Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, can be found in oils, creams, lotions, capsules, tablets, and edibles and is also used for vaping. Despite the increasing availability of CBD online and in convenience stores and tobacco shops, these products are prohibited from use by service members within the Department of Defense.
Products containing less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are legal to sell, but products containing more than 0.3 percent THC remain illegal on the federal level. While the product may state how much THC it contains, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate these products which means there is no official verification of the amount of THC they may contain. THC is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana's psychological effects.
ALNAV 069/20 states that Marines and Sailors are prohibited from knowingly using products made or derived from hemp, including CBD, regardless of the product’s THC concentration. Failure to comply with ALNAV 069/20 enables commanders to discipline Marines for the use of CBD and hemp products that result in a positive urinalysis for THC.
If you or someone you know is having issues with substances such as CBD, contact the Substance Abuse Program and get help.
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