Connecticut CBD Shopping Guide: Where To Buy CBD Infused Edibles & More!
The world of CBD, or cannabidiol, is a wide and wild one these days-it’s going full-tilt boogie and there’s lots to learn about and even more to try. Plenty of myths and misconceptions swirl around this product (yes, it’s derived from the hemp plant but no, it won’t get you high). There are tinctures and drops and capsules filled with the extract, but for the CTbites crowd, we’re going to focus on the stuff you can EAT: gummies, chocolates, honey, and even drinks. Along with these products, what is really great about the companies and stores selling them is that they also offer a wealth of information and are happy to pass along their knowledge. After all, these products are being used for everything from aches and pains, to help getting a good night’s rest to helping quell anxiety (hello, 2020). This previously stigmatized arena is seeing a great up-tick in activity because it’s looking like there is a well-spring of beneficial possibilities. Note: These listing/products are not intended to take the place of medical advice. Please consult with your doctor before starting any new regime or product.
Franny’s Farmacy, Westport
Franny’s opened its doors on June 17th, smack dab in the middle of the pandemic. It was the perfect time for a CBD store to open as many of their new customers were feeling stressed out, anxious, sleep deprived, and needed a place to connect. Franny’s was there to help demystify all things CBD and educate them on the benefits of this incredible plant. Griff Conti, owner of the Franny’s Westport, CT store is all about connecting with the community at a very local level and CBD is a product that helps you heal on so many levels. The first Franny’s Farmacy dispensary opened in 2018 in Ashville, NC and the rest is history, hemp history that is. Recently opening their 8th dispensary in Augusta, GA, Franny is the first female hemp farmer to come along in 75 years and there is no stopping this powerhouse. Committed to supporting the health and wellness of its customers through its vertically integrated seed-to-shelf products, the company has grown to be one of the most distinguished hemp/CBD brands in the U.S and continues to expand. They stock everything from topicals and lotions to CBD for pets.However, for CTbites followers, you will be happy to know that the full spectrum gummies, chocolate nuggets, CBD chocolate and sea salt bars, and hemp-infused honey sticks are customer favorites. Additionally, chefs and clients alike are adding tinctures and flowers to their recipes. With all the stress we are experiencing right now, what could be better than a (CBD) calm Thanksgiving and holiday vibe with your family? Stop by and visit with one of their bud tenders who will help select the right product for you.
Fritzzz: Premium CBD Infused Chocolate, Norwalk & Online
For over 13 years, Danish born Fritz Knipschildt, and the House of Knipschildt, have been renowned for creating exquisite quality artisan chocolate. Knipschildt has recently launched a new line of chocolate truffles and chocolate bars that are infused with premium, full spectrum CBD. Introducing…Fritzzz. The Food Network once said “Knipschildt’s creations took him from a small CT apartment to an international chocolate sensation. From bonbons to truffles and sauces, Knipshildt translates into chocolate heaven.” Add CBD to the recipe and we’re talking pure magic.
While Fritz is constantly coming up with new flavors, the Fritzzz product line currently consists of five chocolate bars, each with 75mg of CBD including: Dark 85% Toasted Coconut, Dark 70% Ginger & Blueberry, Dark 70% Cranberry & Orange, classic Dark 70% Chocolate, and slightly more potent 100mg bar. Additionally, Fritzzz produces small boxes of six Salted Caramels and a Dark Chocolate Collection, each tasty morsel infused with 10 mg of CBD. Fritzzz’ CBD is sourced from an organic farm in Kentucky, and the CBD oil is completely flavorless, allowing his artisan chocolate to resonate brightly, with zero hemp undertones. This is a huge plus as I like my chocolate…well…to taste like chocolate. Also, you will not find any gluten, palm oils, refined sugars, or GMOs in the Fritzzz product line. This is great choice for the chocolate connoisseur,
Act Natural Health and Wellness, Torrington
Various flavored gummies, cookies (Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip), peppermint chewing gum and chocolate bars (dark, milk chocolate, mint, Irish Cream and lemon). They also stock honey sticks, maple syrup and CBD herbal teas by Buddha Teas, which are popular sellers.
Better Ways, Branford
Vegan, organic gummies. Local delivery and loyalty club benefits.
Cannabidiol Life, Litchfield
High-quality edibles such as chocolates, honey sticks, caramels, and an assortment of gummies (worms, bears, vegan, sample packs), including ones to help you sleep like a baby.
