By 2020, the cannabidiol (CBD) market is estimated to grow to a whopping $2.1 billion in consumer sales; that’s a 700% increase from 2016. One confectionery entrepreneur capitalizing on the CBD trend is Jelly Bean creator David Klein. After learning about the potential benefits of utilizing the compounds found in cannabis plants (that won’t get you high like THC), he jumped on the edible trend.
Although Klein sold Jelly Bean in 1980, he never stopped making candy. According to USA Today, Klein was inspired to develop CBD-infused jelly beans after learning about the compound’s reported benefits. His new company, Spectrum Confections, features CBD jelly beans in 38 assorted flavors. Cinnamon, spicy licorice, strawberry cheesecake, and mango are but a few of the flavors you may sample. Each bean contains 10 mg of CBD and is coated with sugar for optimal flavor.
To be clear, the CBD-infused jelly beans have no affiliation with the candy company Jelly Bean. At present they can presently be only purchased in bulk, with a minimum of 800 candies. To purchase the currently sold-out product, consumers must be at least 18 years old. As Market Watch reports, the CBD candy looks just like ordinary jelly beans, so parents should consider storing the sweets on a high shelf out of a child’s reach.
Based on a 2017 report conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), there are no adverse health risks with using recreational CBD. However, doctors say that not enough research has been done yet to determine a safe dosage of CBD oil — particularly in food for kids.
Michael Klein, the CEO of CannabisMD, a website that shares informational health and medical information about CBD and medical cannabis, recommends consuming no more than 15 mg to 20 mg of CBD per day. That’s only one or two jelly beans. Could you resist consuming a few more?
“That may mean one bean in the morning, one in the afternoon, depending on the quantity of CBD,” Klein explained. “Effectiveness of the jelly bean comes down to the quality of CBD that is being used. And given the sugar content, it probably won’t help you with your sleep.”
Numerous studies have shown the potential healing benefits of CBD. For instance, the component has been shown to have anti-anxiety effects and anti-inflammatory properties — which can help remedy skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. CBD has also been proven to soothe digestive distress, such as IBS. However, doctors warn that there is not enough research to determine the safest dosage of CBD oil, particularly in food.
“People think you take it and that’s it, but there are side effects of CBD oil. It makes you nauseous, it can make you feel fatigued, and it can make you feel really sleepy. Take it with a grain of salt,” said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.