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CBD products are everywhere these days and pilots are asking the FAA how using these products could affect their medical or their ability to fly. In this new video, part of the FAA's 57 Seconds to Safer Flying, a doctor explains the effects of CBD on our brains and how it can affect our flying. CBD Oil: FAA Zero Tolerance Policy If you are a user of cannabidiol (CBD) oil, the Federal Air Surgeon, Dr. Michael A. Berry, has a warning for you: “Use of CBD oil is not accepted as an

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CBD products are everywhere these days. In a new video just posted to YouTube, the FAA is warning pilots that CBD can affect your ability to fly.

“The THC content in CBD products is not regulated, and the amount may be unknown to pilots,” agency officials note. “Impairment and a positive drug test are both possible. Consequently, the FAA strongly discourages CBD use.”

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As a hemp grower and part time user for pain and sleep aid if you use “full spectrum” hemp with THC bumping the legal limit of .3% for 30 days and were tested it is my understanding you might get flagged. How is that for a definite maybe? By the way I am over 70 and have never used an illegal drug.

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Lynn Sponholz says

Lack of knowledge! CBD products are tested for THC content. Any with more than 0.3% THC may not be used. I seriously doubt there will be any standards until cannabis is descheduled. BUT despite coming from the same plant, CBD products have a cap on the THC content.

CBD Oil: FAA Zero Tolerance Policy

If you are a user of cannabidiol (CBD) oil, the Federal Air Surgeon, Dr. Michael A. Berry, has a warning for you: “Use of CBD oil is not accepted as an affirmative defense against a positive drug test.”

Despite its legalization in some states, only one CBD product been approved for medicinal use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat rare forms of epilepsy, and it require a prescription. No commercially available CBD oil has been approved for use by the FDA; therefore, commercially available CBD oil is not subject to the same quality control standards as other FDA approved substances. Since it is not subject to FDA quality control, commercially available CBD oil may contain other substances inconsistent with its labeling, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the compound responsible for marijuana’s euphoric and mind-altering effects. Pilots should be aware that FAA required drug tests routinely test for the presence of THC. Therefore, pilots utilizing commercially available CBD oil are at risk of testing positive for THC (or other prohibited substances) and may be putting their medical and airmen certificates at risk.

As noted above, the Federal Air Surgeon clarified that the FAA will not consider the use of commercially available CBD oil as a defense against a positive drug test. If you have tested positive on an FAA drug test, call the AOPA Legal Services Plan at 1-800-872-2672.

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Ian Arendt

Ian Arendt is an in-house attorney with AOPA’s Legal Services Plan. The AOPA Legal Services plan is offered as part of AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services.

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