- Dollar General will soon sell CBD products at select locations in Tennessee and Kentucky. The items will be part of a collection of 20 topical cosmetic products priced at $20 and below.
- CBD is currently unregulated in the US, and the Food and Drug Administration recently warned that “a number of questions remain regarding CBD’s safety.” As a result, some experts told Business Insider that consumers should be cautious when buying these items from mass retailers.
- “I wouldn’t go [to Dollar General] day one and buy CBD products,” Dave Marelius, chief scientific officer at Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs, told Business Insider. “I would go to a place where I know there has been testing done and I know what I’m buying.”
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The discount store chain announced earlier this month that it will introduce 20 CBD products at 1,100 locations in Tennessee and Kentucky, with plans to expand availability to seven additional states by spring 2020. According to a Dollar General press release, the items will be “limited to topical cosmetic products” such as creams, ointments, and face masks, as opposed to ingestible oils and edible items.
All of the products will cost between $7 and $20, a Dollar General spokesperson told Business Insider. The move will further democratize CBD, which has already proliferated across the US, while helping Dollar General reach new demographics with the buzzy product.
“As with many of the products we carry in our stores, our decision to offer CBD products is based on customer interests or demands,” Jason Reiser, Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, said in a press statement.
Despite CBD’s growing ubiquity, Dave Marelius — chief scientific officer at Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs, which runs quality-control tests for cannabis companies — said consumers should be cautious when purchasing CBD items, a product category his team describes as “the wild wild west.”
“I wouldn’t go [to Dollar General] day one and buy CBD products,” he said. “I would go to a place where I know there has been testing done and I know what I’m buying. To me, priority one is safety. Priority two is making sure I’m not wasting my money and that what I’m actually buying has CBD and it has the amount of CBD that the package claims.”