CBD-infused products arriving at Kroger stores this week – Detroit Free Press

Once you’ve picked up milk, bread and eggs at the grocery store, you can now buzz over to the health and beauty section for some CBD-infused products to calm your aching back. 

Starting this week, the Kroger Co., the nation’s largest grocer, will begin selling cannabidiol-infused products at stores in several states.

Rachel Hurst, corporate affairs manager for the Kroger Michigan division, said 92 stores in Michigan will have products. Cannabidiol is best known and commonly referred to as CBD. Kroger, Hurst said, will be selling the topicals, not the CBD oil that you ingest.

Kroger joins national retailers across the country such as CVS and Walgreens in selling CBD topical products.

“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,” Hurst wrote in an email. “Our limited selection of hemp-derived CBD topical products is from suppliers that have been reviewed for quality and safety.”

Here’s what you need to know.

What is cannabidiol? 

Better know as CBD, it’s a chemical compound that stems from the cannabis sativa (marijuana) plant. CBD is often used for its medicinal purposes. 

What are considered topical products?

Think lotions, balms, oils and salves. These are often applied to and absorbed through the skin.

Why do they matter? 

These types of products are believed by users to be therapeutic and relieve pain and soreness, without the “high” that comes from marijuana. CBD stems from the hemp and marijuana plants and is the non-psychoactive ingredient.

What makes these less euphoric?

It’s minus the tetrahydrocannabinol or THC that is the psychoactive compound that provides users the high. CBD from marijuana plants have a higher THC concentration than hemp-derived CBD; the latter still has trace amounts of THC.

Why aren’t they in food?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still deems CBD use in edibles or dietary supplement products illegal and have not yet approved such products. But these edibles are projected to be a multi-billion dollar industry.

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Contact food writer Susan Sealsky: 313-222-6872 or sselasky@freepress.com. Follow @SusanMariecooks on Twitter. 

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