There’s good news for the nearly one in four American adults who eat at least one piece of candy every day of the week — especially if they also suffer from chronic pain or anxiety. The creator of Jelly Belly has just launched a new confectionery company that specializes in CBD-infused candy. In other words, you can now satisfy your sweet tooth and practice self-care at the same time.
In America, we know the benefits of eating healthy. That said, we often don’t put that knowledge into practice. In 2015, Americans consumed 6.6 gallons of juice per capita, but recent data shows that the average U.S. resident eats approximately 22 pounds of candy every year. Of course, fruity candies are no substitute for fresh-squeezed juice or local produce. But it’s actually possible that the jelly beans we all know and love might actually make us a bit healthier and happier — assuming they’re consumed in moderation.
David Klein, the founder and creator of Jelly Belly, has now branched out to start a new candy company called Spectrum Confections. Although he sold his rights to the Jelly Belly name long ago, if you’re a fan of Klein’s original creation, you’re in luck. His most recent venture is also all about jelly beans, but with one big difference: these ones are infused with CBD oil. Each of Spectrum Confection’s 38 flavors of gourmet beans contain 10 mg of CBD. There are even sour and sugar-free versions available.
As Klein explained to Grow, the inspiration to start Spectrum Creations came from a personal place.
“The reason why I got back into this jelly bean business with CBD after all these years is it actually works. My wife got into an accident, she fell down in a hotel in Colorado. She was in tremendous pain and from that point on she took a tonic that had CBD.” Klein added, “We just know it works for her. We got into the business to help people. All the time when I was Mr. Jelly Belly, we were bringing fun to people, but I had a guilty conscience that we were not doing what was best for their bodies. Now I feel with the CBD added I don’t feel guilty at all.”
Klein is quick to add that the beans don’t contain THC, which means they won’t get you high. That’s because CBD, while a cannabinoid compound, isn’t what provides that euphoric, stoned feeling you experience when you use marijuana. However, CBD can provide relief for a number of conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, and seizures.
That said, your relief won’t come cheap. Currently, the in-stock products come in an 800-count and cost $600 a pop. But considering that fans couldn’t even get their hands on these beans since this story went viral due to mass sell-outs, some consumers may be willing to pay the price to get their CBD candy fix. Of course, you won’t be able to indulge and eat a bunch for dessert, as most people will only want to consume one or two at one time. So if you’re looking for a movie theater snack, you’ll probably want to stick with the original Jelly Belly instead. But if you’re already dabbling in CBD products and aren’t afraid to drop some major cash, this is certainly a product to consider. If nothing else, it could be a safer and more delicious way to celebrate 4/20. Just don’t forget to visit your dentist for twice-yearly cleanings.