific cannabinoids you are prescribed together with their legal status in your country of destination.

Preparing for your Trip

Research your destination

Before booking your trip, you must research the legal status of medical cannabis in your country of destination. Some countries may have strict regulations, while others might be more lenient. Understanding the legal position will help you make an informed decision and avoid potential problems.

Contact your Airline

Enquire about their policies regarding passengers travelling with medical cannabis. Some Airlines have specific guidelines that you must follow to ensure a smooth journey.

Obtain the necessary documentation

It’s crucial to have the proper documentation when travelling with prescribed cannabinoids. This should include a copy of your prescription and a letter from your doctor, as well as any additional medical documents that verify your condition and your need for medical cannabis. Ensure that all documents are up to date and, if necessary, translated into the local language of your country of destination.

Consider your dosage

Plan your dosage carefully for the duration of your trip. You should take enough medication to last for the entire trip, plus a small buffer in case of delays or emergencies. Don’t take your entire supply with you if you’re not going to use this.

Navigating Customs and Border Control

It is essential to be prepared for questions and checks at the Customs and Border Controls when travelling with prescribed cannabinoids. Always be upfront and honest and about declaring your medication to the officials. Keep your medication in the original packaging, together the information about your prescription and any other documentation such as a doctor’s letter. Familiarize yourself with your destination country’s rules and regulations and be prepared to answer any questions they may have.

In-country Tips

Be discreet

It’s best to be discreet about your usage, of prescribed medical cannabis, even in countries where it is legal. Use your medication in private spaces and avoid drawing unnecessary attention to yourself.

Adhere to the local laws

Always respect the laws and regulations of the country you are visiting. Be aware that failure to do so might result in legal trouble, fines, or even imprisonment

Locate local resources

Identify local dispensaries or pharmacies that may be able to provide you with assistance should you run into any issues with your medication during your trip. This can provide you with an added layer of security and peace of mind.

Stay informed

Laws and regulations regarding medical cannabis can change rapidly. Stay up to date with the latest information on your destination country’s stance on medical cannabis to ensure a hassle-free trip.


Travelling with prescribed cannabinoids does require extra preparation and research. A successful and enjoyable trip involves following the guidelines in this guide and staying informed about the laws and regulations in your destination country. You can explore the world with confidence, knowing that your medical needs are taken care of. Safe travels!