PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Leading nutritional supplement retailer General Nutrition Centers, better known as GNC, has introduced CBD-infused topicals to its selection of health and wellness products.
“As the market changes, GNC is committed to offering high-quality, innovative products that are being introduced in new categories like CBD,” Ken Martindale, GNC chairman and chief executive officer, said in a press release.
The products are available in select retail locations, and online in twenty-three states and the District of Columbia. Products currently listed at GNC.com include a dozen CBD-infused topical formulations in creams, lotions, and roll-on applications, as well as hair and scalp preparations. Lines carried by GNC are from brands Myaderm and Physician’s Grade.
“We are excited to work with both companies to evolve our product mix and look forward to offering more CBD-infused beauty and skincare products in the future,” Martindale added.
Visitors to GNC.com can also access an informational page, explaining the potential benefits of CBD-infused products, as well as legalities surrounding CBD products sales in the United States.
GNC, founded in 1935, is the latest longstanding mainstream retail brand to put CBD products on their shelves within the last month, joining drug mega-chains CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens. One of the largest global vendors of health and nutritional products, GNC has over 6,200 outlets in the U.S. and 2,200 international stores in 50 countries.
In early March, American Premium Water Corporation announced that GNC would be carrying its Lalpina CBD water in two California GNC locations. Trial availability in the Rancho Cucamonga and City of Walnut GNC locations will help the Lalpina brand with projections for expansion into the Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, and Miami markets, according to Ryan Fishoff, chief executive officer for American Premium Water Corporation.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid plant compound commonly derived from hemp. Though “full spectrum” formulas may contain trace amounts of cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the psychoactive compound associated with cannabis, hemp-derived CBD will not produce a high effect–but is thought to have anti-inflammatory benefits and is used for pain and anxiety relief, among other common ailments.