CBD is a non-psychoactive extract found in hemp and cannabis. But it's still illegal at the federal level. Update: It appears from checking Target.com and from a report on The Cannabist that CW Hemp products have been pulled down from the site. POPSUGAR has reached Hours after a hemp extract produced by a Colorado company was made available for purchase on Target.com, the CBD oil was taken off of the company's website.
For a Hot Minute, Target Was Selling CBD Oil Online
Target, everyone’s favorite everything store, went a little edgy last week by selling CBD oil online, which contains a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis. But as of today, the items have been removed from the company’s online store and it’s not totally clear why the decision was made.
“We started carrying Charlotte’s Web hemp extract items last week on Target.com,” the store told SELF in a statement. “After further review, we have decided to remove it from our assortment.”
Although it’s not clear why Target decided to sell the oil originally or why the company removed it from its online store, it’s possible that the company could have been a little confused. Recent years have seen an explosion in CBD products (also referred to as “cannabidiol”) marketed for all kinds of wellness issues, including insomnia, anxiety, and even period cramps. A large part of the the products’ popularity is that, unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t get you high. Plus there’s some real research behind it as a treatment for severe cases of childhood epilepsy.
But the confusion comes from the fact that many of these products are marketed as being “legal in all 50 states” or something similar. However, Justin Strekal, political director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), tells SELF that CBD is federally illegal and has a schedule 1 status. That means the DEA believes that CBD offers no medical benefits and has the potential to be highly addictive. “No matter what theories you read on the internet [that CBD’s been] legalized nationwide, it is flat out not true,” he says.
At the state level, however, Strekal explains that CBD may be legal in states that have medical or recreational cannabis laws on the books, including the 16 states that have legalized CBD only. But, just as with any other product containing a compound found in cannabis, CBD is still very much illegal at the federal level—even if it’s being extracted from hemp.
So, in selling the CBD oil online, Target may have committed a big no-no by allowing people in states without that legislation to buy it, a.k.a. breaking the law. “There is a tremendous potential economy once we legalize marijuana nationwide,” Strekal says, “and it looks like Target jumped the gun a little.”
SELF has reached out to CW Hemp for comment and will update this post if we hear back.
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CBD Oil Has Been Pulled From Target.com
Update: It appears from checking Target.com and from a report on The Cannabist that CW Hemp products have been pulled down from the site. POPSUGAR has reached out to CW Hemp for comment. The Cannabist shared a statement from Target: “We started carrying Charlotte’s Web hemp extract items last week on Target.com. After further review, we have decided to remove it from our assortment.”
Original post: Have you been curious about the powerful wellness effects of all-natural CBD oil? The hemp extract has been helping people across the country sleep better, relieve anxiety without prescription pills, and even stave off epileptic seizures. This plant product has become somewhat of a miracle in a bottle — but the question for many has been, “where do I get this stuff?”
Now it’s easier than ever to try CBD, as you can get it at what we can only assume is America’s favorite store: Target.com now carries CW Hemp CBD products, including the Everyday oil ($40), Everyday Plus oil ($75), and Simply Hemp Capsules ($35). While you’ll still have to order the Everyday Advanced (the extra-strength variety) oil directly from the source, this is the first time a major mainstream retailer will offer the product on such a scale.
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CBD Oil Added—Then Quickly Removed—From Target’s Shopping Website
Earlier this week, Target added CBD oil to their online store, making it one of the few places where one could obtain a CBD product via a multi-national retail corporation—one, that is, in the same class as big-hitters like Walmart and Kmart.
Unfortunately, this would prove to be short-lived: Only hours after the hemp extracts were made available for purchase on Thursday morning, they were yanked off (digital) shelves.
CW Hemp, a company based out of Denver, Colorado, announced on Thursday that their brand of CBD oil named “Charlotte’s Web,” among three other product lines, would be available to buy straight from Target’s website. Later that afternoon, these wares were taken down without any explanation from the corporation.
For confirmation, a search on the Target website for “CW Hemp” yielded no returns, with the exception of a “no results found” page, as confirmed by the Cannabist, which broke the story.
Final Hit: CBD Oil Removed From Target’s Online Store
In a statement obtained by the Cannabist, Target explained their reason for removing the product from their website.
“We started carrying Charlotte’s Web hemp extract items last week on Target.com,” a spokesperson wrote. “After further review, we have decided to remove it from our assortment.”
Since then, representatives from the corporation have not commented on the matter. Subsequently, no further information has been given on the sudden removal.
This isn’t a first time a major chain has sold a cannabis-related product and swiftly took it down from their e-commerce site. Back in July, Walmart began selling a rosin press for dabs at their online store and then immediately took it down with no word as to why.
Like Target, Walmart did not issue a release on the matter.
While CBD oil, a compound extracted from hemp, contains none of the psychoactive effects of THC, it is still not considered legal in all 50 states. Companies that produce CBD oil have long held to the claim that the legality of their product is defined by the fact that CBD products are almost always derived from hemp.
According to the DEA, however, this definition does not adhere to the cannabis plant’s status as a Schedule I drug or its ruling under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). As the DEA noted, both hemp and marijuana fall under the umbrella category of “cannabis”—so while CBD might not get you high, CBD sales are prohibited in states where cannabis has not been fully legalized.