Cannabis products have long been used for medical treatments. However, due to the legal regulations in different countries, which prohibit the use of illegal cannabis, many people frown at the possibility of shipping cannabis products abroad. They are not to blame given the fact that the information on this matter is scarce and there is still confusion on whether it is legal or not to ship cannabis products. A distinction needs to be drawn between the cannabis used for its psychoactive effects (often referred to as recreational cannabis) from medicinal cannabis and the ones used in manufacturing.
On this page, we give a few suggestions about how to mail cannabis-based products, intended for medical treatments or used in manufacturing and how to pack them for a safe transportation
The transportation, along with the cultivation or possession of any amount of cannabis is strictly forbidden in many European countries. Make sure you do not ship cannabis for recreational purposes as it is considered a misdemeanor.
How to book courier services for shipping cannabis-products?
Choose the pick-up and delivery countries, the number of packages and their weight.
You will be provided with the best available offer.
Fill in the form with your details and pay for the service.
Get informed on how to pack fragile items for shipping.
Our booking engine will provide you with the best shipping offer for your chosen route. After booking the service, we will organize the transportation with a courier service provider. Eurosender will be your single point of contact and will communicate with the courier on your behalf:
There is a difference between cannabis products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and those cannabis products which contain no THC, such as the cannabidiol (CBD) oils, the element of cannabis that is not capable of provoking hallucinations.
If you need more information about how to place a shipping order on our platform, whether you intend to ship cannabis products or other types of items, don’t hesitate to contact our logistics specialists for more explanations.
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How can you send cannabis products with courier services
If you bought an edible product containing medical cannabis online and you are looking for a way to ship them to your home, in some cases, courier services might be just the right solution. As long as the cannabis products in questions are commercially available and not prohibited, there is nothing suspicious in shipping cannabis products abroad. To be on the safe side, make sure to inform yourself thoroughly about the national laws before mailing cannabis products. Check whether or not shipping cannabis products requires a certain authorization or a medical prescription, as well as temperature-controlled transportation. Keep in mind that some countries forbid the shipping of medical prescriptions and the medicines themselves.
If you decide to place an order for shipping services, take into account the following:
By no means, you should decide to ship cannabis for recreational purposes. Moreover, note that no country authorizes the smoking of cannabis for medical purposes. The production, distribution and, use of cannabis products are strictly regulated in the EU countries. Therefore, you should get informed about which cannabis-based medicines and CBD products are authorized in the EU countries before deciding to ship them.
Check whether or not certain documentation is needed when shipping CBD products or legal cannabis products.
Ask the courier company about the best packaging practices.
Recommended packaging materials for shipping cannabis products
While there is no single rule or method of packaging, it all depends on what type of cannabis products are to be shipped and the type of courier services used. The following advice may apply mainly to cannabis edible products, as shipping prescription drugs require certain cautions. You can read more about shipping prescription drugs in our dedicated article.
Cardboard boxes – almost everything you shipped via courier services needs to be placed in a cardboard box. We always recommend finding a new box. A used one, without tears or dents, is also suitable.
Plastic sealed bags – for better protection against dirt, possible leakage or humidity.
Bubble wrap – for better protection in case of shipping flacons of cannabis-based products.
Packing peanuts – to fill in the empty space left in the box.
Adhesive tape and scissors – to seal the package once done with the packing.
When shipping cannabis products, we recommend checking with the producer what the recommended transportation conditions are. The quality of the products may be altered if the transit times are long or if they are exposed to temperature fluctuations. Therefore, special transportation conditions may be required, in which case you need to make sure you turn to a shipping service that can accommodate your needs.
How to pack cannabis products for shipping
If you have bought online legal cannabis-based products, edibles or concentrates such as peppermint treats, marijuana-infused products (chocolate, tea etc.), cannabis-based moisturizers, CBD (cannabidiol) oils, pills and tinctures and you look for ways to ship it to your home, international courier services might be exactly what you need.
Keep the cannabis products in their original packaging – if they are packed in light cardboard boxes, just place these boxes into a bigger one. If the original packaging doesn’t cover all sides of the item, place it in a plastic bag. For flacons, before placing them in a plastic bag, we recommend wrapping them in bubble wrap or paper to avoid their breakage.
Use internal cushioning – after putting the items in the bigger cardboard box, use packing peanuts to fill in the empty spaces.
Seal the box after checking if something moves inside – as a final step before sealing the box, shake it gently to see if anything moves inside. If this is not the case, close the box and secure it by applying adhesive tape on all seams.
Check the dimensions of your package
Why shipping cannabis products?
Shipping cannabis is unquestionably forbidden, but there is still a reluctance when it comes to shipping cannabis products. This mainly derives from the uncertainty and misunderstanding of the legal framework and the legality of using cannabis products. However, by taking the time to check the regulations in specific European countries and understand what type of cannabis items can be shipped, you can avoid any possible issues. Generally, you can use courier services to ship CBD products such as CBD oil, cannabis-based edibles, and concentrates.
Shipping cannabis-products from another country – many people find the products they need in a store located in a different country and need to find a solution to deliver them at their home.
Shipping cannabis products to buyers – some naturist shops and businesses producing all sorts of legal cannabis-based products need shipping services to get their products delivered to their customers.
If you are still unsure whether you are allowed to ship a cannabis product or not, you can get in touch with us and we will check the information with the courier service providers in our network.
Take into consideration these guidelines when shipping cannabis-based products. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. In case you decide to ship cannabis products, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment.