San Diego Business Journal

CV Sciences’ CBD oil will be sold in 945 Kroger-owned stores across 17 states, it was recently announced.

With the deal, CV Sciences is poised to have products in 4,591 retail stores.

“We are at the beginning of what we believe will be broad acceptance of CBD products across national FDM (food, drug and mass) accounts,” said CEO Joseph Dowling in a news release, which highlights CVS as another retail partner.

CV Sciences is technically based in Las Vegas, but nearly all operations are in San Diego.

CBD, which doesn’t get people stoned, is one of the many compounds found in the cannabis plant. While some CBD advocates tout health benefits, there has been little in the way of rigorous testing.

But research should be easier, following the 2018 Farm Bill removing hemp-derived CBD from the list of Schedule 1 controlled substances. In addition, the bill paved the way for U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations for hemp and CBD, welcomed by an industry that’s been operating in a legally gray area.