The Department of Defense is warning servicemembers about the risk of being exposed to illegal drugs when using products containing cannabidiol, popularly known as CBD.
The warning follows passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which removed hemp from the government’s list of controlled substances. The crop is now treated as an agricultural commodity if it has extremely low concentrations of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.
In a command message on the American Forces Network, DOD officials are letting troops know that they could potentially get a dose of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, when using supplements containing CBD.
The hemp extract is found in many widely available products ranging from vape oil to gummies and marketed as a treatment for ailments such as chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation and cancer.
CBD products are legal under federal law as long as they contain less than