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?

bottle of CBDMany 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 the market.

Gummies formulated to provide a natural and effective alternative for sleeplessness

PurSlep GummiesPūrSlēp Gummies also provide analgesic and anti-inflammatory benefits 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

AK4Crosstown Concepts Corp.’s premier 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 product box.

Crosstown Concepts Corp.
609 709-5483

Quick-absorbing, targeted pain relief for minor aches and pains

HempFusion Pain Relief CreamHempFusion 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

Delta-8 THCPūrWell’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 sweeteners.

(844) PUR-WELL (787-9355)

Gels containing full-spectrum CBD oil come in multiple sizes

NuLeaf Naturals Full Spectrum CBD SoftgelsThese plant-based 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 glycerin.

NuLeaf Naturals LLC
(303) 248.9933

Broad-spectrum CBD hemp extract capsules exclusive to pharmacies

CBD Plex 20mg CapsulesHF 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.

HF Labs
(877) NOW-HEMP (669-4367)

Immune support blend aims to help users some extra sunshine into their lives

Immune Support Vitamin D3 + CBD OilBluebird Botanicals’ Immune Support Vitamin 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.

Bluebird Botanicals
(720) 726-5132

Lab-tested CBD inflammation cream combines multiple ingredients

Inflammation CreamThis 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.

(615) 260-1338

Water-soluble hemp extract allows customers to get the most out of CBD

water soluble hemp extract drink concentrateA 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
(800) 395-7976

This article originally appeared in the DME Pharmacy April 2021 issue of HME Business.