The U.S. Army said while “pure CBD oil has not yet been associated with adverse health effects,” it prohibits soldiers from taking it.
Unlike THC, which is the psychoactive component in marijuana, CBD has the soothing effect. Medical CBD tends to help veteran soldiers, who suffer injuries and PTSD.
The news comes after the U.S. Army issued an alert, warning about the dangers of vaping synthetic cannabinoid oil. In January about 60 soldiers and Marines experienced serious medical problems after using synthetic cannabis.
But the army defended its stance, saying “CBD vape oils may contain synthetic cannabinoids., concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and/or other hazardous compounds in addition to, or in place of, CBD oil.”
It further added: “This problem has the potential to spread quickly across the Army,” warning that “many vape oils do not disclose that they may contain illegal and/or potentially hazardous substances to include synthetic cannabinoids.”