Do cookies and edibles from Tennessee Hemp Care ‘work’?

Edibles are also available at Tennessee Hemp Care in downtown Gatlinburg (photo by Morgan Overholt)

Edibles are also available at Tennessee Hemp Care in downtown Gatlinburg (photo by Morgan Overholt)

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If you’re like me, you’ve probably walked by Tennessee Hemp Care a dozen times and assumed, given the fact that marijuana is illegal in Tennessee, that they are probably just selling CBD and CBD infused products that are unlikely to produce a ‘high’.

Afterall, that’s what I’m used to seeing in states with strict marijuana laws.

Which is why I was both surprised and dubious when a Tennessee Hemp Care employee told me that they had plenty of products that would indeed, get me high.

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Tennessee Hemp Care was Gatlinburg's first CBD & hemp dispensary (photo by Morgan Overholt/
Tennessee Hemp Care was Gatlinburg’s first CBD & hemp dispensary (photo by Morgan Overholt/

My disclaimer: I am a newbie to the world of weed

Before we get into the details, I need you, the reader to understand that I am not a regular consumer of pot.

I’ve never really enjoyed that ‘floating’ feeling that it gives you. I’ve also dabbled with edibles but once again, I’d prefer a good old fashioned sip of moonshine anyday to the leaf.

Not to mention the fact that I live in a state where it’s illegal, which makes it a little harder to get your hands on the goods even if you wanted to.

So how did a gal like me end up in Tennessee Hemp Care?

Well to be honest … it was just pure curiosity.

Curiosity that morphed into a challenge on the employee’s claim that their products contained anything capable of producing a high like one might expect with a traditional THC product.

While the store has a wide variety of hemp products available, from smokables to candies, my sweet tooth and I landed on a 2-pack of SnapDragon Hemp Blueberry Sugar Cookies ($18).

I figured worst case scenario – at the end of the day I’d have a tasty treat later that evening even if the cookie turned out to be a dud.

A sampling of edible products from Tennessee Hemp Care in Gatlinburg, Tenn. (photo by Morgan Overholt/
A sampling of edible products from Tennessee Hemp Care in Gatlinburg, Tenn. (photo by Morgan Overholt/

Later that evening: The cookie sampling commenced

Later that evening per instruction, I ate half a cookie in the name of science.

I know that edibles can sometimes take a long time to kick in, but about 45 minutes in I was starting to think I’d been sold snake oil.

One hour in, however, everything began to change, and the change was almost instantaneous.

The room starting turning yellow, the words on my laptop and phone display were moving around.

Y’all, that cookie that contains less than .29% THC did in fact, as promised, produce a surprisingly strong high – a high that lasted roughly four hours.

A closeup of the label (photo by Morgan Overholt/
A closeup of the label (photo by Morgan Overholt/

How is this possible? How is this legal?

A recently passed bill, the Farm Act of 2018, legalized the production of hemp, as long as it contains  less than .3 percent THC, as an agricultural commodity and removed it from the list of controlled substances.

So that’s how it’s legal. But how is it producing a high without the THC?

It’s possible because of a little something called Delta-8 THC.

Delta-8 THC is extracted from Delta-9 THC molecules. Delta-9 is the molecule that’s responsible for the the psychoactive effects of THC.

And like Delta-9, Delta-8 is capable of producing psychoactive effects, albeit a bit more calming and relaxing compared to it’s stronger counterpart.

Do Delta-8 products cause you to fail a drug test?

Which brings us to the next big question; will these weed-adjacent products cause you to fail a drug test?

According to, all THC molecules, regardless of of type or formation will break down into THC metabolites in the body, which is exactly what a drug test is looking for.

So despite being legal to sell and legal to consume, CBD and Delta-8 products may in fact show up on a drug test.

So while these products are technically legal in the state of Tennessee, they might still land you in some hot water if you’re not careful.

My advice, when in doubt, just go without.

Have you tried any of the local hemp store products in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge? Let us know about your experience in the comments.

Tennessee Hemp Care is located at 454 Parkway in Gatlinburg, Tenn. and is open daily from 10 am-9 pm weekdays and 10 am-10 pm on the weekends. For more information, visit their website.

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