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Advisory to Airpersons Against using CBD Oil by Air Force



Advisory to Airpersons Against using CBD Oil by Air Force

The Air Force issued a press release this week informing air men and women against using CBD oil. The release indicates that the products may contain THC and can cause a positive test during a urinalysis for the presence of marijuana. It further indicates that consumption of marijuana is illegal under federal law and Air Force Instruction 90-507, titled Military Drug Demand Reduction Program.

Major Jason Gammons, a spokesperson for the Air Force Office of the Judge Advocate General, shared in the press release that it is important for both civilian and uniformed airmen to understand the risks associated with the products and how it can impact their career. Further, products that contain unregulated levels of THC can cause a positive drug test that results in the same disciplinary action as if members had consumed marijuana.

Gammons further added that it is important that members consider the levels of uncertainty related to the products, and members should be armed with the facts so that they can make informed decisions that do not inadvertently jeopardize their career.

The Navy issued a similar warning about hemp and CBD products in August. According to FedSmith, the Navy warned both marines and sailors that the use of hemp and cannabidiol are prohibited under its policies, and  also possible to test positive for THC on urinalysis when one uses a CBD or hemp product. Further, it can be impossible to verify where a CBD hemp product was manufactured and the level of THC that it contains. Over time, it is also possible for THC levels to accumulate in the body, and for a urinalysis test to detect the THC.

The bottom line is that whether one is in the navy, marines, or in the air force, there are warnings against the use of THC and hemp.

Kristie Leong M.D. is a family physician with a strong interest in nutrition and fitness and the role each places in wellness and longevity. Dr. Leong graduated in 1990 from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine with a medical degree and master’s degree in clinical pathology. After 20 years of caring for patients in a family practice setting, Dr. Leong redirected her energy towards exploring the role nutrition and lifestyle play in lifespan and, more importantly, health span, the number of years we spend disease free and healthy enough to enjoy life. Through continuing medical education courses, seminars, and other self-study, she delved into the critical role diet and lifestyle choices play in health, especially as we age.

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