Walgreens to sell CBD products in 1,500 stores

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses what to know about CBD products after Walgreens announces they will sell it in creams, patches and sprays at over a thousand stores.
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Everybody stop the puns. Go thank you, janai. "Gma" cover story. It's on CBD. Suddenly it's in everything and with claims that it can help cure a variety of ailments. Walgreens is announcing they are entering the mix. From salves to oil, gummies to jelly beans cannabidiol better known as CBD is found everywhere. The naturally occurring compound won't get you high like thc but it is being touted as a potential cure-all for everything from anxiety to pain, depression, even acne and with business expected to boom to the tune of $22 billion by 2022, Walgreens now announing it will be making CBD products available at 1500 stores across the country. In a statement, the company saying, the product offering is in line with our efforts to provide a wider range of accessible health and well-being products and services to best meet the needs and preferences of our customers. All right. And Dr. Ashton is here to break it all down. Good morning to you, my friend. Let's talk bit. What exactly is CBD? We have to start with the terminology. The term medical marijuana is the wrong term. Marijuana is a wrong term. The plant is cannabis. If you break it up, the two main compounds with CBD which does not make you high, thc which does have a psycho active component and then for medicinal uses there are products that contain both so that is very important. It gets very confusing when you start to talk about hemp, whether or not hemp can produce CBD products, and when you talk about over-the-counter products, it gets even murkier because we don't even know if the CBD in there is really of any significant concentration that it can have any potential benefits. You do see it everywhere now. What are some of the reasons people are using it. Well, we know based on good science that there is something inside our bodies called the endocannabidiol system and they work from our immune system to pain, inflammation, you name it. We need more research on this, Cecilia. The world's best research right now is really coming out of Israel. But this is in its infancy and it's an active area. We'll see it in Walgreens soon. Is the fda saying anything? Very, very cautious. They're saying we have to proceed with caution. They have a problem as they always do with claims made, so if you see this can cure, treat or prevent, you need to beware. For me personally as a practicing physician, I have really evolved on this. Years ago I was completely cynical and skeptical. I've attended medical cannabis conferences recently at UCLA and I personally think that the risk benefit profile for medicinal cannabis is actually safer in many cases than things like opiate, things like benzodiazepines like xanax and see it will enter mainstream. For CBD if a patient says, I want to use this as an oil or whatever. Trial and error, proceed with caution and also let your health care provider know that you're using it and then, you know, we'll have to see. Dr. Ashton, thank you so much.

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