The cannabis-based items will hit 1500 stores in 9 states.
Earlier this month, CVS introduced CBD products in stores across the country. Now, Walgreens has vowed to do the same. The drugstore chain will rollout cannabis-based sprays, creams, and patches at 1,500 Walgreens locations.
The psychoactive cannabis compound, aka CBD, has become wildly popular in recent years for health reasons. It’s been praised for relieving anxiety, chronic pain, nausea, and muscle spasms. According to Food & Wine, it is legal for medical use in 46 states. However, when derived from hemp plants—and not marijuana—it’s legal throughout the country.
Walgreens will introduce the products in Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vermont, South Carolina, Illinois, and Indiana. Meanwhile, CVS has already brought CBD to Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, and Tennessee.
“This product offering is in line with our efforts to provide a wider range of accessible health and wellbeing products and services to best meet the needs and preferences of our customers,” Walgreens spokesperson Brian Faith told CNBC via email.
And while yes, you can expect some of your CBD faves in stores soon, in February the FDA inspired several states to pull the plug on CBD edibles in restaurants, bars, and other food establishments. Despite not containing THC, the cannabidiol is still a subject of health concern. “Restaurants in New York City are not permitted to add anything to food or drink that is not approved as safe to eat,” the New York Department of Health said in a statement.
“Until cannabidiol (CBD) is deemed safe as a food additive, the Department is ordering restaurants not to offer products containing CBD.” Ohio, Main, and California have also cracked down on CBD food and dietary supplements.
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