Can Police Officers Really Use CBD?While governmental positions in law enforcement have a zero tolerance policy for illegal drug use, several agencies across the country are beginning to change their stand for CBD. Why? It’s simple. There’s a rise in the number of police officers who claim CBD to have helped them. Both seasoned and potential police candidates noticed the same effect. While the FDA hasn’t yet set regulation standards when it comes to CBD, the 2018 Farm Bill made CBD products, derived from hemp, legal at the federal level. States still have the final say, but CBD is legal in the majority of the US. Historically, CBD has been treated the same as THC. Both were considered to be substances that are psychotic and make you high. So, both were banned law enforcement. Even though it's not a controlled substance, it has become somewhat of a standard in screening questions for individuals interested in becoming police officers in several states. But, things changed. Take Arizona, for example. In June 2019, the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) changed their stance on screening potential officers for the use of CBD products. A statement was issued that ensured AZPOST “does not view the use or possession of over-the-counter products containing CBD as constituting the illegal use or possession of marijuana, a dangerous drug, or a narcotic drug.”2 AZPOST executive director, Matt Giordano, maintains that potential police officers aren’t using CBD to get high. They’re using it for its therapeutic properties. “Police agencies have seen an increase in the number of applicants that have disclosed the use of products containing CBD during their backgrounds,” said Giordano. “What we are finding is someone who might rub a product containing CBD oil on their elbow or knee before going out for a run.” Even potential police officer candidates in Utah, a state historically know for its strict marijuana laws, can now divulge if they have used medical marijuana or CBD in the past and not immediately be rejected for hire. According to Utah officials, any applicant who admits to medical cannabis or CBD use will be considered on a case-by-case basis3. As it stands, the legality of CBD use by police officers varies from state to state and each individual department. Some police officers are given the go-ahead to use CBD products, while others are forbidden. What stands clear for cops when it comes to using CBD, however, is just how beneficial it can be. When you consider the stress levels and physical exhaustion a police officer faces, it’s no wonder that many are turning to CBD for the relief they need. The same applies for first responders like EMTs, paramedics, and firemen. There’s serious benefit to be found in CBD products, especially for those who put their lives on the line to help the lives of others.
How CBD Can Benefits Police and First RespondersFor some, CBD is a the precious solution. With its ability to relieve everything from stress and depression to chronic pain and sleepless nights, there’s nothing else that quite compares. CBD contains impressive benefits that make it ideal for many different people, including police officers and first responders. Taking on the role of a police officer or first responder is a serious commitment. It can be dangerous and lead to significant stress levels. Research shows that the demands of being in law enforcement can put police officers at an increased risk for increased levels of stress, insomnia, high blood pressure, PTSD, depression, and even suicide4. Here’s how CBD could help.
Final Thoughts on CBD for Police Officers and First RespondersWhile not every jurisdiction permits police officers and first responders to use CBD products, there are certainly those who use it with great results. Many companies understand how important it is for people in such positions to be able to confidently use CBD product without the risk of THC showing up in a urinalysis. WKND! Wellness, for example, formulates all CBD products without THC, specifically for police officers and first responders to have the option to safely use CBD, THC-free. There’s no doubt that CBD can help police officers and first responders with the demands of their duties. We truly look forward to the day when all active duty personnel can freely use the non-psychoactive cannabinoid without having to worry about the repercussions of doing so. Featured image by BodyWorn by Utility from Pixabay
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