CVS Stores in Eight States Offering Cannabis-Derived Topical CBD Products – LPC
“We are carrying hemp-derived CBD products in select states to help meet consumer demand for alternative care options,” said CVS Health spokesperson Mike DeAngelis to NBC News. (Please see link to the full article below.)
Over-the-counter products will be sold in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, and Tennessee. However, edibles including supplements and food additives will not be available since they remain illegal under the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
“We’re going to walk slowly, but this is something we think our customers will be looking for,” said Larry Merlo, CVS Health CEO.
Although the topical CBD products will all be from hemp, there is still confusion in many states about the legal grey areas of its use. The US legalized hemp last December, so producing hemp-derived CBD is no longer illegal. However, many jurisdictions in the US at the state and county levels (along with federal rules) will affect the legality of selling and using topical CBD products.
No Set Benefits, Risks of CBD Products – LPC
It’s a catch-22. Cannabis and CBD research can’t easily be done because it is illegal in most places in the world. So, there are not many research studies completed on cannabis-based medications including topical CBD products. Some claim cannabis can treat cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases, and even prevent diabetes.
Now that cannabis is legalized in Canada, research is much easier including one cannabis research project into the affects of cannabis use over opioids for ex-NHL players.
However, that hasn’t stopped stores from selling cannabis-based items including topical CBD products. Neiman Marcus in the states recently started selling cannabis-based beauty products from CBD.
“Societies have jumped far ahead of science,” said Dr. Margaret Haney, director of Columbia’s Marijuana Research Laboratory. Topical CBD products are just part of retail picture. “It’s showing up in lotions and pretty much any form of product one can use. There’s a lot of different ways one could use CBD, but the ways we have studied CBD is much more limited.”
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