WOONSOCKET, RI — CVS Pharmacy is planning to sell cannabis-based products in eight states, one of which is Indiana.
The products will be creams, sprays, and roll-ons that provide an alternative source of relief. Hemp has higher concentrations of CBD than its cannabis cousin, marijuana.
THC, the psychoactive chemical that causes the high, is found in marijuana. CVS announced the cannabis-based products would be available at 800 stores in Indiana along with Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland and Tennessee.
Doctor Margaret Haney of the Columbia University Marijuana Research Lab says the benefits of using CBD products have not been proven.
“Buyer beware. Know going into it that there is no evidence for it, but if you walk out feeling better, I’m not going to say that’s a terrible thing, but let’s get the real evidence,” Haney said.
CVS said it will not be selling any CBD-based supplements or food additives.
CVS spokesman Mike DeAngelis said the products are available over-the-counter, though he didn’t specify which among the drug store chain’s 320 Indiana locations — 60 of which are in Indianapolis — now carry them.
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