Grocery chain Kroger adds CBD topicals in stores across 17 states

The Kroger Co. is one of the latest retailers to introduce CBD in its stores.

The Cincinnati-based grocery store chain said that, starting this week, it will begin carrying topical products containing cannabidiol in its stores in 17 states.

The products Kroger will carry contain no THC, a spokeswoman for the retailer told The Detroit News.

Brand names were not reported, but the product prices will range in price from $3.99 to $59.99.

Kroger joins other major retailers participating in the CBD trend, including national pharmacy chains CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens, all of which came online with CBD products this spring but have limited their selection to topical products.

Sheetz, an Altoona, Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain, announced in May it would offer CBD products that include topicals, vape pens, oral pouches, capsules and pet products in 140 of its 500 locations throughout six states.

Last week, an Arizona cannabis company said it has signed a landmark agreement to bring its CBD products to more than 10,000 gas stations, convenience stores and other retail locations in the United States.

The Vitamin Shoppe was one of the first national retailers to begin carrying edible CBD softgels and liquid drops. That move went against repeated warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that CBD in food, cosmetics and dietary supplements remains illegal.

The FDA held its first public hearing on the use of CBD and other cannabis-derived products at the end of May.

Several traditional retailers also stock hemp-derived products, including Barneys, DSW, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Ulta Beauty and Urban Outfitters.

Kroger trades its stock on the New York Stock Exchange as KR.