- The Department of Defense (DOD) reaffirms that CBD use is prohibited for its service members.
- Armed forces medical examiners are worried about possible long-term effects.
- There is no mention as to why the military re-stated this rule.
Despite the federal legalization of CBD and its different uses, the U.S. Military remains strict on the prohibition of its use for all service members. The U.S. Air Force and Military Health System both published different posts this month that reiterated that despite the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, U.S. military policies remain the same, and enlisted members cannot partake.
One problem that the U.S. military has with cannabidiol is that it has yet to be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and therefore runs the risk of being mislabeled and possessing trace amounts of the chemical compound THC. This could lead to a failed drug test and end the military career of the user.
Col. Stacey Zdanavage stated in a notice:
“Hemp products, including CBD oil, are becoming one of the latest hypes. I can’t check out at a convenience store without seeing a display next to the cash register.”
After the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, CBD oil started being sold on shelves all across the country. This created a conundrum for several workplaces that have cannabis products listed as a banned substance. While many companies have made the exception for CBD, other professional establishments (such as the military and several professional sports leagues) are still not convinced on the benefits of CBD products, and have yet to remove them from their drug policies.
Erin Kerschen, who is an Armed Forces Medical Examiner System forensic toxicologist, worries that there may be consequences for drug interaction with CBD products and that “adverse effects may occur after using CBD, particularly when CBD products are used for long periods of time.”
CBD use will remain prohibited in the U.S. military for the foreseeable future. The only real hope we have for seeing that change is with the possible approval a bipartisan bill that would allow the FDA to approve laws and regulations faster. Until that point, Air Force Captain Marcus Walker summarizes the use of CBD in the military:
“Bottom line, even if legal on the state level, and even if the label of the CBD product states there is no THC content, CBD use remains prohibited for military members.”