The entire brownie contains nearly three times the recommended dose of melatonin as a sleep aid for adults, what about kids?
I fueled up at a Fernandina Beach convenient store and my daughter pointed at a brownie and said we should split it. I laughed it off because we don’t eat brownies since we are perpetually dieting. On our way back to the car she told me that the brownies have synthetic marijuana in them. I stopped cold in my tracks!
“What?” I asked.
“Yeah! The kids at school are talking about them.” she answered.
Finding that very hard to believe, I walked back into the store and bought The Original Lazy Cakes Relaxation Brownie. The clerk working the counter said they had melatonin in them; a supplement I occassionally take when I have trouble sleeping, NOT synthetic marijuana.
The package is labeled:
“FOR ADULTS ONLY: NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
DIETARY SUPPLEMENT (Not for food use)”
I examined the package closer and it had the Food and Drug Administration’s disclaimer, “This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease.”
Really? The logo on this little 2 ounce brownie shows an animated and quite relaxed brownie character, named Larry Lazycakes, with a purple and pink psychedelic background. “He looks pretty chilled-out to me,” I thought and flipped the package over.
This side of the packaging revealed:
“WARNINGS: THIS PRODUCT IS FOR ADULTS ONLY. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. If you are taking OTC drugs or prescription medication, pregnant or nursing, consult your health care provider prior to using this product. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery after consuming this product. Do Not Use with any alcohol.” That is quite a warning for a brownie!
Then I read that it contains 4mg Melatonin per serving, there were two “suggested use” servings in the pre-package brownie I purchased.
“Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland, a small gland in the brain.” According to WebMD, “Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles.”
I already knew that, so I ran upstairs to see how much melatonin is in the supplements I take. “Take one tablet 20 minutes before bedtime.” The bottle read. Each of my 100% vegetarian melatonin tablets contains only 3mg of melatonin. So, you are an adult and you eat the entire brownie, which you likely would because it is pre-packaged, you would be ingesting nearly three times the recommended dose of melatonin as a sleep aid. What would that do to a child?
At 330 calories per brownie and 8mg melatonin, I think I’ll stick to my smaller dose using supplements and avoid that groggy, hang-over feeling in the morning.
While some municipalites are trying to ban the sleep inducing snacks, I haven’t seen anything official for the state of Florida… yet.