CVS Pharmacy announced that it will start selling CBD products in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and Tennessee. These CBD products will consist of topical creams, sprays, and roll-ons that offer relief for a wide range of ailments. This announcement comes in response to an increasingly high demand for alternatives to traditional drugs, particularly regarding CBD-based products. CBD has become a hot-button issue in the world of pharmaceuticals, including the announcement of the first FDA approved CBD drug to treat two serious and rare kinds of epilepsy.
Although it’s one of the hottest topics in the drug-industry at the moment, not many lay-people know exactly what CBD is or does. In fact, not everyone in the pharmaceutical industry even agrees on what it does. CBD, AKA cannabidiol, is derived from the Hemp plant, a relative of marijuana and is considered a dietary supplement (not medication) by the FDA. Hemp is high in CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, while marijuana is high in THC, which makes a marijuana user feel “high”. Many people who have used CBD report relief from pain and inflammation, and even anxiety. This has led to an influx of CBD-oil products, foods, and supplements that are supposed to relieve all kinds of symptoms, although testing has not been done to substantiate many of the claims that CBD-users have made, making the supposed benefits of CBD merely anecdotal.
In order to ensure that consumers are not being put at risk or misled, CVS is collaborating with a third party laboratory to test all of their new CBD products. They’re only offering products that pass these tests and meet the standards set by CVS and the law.
It’s important to understand that although CBD may offer relief for certain problems, there are a number of proven, regulated, and effective medications that can also treat the different ailments CBD-users claim the substance alleviates. So, it’s advised that you keep using your prescribed medications and not jump on the CBD bandwagon quite yet. And if you want to save some money on your prescriptions, we can help.
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