CBD American Shaman, North Windham, Preston
Many, many gummies (including sugar-free, gourmet, energy), candy, several flavors of sparkling water, cookies (Hermits anyone?), brownies, gum, marshmallow treats, popcorn, honey sticks, honey, almonds, coffee (K-cup style). Treats for furry friends, too-dog, cat AND horse treats.
The CBD Curators, Stamford
Dark and milk chocolate bars, Cherry Bomb gummies, apple rings, tea blends, Golden Milk Turmeric latte blends, Hot Cocoa and Chai, infused honey. Also, for your pet friends, they have jerky sticks, snacks, Steak Bites, Wavy Bacon.
CBD Living, Stamford, Danbury, Milford, New Fairfield
Sparkling waters in fruity fun flavors, energy shots, loose leaf tea and coffee, gummies (vegan ones too), chocolate bars. They have animal products, too, such as Calming Dog Chews.
CBD Sono, Norwalk
Vegan and full-spectrum and isolate gummies.
Elm City Wellness, New Haven
Wellness center that offers a wealth of services (massage, yoga), items for your Om in the Home, skincare, books, and CBD gummies. Note: Call office to purchase CBD gummies, as they can’t process online at this time.
Harbor Hemp Company, Coventry
U.S. grown, non-GMO, pesticide-free, New England crafted hemp oil products like their bubbly infused “Calm Seas” Black Cherry seltzer and lightly sweetened lemonade (call to order this product) and lest we forget your faithful companion, Apple Crisp treats for Fido.
New England Hemp Farm, Westport
Full-spectrum gummies (both vegan and reg), CBD coffee pods. Pet treats for cats and dogs, too, made with all-natural ingredients.
New Hope CBD, Terryville
Highest quality products made from high-quality U.S. grown hemp. For edibles, they stock gummies, honey sticks, chocolate chip CBD cookies, a variety of coffees (Hawaiian Dark Roast, Hawaiian Mocha, Hawaiian Vanilla Macadamia Nut, or a variety pack) and dog treats.
The Remedy Co., Wallingford
First and only craft CBD company in the state. Nighttime (apple cider) and Daytime (strawberry) gummies, dark and milk Belgian chocolate bars.
Timeless CBD, Southington, West Haven
Offering highest quality CBD products, all the while striving to be price conscientious. They have full-spectrum gummies, nighttime gummies that contain melatonin, and their signature CBD coffee. Monthly subscription service available.
Your CBD Store, multiple locations
Largest hemp retailer in the U.S. Their products are award-winning and made in the U.S.A., as well as being third-party tested. Full-spectrum organic gummy bears, organic slices, gummy bears, peach and watermelon rings, honey sticks, and hard candies.
[For a wonderful CBD resource that is not CT based, but has excellent products worth checking out, go to Uncle Bud’s Hemp & CBD online store. Happy hunting]
If you are currently looking for other alternative CBD products visit PENGUIN CBD.
Fact and Fiction About CBD Oil
Marketers have touted CBD as a cure for nearly everything that ails us. UConn pharmacy professor C. Michael White offers perspective.
Marketers have touted CBD as a cure for nearly everything that ails us. UConn pharmacy professor C. Michael White offers perspective. (Getty Images)
Cannabidiol – or CBD oil – is one of the year’s hottest products. A non-intoxicating marijuana extract, the oil is being touted as a cure for everything from anxiety to seizures to pain, and is finding its way into a myriad products.
Is CBD really a miracle cure for so many ills? UConn Today discussed the issue with C. Michael White, department head and professor of pharmacy practice in the UConn School of Pharmacy.
C. Michael White, School of Pharmacy. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)
Q. CBD advertisements seem to be everywhere, in forms including oils and tinctures, vaporization liquid, lotions and creams, and in additives to such projects as cupcakes and beer. Should we all be taking CBD?
A. Some people should be taking CBD, but not most people. There are still a lot of questions to ask before taking the plunge. For example, consider that many of the products sold have little to no real CBD in them. And what if the hype is ahead of human data showing benefits, or if CBD interferes with medication you are already taking? You can also get arrested or fired from your job for possessing or ingesting certain CBD products.
Q. Good questions. Do you have some answers?
A. In my role as a pharmacist and clinical pharmacologist, I have evaluated the evidence behind natural products and drugs of abuse for many years. I recently reviewed the worldwide human trial data on CBD oil for the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and I can tell you – the CBD hype is different from reality.
