Marketplace: CBD and Hemp Products
CBD is an increasingly popular OTC option for pain management, and the range of offerings continues to expand. What are some of the latest products available to DME pharmacies?
Many DME pharmacies are very familiar with the opportunities
offered by pain management. A wide variety of their
existing clients suffer pain management issues, and there are a
variety of products — OTC painkillers, prescription painkillers,
compression items, wraps, hot/cold therapy, or TENS units — that
they can offer to their clients to address their pain and discomfort.
And, like any other product category, smart pain management
pharmacies are regularly hunting for ways to broaden their
revenues. The latest offering is, of course, CBD, which has been
riding a media publicity wave since the passage of the 2018 Farm
Bill that protected CBD sellers.
That said, if you’re still not sure what CBD is, we’re talking
about one of the compounds called cannabinoids that are
produced by the cannabis plant. The first cannabinoid most
everyone has heard of is THC, the psychoactive component in
recreational marijuana (and THC actually represents a range of
cannabinoids, such as THC-9 and THC-8). CBD, also known as
cannabidiol, is the cannabinoid often used in managing pain
issues, as well as insomnia and sometimes anxiety.
CBD products are sold in varying dosages that might or might not
contain very small percentages of THC, as well. The products range
from oil tinctures taken under the tongue, capsules, gummies and lotions.
Consumers can buy them online and, depending on what state
a person lives in, he or she can buy it at retail establishments.
In terms of the actual CBD, there are different types of CBD.
Some CBD products are based on an isolate of CBD, meaning
that it is just the CBD and nothing else. Other products are what is
called a full- or broad-spectrum CBD products, meaning the CBD
is harvested and packaged in a product in such a way that it contains
other chemicals found in the cannabis plant. Moreover, some
products combine CBD with other cannabinoids, such as THC, or
entirely different ingredients such as additional painkillers.
Bearing all that in mind, it’s important to ensure staff have
the right understanding about CBD in terms of options, benefits,
and usage so that they can pass that on to customers. This
starts with educating staff so that they are completely on top of
the product options and benefits available to patients, just like
any other product that a provider might offer.
And, like many HME offerings, the vendors of CBD products are
often there to help with educational materials and pamphlets, and
some even offer sales support in the form of advisors that can help
steer patients to the most sensible, appropriate solution for them.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the latest CBD offerings on
Gummies formulated to provide a natural and effective alternative for sleeplessness
PūrSlēp Gummies also
provide analgesic and
without the potential negative sideeffects
of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDS) commonly used in “PM”
products. PūrWell has included 5mg of
CBN (cannabinol), a non-psychoactive, 100
percent hemp-derived cannabinoid which
exhibits sedative properties, in addition to
15 milligrams of full-spectrum hemp-derived
CBD. The natural blueberry flavored
gummy also provides clinically studied
ingredients such as 5-HTP and l-tryptophan
to aid serotonin production. PūrWell notes
all its products are USDA certified organic,
gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan, and Kosher.
The gummies are also free of artificial
flavors, dyes, and sweeteners.
(844) PUR-WELL (787-9355)
OTC pharmaceutical aims to address top issue facing people: pain
product line, AK47, is designed to meet
the requirements of the FDA, and gain
approved registration. To do this, AK47
Products are produced in a registered
FDA facility under strict guidelines
regarding quality control as well as
pharmaceutical laboratory environment
(GMP). Crosstown Concepts Corp., submitted
their samples of AK47 for registration
with the FDA, which approved its
registration. Crosstown Concepts Corp.,
was assigned NDC numbers (national
drug code) for the AK47 products and are
classified as an OTC pharmaceutical containing
CBD. AK47 packaging is in vivid
colors, presented in informative Point of
Purchase displays, and barcoded with lot
and batch numbers stamped into every
Crosstown Concepts Corp.
Quick-absorbing, targeted pain relief for minor aches and pains
HempFusion Pain Relief
Cream has penetrating
menthol for cooling relief
of minor muscle and
joint pain, sprains, bruises and backache.
The skin-nourishing complex includes
broad-spectrum CBD hemp extract,
MSM, magnesium and other botanicals,
all in a lightweight, moisturizing formula.
HempFusion Pain Relief Cream is FDAdrug
listed (NDC code: 73672-987-50).
