CBD is prohibited in the U.S. Military

CBD Oil is NOT permitted to be used in the U.S. military. A man in this photo is holding a pill bottle and pills of CBD products.

The US Military prohibits the use of CBD products.

The US Military prohibits CBD use by all service members.  As a result, the Department of Defense has banned the use of all cannabidiol or CBD products for all armed forces members. While CBD goods have become more common in recent years, the popularity and ease of access have led to medical issues in some cases. Therefore, the military prohibits the use of all products and goods containing CBD oil.

Hemp has been removed from the controlled substances list, but it is not legal and is banned by the US Armed Forces.

Cannabidiol is found in many products such as over-the-counter anxiety or sleep aids, grooming products, personal hygiene products, foods, and candies.  The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 removed hemp from the federal government’s list of controlled substances.  However, not all CBD comes from the hemp plant, which leads to a variation in THC levels (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) in the product.  Since producers of goods containing CBD do not have to specify which plant the oil was derived from, determining the correct THC level in the product is impossible.

CBD CAN cause a positive Urinalysis.

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 legalized hemp that contains less than .3 percent THC.  However, the CBD industry is not well regulated.  As a result, the lack of proper controls adds to the THC level flux.  Unfortunately, due to the fluctuation, it is possible for a service member who has used CBD goods to test positive on a urinalysis.  As a result, the positive UA can cause a service member to be charged with an Article 92 violation and an Article 112a violation of the UCMJ, leading to great damage to their career.

FDA Approved Products

Epidiolex is a prescription drug used to control epileptic seizures and it is also the only CBD product approved by the FDA.  Air Force and Navy members are allowed the use of Epidiolex when prescribed by a physician.  However, Army policy bars members from the use of all hemp, CBD, and THC products.  Yet, Navy policy allows Marines and sailors the use of topical grooming products containing CBD or hemp.   The US Navy bans the use of Transdermal patches and ingestible products for service members. Lastly, members of the US Coast Guard are barred from all CBD and THC goods and products.  Consequently, they are also banned from entry and support of any establishment where CBD or THC goods are sold.




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