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In a press release regarding its decision to start stocking over the counter CBD, a spokesperson from Walgreens said:
A large proportion of Americans believe that CBD should be available without a prescription. While almost 40% of the general population are in favor, this figure rose to 61% for people who were familiar with CBD and its uses.
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This lack of regulation poses a significant problem as a lot of the products on offer are of inferior quality.
A third of people who are familiar with CBD think that the cannabinoid is very beneficial, and just under half believe it has at least some benefits.
Another risk of using CBD involves people shunning conventional treatments in its favor. While in some cases, this is not likely to cause any significant problems, when it comes to life-threatening illnesses, it obviously becomes far riskier.
The drugstore chain will sell the cannabis-based products in Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vermont, South Carolina, Illinois and Indiana, Faith said.
Walgreens declined to specify which brands it would carry, CNBC reported.
CNBC was the first to report the news Wednesday, which came about a week after CVS announced some of its stores will sell CBD topical products.
Cannabis-based products got a major boost in December when President Donald Trump signed off on an $867 billion Farm Bill that gave a green light for hemp to be cultivated on a large scale.
Walgreens will sell CBD products in 1,500 stores in select states. (Photo: Charles Krupa, AP)