Gelson’s Markets has partnered with Medical Marijuana Inc. to sell its HempMeds CBD topical and beauty products throughout Southern California as consumer demand for such products has continued to increase.
“For 2020, Nielson estimates that the hemp-derived CBD market could reach $2.5 billion, providing us with significant evidence that this is something our customers are looking to purchase,” said John Bagan, chief merchandising officer for Gelson’s. “We decided to partner with HempMeds because of the company’s long history in the CBD industry, and we saw carrying its assortment as an opportunity to provide our customers with a wide variety of products.”
All of HempMeds products feature CBD derived from high-quality industrial hemp. The hemp is free of pesticides and herbicides and is Triple Lab Tested at every stage of production for quality, consistency and safety. The products available at Gelson’s Markets include salve, sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, roll-on pain relief and body oil.
“When the founders of HempMeds started the company in 2012, retailers didn’t want to work with us, or any CBD companies for that matter,” said Raul Elizalde, co-CEO of HempMeds. “The taboo of anything cannabis-related and the lasting effects of the War on Drugs made it nearly impossible to sell to the general population, but as more research was conducted into its potential benefits, consumers started demanding CBD at the places where they were already shopping.”