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Why Neiman Marcus and Whole Foods are Riding the $12B CBD Products Wave

The wellness movement — biohacking and fitness classes meet consumerism — continues. Consumers continue to want cleaner, healthier and … organic-er products. And as usual, the market is quick to respond to demand.

Whether it’s organic juice-based makeup , herbal hair care or non-toxic nail polish , or whatever else Gwyneth Paltrow recommends , the wellness-focused consumer has many botanical options at his or her disposal. In fact, the global natural and organic personal care products market revenue was valued at more than $12 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach $29.5 billion by 2028, according to Persistence Market Research .

The wellness movement’s natural ally? CBD.

With the cannabis market also in a state of expansion, the industry is pairing up nicely with big names such as Neiman Marcus, Whole Foods Market, and Sephora, jumping on the bandwagon by way of cannabidiol (CBD) . Neiman Marcus is selling several lines listed under the CBD product category, and Sephora has been selling Lord Jones’ CBD line online since October 2018. Amazon-owned grocer Whole Foods has predicted a boom for hemp and CBD products for 2019.

Consumers spent more than $12 billion globally on products in the natural and organic category. Cannabidiol (CBD) is poised to enter that market segment as cannabis restrictions are loosened. Persistence Market Research estimates that natural and organic products would grow to a $29.5 billion market by 2028.

“With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill , large retailers will be the next wave in the CBD market,” said Brandon Beatty, CEO of Bluebird Botanicals , a hemp extracts and CBD oil manufacturer. “Prior to the bill’s passage, there was a great deal of confusion surrounding the legality of selling hemp-derived CBD. But, with hemp now removed entirely from the Controlled Substances Act, retailers are preparing to jump in.”

It should be noted that while hemp has been removed from the Federal Controlled Substance Act, it has yet to be approved as a food additive or dietary supplement by its new regulating body, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ). In a press release after the signing of the Farm Bill, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the FDA has “sent warning letters in the past to companies illegally selling CBD products.”

CBD in Food, Health and Beauty Aisles

These products can fall under any category — including beauty, personal care and food — and contain some amount of CBD often with the goal of bestowing one or more of its purported benefits, which proponents say include anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. CBD can be derived from marijuana or hemp.

Neiman Marcus carries CBD brands online and in five stores located in California, Massachusetts, and Colorado. It sells balms, lotions, soaps, oils, serums and masks from brands including Sagely Naturals, Cannuka, Cannabliss Organic, Code of Harmony, Ildi Pekar, Vertly, Yuyo Botanics and Saint Jane, said Neiman Marcus Beauty Buyer Kim D’Angelo.

“When Neiman Marcus first entered the CBD beauty arena in November 2018, we wanted to restrict the in-store sales to only those states which had specific laws permitting the sale of CBD/hemp products,” D’Angelo said. “When the opportunity presented itself to sell online, we decided to allow for online sales of the same products available in the stores.”

Janet Schriever, founder of Code of Harmony in California, said her CBD skin-care line has been in Neiman Marcus for about a month.

“For me it’s always been about researching the ingredients, finding good quality standardized ingredients and combining them with the CBD for specific effects,” she said. “Because CBD is really versatile, it seems to work with other ingredients really well.”

The focus of her line is mostly using botanical ingredients with minimal synthetic and chemical ingredients to achieve anti-aging benefits without irritating the skin. She said when she started experimenting with CBD in her product line a few years ago, it made an impact.

Nicholas Christensen, founder of Cannabliss Organic in Colorado, said the CBD skin care line launched at Neiman Marcus in January 2019.

“It’s truly an exciting time for consumers to have the ability to choose a product that works with your own endocannabinoid system to target a variety of issues naturally,” Christensen said. “As we age and due to poor diet, environmental toxicity and numerous other factors we start to have an endocannabinoid deficiency and the ECS is responsible for balance and homeostasis.”

He said products like Cannabliss Organic can help support that deficiency by infusing phytocannabinoids via the skin for improved skin health.

But he warned that not all CBD products are created equal, so research is key.

