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Walgreens to sell CBD products in 1,500 stores

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Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses what to know about CBD products after Walgreens announces they will sell it in creams, patches and sprays at over a thousand stores.

Walgreens will sell CBD products in nearly 1,500 stores


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Walgreens will begin selling CBD creams, patches and sprays in nearly 1,500 stores in select states.

CNBC was the first to report the news Wednesday, which came about a week after CVS announced some of its stores will sell CBD topical products.

CBD, a hemp-derived cannabidiol, is a nonpsychoactive ingredient in cannabis that is becoming increasingly mainstream.

“This product offering is in line with our efforts to provide a wider range of accessible health and wellbeing products and services to best meet the needs and preferences of our customers,” Walgreens spokesman Brian Faith said in a statement to USA TODAY.

The drugstore chain will sell the cannabis-based products in Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vermont, South Carolina, Illinois and Indiana, Faith said.


Beauty fans will try anything at least once.

Walgreens declined to specify which brands it would carry, CNBC reported.

Cannabis-based products got a major boost in December when President Donald Trump signed off on an $867 billion Farm Bill that gave a green light for hemp to be cultivated on a large scale.

Walgreens will sell CBD products in 1,500 stores in select states.

Walgreens will sell CBD products in 1,500 stores in select states. (Photo: Charles Krupa, AP)

Unlike marijuana, another cannabis species, hemp has almost none of the psychoactive compounds that cause a user to get high. Now that it’s no longer labeled a controlled substance, more businesses have the opportunity to create hemp-based products, from tinctures to lotions.

CVS introduced CBD-containing topicals, including creams and salves, to stores in seven states earlier in March.

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Walgreens will sell cannabis-based products in Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vermont, South Carolina, Illinois and Indiana.