The U.S. armed forces have been dipping into synthetic cannabis oil, and the fault may lie with the Army’s no cannabis policy. According to a report from The Fayette Observer, roughly 60 soldiers and Marines stationed in North Carolina, and another 33 troops in Utah, “experienced serious medical issues after using e-cigarettes or vaping products that were marketed as containing cannabidiol, or CBD, oil.” And that’s only since the beginning of the New Year.
In addition, two Marines were killed in accidents caused by synthetic cannabinoid-induced seizures.
On Monday, the U.S. Army Public Health Center issued a statement saying that their troops have experienced “headaches, nausea, vomiting, palpitations, dilated pupils, dizziness, disorientation, agitation and seizures.”
The Army, like every other federal government body, has a ban on the use of cannabis by its employees. Late last year, the Army said it was now okay with recruits who have used cannabis in the past, but only if they agreed not to do it in the future.
Some soldiers only want hash oil for its medical benefits, but turn to synthetic options because even CBD is outlawed in the armed forces.
“Although pure CBD oil has not yet been associated with adverse health effects, CBD vape oils most likely contain synthetic cannabinoids, concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and/or other hazardous compounds in addition to, or in place of, CBD oil,” officials said Monday.
The rising use of synthetic cannabis in the Army is similar to what happened in prisons. Synthetic options like Spice and K2 blew up in prisons because they don’t show up in urine tests. The same may be true on Army bases.
Fun side note fact: the U.S. government actually invented synthetic cannabis by funding a research project back in the 1980’s.