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10 CBD-Infused Snacks That You Can Start Incorporating Into Your New Year’s Diet

The new year is here, y’all, which means you’ve probably made some resolutions regarding your health. Maybe you want to start meal prepping, or maybe you’d rather indulge in more tasty AF meals throughout the year (#treatyoself). But if one of your goals for 2019 is to chill the heck out, then you might want to incorporate some CBD-infused snacks into your diet. Why? Because they look irresistible. Also, thanks to CBD’s relaxing assets, they’ll also make you feel calm, cool and collected in the new year.

If you haven’t hopped on the CBD train yet, you might be wondering why companies are adding it to their food products. To be honest, the answer is simple. For starters, CBD (also known as cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid from the cannabis plant. Meaning, CBD won’t get you high like THC will (so don’t get your hopes up). Instead, cannabidiol is known to help its consumers feel relief from anxiety, pain, and a handful of other medical conditions. So why wouldn’t companies want to add it to their snacks?

Whenever I have CBD in my gummies or through my coffee (yes, that’s a thing), I’m at peak relaxation. However, CBD’s benefits may vary from person to person — so don’t base your reaction off of mine. If you’re hoping to give it a try for yourself, scan the following items and add ’em to your cart.

 

1. Chocolate Chip Cookies, $22 

 

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TBH, I’d dunk these CBD-infused cookies by Pure Hemp into my milk any day. If you’re not into chocolate chip cookies, though, you can check out the other flavors on Pure Hemp’s website. There’s literally a ton of them, such as CBD Cinnamon Cookies and CBD Sprinkle Cookies.

2. Potato Chips, $25

 

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Those of you who are craving something salty can order Jay’s CBD Potato Chips from Earthshine Organics. If I had a bag of these, I’d be chillin’ on the couch without a care in the world.

3. Flaming Hot “Weetos,” $28

 

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Out of all of the CBD snacks I’ve come across, I think these would be my favorite. I’m a sucker for spicy food, so Flamin’ Hot Weetohs from Earthsine Organics are going on my grocery list ASAP.

4. Cake Pops, $11

 

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Those of you craving a CBD for dessert can try one of these cake pops from Diamond CBD. IMHO, these are probably the cutest CBD desserts I’ve ever seen.

5. Sour Worms, $35 

 

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Okay, guys. I’ve tried these ones, and they rule. They’re not too sweet, and they’re not too sour. If a Sour Patch Kid and a Gummy Bear had a CBD baby, this would be it. You can buy a package on Pure Hemp’s website.

6. Caramels, $35

 

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TBH, I think caramel candies are underrated. They’re sweet, chewy, long-lasting and even better infused with CBD. You can buy a bag for yourself here. (P.S. Could you imagine having a CBD caramel-covered apple? Did I just invent something?)

7. Coconut Bites, $14.99 

 

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Coconut fans, rejoice: You have a handful of CBD-infused snack options to choose from, all thanks to Weller. The company’s new CBD Coconut Bites are now on the market, and their flavors will make your mouth water.

7. Hard Candy, $20

 

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Who doesn’t like hard candy? Thanks to Cannabinoid Creations, you can now suck on CBD-infused goodies — and the flavors are hard to pass up. One of them is Cartoon Cereal Crunch, which apparently tastes like your favorite childhood cereal. #TBT.

8. Lollipops, $10

 

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Anyone trying to really enjoy the CBD goodness can buy one of these Peace Pops from Pure Hemp. Each pack only comes with one pop, which shouldn’t be a problem considering the fact that lollipops usually take a while to finish. They also come in a handful of flavors including Sour Apple, Watermelon, Strawberry and Tangy Orange — so pick your favorite.

9. Chewing Gum, $20

 

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Who doesn’t want fresh breath? Thanks to Relax Winter Breeze Gum by Earthshine Organics, you can refresh your palate and relax your mind at the same time. With one of these packs in your pocket, friends will be begging you for a piece.

10. Honey, $50

 

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Whether you’d rather spoon your honey out of a jar or pour it into your morning beverage, you’ll probably dig Colorado Hemp Honey. It contains naturally-occurring CBD, which means your morning cup of tea is about to level up a notch.

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and load your virtual carts with these CBD-products and try them out for yourself. Take it slow, though, and make sure you take each product’s CBD content into consideration before indulging. And most importantly, don’t forget to share ’em with your friends when they raid your kitchen for the goods.

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Your Edible’s CBD Content May Be Mislabeled, This Is How To Ensure It’s Accurate

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The recent wave of marijuana legalization in different parts of the US has spawned a growth of cannabinoid-infused products. Whether it be from hemp or marijuana itself, these CBD products have begun to integrate themselves into food as they gain consumer acceptance.

What’s concerning today, though, is that often times, the actual CBD content within these edibles may be inaccurate.

Recent research puts the mislabeled cannabinoid edibles purchased online at a staggering 70%, making it a major issue for the industry. It’s one of the flaws of a rapidly growing sector whose legal boundaries aren’t yet fully established, according to Robert Di Marco, CEO of Boulder Botanical & Bioscience Labs.

“The problem that you have is that there are no labeling requirements,” diMarco says. “The industry is wide open.”

According to Di Marco, the FDA is trying to create guidelines for the CBD industry when it comes to labeling, but right now, products are highly susceptible to fraud. That’s not the only issue, though, as the chemical structure of cannabinoids means that it’s hard to get an accurate reading on potency. Thus, a product you purchase at a dispensary may have a totally different CBD content from what the label says.

“There’s no standardized methodology for testing,” Di Marco states, “so labs get false readings. You might have one that shows a potency of 10 percent, and another that claims it’s 6 percent. It causes a lot of issues, not only with improper labeling, but with someone thinking they’re taking one dosage and it’s actually another.”

An extreme example that Di Marco gave was with a national brand that recently came to his company for testing. The extract they wanted to use for their edibles claimed to have a significant CBD content on the label, but his lab found the actual content to be zero. Since you’re paying a premium for that extra cannabinoid dosage, for an extract to contain none is shocking for both the producer and consumer.

Since this discrepancy often occurs at the production level, it may prove difficult in figuring out just how much CBD is in the edible you want to buy. There are a couple of ways you can confirm CBD content, however, although neither are a surefire guarantee yet.

“Consumers can request from the manufacturer a certificate of accuracy (CoA) to ensure that the potency is accurate and that there is a correct dosage,” Di Marco says. “A lot of companies actually have websites you can go to and you can see the CoA right there. All you have to do is type in the lot number, which should be on the label.”

“If the package doesn’t have that,” he added, “stop right there. That’s the number one sign that this is a small business and an unscrupulous operation.”

For those looking to verify the cannabinoids in their edibles, so far, these are the methods to rely on. The lists aren’t always complete, however, and not everybody has all of the certificates you want for that level of confirmation.

One place consumers can rest assured, though, is with larger, national brands that produce CBD products. Di Marco states that these companies all conduct rigorous in-house testing and self-regulate themselves, meaning that potency readings will be about as accurate as you can get when it comes to labeling. Smaller companies that are just getting started, however, may run into several of these issues as they lack that capability in testing.

Eventually, as the FDA gets a grip on CBD regulations and develops procedures, this will change, Di Marco says. Then, it could be possible for databases to exist that can call up the content on demand, through something like a QR code on the label. Until then, though, we are still living in a partial cloud of dubious information when it comes to CBD-infused edibles.