An array of products containing cannabidiol extract are being featured in store-front displays these days with flashy signs that tout their benefit as pain relievers, stress reducers, depression inhibitors and more.
The selection of CBD-containing goods ranges from lip balms and lotions to yogurts and gummy candies. According to manufacturers, the key hemp-plant-based ingredient is “non-psychoactive,” which means the consumer won’t experience the “high” of typical THC found in cannabis.
More importantly, military members should not confuse the prevalence of such products with their legality. Soldiers are prohibited from using hemp products of any sort, whether or not they have been legalized in certain jurisdictions.
Army Regulation 600-85 “prohibits Soldiers from using Hemp or products containing Hemp oil.”
Hemp oil and cannabidiol, sometimes marketed as CBD, are one in the same. In addition to the previously mentioned products, it can be found in chocolate, vape pens and sleep medications. A message on the Food and Drug Administration website reads, “These products are not approved by FDA for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of any disease. Consumers should beware purchasing and using any such products.”
The other uniformed services have similar regulations prohibiting CBD’s use. The restrictions apply to government civilians as well.
According to Doryan Dixon, Fort Belvoir ASAP Program Manager, Soldiers are prohibited from using hemp or products containing hemp oil, synthetic cannabis, synthetic blends that use CBD oil and other THC substitutes. “So it is important to understand what is in the products they use. We don’t want to see our service members potentially harm themselves or their careers because they are using substances that are banned,” Dixon said. “The key is to not believe the claims from companies that certain products with CBD are authorized for use in the military. It is not worth the risk.”
The Fort Belvoir Army Substance Abuse Program’s mission is to sustain readiness and promote a healthy lifestyle in the Fort Belvoir community by providing education, quality assistance in order to reduce the impact of alcohol and other drug abuse that affects Soldiers, their families, Civilians Employees and Retirees.
For more information, contact ASAP at 703-805-1083.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Belvoir Eagle staff contributed to this article.