Walgreens is to sell CBD products in almost 1,500 of their stores across the country, the chain has confirmed.
Last week, CVS announced that some of its stores will sell similar cannabis-based products, USA Today reported.
His statements echo comments he made earlier this month when he cautioned it could take up to four years for the FDA to create a regulatory pathway for the retail sale of CBD-infused food products or health food supplements. CBD for medical use is legal in 46 states.
CBD (Cannabidiol): a substance derived from cannabis plants that does not have psychoactive effects.
Stores selling CBD products have begun cropping up around the United States, and CBD is becoming big business. Most CBD products, ranging from tinctures, lotions, oils and even water, are derived from the hemp plant because it has such lower concentrations of THC, the psychoactive component that provides the high for users. The products sold at Walgreens will not contain THC, the company said. The bill, if signed into law, would allow hemp, CBD oil and other products to be sold legally in Ohio, and it creates an industrial hemp program with cultivators and processors licensed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. With Walgreens and CVS jumping into the CBD market, this could mean that there is going to be a fight as the CBD debate grows more heated. Supplements and food additives that contain CBD are now banned under FDA regulations, though the agency is planning hearings on legalizing the additive in April.