National pet supply chain PetSmart has started carrying hemp extract Mary’s Tails, the first cannabinoid extract to be offered by the retailer, the company said in press release, adding that it chose the brand due to the company’s “transparency, quality, efficacy and pet-friendly delivery methods.”
The products will initially be sold at 122 PetSmart locations in Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, and Tennessee with plans to expand to additional stores by this summer.
Luke Mullins, vice president of pet sales at Mary’s Brands, said the partnership would make the full-spectrum extracts “even more accessible to pet parents, allowing them to provide their dogs and cats with the daily wellness benefits of hemp-derived CBD.”
A first-of-its-kind 2018 study by researchers at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine using an ElleVet Sciences hemp oil product for dogs found the product “efficacious for pain in dogs with osteoarthritis, chronic joint pain and geriatric pain and soreness; with dramatic beneficial effects in [the] more geriatric patients.”
Tim Milano, vice president of merchandising for PetSmart, said adding Mary’s Tails products “will answer the call” from the company’s customers “seeking options for a highly trusted hemp extract with naturally occurring CBD for pets.”
“PetSmart continues to build a world class shopping experience through merchandising, product selection, and service. We evaluated numerous CBD pet brands and selected Mary’s Tails to be the first CBD brand to be on shelf.” – Milano in a statement
A 2019 New Frontier Data report suggests that the pet and animal CBD sector could be “among the fastest growing” in the market, estimating a compound annual growth rate of 57 percent and sales up to $125 million by 2022.
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TG is a journalist by trade and has covered cannabis industry news for Ganjapreneur.com since 2014. He teaches media studies at an upstate New York university and is also the host of the Ganjapreneur Podcast.