CBD Boom Follows Increased Cannabis Acceptance

With an increasing number of states loosening cannabis laws across the country and the recent federal legalization of hemp from passage of the Farm Bill, it was really only a matter of time before CBD started entering the big stores.

However, CBD wasn’t made fully legal by the passing of the Hemp Bill, as some New York restaurants are discovering in the wake of foods with CBD additives getting banned in early 2019. Sarah Remesch, founder of New Highs CBD , said the trend is being tempered by the gray areas that surround CBD despite hemp’s legalization.

“Big retailers are still hesitant to get involved with the industry because of the legalities surrounding full-spectrum CBD,” she said, adding that New Highs’ CBD is whole plant and full spectrum. “Therefore, isolates and seed oils are becoming popular additions to beauty and wellness products — largely, these are not full-spectrum or whole-plant products, and vary widely in formulation and efficacy.”

She said what is fueling the trend is that consumers are intrigued by plant medicine in all forms and cannabis is very popular right now — even in forms that have no added benefit.

“Consumers remain unaware of the difference in benefits between true cannabis and hemp products compared with mainstream products, some of which add only a touch of the plant in diluted form to the formulation,” she said.

Remesch said it’s important for consumers to read labels, research, and look into each company they are considering.

“There is still some confusion about how the FDA will be regulating CBD products moving forward, and many are waiting for more guidance from the agency before introducing products into their stores,” said Beatty, the Bluebird Botanicals CEO. “However, we expect this to change very soon. Large natural chains are already showing interest and bringing in CBD products.”

He said what this means for consumers is that they will have more access to CBD than ever before.

“But, with its growing popularity also comes a flux of bad actors,” he said. “Consumers need to use caution when selecting CBD products to make sure they’re actually getting what they are paying for.”

Beatty said the most important thing to look for when purchasing a CBD product is third-party lab testing.

“The best way for consumers to verify that they’re getting the real deal is to look for third-party batch testing on the company’s website,” he said. “These lab tests allow consumers to check the potency of their products as well as any potentially harmful contaminants that might be present, like mycotoxins, heavy metals or pesticides.”

Why Neiman Marcus and Whole Foods are Riding the $12B CBD Products Wave The wellness movement — biohacking and fitness classes meet consumerism — continues. Consumers continue to want cleaner,

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Article originally appeared on The Town Dish. By Emily Kovach.

You might take a multivitamin and maybe some vitamins C or D, or other random gel caps shoved in a dusty top cabinet. Or, perhaps your supplement game is on point, with a perfectly personalized regimen of vitamins neatly organized in one of those little days-of-the-week pill holders. Regardless, the process of going into a health food store or pharmacy to seek out new supplements can be an overwhelming one — the abundance of pills, oils, elixirs, mists and more these days is amazing! But with choice can often come confusion: Which of these will work best for you? And, more importantly, which brands can you trust to provide high quality and potency?

To help shine some light on the subject, we turned to the most savvy wellness experts we know: The apothecary team at Kimberton Whole Foods. These knowledgeable folks are always ready and willing to walk shoppers through KWF’s extensive selection of herbal and homeopathic remedies, vitamins, minerals, probiotics and omegas, protein powders, aromatherapy, natural skin and hair care and so much more. Every product on the apothecary shelves at Kimberton Whole Foods is reviewed for quality, purity and effectiveness by the KWF purchasing team.

We asked KWF apothecary team members Christy, Gina and Jake about wellness supplements to support a healthy lifestyle, and they gave us these five recommendations:

1. Collagen

Collagen is used in a variety of ways, explains Gina at the Malvern Apothecary: “As a beauty aid, to support supple skin as well as strong hair and nails; as a joint aid, to help maintain joint health and lubrication; and as a digestive aid to maintain digestion and gut health.” While several brands of collagen are offered at KWF, the apothecary team reported that staff and customers alike seem to prefer the NeoCell collagen powder, with anecdotal improvements noted in the growth of hair and nails.

Another popular product is the soluble collagen peptides from Vital Proteins. Made from grass-fed, pastured cows, these peptides can be dissolved in hot or cold liquids, including coffee, smoothies and baked goods. Many customers who use collagen peptides see noticeable growth in their hair and nails and a restorative effect on their skin.

2. Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is frequently sought out at this time of year for its immunity-boosting effects. KWF offers elderberry supplements from a number of brands, including Kimberton Whole Foods’ store brand as well as Gaia Herbs. These two stand apart with superior flavor and concentration. A daily serving provides a boost of antioxidants and Vitamin C, great for fending off seasonal viruses.

The KWF apothecary team says that because of the severity of this year’s flu season, the elderberry syrup has been flying off the shelves. The syrup is safe for children and adults to take on a regular basis, and it can also be ingested at an increased dosage when you’re experiencing an illness.

3. CBD Oil

CBD oil is a recent addition to the shelves at Kimberton Whole Foods, and has been greeted with equal parts enthusiasm and curiosity. While the reported healing capabilities of this hemp-derived oil (which, it’s worth noting, contains no active THC and has no psychotropic effects) are too numerous to list, its most-touted benefits are restoring balance to many bodily systems, ranging from mental (help with anxiety and depression) or physical (relief from pain, nausea, seizures, inflammation and many other issues).

The preferred brand among KWF customers and staff alike is Charlotte’s Web. This Colorado-based company grows, processes and packages these top-of-the-line oils and other CBD products. “People from all walks of life, all shapes and sizes and ages, have reported immense benefits from these products,” says Gina. Just ask any of the knowledgeable apothecary team members at Kimberton Whole Foods to guide you through its many options.

“I have seen customers using these products for a lot of different issues, and it seems they might have to try one or two different kinds to find what suits their own unique body. The CV Sciences brand has been popular for anxiety, the Charlotte’s Web seems to help people with anxiety, depression, and many other ailments,” explains Christy, a member of the KWF apothecary team at the Kimberton location.

4. Black Seed Oil

Black seed oil is a wonderful supplement for antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support. People who take it also report enhanced “hair growth, skin health, appetite, liver health and natural killer cell activity,” says Jake from the Downingtown Apothecary. Made from cold-pressed black cumin seeds, this oil contains thymoquinone, a powerful antioxidant, as well as thymol, an antiviral and disinfectant!

The most popular brands of black seed oil at KWF are North American Herb & Spice Co. and Amazing Herbs’ premium black seed oils in liquid form that can be taken by the spoonful, and Life Extension black cumin seed capsules, to be ingested in pill form.

5. Urban Moonshine’s Digestive Bitters

Bitters aren’t just for making great cocktails! These elixirs made from specialized blends of essential oils, herbs and spices also work quickly to help alleviate nausea, gas and bloating. Because they often come in small, eye-dropper bottles, bitters are easy to keep at work or in your purse, in case you eat something that doesn’t agree with you. You can also take a few drops (or mix them into a glass of seltzer) before and after a meal to aid with digestion.

The KWF apothecary team suggests the line of digestive bitters from Urban Moonshine, a woman-run company based in Burlington, Vermont. For a decade, it has been crafting exceptional herbal products. Its entire product line is certified organic and ingredients are sourced domestically and from small farms whenever possible. With a strong focus on scientific research, Urban Moonshine is committed to offering only the most safe and effective herbal products, just like Kimberton Whole Foods.

We’ve only just scratched the surface of the benefits of these five supplements, and there are many more at Kimberton Whole Foods which may offer benefits to your health and well-being. Remember that you can ask the team members in KWF’s apothecary department questions about these products or about anything else the store carries — they are always on board to help you demystify wellness trends, decipher labels or help you find the suite of supplements that’s just right for you!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Explore the apothecary department at any of the five Kimberton Whole Foods locations: Kimberton, (610) 935-1444; Downingtown, (610) 873-8225; Malvern, (484) 324-2800; Douglassville, (610) 385-1588; and Ottsville, (610) 847-2419. FYI…coming soon: KWF’s Collegville location.

cbd oil Article originally appeared on The Town Dish . By Emily Kovach. You might take a multivitamin and maybe some vitamins C or D, or other random gel caps shoved in a dusty top