Here’s the latest CBD news:
According to a memo from the Defense Department (DoD) that was recently made public, U.S. troops will now face charges if they use products that contain hemp or CBD.
The memo, issued in February by Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Matthew Donovan, prohibited soldiers from using products made from hemp under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It was brought to light this week by the DoD’s Operation Supplement Safety, a group that provides information to service members on dietary supplements.
This isn’t news for some branches of the military, as all CBD products were banned from the Army and Air Force last year, but the new memo includes the Navy and Marine Corps, who, until now, were allowed to use topical products.
As Donovan wrote in the memo, the ruling was made to “protect the integrity of the drug testing program.”
He continued: “I specifically find a military necessity to require a prohibition of this scope to ensure the military drug testing program continues to be able to identify the use of marijuana, which is prohibited, and to spare the U.S. military the risks and adverse effects marijuana use has on the mission readiness of individual service members and military units.”
Louisiana will now penalize the possession and sale of all smokable hemp products, as well as all food and beverages that contain CBD.
The hemp rules were signed into law earlier this month by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.
The state created an industrial hemp program last June while it awaited FDA approval of CBD as a food additive. However, since the FDA has not yet formed a regulatory framework, the state moved to put regulations in place, banning all smokable hemp products as well as beverages and foods containing CBD.
Violators of the new hemp regulations could face steep fines—up to $300 for a first offense, $1,000 for a second, and $5,000 for a third violation. Businesses that are found in violation of the new law may face stop orders, fines, and additional penalties that could cease production and distribution until terms of a release are met.
The new legislation also provides additional definitions on hemp and CBD products, licensing requirements, new testing and inspection rules, CBD product labeling rules, and more.
A new pilot study has found that young people with severe behavioral problems showed fewer symptoms after taking CBD.
The study, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, was spearheaded by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI). Children and adolescents involved in the study were less irritable, aggressive, and showed less tendency to self-harm and yell.
The goal of the research was to test the potential therapeutic effects of CBD on children with learning disabilities and severe behavioral problems. Just 16 children between the ages of eight and 16 were involved in the study. While researchers acknowledge that the pilot study was too small to reach any conclusions, they find the study encouraging enough to order a follow-up.
“Only a large scale randomised controlled trial can produce the definitive results necessary to drive changes in prescribing and clinical care guidelines,” said Daryl Efron, lead of the study and a clinician-scientist at MCRI.
The CBD Insider trusted brand, Elixinol, has released its new Good Night CBD Sleep Capsules to help users get a good night’s rest.
The capsules combine the power of 900mg of full-spectrum CBD with melatonin and MCT oil to find the deep sleep the body needs.
Each capsule contains 15mg of CBD and 2mg of melatonin.
A bottle of 60 capsules currently retails for $54.99.