FORT LEE, Va. -- An array of products containing cannabidiol extract are being featured in store-front displays these days with flashy signs that tout their benefit as pain relievers, stress reducers, depression inhibitors and more. 

The selection of CBD-containing goods ranges from lip balms and lotions to yogurts and gummy candies. According to manufacturers, the key hemp-plant-based ingredient is “non-psychoactive,” which means the consumer won’t experience the “high” of typical THC found in cannabis. As for the number of aches and ailments the oil is said to decrease, there is little scientific evidence to support it, according to the popular health information website webmd.com.

More importantly, military members should not confuse the prevalence of such products with their legality. Soldiers are prohibited from using hemp products of any sort, whether or not they have been legalized in certain jurisdictions.

“Regardless of what certain states authorize, we still fall under federal guidelines and subscribe to the regulation that prohibits the use of marijuana,” said Ramon M. Maisonete, Army Substance Abuse Program manager. 

More specifically, AR 600-85 “prohibits Soldiers from using Hemp or products containing Hemp oil.” CBDs clearly fall into the latter category, Maisonete noted.

Hemp oil and cannabidiol, sometimes marketed as CBD, are one in the same. In addition to the previously mentioned products, it can be found in chocolate, vape pens and sleep medications. A message on the Food and Drug Administration website reads, “These products are not approved by FDA for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of any disease. Consumers should beware purchasing and using any such products.”

The other uniformed services have similar regulations prohibiting CBD’s use. The restrictions apply to government civilians as well. Updated policies regarding CBD oil are expected to be released in the near future.

For more information, call ASAP at 804-734-9182.