How to Find CBD Near Me+ Gas Stations That Sell CBD (No Matter Where You Live)
CBD is showing up everywhere these days: infused in drinks and food at your local neighborhood haunts, discussed in New York Times headlines , and even featured in a starring role at Kim Kardashian’s baby shower .
Health professionals (backed up by hard science) prize CBD for its pain-fighting , anti-anxiety , and anti-inflammatory capacities. Wellness advocates love it as a plant-based, holistic remedy with few side-effects that’s an alternative to pharmaceuticals. And it’s gaining popularity — consumed in all forms — as a supplement promoting calmness, focus, and mental clarity.
Add it all up and you’ve got an industry primed for massive growth: worth half a billion dollars in 2018, the CBD market is expected to reach $1.8 billion by 2022. In short, CBD is blowing up.
But the legal status of CBD remains in limbo. A mishmash of contradictory federal, state, and local laws have left establishments confused and often outright scared to sell CBD products. Local and state law enforcement still selectively targets establishments that sell CBD of any kind (and sometimes even CBD users as well).
The end-result of all this: despite its current and increasing popularity, tracking down CBD products isn’t as easy as you might think . There are likely places in your city that sell CBD oil, and restaurants or cafes that sell CBD-infused food or drinks, but how do you find them?
We wrote this article as a general guide for finding CBD near you, no matter where you live. We give you the tools and info you need to track down CBD products and get involved in your local CBD community.
The Awkward Reality of Finding CBD Near Your Home
Much of the confusion about CBD’s legal status stems from its close association with marijuana.
While hemp-derived CBD was legalized federally in 2018, the FDA still prohibits adding CBD to food and drink. Furthermore, CBD is still wholly illegal according to state law in many places, including possession. In a number of high profile cases, both establishments owners selling CBD products and CBD users have been arrested and faced felony drug charges.
San Francisco and New York — two liberal cities with massive CBD market potential that you would expect to welcome the stuff — have both ordered crackdowns on CBD-infused food and drink in accordance with FDA ruling.
Given the lack of government enthusiasm, it’s not overly surprising that store owners are still very nervous about selling CBD products.
Finding CBD Locally vs. Online
That’s why online is still the best place to find CBD products. Online CBD stores are easy to find and have the best selection, but there are downsides to online CBD shopping.
For one, if you want to buy CBD-infused products like drinks, buying online isn’t ideal . You typically have to purchase an entire case, so you better be damn sure you like it before you buy it.
And let’s be honest: buying CBD online isn’t quite as fun as buying in person. Most people use CBD as a remedy for ailments, and when searching for a remedy it’s nice to chat with someone who knows their stuff (as the folks at CBD-focused stores often do).
Also, people are passionate about CBD, and we’re starting to see local CBD-centric communities spring up organically all over the country. For many people it’s not just a supplement, it’s a godsend that helps them break free of dependence on pharmaceuticals.
Others are turning CBD consumption into a daily habit and ritual like coffee, something consumed and treasured every single day. Point being: it’s fun to be part of your local CBD community!
But it starts with finding out where the local spots are. So let’s get into it.
Who Is Likely Selling CBD Locally?
CBD products — whether it’s pure stuff like oils and tinctures, CBD-infused food and drink, or CBD topicals — are still only congregated in certain types of stores.
Check out this chart summarizing the best places to find CBD, and then we’ll get into the details of each.
|Stores that often sell CBD||Type of CBD Product|
|Smoke shops||Oils, vapes, flower, tinctures|
|Marijuana dispensaries||Oils, vapes, flower, tinctures|
|Gas stations, grocery, and convenience stores||Oils, tinctures ,CBD-infused food and drink|
|Restaurants and cafes||CBD-infused food and drink|
1. Gas stations
Gas stations are some of the most common places to find CBD products these days, especially CBD shots (sort of like 5-Hour Energy, the chilled out version), drinks, and cheaper CBD oils and topicals. Keep in mind that the CBD you find at gas stations is likely the lowest-quality (at least compared to CBD specific stores, or higher-end health and wellness stores like Whole Foods), so always look for lab-tested on the label of any product.
