The Air Force has issued a warning to its civilian employees and military personnel against using products containing cannabidiol (CBD) oil, saying they may trigger an indication of marijuana in urinalysis testing and potentially result in disciplinary action against the individual.
CBD alone is non-psychotropic and now commonly “is found in many products – gummy bears, teas, vapes, lotions, bath salts and even pet treats,” the USAF warning said. However, such products may also contain varying levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that may not be advertised on the label but could cause a positive test result.”
It cited a study of 84 CBD products sold online, in which only 31 percent of product labels accurately reflected the CBD content and 21 percent contained THC, even when product labels advertised them as having none.
Under OPM and Office of the Director of National Intelligence Policy, marijuana is characterized as a controlled substance for purposes including suitability for employment and disciplinary actions—regardless of state laws that may authorize possession and consumption of certain amounts for medicinal or recreational purposes. The Air Force notice added that “products containing THC, even pet products, may qualify as possession of a controlled substance” under those policies.
The House Judiciary Committee recently approved HR-3884, to remove marijuana and its related substances from the schedule of controlled substances, among other changes, including a provision that agencies could not use past or present marijuana use as criteria for denying or rescinding a security clearance.