Ever since I blindly got a vomit-flavored jelly bean from the Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans box, I’ve been pretty wary of the candy.
But that might be about to change. The creator of Jelly Belly, David Klein, has launched a line of jelly beans infused with cannabidiol (CBD), the non-hallucinogenic compound in cannabis (h/t USA Today). The beans come in 38 flavors including many Jelly Belly-inspired favorites, like my personal ride-or-die roasted marshmallow. There are also sour and sugar-free options, and each bean has 10 mg of CBD.
Kelin’s company, Spectrum Confections, sells the jellies in bulk: each order includes a whopping 800 beans, so it’s probably not for the casual candy or CBD lover, unless you’re stocking up for a 4/20-slash-Easter party for the books.
Even if you are, you’re out of luck. All beans are already out of stock, but Spectrum Confections notes on their website that they are still taking orders over phone and email.
Putting CBD into jelly beans is a pretty sweet idea (sorry). Demand for the non-hallucinogenic cannabinoid, which some herald for its healing and relaxation properties, is high.
However, CBD’s rise is somewhat hampered by the fact that the FDA still considers it to be an illegal food ingredient, meaning it’s technically not allowed to be sold in food or drinks. That hasn’t stopped companies from making and selling everything from CBD-infused chocolates to sodas. However, recently New York City health inspectors cracked down on local shops selling food products with cannabidiol, so really it’s just unclear what exactly is allowed and what’s not in the CBD edibles space.
Clearly that lack of clarity isn’t stopping Klein, or his jelly bean-loving customers.