“While moving back into my house, I overdid lifting heavy boxes and pinched a nerve /strained my lower back, which was very painful. Normally I avoid pain relievers. But in this case I had to take Ibuprofren to ease the pain and it was helping, but I don’t like taking products that are known to hurt your internal organs if you use too much. So I started applying Charlotte’s Web Topical cream every day. It did a better job of easing my back pain and more importantly I know what is going into my body is more natural. My back is better because of the combination of stretching, physical therapy exercises and the Charlotte’s Web Topical cream.”
What our customers are saying:
Bartell Drugs | October 23, 2018
At Bartell’s we want to start the conversations that lead to better wellness. Whether that’s filling your prescription or offering natural remedies, we want to be informative about new science and innovation in medicine. With the increased interest and awareness of CBD in our local community, Bartell’s is now offering the largest selection of hemp wellness products in the area. In stores, customers can find 100% CBD only products including extract capsules, oils and infused topicals.
“It definitely helped tame the fiery tendinitis in my arm so I could sleep!”
Bartell’s has a long-standing history of innovation and we are committed to the natural, whole-body health of our Northwest neighbors. It’s a new, big idea to feature such a wide selection of CBD products, but we’re proud to be on the forefront of natural medicine. We’re excited to show you what we’ve learned. Stop by your neighborhood Bartell’s and ask about CBD, and you’re sure to hear how much we love it.
While both industrial hemp plant and cannabis plants are the same cannabis sativa plant species, just like heirloom and cherry tomatoes, hemp and cannabis plants are different varieties farmed for their unique characteristics and uses. Hemp plants have lower THC amounts and the supplements made from hemp extracts have less than .3% THC. Researchers studying cannabinoids believe that they work with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which modulates the body’s brain, endocrine, and immune systems. CBD is of particular interest to scientists because of the potential benefits to assist with pain relief, inflammation, and neurological disorders.
Our team has scoured the country to find the best CBD products made in USA from the highest quality, all natural ingredients. From Shikai, Charlotte’s Web, CV Science, and many more, you can find information about each of the products on our display.
I’ve heard of CBD, but what is it?
CBD, an abbreviation for Cannabidiol, is one of dozens of compounds found in the hemp plant. CBD does not have the same psychoactive properties as THC, which is the main compound cultivated in recreational cannabis. CBD has been a phenomenon in the world of health and medicine recently with more studies linking this cannabinoid to several health benefits.
“If they can't answer those questions, they are pretty much off my list immediately. Next step is looking at the products and determining if they fit the needs that we have within the product line. There are so many different things you can do with CBD. Within pet, you have everything from topicals and shampoos, to treats and bones. There's just a lot of different applications. So, we look at whether or not the product fits the need that we have in our assortment, and then diving deeper into their answers on the initial questions from the testing. If they're going through a distributor, is that distributor doing third party testing, too? These are the things we need to know.”
Bartell launched its CBD program in September 2018 with a combination of external and internal CBD products, including tinctures, capsules, creams, roll-ons and sprays from brands such as Shikai, Charlotte’s Web and CV Science. Based on the huge success of the initiative – with sales growing on a weekly basis — Bartell has already expanded its CBD footprint in the store. “We now offer a 3-foot end cap and four feet in-line, all in locked cases,” said Category Manager Phil Burke, a regular at ECRM’s CBD sessions who spearheaded the company’s CBD efforts. “Pet and beauty are just starting out and are available with the human products in the cases.”
Bartell's CBD assortment spans several categories, including pet, supplements, beauty and food.
Burke and his team laid much of the groundwork and developed the procedures for researching and vetting the CBD suppliers. “The work Bartell did there really applies to pet and everything else we expand to, whether it's beauty, food and candy,” said Cohen. “This includes having done our research on the companies and the products, vetting companies that know what they're doing, and sourcing quality hemp locally. We have a big focus on making sure we're pulling hemp out of local Washington, Oregon, and Colorado areas. We want organic products as well, which fits our product mix and what we're trying to do.”
Within the pet category, Bartell has launched with a number of flavored and unflavored tinctures, as well as two organic treats made with CBD oil. They are also bringing in some additional treats, chews, and bones – all merchandised along with the human CBD products in the cases for ease of shopping as well as security (these are premium products, after all).
Last month I had the opportunity to moderate a retail panel discussion at ECRM’s Pet EPPS, and not surprisingly, I ended up dedicating a good portion of the discussion to CBD products, as three of the buyers on my panel were already active in the CBD space.
Cohen outlined his approach to vetting during a video interview I recorded with him at our Pet EPPS: “My first three questions are always the same: Where are you sourcing your hemp from? What are your testing standards? And what is your extraction process?” he said.