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“This represents what’s wrong with CBD market,” he said. “I asked where she gets her hemp and oils and she said China. Nobody’s testing it for metals or pesticides and all those things.”

“They’re also making cough syrups and other things that are all FDA registered,” he said,

Donnelley welcomes FDA intervention into the industry, noting the lack of oversight has created a “buyer beware” atmosphere in the industry. He pointed to a time when he walked into a suburban CBD store and the clerk said she could “make up some special CBD” for him.

As for the cream, Donnelley said the key to gaining FDA registration was using lidocaine as its active ingredient.

His research and work became reality with AmourCBD, a line of CBD-based products that contain no THC. The Oak Brook-based company’s line of oils, tinctures, soft gels and gummies also includes a topical pain cream that is the only CBD product on the market registered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

His company’s mission is a personal one, he notes, and it goes beyond his wife. The company’s name is dedicated to his 9-year-old granddaughter, Olivia, who underwent her second heart transplant last Christmas at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

A common chemical in hemp and cannabis plants, THC creates the mind-alerting effects that is often associated with marijuana. But Donnelley’s medical background convinced him he could find a way to deliver odor-free CBD products without THC.

Nelson plans to move her operations in 2021 to The Hatchery, a nonprofit shared kitchen for small businesses in East Garfield Park.

“My goal was to sell $260 in ice cream a day for five days a week, and I surpassed that every single time,” Nelson said.

For both women, working together has been a rewarding experience and one that highlights their common goals of being visionaries in the CBD industry, creating a positive impact on health and wellness with innovative products and being their own boss.

Ida's Artisan Ice Cream & Treats worked with Tulip Tree Gardens to make six flavors of ice cream with CBD oil.

Known for her cooking and baking skills among friends, Nelson bought a machine in the summer to make homemade gourmet ice cream with her five children. But as a single mother, she needed a steady income while being able to monitor e-learning from home.

To order Nelson’s CBD-infused ice cream, call or text her at 773-956-3353. She delivers Friday, Saturdays and Sundays all over the city and some suburbs. You can also order online from Tulip Tree Gardens.

The line launched at Tulip Tree’s artisanal outdoor market earlier this month.