Drugstore powerhouse Walgreens announced in recent weeks it will begin selling CBD creams, patches, and sprays in some 1,500 stores throughout the country.
Soon, you’ll be able to find CBD-containing products in Walgreen’s stores in Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vermont, South Carolina, Illinois, and Indiana.
One of its main rivals, CVS, began selling CBD-containing topicals, like creams and salves, in early March at eight stores. Rite-Aid also jumped on the bandwagon with its plans to pilot CBD products in their stores.
As CBD, the non-psychoactive sister of THC, has become a seriously buzz-worthy ingredient in recent years, even these traditional retailers can’t ignore the hype.
The CBD market is predicted to grow to $22 billion by 2022 and the bandwagoning by old-school retailers adds an additional legitimacy to this heavily trending product.
Cannabis contains cannabinoids, which are chemical compounds that can help the body regenerate and offer antibacterial and antiviral properties. Although both THC and CBD can be incorporated into an array of products, CBD is easier for brands to use from a regulatory standpoint, as it has no psychoactive side effects.
Enthusiasts swear by CBD’s multitude of benefits. It has gained a notable following in the skin care industry and is popping up in everything from mascara to pain relieving lotion. Proponents swear it will boost your mood and relieve stress, thanks to the ingredient’s anxiety-relieving properties.
As marijuana becomes increasingly available amid a surge of new pro-pot legislation—it’s now legal in Canada, Washington DC, and 32 states—the public consensus about CBD has been widely enthusiastic. Stoner stereotypes have been replaced with widespread recognition of notable health benefits associated with the compound. And retailers, never wanting to miss a buck, are seizing on the moment. All signs indicate that CBD in skincare, makeup, and wellness products is only going to grow. The recent change in the US Farm Bill means that it will soon be legal to grow hemp anywhere.
Now to Arizona…
In other news, Arizona dispensaries recently announced a campaign to put a marijuana legalization bill on the ballot in 2020. Funded by medical marijuana businesses, the plan has been mostly under wraps so far, but is said to include legalization, decriminalization, and tax and regulatory statues. Recent polls suggest that the state’s residents are warming to the idea – a small survey indicated that just over half of the people polled would vote yes. The shift in public opinion in Arizona is notable because a similar 2016 ballot measure failed only by small margins. Even a slight uptick in support could push any future ballot measure over the threshold required to turn the bill to law.
Justin Strekal, political director for NORML, says, “In state after state, lawmakers are coming out of the woodwork in favor of legalization. “Be it on the grounds of criminal justice reform, community-police relations, racial justice, tax revenue or that they just see the writing on the wall, the political evolutions are accelerating at a tremendous rate.”
Watch this space for more as it happens!
Christina Rock is a Seattle-based writer and photographer who loves late sixties music, strong coffee, and days that go better than planned.