Published: Sep 28, 2017, 11:19 am • Updated: Sep 28, 2017, 2:38 pm
UPDATE 1:10 P.M. MDT 9/28/17: This story has been updated to reflect that the CW Hemp products appear to be no longer available on Target.com.
CBD made it to the big leagues of retail — albeit briefly.
CW Hemp, the Denver-based company that bottled up “Charlotte’s Web” cannabidiol-rich oil, landed a selection of its hemp-derived extracts on Target.com, CW Hemp announced Thursday morning.
But by Thursday afternoon, the CW Hemp products were no longer to be found on the Minneapolis-based retail giant’s website.
The Cannabist had verified earlier Thursday that Target’s e-commerce site listed four CW Hemp products — hemp capsules and oils (see a screenshot below). The products, which could also be accessed with a search for “CBD oil,” were shown under the herbal supplements category.
However, by the early afternoon, the searches for “CW Hemp” returned with a statement of: “no results found.”
The Cannabist made multiple attempts to contact officials for Target and CW Hemp, but they have not commented directly about the products’ appearance or apparent removal from the website.
BEFORE A screenshot Thursday morning of the Target.com website showed some of the CW Hemp supplements available for purchase online. (Screenshot) AFTER A screenshot Thursday afternoon of the Target.com website showed “no results found” for CW Hemp. (Screenshot)
While nabbing a spot on Target.com would be considered a win for most fledgling consumer products companies, the move to sell products that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration views as illegal is bold, if not practically brazen, industry and drug policy experts say.
“It’s hard to imagine a scenario in which this is legal,” said John Hudak, a Brookings Institution senior fellow who specializes in drug policy