The Health Department Is Taking Away My Favorite CBD Treats And I Want It To Stop


I feel personally attacked

The New York Department of Health (DOH) is rounding up all my favorite CBD pastries from restaurants across the city, and I'm feeling personally attacked. A DOH representative told Eater, "The Health Department takes seriously its responsibility to protect New Yorkers' health. Until cannabidiol (CBD) is deemed safe as a food additive, the Department is ordering restaurants not to offer products containing CBD."

According to a different Eater article, published a day prior to the decision, DOH representatives "embargoed" $1,000 worth of cookies, pastries, and CBD powder carried by Fat Cat Kitchen, a New York City restaurant, from being sold. Previously, the DOH visited Fat Cat Kitchen twice, though made no mention of the CBD treats.

The restaurant owner, C.J. Holm, told Eater that the DOH said CBD, a legal substance derived from cannabis, cannot be sold when used as a "food additive," but on its own, as an oil or in a vape, it is entirely legal. "It's like telling me I can buy rum and I can sell rum, but I can't sell a rum baba... It makes no sense," Holm said. She alleges that when she called the DOH to question the decision, the staffers who took her call did not know what CBD is, adding, "They couldn't even intelligently explain to me exactly what the problem was when I spoke to them on the phone."

Trials conducted on CBD have not yet provided sufficient evidence to support its suggested health benefits, which include reducing anxiety and pain. But, even if it's nothing more than a placebo when added to my favorite rainbow sprinkle-covered cookie from by CHLOE., I don't see anything wrong with choosing a dessert that *could* help ease my anxiety if I am looking to appease my sweet tooth anyway.

Prior to this decision, according to the New York Times, five other restaurants across the city have been asked to stop selling CBD infused products since January. The NYT report explained that the Drug Enforcement Administration lists CBD as illegal, because it comes from a banned drug, while the Food and Drug Administration forbids it from being sold as a dietary supplement or in food that crosses state lines.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.