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There are no other FDA-approved uses of CBD, though it can be purchased anywhere. With no FDA regulation on the production of CBD products, there is an increased risk of potential injury related to ingesting potential molds, pesticides and heavy metals.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is everywhere. You are hard pressed to enter any pharmacy, grocery store or health food store and not find it on the shelves. CBD can even be purchased online from the comfort of your own couch.

Always read labels and ask questions about the products you are using and protect your career.

The use of CBD derived from hemp, in any product to include skin care and shampoo is prohibited. CBD is often used in personal care treatment at the nail salons and by some massage therapists, and until the restrictions on CBD are removed, patrons should always ask what is in the product prior to any personal care services.

While the CBD revolution continues to gain popularity, service members and DoD civilians need to be mindful of the potential impact using CBD products may have on their career.

Research into hemp-derived CBD continues to increase following the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the CBD drug Epidiolex for the treatment of two rare forms of epilepsy (Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome).

While CBD is available legally to the general population, the Department of Defense has not cleared the way for service members to utilize CBD.

The DoD is serious about the use of CBD and its drug control program.

Urinalysis testing is particularly controversial. Observed tests—meaning that someone is watching while the sample is produced—can re-traumatize sexual assault survivors or prove impossible for people suffering from paruresis (the inability to urinate in the presence of others). Urine tests are also fairly easy to cheat, and are often unreliable. They also cannot indicate whether or not someone has a substance use disorder, nor can they measure work performance. Nonetheless, drug test results are often misused to gauge both.

Many experts sound caution, however. “The research [on the health benefits of CBD] is kind of lacking. There’s not a lot of good evidence for different conditions, but that’s not saying it doesn’t do anything,” Ryan Marino, an emergency medicine physician and toxicologist practicing in Ohio, told Filter. “The human body has CBD receptors within the nervous system, so it totally makes sense that it does something. I think high doses is where we will see effects … A few years from now, there will probably be more evidence saying CBD does things for other conditions.”

While research is still relatively sparse, there are a growing number of studies backing many of these claims. Littrel specifically mentioned research out of Israel that linked CBD with faster recovery from traumatic brain injuries in mice.

“There is great research being done around hemp, resulting in new products coming to market that are proven to help with ailments like insomnia, inflammation, chronic pain, epilepsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress and more,” Gabbard is quoted as saying in a July press release .

“If somebody pissed hot or whatever, they would get nonjudicial punishment … and we would have a conversation with their commander as to how to move forward. Something like pot, I don’t think anybody would have gotten kicked out,” Curci recalled, cautioning that the culture and responses could have changed since he left the military.

“It’s kind of crazy,” he said. “These people are risking their lives for us and they can’t use hemp shampoo.”

“This [CBD ban] seems very misguided,” added Marino. “If they really have [drug testing and problematic drug use] concerns, they should be working on these concerns instead of preventing military members and US service members from having the shampoo they want or taking a CBD gummy.”