Military: Products that you can't consume as a military member

by - July 06, 2018


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Why the military members can't consume certain products? Well I'm going to be focus today in products that contain hemp and why they can't consume them. First of all, what is hemp? Hemp is an industrial non-drug variant that is cultivated for its fiber, hurd and seeds. It's different in its function, cultivation and application. It was banned in 1970's because it was part of the cannabis family and were put under the Schedule I drugs. The first trace of hemp is back in 8000 BCE in Asia regions and modern day China and Taiwan. The main parts used are seeds, fiber and shiv(hurd). The seeds are the most used, you can find them in the dietary products and can be eaten raw, ground, milk, protein powder, hemp oil and many body care products. To find more information about hemp you can go to this website Ministry of hemp. What are cannabinoids? They are chemical compounds that can be consume or the body can produce itself. They're two types phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids. This cannabinoids interact with the body's central regulatory system that is responsible for regulate or manage the homeostasis and body process such appetite, mood and sleep. The phytocannabinoids are the ones consume and help us to kick start our central regulatory system. The endocannabinoids are produced naturally by the body. 

Why they can't consume it? Is because the hemp is part of the cannabis family in where the weed or marihuana is part of. Even though they're not the same, they're from the same family and contain THC. An article in the AF page affirm that "The Air Force has a long-standing policy in place that prohibits military members from ingesting any product, regardless of manufacturer, that contains or is derived from hemp seed or hemp seed oil,” said Capt. Adam Koudelka, legal advisor for the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory, Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas." They also explained that you can find this information in the Air Force Instruction 44-120, paragraph 1.1.5, as well as AFI 44-121, paragraph 3.2.2, which states, “Studies have shown that products made with hemp seed and hemp seed oil may contain varying levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active ingredient of marijuana which is detectable under the Air Force Drug Testing Program." The Ministry of hemp said that even if you consume hemp you would pass the drug test because the levels of THC are below the detectable amounts in the hemp. How true is this? Well, maybe is true but the military drug tests are more rigorously and they detect even smaller amounts of THC. If a military member consume hemp or a derived of hemp can be penalized for it. 

Here some differences between hemp and marihuana are:


Cannabis
Chemical makeup
Psychoactive
Applications
Hemp
Yes
Low THC (<0.3%)
No
Healthy dietary, supplements, skin products, clothing and accessories.
weed
Yes
High THC (5%-35%)
Yes
Medical and recreational uses.
 The information is take from the Ministry of hemp page.

They differ by their appearance, makeup and natural adaptability. Hemp contains high level of CBD unlike the weed that contains high levels of THC. What is CBD and THC? The CBD is a chemical compound that comes from the hemp plant and acts as THC's antagonist. Is one of the 85 compounds in the hemp. Is rich in antioxidants, give biological stability and are neuroprotectan (for neurodegenerative diseases). Also, it has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects without any psychoactive effects. The hemp is considered as a super food because it has a good balance of essential fatty acids, amino acids, protein and fiber. But even though it have those good properties, don't are sufficient to be allowed in the military for the THC levels independently if the levels are so low that doesn't have any effect in the body. Here are some products/brands that used hemp and you as a militar has to avoid like the Chobani yogurt called “Blueberry Power Chobani Flip” and these others:

Nutiva Organic, Cold-Processed Hemp Protein from non-GMO, Sustainably Farmed Canadian Hempseed, 15 G, 3-Pound BagHemp Protein Powder Nutrition LabelNutiva Organic, Raw, Shelled Hempseed from non-GMO, Sustainably Farmed Canadian Hemp, 19-OuncesJust Hemp Foods, 100% Natural Hulled Hemp Seeds, 4lb Multi-Pack (4 x 16 oz.)Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds, 1lb; with 10g protein& Omegas per Serving (Packaging May Vary), Non-GMO, Gluten FreeManitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 50 Protein Powder, 32oz; with 15g of Protein & 7g of Fiber per Serving, Preservative-Free, Non-GMOOnnit Powerfood Active: Vegan Hemp Protein Powder (30 Servings)Pure Hemp Protein Powder by Lean Hemp – Organic, Vegan, Hi-Fiber – 50% Protein


I hope that you guys like this post and remember that it's super important to look the labels of the products that we buy specially if you're part of the military. Happy Friday! Love you guys!



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