Ever wondered why your local pharmacy does not stock CBD products? Well, don’t worry! The customers want CBD. CVS made sure to comply with their needs. The drugstore chain recently started selling CBD products in eight states. These products included creams, oils, rolls-ons, and lotions.
“Anecdotally, we’ve heard from our customers that have used those products that, gee, it’s helped with pain relief for arthritis and their ailments.” CVS CEO Larry Merlo said in an interview.
In order to fully understand the importance of this launch, it is crucial to know what CBD is and what benefits it has on consumers.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant. It gives a feeling of relaxation and calms through anyone who consumes it. This naturally occurring substance is used in many products to promote this exact feeling. It isn’t psychoactive; hence it does not get the consumer high; he/she will not feel sedated or altered in any way.
Health Benefits of CBD
There’s no doubt that CBD has helped with several different health conditions such as back pain, osteoarthritis, and even cancer, to some extent. In detail, CBD has the ability to alleviate a condition that a lot of people suffer from- pain and inflammation.
In addition to this, CBD can aid in strengthening bones and promotes the healing process if a fracture occurs. This benefit is extremely advantageous in conditions such as Osteoporosis where the bones become fragile and brittle.
Moreover, CBD can also help people suffering from certain sleeping disorders such as insomnia by combating conditions such as stress or anxiety. Not only this but through recent studies, it has been proven that CBD can be an effective and natural treatment for high blood pressure. Along with this, CBD can also reduce cardiac inflammation.
Things You Need to Know About CBD at Your CVS
1. CBD in CVS is Derived from Hemp
According to many doctors, CBD is a molecule which is the same regardless of whether it has been derived from cannabis or hemp. But to the government, it makes the worlds difference. Governmental laws towards growing and selling of marijuana are much stricter than those towards hemp.
2. Products with “Hemp” on their Label May Contain CBD
Numerous stores sell products that contain hemp, but they may not contain CBD. According to some researchers, a lot of businesses avoid using CBD in their labels due to the fact that it attracts less regulatory oversight. Others pointed out that most of the hemp grown and used for the products that are sold in the unregulated market actually originate from countries that have lenient regulations.
Hence, they may contain impurities which the consumers require protection from; therefore, it is essential to choose product sourced from domestically grown hemp.
3. Limited Products, Limited States
The company is only stocking a limited range of CBD products in eight states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, and Tennessee. Hence, don’t expect to conveniently grab CBD oils from the shelf at your nearest CVS, as it might not be available.
Even though the products that CVS Health is marketing contains CBD, the ingredient does not include marijuana. Recreational marijuana is legalized in 10 states, and medicinal marijuana is legalized in 33 states; however, all forms of marijuana remain illegal at the federal level in the United States.
As touched upon earlier, CBD products in CVS are created by hemp which is another variety of the cannabis plant that contains very low levels of THC, a psychoactive compound in marijuana.
Following this, hemp was legalize in the United States in December 2018 by President Trump; however, the Food and Drug Administration must approve of any CBD-infused foods or products that claim to have medicinal purposes. In CVS’ case though, the CBD products they carry do not claim to have any therapeutic benefits.
CVS Pharmacy is jumping on the CBD bandwagon. It’s no secret that CBD has become popular quite rapidly with people seeking relief for multiple health issues. Many retailers are looking for opportunities to stock their markets with CBD products to skyrocket their profit margins.
If you live in certain states where CBD is legal, you’ll probably feel as if its popularity is at the roof. Coffee shops offer CBD lattes, spas offer CBD facials and beauty companies are adamant on releasing lotions and oils infused with CBD. As a final note from CVS, it confirmed that it would not be selling CBD supplements or food additives. But who knows, in the future, they just might!