Air Force personnel are being warned to stay away from a specific flavor of Chobani Greek yogurt that includes hemp seeds because of the organization’s anti-drug policy. Hemp contains smalls amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient also found in marijuana. Hemp seed oil products and hemp seed were added to the Air Force’s banned substance list back in 1999.
Not all yogurt flavors are banned, just Chobani's Blueberry Power Flip.
“The Air Force has not restricted military members from consuming Chobani Greek yogurt; rather, only Chobani yogurt that contains hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited, just as any product which contains or is derived from hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited,” said Capt. Adam Koudelka, the legal adviser for the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory at the Air Force Medical Operations Agency at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
This is the Air Force’s policy on hemp:
“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. In order to ensure military readiness, the ingestion of products containing or products derived from hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited. Failure to comply with the mandatory provisions of this paragraph by military personnel is a violation of Article 92, UCMJ.”
Chobani spokesperson Jessica DiGennaro said the maximum amount of THC in the yogurt would be 1 part per million, The Huffington Post reported.
“Based upon the research we have conducted from the published literature available, the findings suggest that hemp food consumption is not likely to meet this threshold if THC levels in hemp oil and hulled seeds are maintained below 5 and 2 parts per million respectively,” DiGennaro said.
She did admit that Chobani couldn't confirm "with certainty" how its yogurt would affect Air Force drug testing.