Will CBD show on a military drug test

by Edward J. Ross

military drug testing

An ongoing silent controversy in the United States military community caused by marijuana is one the Department of Defense can't ignore. People in the military community are debating if service members can be permitted to consume CBD without worries of failing a military drug testing due to the drug tests' random nature. Cannabidiol of any kind, THC, or CBD is illegal in the military among its service members, CBD products or hemp products, or products that may contain marijuana components. Even though the cannabis plant is legal in most parts of the United States.

Acclaimed health benefits of CBD show that CBD oil and other CBD products could be hugely beneficial to people in the military.  These benefits, coupled with the legality of hemp and cannabis plants in the United States, have stirred legislators to move towards uplifting the ban on all CBD products in the air force, army, and all military sectors. Even passing an amendment bill to the NDAA in July 2020 that would stop the U.S. Secretary of Defense and the DOD from placing a blanket ban on CBD and all types of cannabidiol and hemp. Upon approval of the bill, all military service members may be allowed to consume CBD.

While this goal is yet unachieved, there's a major concern amongst military ranks in the Air force, Army, Navy, etc. if service members may be permitted to consume any Hemp plant that may contain zero THC amount (ex: CBD products with no trace amounts of THC), without failing a military drug testing, as it is mandated to pass the drug test.

What is CBD? 

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a substance compound from the Cannabis sativa plant, otherwise called hemp. It's a naturally occurring substance utilized in items like oils and hemp food products to grant a quiet sense of calm and relaxation. In contrast to its cousin, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the significant active ingredient in Cannabis Sativa L. CBD isn't psychoactive (it won't get you high).

The Cannabis plant is composed of two primary players: CBD and THC. "CBD is the non-psychoactive bit of the plant, so this means you will not have any feeling of euphoria," says Junella Jawline, DO, an osteopathic doctor and a clinical cannabis master for cannabisMD. "You will not feel calmed or changed in any capacity." 

There are two potential exemptions for this. The first is that a few people, for obscure reasons, respond diversely to CBD. As indicated by Dr. Jaw, about 5% of individuals say they feel changed in the wake of taking CBD. "Normally, they're similar individuals who have results from Advil or Tylenol," she says. No one can really tell how your body will respond to any new enhancement, so when taking CBD unexpectedly, do so securely under proper management. 

It's also crucial to buy third-party-tested CBD for quality assurance. Because the United States Food and Drug Administration doesn't regulate CBD, THC contains products too. It is possible to buy hemp products that are more or less potent than advertised or even contain small amounts of THC.

Usage and benefits of CBD

The most popular varieties of CBD known are CBD isolate, Broad-spectrum CBD, and Full-spectrum CBD. Most CBD products may fall under the category of CBD isolate and Broad-spectrum as many CBD products contain zero THC (as labeled). Meanwhile, in products under full-spectrum CBD, levels of THC  do not exceed the 0.3% mark set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Means of consuming products containing CBD or zero THC are so numerous. over 84 CBD products are sold in different forms in various stores in the U.S.: Gummy bears, Pet treats and Pet products, Tropicals, Vapes, CBD oils, lotions, hemp seed oil, bath salts, edibles, and hemp food products, etc. 

All hemp and CBD containing zero THC or just enough THC amount of 0.3%(the legal THC count set by the FDA) have been said to possess healing abilities to treat issues like musculoskeletal and nerve pain, mental problems, Arthritis, depression, and anxiety, etc.

Although not officially verified by the FDA, these health benefits have created a wave in the military community. Military personnel has been seen to be the most beneficial from the claimed benefits of CB, which has led to a call for the zero-tolerance drug policy to be amended, decriminalizing the use of CBD by active service members. Despite these benefits and silent cries, the Department of Defense's stand on its service members using CBD remains unresolved.

Why CBD is a controlled substance by the DOD 

CBD/Cannabidiol and Hemp, although certified by medical research to contain no presence of psychoactive elements (the intoxicating elements in marijuana that get you high), is still flagged off by the DOD

Addressing the question, "Will CBD show on a military drug test?" The Department of Defense stated that CBD product labels tend to contain enough THC to trigger a positive test for THC or cause military personnel to fail a drug test. Popular CBD items like ``zero THC CBD oil" still contain small amounts of THC. CBD oil or oil derived from Hemp seed is feared to have still high levels of THC found in marijuana due to poor regulation of the plant by the FDA and the absence of strict state laws to meticulously oversee the production of CBD and Hemp in the country.

The DOD unofficially forbade the use of CBD in its communities. Stressed the importance of its military personnel to the random military drug test and how CBD oil can cause a service member to fail a drug test. Positive drug test results in the army, navy, air force lead to a dishonorable discharge of duty, and the culprit may face criminal charges. Claims of CBD use and not THC will fall to the deaf because the test results only indicate trace amounts of THC, which implies marijuana usage.

According to the DOD, CBD companies sell false benefits and  CBD items containing THC but labeled "zero THC '' to the public. And strongly disagreed with the move to overturn the ban on CBD, citing that lack of test evidence and a soft regulatory policy by the United States' FDA is enough reason for any military personnel to stay off CBD or Hemp.


Will CBD show in a military drug test? No. Does that mean personnel in the army or navy, or air force can use CBD and still pass a drug test? No.

Consumption of CBD oil, Gummy bears, Pet products or pet treats, or CBD of any kind, will appear on the drug screen of military test results as THC. The random drug tests aren't capable of distinguishing CBD from THC because of the little traces of THC and marijuana components in CBD and Hemp. This can cause a user to test positive for THC in a military drug test or fail the drug test. 

Failed drug tests are not treated slightly by the DOD.  Due to the random nature of drug testing in the army, navy, and air force and a zero-tolerance drug policy, consuming CBD oil or any CBD is a risk to your career and your family's benefits if you belong to the military community. 

The unverified medical facts about CBD, due to low regulations by the FDA, and most companies not releasing certificate of analysis of its lab test, will pose a huge obstacle in the legality of CBD among all military communities (airforce, army, navy, coast guard, etc.). Coupled with facts that a service member could fail a drug test, should the personnel consume even the safest CBD (a CBD product that contains zero THC). These concerns are focal points on which the DOD has based their debate on a zero-tolerance drug policy on.

Finally, consuming CBD of any kind, Even an innocent gummy bear supplement or a "zero THC level" labeled CBD oil, down to a hemp seed oil, actually maybe harmless for a civilian whose occupation doesn't involve frequent or random drug tests but not for military personnel.

Until the FDA develops better measures to regulate Cannabis production companies and enforce stricter policies on these Cannabis companies, for example, a public release of the certificate of analysis of test evidence carried out on their CBD production, certifying its actual THC level and benefits. Avoiding CBD consumption would be the best career and life decision for military personnel, as consequences for a failed military drug test are severe.