The Kroger Co., a popular supermarket chain, has announced that it will soon be introducing hemp-derived CBD topical products to its line of goods.
According to The Detroit News, The Kroger Co. announced that 17 states in the U.S. will be carrying hemp derived CBD products, specifically those in lotion, balm, oil and cream form. Rachel Hurst, the corporate affairs manager for The Kroger Co.’s Michigan division, is among the first from the company to speak on the subject. “CBD is a naturally-occurring and non-intoxicating compound that has promising benefits and is permitted within federal and state regulations,” she said in a statement to The Detroit News. Additionally, she noted that these products have been “reviewed for quality and safety,” and will range between $3.99-$59.99. Details for other states with The Kroger Co. has yet to be revealed, although Hurst noted that 92 of Michigan’s 120 stores will be receiving hemp derived CBD products.
The FDA has been making strides in bringing CBD conversations to light, but this progress doesn’t stop some people from feeling concerned for the immediate future of hemp-derived CBD products. Alex Leonowicz of the Cannabis Industry Group told The Detroit News that CBD products are still a bit confusing. “You run into a lot of violations, maybe not as many as cannabis, but there’s a myriad of issues and landmines that you can easily run into if you’re not careful with CBD,” she said.
In March, CVS announced that it would be selling CBD products in eight states (specifically in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and Tennessee). Shortly after, numerous other grocery stores and retailers have announced their interest and plans to bring CBD products to customers in their area. Even clothing stores like Abercrombie & Fitch will soon feature a line of hemp derived CBD products as well. Most recently, a Missouri-based supermarket chain called Dierbergs also announced its plans for CBD earlier this month.
The Kroger Co. owns a variety of companies, including Baker’s, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Gerbes, Harris Teeter, King Soopers, Jay C Food Store, Kroger, Owens Market, Pay-Less Super Markets, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s Food and Drug.