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CBD products are now available at over 800 Walmart stores

By meerna Jul11,2024
CBD products are now available at over 800 Walmart stores

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Walmart has begun selling a handful of Charlotte’s Web CBD products at more than 800 locations. Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images
  • More than 800 Walmart stores in the United States now offer topical CBD products.
  • Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive chemical found in cannabis that may help treat a number of conditions, including inflammation, pain, and anxiety.
  • There is some scientific evidence to support the therapeutic benefits of CBD.

More than 800 Walmart stores in five states will now offer CBD products.

Charlotte’s Web, one of the largest producers of cannabidiol (CBD) and other hemp-based plant products, announced that as of June 26, some of its products are available in select Walmart stores.

A total of 827 stores in Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, and Florida have begun carrying several of Charlotte’s Web’s CBD topical products, including a stick balm, cream, and cooling gel — all containing 1,000 mg of concentrated CBD isolate.

CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical component of marijuana that has been recommended for a variety of conditions, including inflammation, chronic pain, insomnia, and anxiety.

However, it has always been like this FDA approved for the treatment of epilepsy. Still, CBD has become increasingly mainstream in recent years, appearing in a variety of products—from sodas and gummies to balms and oils.

Topical preparations containing CBD can help relieve pain, inflammation, and other skin conditions.

“We are proud to introduce CBD topicals to Walmart, reflecting Charlotte’s Web’s commitment to setting new standards of excellence in the CBD industry and ensuring that every Walmart customer can experience the transformative benefits of our carefully formulated products,” said Bill Morachnick, CEO of Charlotte’s Web, in a statement.

Wesley Raup-Konsavage, PhD, an assistant professor of pharmacology at Penn State University who has conducted extensive research on CBD and other cannabinoids, told Healthline, “Given the widespread availability of CBD products, it was only a matter of time before a major chain started carrying these products.”

Despite CBD’s popularity and anecdotal reports of its therapeutic properties, experts contacted by Healthline said the data behind many of the claims made about CBD is still unclear.

“It’s important to note that in many ways, public opinion is ahead of the science. We still don’t have good data to support the use of CBD or other cannabinoids for treating conditions outside of a few select areas,” Raup-Konsavage said.

CBD topicals, including balms, ointments, and sticks, are popular because they can help relieve inflammation and muscle pain, and are often marketed as post-exercise relief.

CBD is generally considered safe.

However, topical CBD products are among the least studied, so it’s unclear what, if any, therapeutic effects they might have. Most of the research has been done on orally administered CBD. The available research on topical CBD and muscle pain is sparse.

“There has been little research on topical use of CBD; however, it has the potential to be beneficial for joint pain and other forms of local pain,” Raup-Konsavage said.

2023 study with 21 college-age participants found that topical CBD did not relieve muscle pain. Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled test (considered the “gold standard”) study of 28 participants, published this month, also found that CBD had no effect on muscle recovery or pain.

“For many people, transdermal delivery is not an effective way to get it into the body,” Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), told Healthline.

The body metabolizes medications in different ways, so “the route of administration, or how you take it, matters. With a wide range of CBD products on the market that can be consumed in a variety of ways, from beverages to vaporizers to balms, it can be difficult to be certain that the dose you’re getting is the same as the one printed on the label.

“CBD itself is therapeutic in many different ways. That doesn’t mean that a shot of CBD in espresso is therapeutic,” Armentano said.

Although CBD topicals have a shaky reputation, there is scientific evidence that they are effective in treating other conditions.

There is currently only one FDA-approved CBD-containing drug, Epidiolex, which is indicated for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare but severe forms of epilepsy.

In the UK and some European countries, Sativex, which is derived from both THC (the psychoactive chemical found in cannabis) and CBD, is approved to treat spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis, which occurs when a person’s muscles can become stiff and rigid or have uncontrollable spasms. Sativex is not approved or legal in the United States.

Outside of the narrow scope of FDA approval, CBD may help treat conditions such as: inflammationchronic pain, Bowand insomnia. The strength of the scientific evidence for these conditions varies.

“The anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects of CBD are the most widely studied, and there is some evidence that CBD may be an effective treatment. There is also evidence that CBD may also alleviate anxiety, although this data is much more limited,” Raup-Konsavage said.

In 2018, the U.S. government effectively legalized many CBD products through legislation known as the “Farm Bill.” The bill allows for the legal cultivation of cannabis or hemp plants, provided they do not contain more than 0.3% THC.

In reality, CBD products are still in a legal gray area that can vary from state to state.

“If the CBD in question is derived from a plant that federal law classifies as hemp … then the final product containing CBD is considered a federally legal product. If the CBD is derived from a plant that contains more than three-tenths of 1 percent THC, then the final product would not be considered a federally legal product,” Armentano said.

The CBD market is also generally unregulated provided that manufacturers do not provide information about the therapeutic properties of the product.

“We don’t know much about how these products are made. There’s not a lot of oversight into the consistency of the product from batch to batch, its purity, its labeling or even its marketing,” Armentano said.

More than 800 Walmart stores in five U.S. states now offer a wide range of topical CBD products.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive chemical found in cannabis that is believed to have medicinal properties.

CBD is FDA-approved for the treatment of seizures only. There is some scientific evidence to support the use of CBD for other conditions, including inflammation, pain, and anxiety.

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