Select CVS locations in California and seven other states are now selling hemp-derived CBD products.
The national drugstore chain will be marketing the topical cannabidiol products as “an alternative source of relief,” CVS said in a statement to NBC News. The chain also will be partnering with another company to test and verify the quality of the CBD topicals sold in 800 drugstores at this point.
Make no mistake: This does not mean you can stock up on pot brownies while buying toilet paper and shaving cream. Hemp-derived cannabidiol, known as CBD, will be sold in topical products including “creams, sprays, roll-ons, lotions and salves,” CVS Health spokesman Mike DeAngelis told USA TODAY. Edibles are not on offer.
The drugstore was motivated by market forces and is responding to customer demand, according to CVS officials, who did not respond to a request for a list of participating stores. It’s unclear which of the chain’s stores carry the CBD topicals in Humboldt County — an employee at the Myrtle Avenue store in Eureka suggested calling ahead to see if it was available.
The other states where the palliative products are available are: Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and Tennessee, according to NBC News.
“Anecdotally, we’ve heard from our customers that have used those products that, gee, it’s helped with pain relief for arthritis and other ailments,” CVS CEO Larry Merlo said in a CNBC interview. “We’re going to walk slowly, but we think this is something customers are going to be looking for as part of the health offering.”
To be sure, you may never look at the drive-thru pharmacy the same way again.
The Times-Standard contributed to this report.