Kroger stores in Michigan will begin carrying CBD products this week as the grocery chain becomes the latest retailer to tap into the trendy alternative remedy.
Michigan is one of 17 states where Kroger stores will add CBD lotions, balms, oils and creams to their shelves this week.
CBD — or cannabidiol — is derived from the cannabis plant and can be used to relieve pain and anxiety. Most CBD is derived from hemp — which was federally legalized by the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill. CBD products can only contain up to 0.3 percent THC — tetrahydrocannabinol — which means they do not cause the psychoactive effects that marijuana users experience.
Kroger will be carrying products that contain no THC, company officials said.
In Michigan, 92 of the 120 Kroger locations will carry CBD.
â€śCBD is a naturally-occurring and non-intoxicating compound that has promising benefits and is permitted within federal and state regulations,â€ť said Rachel Hurst, corporate affairs manager for Kroger, in a statement. â€śOur limited selection of hemp-derived CBD topical products is from suppliers that have been reviewed for quality and safety.â€ť
Products will range in price from $3.99 to $59.99, Hurst said.
CBD products have been popping up in a variety of retail stores in Michigan since hemp has been legalized — including at gas stations and at Family Video stores.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a hearing on CBD products at the end of May, but has yet to issue any formal regulations on the products. To Michigan officials, the sale of CBD products marketed as dietary supplements is considered illegal.