There is CBD beer, CBD coffee, CBD gums and sodas, skin care, oils and drops. And now, the cannabis-derived product appears in the jelly beans – designed by the man who created the Jelly Belly sweets.
The product, a mixture of an "adult" chemical compound – CBD – and the famous staple of American childhood is so popular that the company that created it, Spectrum Confections, led by Jelly Belly's inventor, David Klein, was sold after an avalanche. to love the media coverage of last week.
"The creator of Jelly Belly debuts with cannabis jelly beans: grilled marshmallow, mango, etc.," wrote USA Today.
"The creator of Jelly Belly launches beans infused with CBD," said CBS.
CBD is a cannabinoid compound, but it is not the chemical in cannabis that causes a high dose. Abbreviated cannabidiol, it acts on different parts of your nervous system than THC, which is the chemical associated with high marijuana use, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
In short, the CBD: not high. THC: high potential.
The product has gained popularity in recent years and has been touted as a potential treatment for anxiety, convulsions, insomnia and even cancer. But its medical benefits are still in the early stages of research. A study published in May of last year found that CBD significantly reduced seizures in people with a rare syndrome called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Another, in 2017, found that children with Dravet syndrome, another serious form of epilepsy, had their number of seizures decrease from 12.4 to 5.9 over a month .
The Food and Drug Administration reacted in June by approving a purified form of the drug to treat these conditions.
"But it's also important to note that this is not an endorsement of marijuana or all of its components," the FDA noted. "This is the approval of a specific CBD drug for a specific use."
Dr. Igor Grant, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego and director of his medicinal cannabis research center, said in an interview that other medical uses and benefits of the product had not been so clearly established. .
"And of [those studies] it follows that CBD may be useful in other epilepsies, although this is not yet established, "he said.
Some studies also indicated that CBD could have some anti-anxiety properties, noting that one of them in which people giving speeches were less anxious after listening to them. But he warned that the amount of CBD used in these studies was less than the amount that would likely be found in a candy.
Klein, who did not respond to requests for comments sent to his company, told Cannabis Aficionado, who had told the story for the first time, that he had recently learned the popularity and the benefits of the CBD.
"And I thought to myself," Does anyone make a candy with CBD? ", He told the publication." I did not find any. "
Klein created Jelly Belly in 1976 with an investment of $ 800 and no credit card, says Cannabis Aficionado. But he sold his rights four years later – and recently called the decision "wrong." In 2016, he ran Candyman Kitchens, an online retail outlet that sold various candy products and gadgets, such as candy, according to the Chicago Tribune. Klein launched a campaign to raise $ 10,000 to market caffeinated jelly beans in coffee flavors such as caffe macchiato.
The latest federal law on agriculture has legalized hemp and some of its products, such as CBD, provided it is produced and derived from a plant that adheres to a strict list of restrictions, especially the lack of a large amount of THC. However, CBD is generally classified as a Schedule I substance and its status as an FDA-approved drug has further complicated matters at the federal level, Grant said.
But the CBD is legal in all but four states, according to CBS. And the product has thrived in this legal gray zone, with some estimates building on the CBD market to $ 190 million last year.
Spectrum Confections sells CBD jelly beans in 38 flavors such as grilled marshmallow, piña colada and strawberry cheesecake. It also sells sour and sugar-free versions. The company's website admits that the CBD does not always have the "best taste".
Each jelly contains about 10 mg of CBD.
"If people want a small dose, they eat one," said Klein to Cannabis Afficionado. "If they want 20 mg, they can eat two. They can decide on the appropriate dosage. "
The marijuana website highlighted the irony that Jelly Bellys was one of President Ronald Reagan's favorite sweets, which contributed to President Richard Nixon's "war on drugs" and the Office of National Drug Control Policy in 1988.
Klein told the Web site that he did not want to make unfounded allegations about his health about his new product, but he was certain that it would "help the world".
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