The defence department is not eating away its words when it comes to policies surrounding CBD or cannabidiol. CBD is touted to have many medical benefits and has its presence everywhere and in many forms like additives in coffee, liquids that can be used as a vapour for inhalation and exhalation, food items and other edibles.
The benefits it promises ranges from easing the pain to stress relief measures. They are also stated to provide sleeping aid. Patricia Deuster who is the director of Human Performance Laboratory very categorically mentioned that the use of CBD by any member of the service is strictly prohibited.
CBD is derived from Hemp and as discussed does not contain THC that is found in good quantity in marijuana. The THC is the ingredient that is responsible for causing high to those who smoke weed. CBD, on the other hand, has not registered any such effects that control the mind.
Amongst the list of substances that came under the controlled list of Federal government under the Agriculture Act, hemp was excluded because it contains less than 0.3 % of THC which is one of those ingredients of marijuana that has a psychoactive effect on the taker.
Despite the removal from the list, CBD yet did not find its place everywhere because not all CBD products coming under its umbrella were approved as legal. There is no mechanism whatsoever to control the buying and selling of these products. Those in service who had indeed taken other products of CBD containing a higher level of THC were tested positive for marijuana. The challenge is even bigger because CBD products are easily available and military use is surely going to incite problems for the organization.
Epidiolex is the only CBD product that has been given consent by FDA which is extremely effective for an epileptic seizure. The Air force and Navy authorities have given their nod for the use of this particular CBD product as a prescription medication.
For those in the military who have consumed other products of CBD containing higher levels of THC other than the approved Epidiolex, face the issue of getting expulsed from their service and would also result in them losing a lot of benefits they get as military and war veterans.
The department is wary of the use and effect of marijuana chiefly because the drug has shared some of the worst reputations. When compared to CBD marijuana causes hallucinations to people who are addicted to it. CBD is considered as the lighter version but also has been largely appreciated for its medical benefits.
People’s belief in CBD has been backed by umpteen research studies that have been undertaken stating the facts. CBD has known to be effective in treating stress, depression, severe pains, and injury recovery and even in many cases cancer. People with loads of information at their disposal are noticing the benefits which are causing the global CBD industry to boom.
Coming back to the military services it is very difficult to ascertain the THC concentration in hemp products chiefly due to proper detailed packaging. Due to this and the availability of CBD in an unregulated market, even if the intention is not so, the personnel run the risk of testing positive for THC.
Regular notifications and warnings have been issued to soldiers and under the army regulations; no solider is allowed to use any products that are derived from hemp. A few under this category are CBD oil made of artificial mixes, artificial cannabis, hemp oil and other THC proxies. Navy allows its officers and sailors to use hair care products containing CBD.
The biggest issue here is lack of regulation in the market and action is awaited from the end of the FDA. With the easy availability of CBD products, usage is also increasing. Thankfully CBD is still restricted as a dietary supplement by the Federal government. Deuster also mentioned that in two months more than 100 related incidents have cropped up which has also increased the visits to hospitals owing to hearts issues with hallucinations.
A gummy bear which is considered as a stress buster when taken can test positive which might result in ruining your career. Hence it is important to use your judgment than getting mesmerized with fallacies in advertisements.