Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Kroger stores in IN to begin selling CBD products

Kroger stores in IN to begin selling CBD products

CBD - or cannabidiol - is derived from the cannabis plant and can be used to relieve pain and anxiety.

Retail giants like Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT) and Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) have also reportedly explored the possibility of CBD sales in recent months.

The Cincinnati-based grocery store chain will begin selling topical products like lotions, balms, oils and creams in 17 states, The Detroit News reports.

According to Gardner, people are coming in for the CBD products but eventually pick up movies too. Hemp-derived CBD with trace amounts of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, has been given the green light for use by the federal government.

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"Our limited selection of hemp-derived CBD topical products is from suppliers that have been reviewed for quality and safety", she added.

Although production of industrial hemp is legal and regulated by the U.S. Agriculture Department, the Food and Drug Administration does not recognize CBD as an ingredient generally regarded as safe.

Small, struggling industries may benefit from CBD sales as well: one video rental store in MI reported a sales boost after it began offering CBD products. None of the products sold by Kroger will have any THC.

The company says it will slowly introduce products.

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