U.S. Navy Says No Hemp, CBD Product Use

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WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Navy on Wednesday issued its official policy on CBD-infused and hemp-derived products, which continue to be prohibited for use by members of the Navy.

FederalNewsNetwork.com reported that, “Sailors with a valid prescription for the limited FDA-approved CBD products are exempt. The prohibition also does not apply to topical products like shampoos, conditioners, lotions, or soaps.”


The Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs issued a release, which cited: “Commercially-available hemp products, including CBD, have not been inspected by the FDA and therefore have not been proven to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Some of these products do not list all ingredients, making it impossible to know definitively how much CBD, THC, or other synthetic cannabinoids they may contain. Use, which is defined as oral ingestion, intravenous use, smoking/vaporization, or any other method through which hemp-derived products may enter the body, could expose the user to THC.

“Sailors who test positive for THC or other controlled substances for which they have no valid prescription are subject to mandatory administrative processing and could receive a discharge characterized as ‘Other Than Honorable’ (OTH), which can affect future veteran’s benefits and employment opportunities,” the department continued.

“Additionally, the Navy reports unlawful drug users to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which could impact the ability to purchase firearms or ammunition in the future. It is the responsibility of every Sailor to ensure that he or she is diligent in avoiding intentional or accidental exposure to THC and other prohibited substances,” the release read.

The policy also applies to other branches of the military, presumably, including the U.S. Marine Corps, which falls under purview of the Department of the Navy.