Brownies Claim to Help Relaxation and Sleep [UPDATED]

A new brownie product sold at convenience stores is likely to be found right next to pills and small drink bottles that claim to keep you energetic and awake, but these brownies claim that they have the exact opposite affect …. to help you relax.

Before you ask, the makers of the brownies, called Lazy Cakes, claim there is no marijuana in them.  The product’s creators say some of the ingredients include melatonin, valerian root, and rose hips.  According to a recent NPR story, however, it’s the melatonin that has some people concerned.

Anna Rouse Dulaney, a toxicologist with the Carolinas Poison Center, says that “eating the whole brownie would be about twice the recommended dose.” She believes it’s only a matter of time before calls start coming in about Lazy Cakes.

In large quantities, Dulaney says, melatonin can lead the central nervous system to slow down and cause trouble breathing. More commonly, people just get really sleepy and maybe nauseated.

Children are at greater risk. There’s been at least one report of a toddler in Tennessee eating a Lazy Cake and ending up in the hospital. National poison center data show melatonin prompts more calls than any other herb or supplement.

Source: NPR

UPDATE: Localities around the country, including two in Massachusetts are moving the institute bans on Lazy Cakes.