The US Air Force (USAF) released a warning to airmen on Tuesday banning the use of CBD products
USAF reasoned that CBD products are not regulated by the FDA and can contain varying amounts of THC.
THC can build up in a person’s fat cells over time and may cause a positive result for cannabis during a drug test.
The Department of Defense has a strict zero tolerance policy on drugs. Airmen must undergo mandatory urinalysis at random at least once per year.
Failing a drug test is likely to result in dishonourable discharge and/or prosecution.
CBD was removed from the Schedule I list of illicit substances after the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, but THC remains illegal under federal law despite a number of states legalising or decriminalising cannabis.
In a USAF press release, Air Force Office of The Judge Advocate General spokesperson Major Jason Gammons said:
“Products containing unregulated levels of THC can cause positive drug tests, resulting in the same disciplinary actions as if members had consumed marijuana.
“The important point for Airmen to consider is the level of uncertainty for these products. We want to ensure we arm them with the facts so they can make informed decisions and not inadvertently jeopardize their military careers.”
The press release goes on to say that possession of CBD products can also result in disciplinary action, even if they’re meant for pets.
Epidiolex, a CBD-based medicine approved by the FDA and used to treat epilepsy, is still permitted providing the airman has a valid prescription.
Other branches of the military have also issued warnings about CBD in the past.
The Navy and Coast Guard released notices reminding servicemen that CBD can lead to a failed drug test among other repercussions.