US AIR FORCE discourages CBD from pilots

US Air Force picture by Staff Sgt. Jerry Morrison

In the absence of FDA regulations, products containing CBD oil are banned for pilots, the US Air Force said Tuesday.

The US Air Force recalled that products containing CBD oil can give positive results for pilots who undergo urine testing for cannabis.

A military code of another age

Currently, 11 States and the District of Columbia have passed laws to allow the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, and even more states have approved measures to allow the use of cannabis for medical purposes. But the military can not consume it under Article 112a of the Code of Military Justice.

Despite this, CBD oil and products containing CBD oil - such as sweets, teas and lotions - are still a bit of a question mark. As CBD-based oil products are not regulated by the Federal Drug Administration, the Air Force has warned that these products may contain undisclosed concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychotropic chemical of marijuana.

"It's important for uniformed and civilian pilots to understand the risk that these products pose to their careers," said Major Jason Gammons, spokesperson for the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force, in a news release. press. "Products containing unregulated levels of THC can cause positive drug tests, resulting in the same level of discipline as if members had used cannabis."

A study on the THC content of CBD products

The air force has city a report published in 2017 by Marcel O. Bonn-Miller of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania on 84 CBD products sold online. Bonn-Miller's research determined that less than one-third of products accurately reflected CBD content.

Even when the products claimed not to contain THC, the study detected THC in 21% of the products. Under 2018's Farm Improvement Act, THC levels in CBD oil products must remain below 0,3 percent.

The Air Force said that even if THC levels are low, pilots should not take risks.

"The important point that airmen must take into consideration is the level of uncertainty for these products," said Gammons. "We want to make sure to arm them with the facts so that they can make smart decisions and not inadvertently compromise their military careers."

Severe penalties

According to a blog post by Crisp and Associates Military Law, airmen who obtain a positive result for cannabis during a urine test usually receive a discharge in accordance with Article 15 of the Military Code, the form higher non-judicial military punishment.

Other branches of the military have also issued similar warnings about cannabis products.

In August, the US Navy issued a directive banning mariners and mariners from using marijuana products. This policy also extended to products containing CBD oil and out-of-law seafarers to use these products in states where they have been legalized.

According to Marine Secretary Richard Spencer, the FDA's lack of regulation means that seafarers can not "rely on the packaging and labeling of cannabis products to determine if the product contains THC levels. that could cause a positive urine test result. "

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