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Defense Department warns servicemen – Risk of being exposed to THC in CBD products

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The Department of Defense is warning servicemen about the possible risk of being exposed to illegal drugs while using products that contain cannabidiol, popularly known as CBD.

DOD officials are talking about how troops could get potentially a dose of THC, the psychoactive component ingredient in cannabis while using supplements that contain CBD in a command message on the American Forces Network.

With the Farm Bill in 2018, which removed hemp derived CBD oil from the Controlled Substance Act, CBD has become the hottest ingredients in the market. CBD is now treated as an agricultural commodity if it contains extremely low concentrations of delta-9-tetrahyrdro cannabinoid (THC), a psychoactive component that can cause seizures, depression, forgetfulness and many other mental disorders.

Contrarily, CBD is known to have potential health benefits which can help relieve stress, anxiety, lower pain, swelling, help with depression and also aid diseases like Alzheimer’s.

The Food and Drug Administration however, allows CBD or cannabinoid only in the form of a drug which is used to treat two rare forms of epilepsy in children. Although users praise CBD for its effects, the FDA has still not regulated the drug for regular use. As of now there are no internationally recognized research or study which proves the effectiveness of CBD.

The FDA announce a public hearing on May 31, 2019 to create a regulatory framework for CBD and how consumers can ensure its safety and potency. Currently, the FDA prohibits CBD infused edibles which paves a safe way for beauty and cosmetic industry to introduce their range of CBD products.

The market is flourishing with CBD infused products such as lotions, creams, oils, beverages, foods and what not. The hemp extract is found in an array of products that sit on the front shelves of the market for consumers ranging from vape oil to gummy bears.

Companies have been marketing their CBD products as a treatment to cure severe ailments like Cancer, however with no evident proof or scientific fact backing up these claims, the lawmakers and FDA is worried about the impact it could have on users.

Curiosity driven consumers are barging on doors asking for CBD products and how relevant their benefits will be. While some retailers push the CBD products for increased sales and revenue, others are trying to educate customers about its possible effects and ensuring that customers are fully aware of the working and effects of the drug.

Recently, three companies were issued warning letters from the FTC and FDA jointly, they were marketing their CBD based products as a cure to cancer with high claims. The issue is yet to settle, but other vendors and companies are not holding back because of the confusion.

Instead, a wide variety of food and drinks like coffee, brownies, beer, gummies and even popcorn are now being sold to consumers. It is advised that before purchasing any CBD infused products, the user consults with their physician or a medical examiner to ensure its effects and whether or not it would interfere with their ongoing prescription, if any.

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Patricia Deuster, a professor in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at Uniformed Services University, said on a telephonic interview on April 11, that it is also uncertain whether THC levels present in the CBD based products comply with the law.

The Federal law allows CBD infused products with the maximum THC concentration of 0.3%. Anything above that is labelled as an illegal drug which can be seized, the user can also be arrested and charged for possession or selling of illegal drugs.

Some of the states in the nation still consider CBD and hemp as an illegal substance which has led to a major ambiguity for companies and business leaders looking forward for the CBD market. With the FDA’s regulatory framework, quite a lot of things are envisioned to be settled and clarified.

Till then, it is the awareness of consumers and responsibility of the retailers/companies selling CBD based products how safely they can incorporate the commodity in their regular lifestyle effectively.

Ivan writes about Cannabis at The Cannabis Radar. He has a degree in Nutrition Sciences from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre. He likes to spend his spare time reading to his daughter or spending time with his wife.

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