Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery retailer and owner of Pick ‘N Save and Metro Market stores, will sell CBD in nearly 1,000 stores including Wisconsin, but it won’t sell any CBD-infused groceries yet.
Besides Wisconsin, Kroger will sell CBD creams, balms and oils in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Washington and Wyoming, according to the company.
Kroger is joining a growing list of national retailers, including Walgreens, CVS, Vitamin Shoppe and GNC, that are beginning to stock shelves with CBD.
Consumers are curious about CBD, a nonintoxicating cannabis compound that promises to help relieve problems such as anxiety and pain even though hardly any scientific evidence backs up these claims.
CBD derived from hemp is legal thanks to the farm bill Congress passed late in 2018, but the FDA says companies can’t add CBD to food or sell it as a dietary supplement.