Congress has just approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) permitting military service members to use CBD and hemp-derived products.
The amendment supersedes months of confusion surrounding cannabidiol (CBD) policy earlier this year and addresses policies across military organizations following the legalization of hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill. The amendment also includes a measure allowing heads of military branches to issue reenlistment waivers to members of the armed forces who admit to using cannabis.
According to the Department of Defense Suicide Prevention (DoDSER) 2017 annual report, there were 1,397 non-fatal suicide attempts by active-duty service members. However, a 2015 study titled ‘Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders’ showed CBD usage to be most effective in helping people deal with traumatic events within an hour of the experience, suggesting that using CBD while on active duty could probably decrease the development of PTSD and severe anxiety before it is too late.
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