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
“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.
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.