By Spike Bowan | June 02, 2018
With the gaining popularity of CBD use in society, this is a topic that the U.S. Military is most certainly investigating. Especially with the Hemp Agricultural Bill of 2018 set to hit Capitol Hill.
It is important to understand one very clear fact about CBD when it comes to the U.S. Military, CBD is derived from Industrial Hemp. Which, until legislation changes, is still classified as a Schedule 1 Narcotic. Under the Uniformed Military Code of Justice (UCMJ); the governing set of laws followed by the Military, Article 112a of the UCMJ 10 U.S.C. §912a(b)(3) makes it a crime for any person in the military to use any Schedule I drug.
The U.S. Army has banned CBD in recent days, as they have had over 60 medical cases of Soldiers falling ill and reportedly 2 deaths, after vaping “CBD” substances. These cases are most likely due to the soldiers vaping oils that they got from a local vape shop that aren’t real CBD. These forgeries contain synthetic cannabinoids as well as other harmful substances like mercury and other potentially harmful toxins.
Soldiers tend to use synthetic cannabis, because there is a far less likely chance of them testing positive on a drug test as was reported by my compatriot Meredith Summers recently on the CBD American Shaman Blog.
In April, the U.S. Navy banned e-cigarettes due to safety, not health concerns. According to NavyTimes, that new policy came in the wake of several devices exploding and causing serious injuries, including burns and facial disfigurement, among soldiers aboard ships. The ban officially went into effect on May 14, 2017.
In an interesting read from UCMJ Defender, the somewhat biased report had this to say:
“because of the Agricultural Act of 2014, which allows for State Agriculture and colleges / universities to obtain permits to extract industrial hemp, and an additional piece of legislation directs that no efforts be made or resources be used to stop the flow of CBD oil or industrial hemp across state lines. Accordingly, mainstream companies are selling CBD oil and making claims that their product is not made in contradiction of the Controlled Substances Act. Arguably, if the CBD oil were extracted from permitted industrial hemp, then the CBD oil would not be an illicit substance.” (Read More)
As it is, CBD, that is REAL CBD not the fake garbage you get at “Bob’s Vape Emporium”, is not allowed in the U.S. Military.
(Apologies if there is a real store named ‘Bob’s Vape Emporium,’ I made the name up in my head and no slander was intentional).
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