Earlier this year, the U.S. Navy banned the use of CBD and hemp products among its sailors, including shampoos and lotions. Now, they are explaining the reason behind the ban.
The Navy recently published a post saying, “to ensure the integrity of the Navy’s drug policy.” It “bans use of any hemp product or product derived from hemp and violations can occur without regard to intended physical or mental consequences of the use.”
“The move was done to protect Sailors from potential tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) exposure that could negatively impact mission readiness and disqualify a Sailor from continued service,” it states. “It is impossible for consumers to determine how much THC a product actually contains in the current environment where label claims are not trustworthy.”
The Navy also states that the Department of Defense (DOD) is not responsible for individually testing hemp products to ensure the labels are actually accurate.
While the acknowledge that hemp and CBD were federally legalized under to the 2018 Farm Bill, their policy stands to “ensure there is no unknowing consumption of THC in any amount.”
Additionally, the Coast Guard does not allow sailors to use marijuana or visit legal dispensaries. NASA, which is separate from the military, warned that CBD products containing unauthorized THC amounts could cost employees their jobs if they fail a drug test.
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