CBD is finally becoming more accepted across the U.S., as even prohibitive states are starting to come around to the non-psychoactive substance. However, the U.S. Department of Defense is still strongly against military personnel consuming CBD.
According to Military.com, CBD is totally out of the picture for anyone serving their country. “It’s completely forbidden for use by any service member in any of the services at this point of time,” said Patricia Deuster, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
This new policy that was recently rolled out by the Air Force, Coast Guard and Navy specifies that CBD cannot be used in any form. While hemp has been removed from its Schedule I status, it’s still possible that some CBD products could contain THC, thus leaving traces behind and causing those serving to test positively for THC. “It’s a real conundrum, and it’s going to be a major issue for the military because it is available [nearly everywhere]. You go into any store, and you can find gummy bears with a supplement fact panel on it,” Deuster said.
“The problem is there is no regulatory framework to ensure that the CBD products being sold meet the Farm Act,” she added, explaining that there’s no surefire way to make sure the CBD won’t contain traces that come up positive in any tests.
However, while the U.S. is banning every form of CBD in the military, Canada is considering allowing cannabis use in general for its service members. The U.S. is not quite ready to make such progress, although the army is going to start letting in former cannabis consumers join up. The armed forces will have to consider the future of cannabis and how they are going to work side by side with legalization.