Kroger now selling CBD-based products in Texas

Kroger has begun selling hemp-derived CBD lotions, oils and creams.

Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co. has begun selling hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) lotions, oils and creams in 88 stores across Texas, including in Houston.

"Like many retailers, we are now offering our customers a highly curated selection of topical products that are infused with hemp-derived CBD," said Sparkle Anderson, Kroger's Houston spokeswoman. "Our selection of CBD topical products are from suppliers that have been reviewed for quality and safety."

According to the company, it decided to sell CBD-infused topical products after the Texas legislature passed a law earlier this year authorizing the production and sale of hemp and hemp-derived products, as long as they contain no more than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that gives users a high.

CBD has been linked to a broad range of health benefits, from treating insomnia, anxiety, seizures, inflammation and chronic pain. It has also been found to provide mild relaxation without any intoxicating effects.