CVS Pharmacy will start selling hemp-derived CBD products in eight states, according to NBC News.
NBC quoted CVS Health Spokesperson Mike DeAngelis as saying, “We are carrying hemp-derived CBD products in select states to help meet consumer demand for alternative care options.”
The products will be sold in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, and Tennessee, in 800 stores, according to NBC.
DeAngelis told NBC that CVS has partnered with Eurofins, a third-party laboratory, to test all CBD topicals for THC, CBD content, and other contaminants, to ensure that the products are labeled accurately and are safe. CVS will market the creams and salves as over-the-counter medicinal products.
“We’ve heard anecdotally from our customers that these products have helped with pain relief,” said CVS CEO Larry Merlo in an interview with CNBC, “We’re going to walk slowly, but we think it’s something that customers will be looking for.”
Bloomberg says that the products are part of a distribution deal with Curaleaf Holdings.