CBD -- you see it everywhere these days: On signs, at retailers and in an increasing number of stores that sell it exclusively, including a handful right here in the North Palm Beach area. And what is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, and is derived from hemp plants, a close relative to marijuana. Hold on -- isn't marijuana illegal? In most states, yes, but CBD, unlike the THC compound found in marijuana, doesn't induce a "high." Instead, it's touted as something to help you sleep, reduce anxiety and potentially ease chronic pain, and it is legal.
While the jury is still out on how effective CBD is, millions already swear by it. Among the products which contain CBD are lotions, ointments, oils, gummies -- even cookies. It's the latter that led us to discover Dr. Norm's Wellness.
While Dr. Norm's sells a full line of CBD products, they gained fame for their cookies, and thereby hangs a tale. California-based, the company, launched in 2017, is run by Jeff Koz and his sister, Roberta Koz Wilson (and yes, their brother is world famous jazz musician, Dave Koz ). And the cookies are based on recipes from their mother. In fact, the company pays homage to both their parents. Their father, Norman, was a medical doctor and the company's namesake, while their mother, Audrey, was a pharmacist and dedicated cookie baker.
It all started with their Chocolate Chip Therapy Cookies, which you can now get -- as you can all their cookies -- both with and without CBD. As described on their website, "Using our mom’s famous recipe, this is the one we started our company with! These cookies are crunchy on the outside, but soft and chewy on the inside. They’re generously filled with mini chocolate chips and finely chopped pecans with a surprise crunch from Heath Bar toffee bits."
Their customers ate them up -- literally -- and asked for more. Also available: Peanut Butter Chocolate, Red Velvet, Snickerdoodle and Pecan Shortbread. Each cookie has 15 mg of CBD, and a bag of 10 costs $24.95, while the non-medicated version is $14.95.
In October, they announced the "world's first cannabis-infused" Hanukkah cookie, the limited edition “Heavenly Hanukkah Cookies,” and are looking to market a holiday sugar cookie as well.
Beyond cookies, they offer a line of products that include topicals, tinctures and even items for your pets.
But aside from the products, Dr. Norm's is a great resource for learning about CBD and its use for health and wellness. There are sections of the site like "Know Your Dose" that offers straight-forward information on how to determine the right CBD dosage for you, as well as a wonderful CBD FAQ that covers all facets of its use. You can also download a "Beginner's Guide to CBD."
While taking CBD is considered generally safe, it's always a good idea to check with your doctor if you are taking prescription drugs for any possible interactions.
Coming soon, we're going to order some cookies and post a more detailed review. Stay tuned, and stay mellow!
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