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Air Force to airmen: consume CBD and you’ll fail your drug test
The Air Force is urging airmen to avoid using any products with cannabidiol oil, also known as CBD oil. Why? Because products with CBD oil can make airmen test positive during a urine test for the presence of marijuana, which is still illegal under federal law.
The Air Force announcement comes three months after the Department of Defense reminded service members that CBD use is "completely forbidden."
Officials with the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard also issued statements declaring that all products derived from hemp or marijuana, including CBD, are banned in the military, even on bases located in states where marijuana use is legal.
CBD oil is found in gummy bears, teas, vapes, lotions and even pet food.
Consuming CBD doesn't make you high, according to the Food and Drug Administration, though it has been marketed as a pain reliever and a treatment for anxiety.
CBD products are still unregulated by FDA, so there may be varying levels of THC—the psychoactive component of marijuana—found in them, the Air Force explained.
"It's important for both uniformed and civilian Airmen to understand the risk these products pose to their careers," said Maj. Jason Gammons, a spokesperson for the Air Force Office of The Judge Advocate General. "Products containing unregulated levels of THC can cause positive drug tests, resulting in the same disciplinary actions as if members had consumed marijuana."
The Air Force cited a study by a University of Pennsylvania professor showing that, out of 84 CBD products sold online, only 31% of the product labels accurately reflected the product's CBD content, and 21% contained THC, even when product labels advertized zero THC.
According to Air Force policy, illicit drug use automatically places an airman's service in jeopardy, and can lead to criminal prosecution resulting in punitive discharge, separation, or discharge under other than honorable conditions.
Despite the warnings, it's inevitable that some airmen will choose to partake in CBD. They will follow in the footsteps of many other disobedient airmen, like the ones who dropped acid while guarding missile silos in Wyoming. Six of those airmen were convicted at court-martial, while another deserted for Mexico.
The Army is almost doubling its purchase of new bolt-action Precision Sniper Rifles as its primary anti-personnel sniper system of choice, according to budget documents.
‘That cavalier misdirection cannot stand’ — Washingtonians ask judge to reduce ‘extremely noisy’ Navy Growler flights
The Citizens of Ebey's Reserve (COER) is asking a federal judge to require the Navy to roll back the number of EA-18G Growler practice flights at Outlying Field Coupeville to pre-2019 levels until a lawsuit over the number of Growler flights is settled.
COER and private citizen Paula Spina filed a motion for a preliminary injunction Thursday.
According to the motion, since March 2019 the Navy has increased the number of Growlers at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and shifted most of its Growler operations to Outlying Field Coupeville, which is near the Reserve and the town of Coupeville.
"The result is a nearly fourfold increase in Growler flights in that area. Now the overflights subject residents in and near Coupeville to extreme noise for several hours of the day, day and night, many days of the week," said the court document.
A 26-year-old man died after he failed to surface from waters off Molokai while participating in a scuba diving tour over the weekend.
He has been identified as Duane Harold Parsley II and was stationed at Hickam Air Force Base, according to the Maui Police Department.
LOS ANGELES — For decades, Japanese American activists have marked Feb. 19 as a day to reflect on one of the darkest chapters in this nation's history.
On that date in 1942, during World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt authorized the forced removal of over 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent from their homes and businesses.
On Thursday, the California Assembly will do more than just remember.
‘Take what’s inside and get it outside’ — Air Force psychologist reminds airmen of mental health resources
Kirtland Air Force Base isn't much different from the world beyond its gates when it comes to dealing with mental illnesses, a base clinical psychologist says.
Maj. Benjamin Carter told the Journal the most frequent diagnosis on the base is an anxiety disorder.
"It's not a surprise, but I anticipate about anytime in the population in America, about 20% of the population has some form of diagnosable anxiety disorder, and it's no different in the military," he said.
Leading the way among the anxiety disorders, he said, were post-traumatic stress disorder "or something like panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder."