Sheetz Launches an Extensive Line of Premium CBD Products at Over 140 Store Locations in Pennsylvania Sheetz, a 65-year old convenience store chains brand, has launched a vast line of CBD products now available at more than 140 of its Pennsylvania store locations. This family-owned and operated investor will offer both full spectrum and isolate Gas station and convenience store chain Sheetz is well-known for its signature snacks. Now the chain is selling CBD. Medical cannabis proponents tout CBD as a remedy for a wide range of conditions, from inflammation to epileptic seizures. However, the science is unclear on its benefits.
Sheetz Opens an Extensive Line of Premium CBD Products at Over 140 Pennsylvania Store Locations
Sheetz, a 65-year old convenience store chains brand, has launched a vast line of CBD products now available at more than 140 of its Pennsylvania store locations.
This family-owned and operated investor will offer both full spectrum and isolate products like vape pens, tinctures, patches, topical rubs, capsules, oral pouches, and pet products, among others.
Ryan Sheetz, a brand AVP at Sheetz, expressed their excitement for being the first convenience store to sell a wide selection of CBD products at a remarkable magnitude. He went on to say that the launch is Sheetz’s next evolution in making sure that they meet the needs of the customers, offering them what they want around-the-clock.
Sheetz is a brand that prides itself on responsible retail. Thus, all its CBD products will stay behind the counter and require all buyers to be 18 years of age or more. Employees in the chain stores will ask for identification, a passport, a military identification, or a driver’s license from any customers buying the CBD.
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Gas Station Chain Sheetz Now Selling CBD Products in Pennsylvania Locations
Gas station and convenience store chain Sheetz is probably best known for its massive selection of snacks and touchscreen ordering system.
Now, the chain is diving headfirst into the CBD craze. As announced by the company earlier today, Sheetz is now adding a full line of CBD products to its offerings.
Sheetz’s New CBD Lineup
The company made the announcement in a press release published today. As per the release, Sheetz has now started selling CBD products at 140 stores across Pennsylvania.
“We are excited to be the first convenience store to offer a broad selection of premium CBD products at this magnitude,” Ryan Sheets, AVP of Brand, said in the statement. “This is the next evolution for Sheetz in ensuring we are meeting the needs of our customers, giving them what they want, when they want it, 24/7/365.”
The company said its new CBD lineup will include a broad number of products. In particular, the lineup will feature “both isolate and full spectrum” CBD products.
Sheetz said it will now be selling the following items:
- topicals, including rubs and patches
- vape pens
- oral pouches
- pet products
As per Pennsylvania and federal law, Sheetz stores will sell products that contain only CBD without any THC.
All CBD products sold at Sheetz stores will be stored behind the shelf. And to buy a CBD product from Sheetz, customers will need to show proof that they are at least 18 years old. Specifically, Sheetz requires some form of valid identification, whether it’s a driver’s license, passport, or military ID card.
Sheetz currently operates more than 580 stores at locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, and North Carolina. For now, the company is introducing CBD products exclusively to 140 stores in Pennsylvania.
CBD Attracting Big Name Companies
Sheetz’s rollout is the latest example of the ongoing CBD boom. In particular, it is the latest instance of large retail or food chains to explore the possibility of selling CBD products.
For example, Carl’s Jr. introduced a specialty CBD-infused hamburger last month. While the burger was primarily meant to celebrate 420, the company said the limited run of CBD burgers was also a trial run to see how well a CBD fast food product would perform.
Similarly, snack company Mondelez recently announced that it is seriously thinking about entering the CBD market. Mondelez is best known for snacks including Oreo, Chips Ahoy, Nutter Butter, Cadbury chocolate, and Nilla Wafers.
Earlier this month, Mondelez representatives said they are thinking about introducing a new line of CBD-infused snacks.
The list of big-name companies beginning to explore CBD is continuing to grow, as companies like Vitamin Shoppe, Rite Aid, and many more begin rolling out new products that feature CBD.
As evidenced by all this, the CBD market has seen a marked increase in activity in recent months. Much of that is likely due to the passage of last year’s Farm Bill, which among many other changes, removed hemp from the list of Schedule I illegal substances and opened the door to a full-scale CBD market—as long as it’s CBD from hemp containing only trace amounts of THC.
CBD is for sale at Sheetz amid concerns from federal regulators
In this photo taken Thursday, March 21, 2019, Gus Dabais stands outside his Sidewalk Wellness store in San Francisco. CBD oil-infused food, drinks and dietary supplements are popular even though the U.S. government says they’re illegal and some local authorities have forced retailers to pull products. The confusion has California, Texas and other states moving to legalize the cannabis compound that many see as beneficial to their health. (Eric Risberg/AP Photo)
One of the largest convenience store chains in Pennsylvania is getting in on the CBD craze.
Altoona-based Sheetz is selling hemp-based CBD products at 144 of its 279 stores around the commonwealth.
“In order to meet the needs and preferences of its customers, Sheetz will offer both isolate and full spectrum products including topical rubs and patches, tinctures, vape pens, oral pouches, capsules, pet products and more,” the company said in a news release.
The products have seen a surge in use following looser rules governing hemp, which is regulated by the state Department of Agriculture. CBD use is also on the rise with the availability of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania to those with permits.
The type of CBD products for sale at Sheetz are hemp-based and contain no more than .3 percent of THC, the chemical in marijuana that produces euphoria. The term “CBD” is an abbreviation of “cannabidiol,” the active ingredient, which is found in hemp and cannabis.
Medical cannabis proponents tout CBD as a remedy for a wide range of conditions, from inflammation to epileptic seizures. However, the science is still unclear on its benefits and risks.
The federal Food and Drug Administration is racing to learn more about it and to set guidelines around it. The FDA notes, products advertised with “unsubstantiated therapeutic claims” put people at risk.
“These products have not been shown to be safe or effective, and deceptive marketing of unproven treatments may keep some patients from accessing appropriate, recognized therapies to treat serious and even fatal diseases,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in April. “Additionally, because they are not evaluated by the FDA, there may be other ingredients that are not disclosed, which may be harmful.”
There are also risks because the product is being taken without medical supervision, Gottlieb said. He noted that the FDA-approved drug Epidiolex, which has CBD in it, has the potential for liver injury.
“These are serious risks that can be managed when the product is taken under medical supervision in accordance with the FDA-approved labeling for the product, but it is less clear how this risk might be managed in a setting where this drug substance is used far more widely, without medical supervision and not in accordance with FDA-approved labeling,” Gottlieb said. “There are also unresolved questions regarding the cumulative exposure to CBD if people access it across a broad range of consumer products, as well as questions regarding the intended functionality of CBD in such products.”
As the FDA scrambles to better understand the substance and to implement regulations on its labeling and marketing, more stores are embracing it. Pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens say they plan to carry it.
People are embracing it as well: According to a recent Consumer Reports survey, “more than a quarter of people in the U.S. say they’ve tried CBD,” and “One out of 7 of those people said they use it every day.”
Sheetz doesn’t endorse any health benefits of CBD, and is simply responding to customer interest for people 18 or older, said spokesman Nick Ruffner.
“We’re not making any particular health claims with this product, and we are also, obviously, following the law,” Ruffner said.