What gas stations are selling CBD?
Looking for gas stations that sell CBD near you?
A major multistate dispensary operator that distributes products to over 90,000 locations across the country recently started supplying it’s locations with CBD products, this operator serves the following gas stations:
If you have one of these gas stations nearby, there’s a good chance they’ll be selling some type of CBD products.
2. Local CBD-focused Stores.
CBD-specific shops are relatively uncommon now, but expect to see more as the legal haze around CBD clears up. If your city has one, then this is the best place to start your search.
Austin, Texas, for instance, has a nice selection of CBD-focused stores (e.g.: Restart CBD , Greenwave Naturals , and Rawsome ). San Francisco, on the other hand, currently has just one ( Sidewalk Wellness ).
We love these stores because they often locally-source their own CBD and offer a range of high-quality products . CBD-focused stores are definitely the place to go if you are a CBD newb, since the workers tend to be knowledgeable about their products and can help you find a first remedy.
And in our experience local CBD stores tend to pay the most attention to detail and quality in sourcing their CBD (example: nearly all of Austin’s most prominent local CBD stores that we visited use only organic, lab-verified CBD for their own housemade brand).
Local CBD stores also foster a local CBD community. They often host events, marshall support for legislation, and help educate locals on the value of CBD. They’re an indispensable part of any local CBD scene.
3. Smoke Shops.
After CBD-specific stores, smoke shops may be the best place to consistently find CBD products. In particular, smoke shops are the main destination for CBD vape equipment like vape oils, pens, cartridges, or “tank style” vaporizers . They often also sell CBD flower, edibles, tinctures, and oils.
However, smoke shops typically won’t apply the same scrutiny or care to the products they carry as a CBD-focused shop. So when looking for CBD at a smoke shop, always make sure that you buy products with CBD content that is verified by a third-party lab. Choose full-spectrum CBD derived from organic hemp as well if you can. Read labels closely before buying!
4. Local Grocery Stores, Health and Wellness Stores, and convenience stores
CBD is starting to pop up more frequently in health and wellness stores, grocery stores, and convenience stores. Expect the quality of the CBD at these stores to be more or less in line with the general quality of the store: high-end health and wellness stores tend to source high-quality CBD from organic hemp, while the gas station at your street corner may not be so discriminating.
At these types of stores you might find:
- CBD-infused food and drink
- Oils and tinctures (usually only at grocery, or health and wellness stores)
Relatively cheap CBD-infused drinks like Sprig are currently being sold in minimarts and gas stations across the country. For instance, Arlan’s Market and Sunrise Minimart in Austin, Texas both sell Sprig CBD drinks. Finding products that use full-spectrum CBD from organically sourced hemp is usually more difficult (in San Francisco, we only found such products at certain Whole Foods-esque high-end grocery stores, like Gus’s Community Market in the Mission).
5. If It Is Legal – Marijuana Dispensaries.
Unsurprisingly, another great place to find CBD products is in marijuana dispensaries. Most dispensaries have a selection of CBD vape oil and pens , and regular CBD oils, tinctures, edibles, and drinks are easy to find at dispensaries as well. We found one of the best selections of CBD drinks and edibles in San Francisco at a popular dispensary: Harvest on Geary .
Of course, this is only an option if:
- Your state has legalized recreational marijuana,
- Or, your state has legalized medical marijuana and you have a permit.
5. Restaurants and Cafes
Keep a look out for CBD add-ins at restaurants and cafes. Sometimes these businesses advertise their CBD offerings with a sign. We most commonly find CBD add-ins at high-end smoothie joints and coffee shops, though you can even find CBD-infused waffles or ice cream if you know where to look.
Tips For Finding Local Shops To Buy CBD Oil
So now that you know the types of places to look, how do you find out which places ACTUALLY DO sell CBD oil? At Remedy Journey we’re always intent on finding the latest CBD joints in town; here’s how we do it.
1. Ask People.
The old-fashioned way is still maybe the best way to find CBD. We’ve found that anywhere you find CBD being sold, just asking the owner or clerk if they know of any other places selling CBD is often fruitful. CBD users AND sellers are passionate, and they tend to stay updated on the newest spots that CBD has popped up. Anytime you come across someone who’s passionate about CBD, pick their brain on local spots.
