Ban 'Relaxation' Brownies, aka Lazy Cakes, Mass. Cities Say

By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on May 19, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

They look like pot brownies and they act like pot brownies, but they're completely legal and they apparently taste better.

Wondering what I'm talking about?

Lazy Cakes, the world's first relaxation brownies.

And two Massachusetts mayors want to take the melatonin-laced treats off the market.

Picturing a lounging cartoon brownie known as Lazy Larry and featuring "psychedelic colors," Reuters reports that Lazy Cakes have been a huge hit with the youth demographic.

And probably with stoners, too.

The relaxation brownies contain 8 milligrams of melatonin, a sleep aid and naturally occurring chemical in the human body. It's also sold in pill form in stores across the country.

Sound innocuous? Well, 8 milligrams is 25 times more than the usual dosage for an adult.

In other words, one Lazy Cakes brownie and a kid is likely to pass out.

After a few incidents that ended in hospitalization, Reuters reports that the mayors of New Bedford and Fall River are seeking a city-wide, if not state-wide ban.

If you're thinking that they could benefit from a few relaxation brownies, you may be right. But that doesn't make the lawmakers' assertions any less true.

While seemingly delicious and appealing to a younger audience, Lazy Cakes can be dangerous to children (and adults) in large doses.

In addition to potential interactions with medication, melatonin can cause abdominal problems, headaches and sleepwalking. And just like those pot brownies, you may end up suffering from dizziness and confusion, too.

Basically, Lazy Cakes, your beloved relaxation brownies, may be just too good to be true.

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