One of the first questions to ask is, what is in my CBD product? In 2016, investigators tested 84 CBD products and found that only 31% were labeled correctly. Forty-three percent of products had far less CBD than specified on the label. It was far worse for vaporization liquids, where only 12.5% of products were labeled correctly. In addition, many of the products had more than 0.3% THC in them. THC is the cannabis chemical that gets you high and if the concentration is above 0.3% you can get arrested for possession of marijuana in states where marijuana is illegal. There are cases where this has happened. The FDA has also written numerous letters to CBD manufacturers for false advertisement, and in many cases tested the products for CBD and found little to no actual CBD in them.
There is also a risk for adulteration and contamination. In Utah, people thought they were buying CBD products but they turned out to also contain synthetic marijuana (like in K2 or Spice), leading to 52 cases of harm, including seizures, confusion, unconsciousness, and hallucinations. Finally, in testing of 29 CBD products, 69% of them had excessive levels of the carcinogen called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
If you are going to use CBD, avoid products that have not been verified for potency and lack of adulteration and contamination by an outside independent laboratory. There is an FDA-approved CBD product for children with seizures from Dravet’s and Lennox-Gastaut Syndromes that is only available by prescription. It has a standardized concentration, less than 0.1% THC, and no adulteration or contamination.
Q. Good enough. But does CBD have a place in health care?
A. For seizures that don’t respond well to other drugs, there is enough data to say that CBD does work. However, you need a consistent concentration of the drug. In a major systematic review, our research group found that small changes in anti-epileptic drug blood concentrations resulting from switching between brand and generic drugs increased hospitalizations or use of emergency health care services.
Q. What about CBD for other ailments like anxiety, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, and pain?
A. In anxiety, there are several studies with promising preliminary results, but they only assessed a single dose a couple hours before someone did something anxiety-provoking, like public speaking. There is no evidence to show (one way or the other) that generalized anxiety improves when CBD is used every day. The evidence in schizophrenia, Parkinson’s, and pain is very preliminary, and it is unknown whether benefits will ultimately be seen.
There is evidence that cannabis products with more CBD and less THC cause less anxiety and psychotic effects than products with little to no CBD and high THC. That makes sense, given how CBD blocks some of the same brain receptors that THC stimulates. It doesn’t mean that anxiety and psychosis caused by means other than THC will respond in the same way. Combination CBD and THC products have been shown to reduce pain and muscle spasms, but the data on CBD alone is too preliminary to draw any firm conclusions.
Q. One of the big questions that remains is, can CBD harm you? What’s the risk of just trying it?
A. CBD is generally well tolerated, but has been shown to cause sleepiness, diarrhea, or vomiting, and fatigue or lethargy in 20-30% of users. The impact of CBD on driving or operating heavy machinery has not been adequately assessed. There are a few dozen cases where liver function tests were elevated, suggesting that rarely, the drug could damage someone’s liver. However, these risks are with high quality products, and the risks associated with adulterated and contaminated products could be far worse and more variable.
The greatest health risks may be due to CBD’s drug interaction potential. CBD blocks the breakdown of many other drugs when it is used for a few doses here or there. However, with prolonged daily use, it starts to induce liver enzymes and could cause other drugs to have lower concentrations in the blood. Many prescription seizure medications can be impacted by CBD, so just trying it on your own without appreciating the impact on your other drugs could put you at a greater risk of seizures. States are already starting to take action on some of the CBD hysteria. CBD has been added to all types of trendy baked goods and beverages. New York State, for example, is now barring the use of CBD in food and drink until such time as it is shown to be safe.
Q. So what’s the takeaway – what should we know?
A. CBD is a wonderful new option for patients with epilepsy. It might do all the things the internet says it can for anxiety and other diseases, but right now much of that is speculation and extrapolation, not proof.
If you want to try a CBD product, you need to assure the product you use is tested by an outside laboratory or FDA-approved. If not, you run the risk of being scammed, harmed, or arrested. Tell your doctor and pharmacist you are taking CBD, so you can avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions. Regardless of the product, don’t drive for a couple days after you start a CBD product until you know how the drug is impacting you. If you are getting sick to your stomach or sleepy, a lower dose will likely be more tolerable, but lowering the dose can make CBD less effective. If you see yellowing of your eyes or skin, stop CBD and call your doctor right away, as that can be a sign of liver issues.
Finally, CBD is not a food and shouldn’t be added to cupcakes and drinks simply because it is trendy.