Confusion about CBD has led the U.S. Army to ban the substance for soldiers, despite admitting that it actually isn’t harmful. The action happened after a number of incidents involving soldiers getting sick from ingesting so-called “synthetic cannabinoids.”
“Approximately 60 patients with medical conditions potentially related to vaping products marketed as containing CBD oil have been seen at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the Naval Medical Center at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina,” said an alert from the Army Public Health Center.
“Although pure CBD oil has not yet been associated with adverse health effects,” the warning continued, “CBD vape oils may contain synthetic cannabinoids, concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and/or other hazardous compounds in addition to, or in place of, CBD oil.”
The Army is referring to drugs that are often called “synthetic marijuana,” or “synthetic cannabinoids,” and are sometimes sold under the names Spice or K2. But those products aren’t marijuana, and they aren’t CBD. Similar confusion led to 23 vape shops and other stores being closed last week in Tennessee after police raids seized CBD products and “synthetic cannabinoids,” and law enforcement spokespeople confused the two in their statements.
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