Kroger will begin selling topical products infused with CBD at 89 Indiana locations before the end of June, a company spokesperson told IndyStar.
“Like many retailers, we are offering our customers a highly-curated selection of topical products like lotions, balms, oils and creams that are infused with hemp-derived CBD,” the company said in an emailed statement. “CBD is a naturally-occurring and non-intoxicating compound that has promising benefits and is permitted within federal and state regulations. Our limited selection of hemp-derived CBD topical products is from suppliers that have been reviewed for quality and safety.”
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of many compounds — called cannabinoids — found in cannabis sativa. It is extracted from the hemp variety, which has no or only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound that produces the mind-altering “high” associated with marijuana.
Proponents of CBD laud the substance's perceived health benefits, but some scientists question whether it does the things proponents believe it does.
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CBD has been legal in Indiana since March 2018. when Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a measure legalizing low-THC cannabidiol oil in Indiana. The law allows anyone to buy, sell and possess CBD oil, as long as it meets certain labeling requirements and contains no more than 0.3% THC.
Since then, CVS has begun selling it in its stores, and Green Growth Brands of Columbus, Ohio, opened a shop at Castleton Square Mall, with more Indiana locations to follow.
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A nationwide CBD Expo also made an Indianapolis stop in March. Vendors at the expo sold CBD-infused products such as ice cream, lotion, pet treats and beard oil.
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