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CBD-infused Chips Ahoy cookies, Cadbury chocolates and Nilla Wafers may be on the way


Mondelez International, which owns Chips Ahoy, is considering adding CBD to some of its products.

Some of America’s favorite brand name snacks may soon be packed with CBD.

Mondelez International, the Illinois-based food company that owns Chips Ahoy, Oreo, Cadbury chocolate, Nilla Wafers and Nutter Butter cookies, is considering adding the chemical found in hemp and marijuana to some of its products.

Oreo fans shouldn’t expect to see the sandwich cookie laced with CBD any time soon, though. Mondelez CEO Dirk Van de Put told CNBC that the cannabis compound probably won’t mesh well with family brands like that, but that it could be added to other famous snacks or newly created ones.

"Yes, we’re getting ready, but we obviously want to stay within what is legal and play it the right way,” Van de Put told CNBC.

CBD, or cannabidiol, doesn’t make you high because it acts on different parts of the nervous system than THC, the chemical found in marijuana that causes that effect, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC states that scientists believe CBD might help children who suffer from seizures that can’t be controlled with other medicines. Other claims that haven’t been backed up include theories that CBD can treat everything from anxiety to inflammation and sleeplessness.

As a result, the chemical has been all the rage in recent years, being added to everything from gummies to chocolates.

President Trump legalized most products containing CBD in December, but the Food and Drug Administration still prohibits adding it to food or drinks. The FDA will hold its first public hearing about adding the chemical to food on May 31.

“The space is not clear,” Van de Put said. “It’s a bit clearer in non-food products. In food products, I’m hoping that the FDA will bring some clarity in the coming months.”