The creator of Jelly Belly beans is remaking his creation to join the growing trend of selling CBD products. His CBD jelly beans were an instant hit and sold out less than a week after hitting the market.
Created in 1976 by David Klein, Jelly Belly changed the course of history with his “Rolls Royce of jelly beans” that has become a part of American society and a classic staple during Spring or Easter time. Fortune even says the candy “became so beloved by President Reagan that he kept jars of them at Presidential meetings and sent them on a 1983 Challenger space-shuttle fight” and he would order up to 60 cases a month for the White House.
Now, he’s redone the candy with some cannabidiol and a format that could take the public by storm.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is derived from cannabis plants and often turned into oil for people to consume. The oil contains no THC in it, so it doesn’t get you high at all. However, it has been shown to have healing properties for people, being used to treat ailments like arthritis, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and more.
Due to high media attention, Spectrum Confections did not return comment, but Klein told Cannabis Aficionado that the healing properties are what interested him in the first place.
“I said to myself, ‘is anybody doing a jelly bean with CBD?’” Klein told the publication.
The Washington Post stated that “One study published last May found that CBD significantly reduced seizures among people who suffer from a rare syndrome called Lennox-Gastaut. Another, in 2017, found that children with Dravet syndrome, another severe form of epilepsy, saw the number of seizures drop from 12.4 to 5.9 over the course of a month.”
The Hottest Trend
While research is ongoing, CBD is currently one of the biggest trends among young people and has been converted into practically everything under the sun.
Last year, a report by the Hemp Business Journal said that Hemp CBD garnered over $190 million dollars in 2017 compared to the $820 million that hemp-based products raised overall. CBD accounted for 23 percent of the hemp product market.
Klein’s announcement of his venture into the CBD world has been met with widespread media coverage and subsequent selling out of all his products. He currently is operating as the manufacturer for the product under his Spectrum Confections, which sells the product in bulk.
The beans are available in 38 different flavors, including toasted marshmallow, Pina Colada, strawberry cheesecake, cinnamon, spicy licorice, and more. The beans also come in sugar-free and sour varieties.
How To Get Your Own CBD Jellies
The creation is currently sold out, but if you want to buy it sometime in the future, you’re going to have to buy a lot. Due to the high demand, the company is only taking orders of 8,000 to 32,000 pieces. You also have to supply your own CBD oil, which can’t have over .3 percent CBD oil present.
When you get them, each bean will have 10 milligrams of CBD in them, which Klein says is the perfect way to get the right dose for each person. “We are putting 10 ml in each. If people want a small dose, they eat one. If they want 20 ml, they can eat two… They can decide what their proper dosage is,” Klein told Cannabis Aficionado.
So, yeah, if you want some CBD jelly beans, you’re going to have to wait until they’re back in stock and then buy a lot and then send a lot of CBD oil for them.
With the high demand already, it sounds like it wouldn’t be out of the question to just wait until they start popping up in smoke shops around the country.
This isn’t the first time that Klein has come up with a candy that does more than satisfy your sweet tooth.
Always An Entrepreneur
In 1976, Klein made his foray into the sweets world with $800 and no credit. Four years later he sold the rights to Jelly Belly for about $5 million dollars, but never got over his love of candy. He has since tried to make more candy creations including another foray into jelly beans with a kickstarter to “help the Candyman make his comeback” with funding for coffee flavored jelly beans that had caffeine in them and a line of gourmet-flavored beans.
Klein also started his own Candyman Kitchens, an online store that focused on, you guessed it, candy. There he sold various products with seasonal or gimmick products like candy blood or edible sand art.
CBD. CBD Everywhere.
Soon, we might have more than just CBD jelly beans. Coca-Cola was in talks not too long ago for a product with CBD in it. GT’s Living Foods, a Kombucha maker, announced a CBD sparkling water, while tons of other food and CBD combined products like chocolate-dipped pretzels, fried chicken, and more are bound to hit the market over the next couple of years.
However, these new food inventions might not be the end all be all. Some experts say that CBD and food consumption is not an exact science and you may feel no effects at all.
Spectrum Confections wrote on their Facebook that they are currently working to restock their product and that they’ve seen vendors selling the beans for $2 dollars a piece.
Regardless of what happens, CBD jelly beans could be the bean that tips the nation into full CBD madness, or it could be like getting a popcorn-flavored jelly bean.