It’s also U.S. Hemp Authority certified,
demonstrating to consumers the product
is made from legal hemp and adheres
to the highest quality standards. Made
without parabens, sulfates, phthalates,
synthetic fragrances, or colors.
(877) NOW-HEMP (669-4367)
New line offers Delta-8 THC via a gummy and a tincture
PūrWell’s newest product
line, Pūr8, offers 100 percent
hemp-derived Delta-8 THC
in two convenient forms: a gummy and a
tincture. Unlike CBD isolate that binds exclusively
to the CB1 receptor, Pūr8 binds to both
CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid
system, thus significantly increasing its
therapeutic efficacy. The 100 percent hempderived
Delta-8 THC in Pūr8 has been shown
to exhibit antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetitestimulating,
analgesic, and neuroprotective
properties, and contains no artificial flavors,
dyes, and sweeteners such as high fructose
corn syrup (HFCS) . And Delta-8 THC is
federally legal OTC in all 50 states, according
to the 2018 Hemp Farm Bill. The gummies
are also free of artificial flavors, dyes, and
(844) PUR-WELL (787-9355)
Gels containing full-spectrum CBD oil come in multiple sizes
NuLeaf Naturals Full
Spectrum CBD Softgels
contain NuLeaf’s fullspectrum
CBD oil, which is a whole-plant
extract containing a full spectrum of
naturally occurring synergistic cannabinoids
and terpenes. Each softgel
contains 15mg of CBD. Available in three
sizes: 20 count, 60 count, and 120 count.
Ingredients: full-spectrum hemp extract,
organic virgin hemp seed oil, cassava
root extract, purified water, vegetable
NuLeaf Naturals LLC
Broad-spectrum CBD hemp extract capsules exclusive to pharmacies
HF Labs CBD Plex
20mg Capsules are part of a product line
offered exclusively to qualified pharmacies
and healthcare practitioners. As
broad-spectrum CBD hemp extracts, all
are “THC free” (THC is non-detectable,
tested to 0.015 percent). The 30-count
bottle contains 20mg of CBD per
vegetarian capsule (600mg total CBD/bottle). HF Labs uses a slower, lower-heat
form of CO2 extraction, ensuring that – in
addition to CBD – all products contain
a range of cannabinoids, cannaflavins
and other valuable compounds in hemp.
Products use only organic, EU-certified,
DNA-verified heirloom hemp and are US
Hemp Authority certified. Independent
testing results are available 24/7 online.
(877) NOW-HEMP (669-4367)
Immune support blend aims to help users some extra sunshine into their lives
Bluebird Botanicals’ Immune
D3 + CBD Oil feature
full-spectrum hemp extract and vitamin
D3 derived from cholecalciferol. Each
serving includes 4.2 mg of CBD and 2,500
IU of vitamin D3, which helps support a
healthy immune response, healthy respiratory
system, and healthy bones and teeth.
These ingredients are emulsified in fractionated
coconut (MCT) oil for a smooth,
enjoyable flavor. Bluebird’s full-spectrum
hemp extract is sourced from locally
grown Colorado hemp and contains the
entire array of 110+ cannabinoids found in
the hemp plant. The company notes the
FDA has not evaluated its statements and
the product is not intended to diagnose,
treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Lab-tested CBD inflammation cream combines multiple ingredients
This fast-acting topical
cream made from
CBD isolate is applied
as needed directly to the problem
area. Six natural, no-compromise active
ingredients go into the product, and the
company performs rigorous third-party
laboratory testing to ensure 400mg of
CBD and 0mg of THC. Also, the company
is providing a risk-free trial to HME providers
to prove their product sells.
ONE LESS CBD LLC
Water-soluble hemp extract allows customers to get the most out of CBD
A new line of full-spectrum, water-soluble
hemp extract drink concentrate, introduced
by GreenWay Herbal Products
under its Tanasi brand, allows the patient
to put more of the CBD to good use in
the body. Benefits of the product include
rapid and more effective absorption,
leading to less waste, and the versatility
of using the drops in water-based
beverages and drinks. The product line is
available in volumes of 240 mg, 480 mg,
600 mg, and 1200 mg.
GreenWay Herbal Products
This article originally appeared in the DME Pharmacy April 2021 issue of HME Business.