Whole Foods said it’s also adding exclusive CBD bath items from Pacha Soap Co. (left), including CBD Mineral Soak, CBD Whipped Soap, CBD Bar Soap and CBD Froth Bombs. The retailer noted that the new CBD products meet its body care quality standards, which ban parabens, phthalates, triclosan and more than 100 other questionable ingredients used in conventional body care products. (Photo courtesy of Whole Foods.)
New states where Whole Foods stores sell topical CBD items include Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
“Our shoppers have expressed a growing interest in CBD products,” according to Jennifer Coleman, global senior category merchant at Whole Foods.
From Oct. 4 to 6, Whole Foods plans to offer beauty and body care products – including topical CBD and the new Pacha Soap Co. bath items – at 25% off as part of the chain’s fall Beauty, Bath and Body Care Sale. Prime members get an extra 10% off the discounted price.
“We’re thrilled to roll out topical CBD products in even more stores and to share new, exclusive items from our longstanding supplier partner Pacha Soap Co.,” Coleman commented.
One of our editors tried a bunch of non-psychoactive CBD products to help control her anxiety levels.
I had high hopes, but reader, I could not get past the taste. I am very sensitive to flavors, which is great for some things (like taste-testing Pringles) and bad for others I suppose. I could have tried mint, but honestly, I hate artificial mint flavoring. I abandoned this one after a few days despite the brand’s suggestion that I could put it in something like a smoothie, coffee or yogurt.
It’s advertised as a miracle oil derived from hemp. When applied topically it’s meant to relieve pain. When you vape it, eat it, drink it, or droplet it into your mouth, it reportedly can help treat epileptic seizures, manage anxiety, chill you out or aid in going to sleep. Unlike marijuana, CBD doesn’t get you high. Some swear by its effects, but recently, there has been pushback against it. Some people have even called it “snake oil.” So does it actually work? I had to try.
After some light Googling, I found that the original dosage I had been taking wasn’t high enough. Apparently, the right dosage for your body is a total Goldilocks situation. You may have to try out a few different amounts before you get it just right. I wasn’t imagining things. The higher dosage actually helped.
The first time I ever heard about CBD oil was on a podcast. Then I saw it on a drink menu. Soon it showed up on my favorite website, and as an add-on at my favorite matcha place. It reached the hands of my favorite Instagram influencers, and appeared as a new ingredient in my beauty products. So what is CBD, exactly?
U.S. sales of CBD and hemp oil products containing CBD reached $238 million in 2018, up 57% from 2017, according to a recent study from Boulder, Colo.-based New Hope Network. At Natural Products Expo East, held Sept. 11-14 in Baltimore, New Hope reported that sales of hemp-based CBD supplements alone are expected to hit $3 billion by 2023.
In January of this year, New Hope asked natural and organic manufacturers about their plans to launch CBD/hemp products in the next one to two years, at which time, 65% said “yes.” When New Hope asked again last month, 76% said “yes.”
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As of September 2019, Whole Foods now carries topical CBD products in 30 states. As with all body care items sold at Whole Foods Market, the new CBD products meet the grocer’s rigorous body care quality standards, which ban parabens, phthalates, triclosan and more than 100 other questionable ingredients used in conventional body care products.
“Our shoppers have expressed a growing interest in CBD products,” Jennifer Coleman, global senior category merchant for Whole Foods Market, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to roll out topical CBD products in even more stores and to share new, exclusive items from our long-standing supplier partner Pacha Soap Co.”
In response to the cannabidiol (CBD) industry’s explosive growth, both in terms of new product innovation and increasing consumer awareness, Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market is expanding distribution of topical CBD products to 13 additional states this month, making CBD products available in a total of 359 Whole Foods Market stores across the U.S.