Mike Wright, general manager at Eddie’s Health Shoppe, explains what CBD oils are and how to find them on July 26, 2018. Knoxville News Sentinel
CBD products should be available in all Knoxville-area Kroger stores by this weekend, said Melissa Eads, the grocerâ€™s Nashville division spokesperson.
The creams and oils will be displayed on a rack in the pharmacy section, she said. The brand names and specific products were not immediately available.
Kroger announced this week it will sell CBD products at its stores in Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, South Carolina, and 13 other states.
â€śWe are offering our customers a highly-curated selection of topical products like lotions, oils, balms and creams that are infused with hemp-derived CBD,â€ť Eads said via email. Though some CBD products are marketed for pets, Kroger will only carry items for use by humans, she said.
Other major retailers including Walmart and Walgreens already sell hemp-derived products, and many specialty stores have popped up in the last year selling CBD oils, creams and edible products.
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a chemical found in the cannabis plant. Cannabis is the source for both marijuana, which also contains the high-producing chemical THC, and industrial hemp, which has very little THC. Cannabidiol can also be derived from marijuana plants, and thatâ€™s still illegal; but Tennessee law declares CBD legal if itâ€™s made from industrial hemp. Its advocates tout it as treatment for pain, anxiety and several other conditions.
â€śCBD is a naturally-occurring and non-intoxicating compound that has promising benefits and is permitted within federal and state regulations,â€ť says a Kroger corporate statement. â€śOur limited selection of hemp-derived CBD topical products is from suppliers that have been reviewed for quality and safety.â€ť
The CBD industry is growing rapidly, with some analyses predicting it will become a $20 billion annual business by 2024.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has issued warnings that many CBD products lack quality control. The FDA has not approved most CBD products for the treatment of any condition; one CBD-based prescription drug has been approved to treat specific forms of epilepsy.
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