LA CROSSE, Wis. — Convenience-store retailer Kwik Trip Inc. has debuted cannabidiol (CBD) products in select stores throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, a spokesperson for the company told CSP Daily News. The products include CBD-infused vape pens, topical rubs, tinctures and oral pouches.
The vape pens, topical rubs and tinctures are manufactured by Select CBD, Portland, Ore., a CBD oil producer, and the oral pouches are the flagship product of Cannadips, a division of Moorpark, Calif.-based tobacco provider Kretek International.
Consumers can find more information on Kwik Trip’s new CBD webpage, which addresses the difference between CBD and hemp, the legality of CBD, the difference between CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the difference between full-spectrum and isolate CBD, and more.
Although CBD—the nonpsychoactive component of cannabis—has enjoyed rapid market growth due to its alleged medicinal qualities, there are still plenty of questions regarding its safety and legality, causing concern and hesitation among retailers to get involved. To address these issues, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created a working group to spearhead the questions surrounding cannabis and CBD in food and beverages, the administration said during its first public hearing on the topic on May 31.
Kwik Trip is a family-owned convenience-store chain operating more than 600 locations in Wisconsin and Minnesota (under the Kwik Trip banner) and Iowa (under the Kwik Star banner). The chain ranks No. 13 in CSP’s list of the largest c-store chains in the United States.