Lazy Cakes--Brownies spiked with Melatonin
Public health officials and politicians are debating the safety of a new snack on the market — sold as Lazy Cakes, Kush Cakes and Lulla Pies. They're brownies laced with the sleep aid melatonin.
Like other compounds sold as dietary supplements, melatonin doesn't need premarket approval by the Food and Drug Administration when sold in pill form. But used as a food additive, it would likely be subject to FDA regulation. That's why the makers of the new melatonin-spiked brownies are marketing their products as dietary supplements — not food.
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Each brownie contains 8 mg of melatonin (the dietary supplements come in doses of 0.2 to 20 mg), and the package suggests that people take half a brownie twice a day to relax and combat stress. Though the product is intended for adults, some health officials take issue with the fact that its packaging is so kid- and teen-friendly: Lazy Cakes are emblazoned with a cartoon brownie called Lazy Larry, whose drugged-out smile alludes to the illegal, hash-enhanced version of the chocolatey dessert. It doesn't help that they're sold in head shops (as well as in 7-Eleven, Walgreens and the Harvard Coop), which also sell drug paraphernalia.
"Children are attracted to brownies," Dr. Caroline Apovian, director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center told the Boston Herald. "I don't think it's appropriate to put herbal things that are actually drugs in brownies or food items that are attractive to children. I think that's heinous."
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