2. Keep Your Eyes Open for Signs.
This is another very straightforward way that we find local CBD: by keeping our eyes peeled for “CBD sold here” signs. Establishments often advertise that they sell CBD like this; it’s a sly way of signaling to your customers without putting it in print on the internet (as some stores in certain places are still scared to do).
3. Utilize the Internet.
Speaking of the internet, many places that have CBD offerings DO advertise it on their website. Google “CBD in [your city]” and see if there are any lists of stores that sell CBD, like on Yelp . There may be articles by a local newspaper or website compiling the restaurants that offer CBD-infused food and drinks in your city.
Just keep in mind that the CBD market is new and fast-changing. Finding accurate information can be difficult, since local city officials and even law enforcement still sometimes force businesses to stop selling certain CBD products.
Do Your Research Before Pulling Out Your Wallet
Lack of industry regulations has led to a CBD market rife with poor-quality products: one recent study found that 69% of CBD products are inaccurately labelled . That’s why doing your research and only choosing high-quality brands is critical.
Here are a few key questions to always keep in mind before purchasing:
- Is this product full-spectrum CBD? Studies indicate that full-spectrum CBD may have more therapeutic benefit than CBD isolate.
- Is the CBD content verified by a third-party lab? If so, it will say on the label.
- Does the brand use industrial or agricultural hemp? Industrial hemp is generally considered of lower quality than agricultural.
- Does this brand derive their CBD from organic hemp?
- Does this brand use CO2 or ethanol extraction? These are the two highest-quality methods of CBD extraction.
Much of this information will be on the label, but some (like extraction method) may not be. If you want more information on a brand, research online! The more transparent they are about their extraction methods and sourcing, the better.
If you still can’t find all the information you want, then visit a CBD-focused store, if possible. Local CBD-focused stores usually have the most detailed information on the CBD products they carry (versus, say, a gas station that sells CBD shots), and they can direct you to the brands with the highest standards and quality.
So what about CBD near ME. Announcing RemedyJourney’s CBD city guides
This is all well and good, but all that matters is CBD in YOUR location. That’s why we’re releasing a series of heavily researched, locally-infused deep-dives on CBD market in major US cities.
- Austin, Texas
- San Francisco, California
- Portland, OR
- Los Angeles, California
- New York City, NYC
- Chicago, IL
- San Diego, CA
- Dallas, TX
- Barcelona, Spain
The current hazy legality makes selling or even using CBD a little fraught with risk, but there’s a flipside to that unpleasantness: it helps build a sense of community, and even (if we’re being honest) a sense of excitement. It’s like when people needed to know about secretive local speakeasies during prohibition to get a drink: you need to know the spots, and there are tricks for finding them.
Hopefully the situation will change as the legal situation evolves, but for now, we still gotta find CBD on the sly. Now you’ve got all the tricks (or at least, all the ones we know of) and can set out on your quest to find CBD hotspots near you. Good luck!
CBD: Coming to a Chevron, Shell, ARCO, BP, Sunoco, or 76 Station Near You
This U.S. multistate cannabis operator just landed a game-changing cannabidiol distribution deal.
There’s pretty much no hotter topic at the moment than legal marijuana. Even with cannabis stocks running into some hurdles in May, the industry has, as a whole, greatly outperformed the broader market in 2019 and has been running circles around every other industry since the beginning of 2016.
The reason? Look no further than Wall Street’s projections calling for a roughly fourfold to sixfold increase in global marijuana sales between 2018 and 2029 or 2030 (depending on the source and estimate). If these growth figures prove accurate, the legal weed industry could be capable of average annual growth in the double digits for well over a decade.
But within the cannabis industry are a number of faster-growing niches. Perhaps no aspect of the cannabis movement is generating more buzz right now — which is ironic, as you’ll read in a moment — than the rise of cannabidiol (CBD).
