Should You Buy That CBD At the Gas Station or the Video Store?

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Only a few weeks ago, the village council in the small town where I live voted to ban any potential future cannabis dispensaries. In a village where the average household income is under $40,000, you would think the potential for significant tax revenue directly benefiting the village would excite people. However, the people in charge of making such decisions seem to be quite disconnected from the will of the average constituent in our township. That’s no surprise.

The same story plays out on a grand scale across the country every day. While there are millions of Americans who would love a dispensary in their small town, the closed-minded politicians running these villages seem to have no interest in changing the status quo, which is the proliferation of gas stations selling alcohol and bars on every corner while cannabis remains difficult to obtain.

You can my imagine my surprise then, when I drove past the video store and saw a sign on the marquee advertising that they now carry CBD products. Thinking that perhaps that was the title of a documentary, I called the store. I was quickly informed that they are in fact selling CBD there. The video store less than 1,000 feet from my kid’s elementary school is only the most recent place hopping on the CBD bandwagon.

You can also find it at a lot of health food store, head shops, and even gas stations. In some ways, it is really exciting and cool that CBD is becoming so widely available and in demand. I live in Michigan, where there are both legal medical and recreational cannabis laws. However, people can also easily find CBD products for sale at retail businesses in states with no legal access. That is because, for some strange reason, everyone chooses to ignore the Schedule 1 status of CBD/cannabidiol. While there was a minor rescheduling announcement last fall, that only applies to medications specifically approved by the FDA.

In other words, those gas station attendants making minimum wage are risking potential federal prosecution for selling CBD products across the counter to their customers. It is very unlikely that the federal government is about to crack down on CBD. After all, it is not intoxicating in the way that THC can be. Even if such a crackdown did occur, it seems unlikely that the retail employees would face consequences. Instead, it would be the executives involved in purchasing and distributing the products. After all, they have more substantial assets to forfeit then an hourly employee. Still, there is potential legal danger there.

Even if you ignore the legally precarious position that carrying CBD product places poorly paid retail workers in, there’s also the question of the quality of the CBD products being sold. Far too many CBD products use industrial hemp as their source. Companies can import plant material or already extracted CBD from other countries with questionable safeguards and agricultural practices. There is the potential for everything from heavy metal contamination to completely inaccurate dosage information.

It absolutely makes sense to be quite skeptical of CBD oils, pre-rolls, and salves for sale at gas stations and video stores. If you expect to obtain a medical grade product, you need to know its source and trust the company providing it to you. In other words, you probably want to pass on the gas station CBD capsules.

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