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CVS Will Begin Selling CBD Products

The hemp-derived topical products will be available in eight states.

CVS pharmacies will begin selling certain CBD products over the counter in eight states.

According to NBC News, the cannabidiol topical products will include sprays, roll-ons, creams and other topical items.

"We are carrying hemp-derived CBD products in select states to help meet consumer demand for alternative care options," said CVS Health Spokesperson, Mike DeAngelis.

The items will be sold in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and Tennessee. The CBD products will be available over-the-counter.

CBD is derived from the hemp plant but has very low levels of THC, the psychoactive agent in marijuana. It has been cited as a relief for various physical and mental ailments, however, the only FDA-approved CBD oil is Epidiolex, an oral solution prescribed for the treatment of severe forms of epilepsy.

Experts say not enough research has been done on the effectiveness of CBD in humans, and CVS says it will not market the product as "cure-all."

NBC News reports that CVS will not carry food additives or supplements containing CBD, as these are currently banned by the FDA.

There is no word on when CBD products could be available over-the-counter in Pennsylvania. Last year, the state legalized medicinal marijuana. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is on a listening tour to hear people's thoughts on legalizing recreational use , and legalization bills have been introduced in the state House and Senate .

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