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Detailing the buzz (or lack thereof) surrounding CBD
Cannabidiol is the nonpsychoactive cannabinoid best known for its perceived medical benefits; in other words, it won’t get a user high or buzzed. Yet that hasn’t stopped its ascent — in reality, this aspect might be directly responsible for its rise, given that it may encourage users who might not otherwise buy cannabis products to try CBD. Since CBD can be infused into all sorts of derivatives, such as edibles, beverages, oils, sprays, capsules, and topicals, users don’t even need to smoke or vape in order to consume it.
According to aggressive estimates from the Brightfield Group, CBD sales in the U.S. are expected to surge from a mere $591 million in 2018 to as much as $22 billion by 2022. For you math-phobes out there, that’s a 147% compound annual growth rate, and it blows the potential global growth rate for the weed industry as a whole out of the water.
Now, keep in mind that CBD can be extracted from cannabis and hemp. Hemp is traditionally easier to grow of the two, and less costly. Plus, with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, industrial production and hemp-derived CBD extracts are now legal across the country. That makes hemp production and processing a vital part of the U.S. CBD market.
To date, a number of brand-name retailers have begun carrying CBD products, mostly in topical form. This includes pharmacies such as CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and Rite Aid, as well as Designer Brands, the designer-shoe retailer formerly known as DSW.
However, a new player is ready to emerge where consumers can purchase CBD products: your local gas-station convenience store.
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CBD products may be headed to a gas-station convenience store near you
Last week, U.S. multistate dispensary operator Harvest Health & Recreation (OTC:HRVSF) announced that it had signed an agreement with the Asian American Trade Associations Council (AATAC) to provide its Colors, CBx Essentials, and Harvest-branded CBD products to more than 10,000 convenience stores and gas stations.
The press release notes that AATAC is a large trade association for independent convenience stores and gas stations, with approximately 50,000 members representing nearly 90,000 locations across the country, and reaching roughly 60% of the U.S. market. Even though many of these stores are branded as Chevron, Shell, ARCO, BP, Sunoco, or 76 (to name a few of the better-known AATAC members), they’re usually operated by independent owners. Harvest Health will be reaching more than 10,000 of these locations by this summer, but may hit up to 30,000 locations with its CBD products by the end of the year.
How big of an opportunity is this? Of the Brightfield Group’s projected $22 billion in U.S. CBD sales by 2022, AATAC foresees $8 billion to $10 billion to come from convenience stores and gas stations. Since margins tend to be very high on CBD products, store clerks are expected to receive training on them, with plenty of in-store shelf space being devoted to CBD, and liberal spending on marketing promotions. Gas stations are a traditionally low-margin business model, so a product that singlehandedly boosted customer traffic and bore high margins would be a win-win.
Jason Vedadi, chairman of Harvest Health, had this to say:
This exclusive partnership enables a massive advance in distribution for Harvest-owned CBD brands and follows our strategic path of expanding the scale of our wholesale and retail distribution nationally. Demand for CBD is unprecedented and by delivering leading products in 10,000 accessible locations gives us an unparalleled reach to consumers.
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Harvest Health looks to be the early leader in U.S. cannabis expansion
This distribution deal isn’t Harvest Health’s first victory. It’s been active on the acquisition front, and currently looks to be the leader of vertically integrated dispensary stocks in the U.S., if licenses are a measure of success.
As of the end of March, Harvest Health was only operating 13 stores in five states. But on a pro forma basis, which assumes that all of its pending acquisitions close, Harvest Health will have the rights to 230 facilities, of which 142 will be retail stores, in 17 states. No publicly traded dispensary operator is even close to Harvest Health in terms of licenses held for retail locations (on a pro forma basis), with most major multistate operators hovering between 50 and 85 retail store licenses held. This gives Harvest Health a presumed market-share advantage, assuming it has the capital and ability to get these dispensary locations, as well as grow farms and processing centers, up and running.
On the other hand, vastly expanding its consumer reach is going to cost quite a bit of money. Having previously been profitable on an operating basis, Harvest Health produced an operating loss of close to $17 million in the first quarter (through March). This had to do with skyrocketing general and administrative expenses (year over year), and a significant increase in marketing and sales expenses. These costs would only be expected to grow as Harvest Health’s presence expands nationally.