The New York Post recently reported producers of CBD-infused products have been meeting with top execs from popular big box retailers.

Lauren Wicks

If you're one of the growing number of people who find CBD products useful, you're in luck: Your favorite product could soon be joining wine, groceries and home goods on your Target shopping lists, according to a recent New York Post article. This article claims makers of CBD-infused beverages, food, topical creams and other products have been meeting with top execs of several big box retailers and supermarkets such as Target, Walmart, Kroger and Safeway.

While representatives from a few of the retailers shared with the Post they have no current plans to stock shelves with CBD products, it wouldn't be too surprising if they eventually do. The industry is expected to double to $2.1 billion next year, according to the article, and more and more retailers are joining in the cannabidiol fun. Walgreens, CVS, and GNC already sell a variety of CBD products for wrinkles and pain relief.

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Target actually sold CBD oil online for about a week back in 2017. While you can no longer buy the oil, Target does sell a book online titled, Healing With CBD: How Cannabidiol Oil Can Transform Your Health Without the High. Trying to tell us something there, Target? The Post reported it's unlikely these stores will begin selling CBD-infused products until the FDA issues a permanent ruling-which would be at the end of 2019, at the earliest.

The FDA removed hemp form its lists of illegal substances back in December, but the organization isn't believing the hype just yet when it comes to CBD-infused products. The legality of CBD-infused foods and beverages is still very much an open question. While it's widely available, laws and ordinances vary by state and even municipality, but the FDA is holding a public hearing on May 31 for shareholders to discuss their experiences-good or bad-with CBD to aid in their permanent ruling. The organization also plans to form an internal agency working group to explore lawful marketing of CBD products and its impact on public health.

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While CBD oil shows some scientific promise as a natural remedy for reducing pain and inflammation along with treating mental illnesses and addictions, there are still a lot of dots that need connecting. One of our editors found CBD oil to be a wonderful tool for helping him fall asleep-and stay asleep!-and we're sure many of you have found it effective for various issues. Just do your research before buying any CBD-infused product and understand that these "natural remedies" may end up leading to unwanted side effects.

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