Though shrouded in speculation and controversy, Cannabidiol—more commonly known as CBD—has quickly become trendy and it's emerging in the outdoor industry.

Last year, the U.S. saw the federal decriminalization of hemp with the Farm Bill, further opening markets to the cannabis world. CBD is a non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant—meaning it has no hallucinogenic side-effects—but has been found to be therapeutic, making it a popular addition to many pain relief and sleep products. Due to a lack of studies behind Cannabidiol, though, there is only one FDA approved CBD drug on the market—Epidiolex, used to treat two rare and severe forms of epilepsy.

Despite having little to no scientific evidence of its efficacy, the CBD trend has boomed and the now-legal extract is showing up in the most unlikely of places, including its own section of 20 brands at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2019

Here's a list of the 5 most unexpected CBD products for your browsing pleasure.


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Hardgoods brand Kelty expands into an unlikely market: CBD recovery products

Market projections indicate that now is a very good time to get into CBD, and Kelty seems to have taken notice. The Colorado-based camping brand, owned by Exxel Outdoors, launched a new line of CBD products yesterday—a collection of sprays, lotions, and salves billed as recovery more


Industry Buzz: MSR 50th anniversary, DuPont, Oboz Footwear, a 10-year old on El Cap, and more

Smart marketing: In honor of MSR’s 50 anniversary this year, its PR company, Verde Brand Communications, dug deep into the archives and posted three press releases from 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. It’s a glimpse back in time to when the company was “an organization of persons more

National Park Visitor Spending Contributed $40 Billion to U.S. Economy

Industry Buzz: $40 billion from National Parks, MSR, Norrøna, a Patagonia beer debacle, and more

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at Outdoor Retailer announced the finalists for the ninth annual Inspiration Awards. The Inspiration Awards recognize people who inspire others to enjoy outdoor more

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Industry Buzz: Vista Outdoor, David Labistour, Cliffhanger film, OIA events, and a new Colorado gear shop

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at Granby, Colorado, recently saw the opening of Two Pines Supply, a "multisport outdoor store" stocked with all your rental gear needs. Hanna and Chris Olivier, more

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Is Sorona the stretchy fabric of the future?

Spandex—the now ubiquitous elastic apparel fiber—has exploded in popularity since its inception in the '50s, starting out as a replacement for rubber in garments—like women’s girdles—and becoming a staple in the athletic community. In fact, walk into any outdoor shop today and more

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Industry Buzz: Climate partnership, OIA incoming board members, Dick Kelty's 100th birthday, and a 'pay what you can' vacation

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at The Outdoor Business Climate Partnership (OBCP)—comprised of the Outdoor Industry Association, Snowsports Industries America and the National Ski Areas more

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Industry Buzz: Nalgene at OR, United By Blue, Grassroots awards, 'Unpacked' podcast, a Louis Vuitton chalk bag, and more

Outdoor Retailer has partnered with Nalgene to get a 32-ounce plastic Nalgene bottle into every set of hands attending Summer Market next week. And there will be no shortage of places to fill them, either. With more refill stations in common areas and scores of Plastic Impact more

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Talking plastics with backcountry queen Pattie Gonia

Bringing inclusivity, positivity, and heels into the outdoors, backcountry queen Pattie Gonia and SNEWS reporter Ronald V. E. Griswell talk mindfulness around plastics and how we each have a responsibility to make the world a cleaner place. more

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What's next for the Plastic Impact Alliance?

We talk with one of the leaders of the Plastic Impact Alliance, Michelle Fleming of Stanley, about the industry’s cohesive mindfulness around single-use plastic at Outdoor Retailer and what’s next for the Alliance. more