CVS to sell cannabis-based products in 8 states

CVS to sell cannabis-based products in 8 states
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CVS Pharmacy announced Wednesday that it has started selling cannabidiol-derived products at its stores.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the non-psychoactive component of marijuana. It has been legal at the federal level since the passage of the farm bill in December but only when it is extracted from hemp. It does not give users a high.

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The topical CBD products, such as creams, sprays and roll-ons, will be marketed as “an alternative source of relief,” CVS said in a statement to NBC News.

The products will be available in 800 stores in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and Tennessee, according to NBC.

“We are carrying hemp-derived CBD products in select states to help meet consumer demand for alternative care options,” CVS spokesperson Mike DeAngelis said.

Since the legalization of hemp derived CBD, companies have been adding it to food, beverages and skin care products.

Food and Drug Administration regulations still prohibit CBD from being added to food or drinks.