There’s a lot of debate going around not only as to whether pilots can use marijuana but also whether they can use Cannabidiol or CBD. The Federal of Aviation Administration (FAA) is very clear on the regulations regarding marijuana use because of its Tetrahydrocannabinol [1] (THC) content, but what about CBD? Many people have asked this question, pilots included. CBD contains little or no (THC), so is it legal and safe for pilots to use it?

There’s no straightforward answer to this question, basically, just ask yourself whether anything that would cause you to test positive for a drug is legal for you to use as a pilot.

This question is important because, as a pilot, any positive drug test would cost you your career, particularly, your certificate. If CBD can make you test positive on a drug test then you would want to avoid it, what if it doesn’t, can you just go ahead and use it?

Can CBD Cause You to Test Positive on a Drug Test?

Maybe not all the time, but is it possible? This is where you get into trouble as a pilot. Currently, the FDA doesn’t regulate the CBD market, so you can’t be sure about what you are consuming. 

There’s a possibility that something you are consuming as CBD actually contains traces of THC that could land you into trouble. It all depends on your source of the CBD product.

Are Private Pilots Allowed to Take CBD Products?

The regulations for drug testing states that anyone who tests positive in a drug test cannot hold a medical certificate. Having a medical certificate is a requirement for pilots’ rating, airline or private. Those who can’t hold medical certificates, cannot hold a pilot rating.

Some CBD Products are Safe to Use

Unlike marijuana CBD oil, Hemp-sourced CBD oil is legal for sale because it contains only negligible/trace amounts of THC. It is therefore sold legally and uncontrolled.

CBD oil sourced from marijuana contains THC and thus selling it can only take place under the FDA ‘New Unapproved Drug’ status or like a Schedule 1 drug. It’s ironic that Hemp can not be grown domestically in the U.S. so suppliers of its CBD oil must import it.

Some CBD products do claim to contain less than 0.3 percent THC, but this could be a mere claim by some unscrupulous traders who are desperate to sell their products containing THC in levels that can show positive drug test results.

So as a pilot, if you want to use CBD oil, ensure you purchase products tested by third parties for quality assurance – like those from NuLeaf Naturals. That’s the only way to ensure you consume a product that’s only CBD.

Benefits of Using CBD 

CBD claims to treat a variety of conditions, provided you take it in the right quantities. However, you shouldn’t look at it as a ‘fix all’ for any sickness. Some of the conditions that CBD can possibly help:

  • Inflammation 
  • Seizures/Epilepsy 
  • Fighting cancer 
  • Type 1 diabetes 
  • Acne 
  • Alzheimer’s disease 
  • Pain 
  • Inflammatory bowel disease 
  • Psychosis or mental disorders 
  • Nausea 
  • Depression 
  • Migraines 
  • Anxiety disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, general anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Side Effects

Some studies have found out that CBD has no significant side effects in the CNS, mood, or vital organs even if used in high dosages. The most common side effect reported is tiredness, and there are a few people who’ve also reported diarrhea and change in weight or appetite.

Buy From a Trusted Supplier

As research continues on the use of marijuana and Hemp-sourced CBD, new rules and regulations may come into play. But as matters stand now, you can safely use Hemp-sourced CBD oil provided you purchase it from a trusted supplier.

Businesses like NuLeaf Naturals in Denver, Colorado are strong proponents of CBD Regulation. They serve both retail customers and wholesale CBD customers alike.

References:

https://merryjane.com/news/the-feds-clarify-their-cbd-ban-for-airline-pilots