Medically Reviewed by
Jason Crawford

Article Last Updated on December 27, 2022

The cannabis plant has been used for thousands of years both medicinally and recreationally. Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the plant’s main cannabinoids, has a number of potential health benefits like the ability to help with chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, epilepsy, and the list goes on. For this reason, the CBD industry has been booming, and CBD products have become a trendy ingredient in a lot of tinctures, lotions, and even in skin care products.

Legal dispensaries have been selling this product since it became legal in several US states as a result of the 2018 Farm Bill, enabling the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% THC. Therefore, the appeal of CBD products increased, and drugstore chains started to become interested in selling them. To get you acquainted with all you need to know about various CBD products and whether you can purchase them at CVS, read on.  

Topical Cannabis Products as Treatment Option for Chronic Pain

Since CBD is no longer labeled as a controlled substance, a lot of patients are using CBD products as an alternative treatment for various conditions, one of them being chronic pain. According to this 2020 study, topical application of CBD products isn’t likely to cause side effects in general, although some people may experience dry mouth, drowsiness, diarrhea, fatigue, or changes in appetite and weight.

To meet the needs of an increasing market, a lot of companies are focussing on producing topical hemp-based CBD products, like tinctures, lotions, creams, and salves. These products are all the rage among people dealing with chronic pain, and they’re available online and in legal dispensaries. As the CBD market expands, even drugstore chains are beginning to sell them.

Are CBD Products Sold at CVS Stores?

CVS Health Corporation is among the largest healthcare companies in the world with around 10,000 pharmacies and over $180 billion in annual revenue. Since 2019, CVS has started selling CBD products in:

  • Tennessee;
  • Maryland;
  • Kentucky;
  • Indiana;
  • Illinois;
  • Colorado;
  • California;
  • Alabama. 

The CVS pharmacies in the above-mentioned states carry sprays, roll-ons, lotions, creams, and other topicals, except for CBD edibles and drinkables.

In order to be certain that they’re complying with FDA regulations, CVS has partnered with a third party laboratory. The laboratory called Eurofins tests all the CBD topicals for both THC and CBD content, as well as other contaminants. CBD product manufacturers need to comply with them to be able to sell their products at CVS.

CBD Brands You Can Find at CVS

You can find various brands that sell over-the-counter CBD topicals at CVS.

Elevate CBD

One of the companies that have their products sold at CVS is Elevate CBD. Their pain relief cream is sold in over 1,500 CVS stores in the above-mentioned states. The cream contains cannabinoids like CBD, and less than 0.3% THC, and for the price of $39.99, you could get a 4-oz tub that will help in treating chronic pain.


This California-based company produces a CBD topical cooling cream that’s a combination of CBD and over 20 organic ingredients like sunflower seed oil, grapefruit seed extract, and arnica flower oil. Medterra claims that the cream can help with sore joints and muscles, and it’s packed in tubs of 250 mg for $49.95, and 750 mg for $89.95.

Social CBD

Social CBD is another company that produces CBD topical creams. The cream contains a herbal blend infused with menthol and CBD, packed in a 3-oz tub that sells for $29.99. Their products sold at CVS Pharmacy are marketed as an effective relief for muscle pain, and contain at least 250 mg CBD per tub. 

Sagely Naturals

Sagely Naturals is another company that sells their products in select CVS stores. Their products contain CBD sourced from organically grown, non-GMO hemp, tested by a third-party laboratory to be able to comply with the high-quality standards set out by CVS. The Relief & Recovery CBD Cream by Sagely Naturals comes in a 2-oz bottle for $19.99, and a 4-fl ounce bottle for $35.99.

Another popular product is their Calm & Centered topical cream that gives users pain relief without making them drowsy. It contains a blend of plant-based ingredients like lavender, bergamot, and chamomile essential oils, as well as broad-spectrum CBD. The cream comes in a 4-oz bottle priced at $35.99.

Their third product is the Relief & Recovery CBD Spray that’s sold both online and at CVS stores. It comes in 2-oz bottles priced at $27.99. Apart from CBD, the spray contains essential oils like menthol, peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus. 

Is CBD Sold at Walgreens?

Apart from CVS, topical CBD products are also sold at Walgreens in nearly 1,500 stores. This drugstore chain offers CBD products to their customers in:

  • Illinois;
  • Indiana;
  • Colorado;
  • Kentucky;
  • Oregon;
  • New Mexico;
  • Tennessee;
  • Vermont;
  • South Carolina.

Walgreens has decided to add CBD products to their other line of products as a way to provide additional products for accessible health to their customers. They offer a wide range of CBD-containing topical creams, patches, and sprays to fit the needs and preferences of people in need of CBD products.

Final Thoughts on Buying CBD Oil and CBD Products at CVS

After the Farm Bill was passed in 2018 and the CBD market expanded, CVS added CBD products to their line of products in order for patients who suffer chronic pain and other medical conditions to be able to incorporate topical CBD in their treatment. They offer a wide variety of sprays, roll-ons, lotions, creams, and other topicals infused with CBD, however, they don’t sell CBD-based supplements or food additives.

As more and more companies join the increasing cannabis market, it’s no wonder that Walgreens and CVS have both started selling topical CBD products. Because of the increased use of CBD and cannabis products, it’s important to educate ourselves about the effects of cannabinoids, and especially CBD.

Before you buy CBD products over the counter, it’s a good idea to consult with a licensed physician or qualified healthcare professional. People who suffer from a chronic medical condition or people who take other medication should also consult a physician before starting to use CBD products. Even though CBD products are generally safe, they may have some side effects on users, which is why the consultation is advised.

A passionate advocate for the benefits of cannabis. Fraser Horton, who has a background in botany and a strong love of nature, has spent years researching how cannabis affects the body and mind. He established Leaf Nation in 2020, where he has devoted himself to educating people about the legalisation of marijuana and its safe and responsible use. Fraser is committed to highlighting cannabis’ potential for improving wellness and working to dispel the stigma associated with its use.


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