Target began selling CBD oil online last week, which contains a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, but has decided to remove the items from the company’s online store. It’s not clear at the moment why the mega-store added the items to their stock or why they were subsequently removed, but some believe it is due to confusion as to whether it was hemp based CBD oil or marijuana based CBD which is federally illegal? Why do you think the store added then removed the CBD products?
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.