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CBD Chocolate: A Match Made in Heaven

Of all the simple pleasures in life, what’s better than a well-crafted piece of chocolate? How about chocolate infused with CBD? 

The growing popularity of cannabidiol, more widely known as CBD, has led to the emergence of plenty of exciting new CBD-infused products— tinctures, pet supplements, topicals among them. 

In this post we’ll be talking about one of the most exciting new products out there: CBD Chocolate.

What is CBD?

CBD is one of the 113 known cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, present in cannabis plants. Cannabidiol is one of the more well-known cannabinoids, second only to THC. 

The big difference between CBD and THC are in their respective effects. While THC is known for its intoxicating effects, hemp-derived CBD is non-psychoactive. That means consuming CBD by itself won’t get you high. The World Health Organization has even stated, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential….”

Take a deeper dive: What Does CBD Stand For?

What is CBD Chocolate?

At its simplest, CBD chocolate is an infusion of chocolate and CBD via the natural fats present in chocolate. The latter are crucial as a vehicle for the CBD. Cannabinoids are generally fat soluble, and need to be combined with an oil in order for it to be properly digested.

Many folks choose to infuse butter with CBD when making chocolates, but oils like coconut oil or avocado oil are fine substitutes.

Will CBD Chocolate Get Me High?

No! CBD chocolate made with hemp extract will not make you feel intoxicated. They don’t contain enough of the psychotropic cannabinoid THC. 

That said, do make sure to review the certificate of analysis for your CBD chocolate product. This third-party analysis of the product should tell you the concentrations of the different cannabinoids present in your chocolate.

See our post about reading your certificate of analysis here. 

How does CBD Chocolate work? 

Like more traditional CBD edibles, CBD chocolate will:

  • Take effect gradually – When you eat CBD chocolate, you probably won’t notice anything for at least 30-60 minutes. For some, this is a nicer way to ease into CBD’s calming effects. This can also be an inadvertent drawback for some. We strongly recommend resisting the urge to indulge further until you’ve waited the full hour after the first piece.

  • Last longer – If you’re looking for longer lasting CBD, eating CBD chocolate is the way to go. Whereas the effects from smoking CBD hemp flower last anywhere from 1-4 hours, ingesting edible CBD will extend the effects to anywhere from 3-6 hours depending on dosage.

  • Ensure accurate dosing – CBD chocolate and other portioned edibles can make dosing easy. Sunset Lake’s CBD Chocolate Fudge is portioned out into convenient 25mg pieces.

  • Taste better – In terms of comfort food, it doesn’t get much better than chocolate. The same goes for CBD chocolate.

How To Dose Your CBD Chocolate 

As mentioned in the previous section, CBD chocolate can be a double edged sword. While it may be one of the tastiest ways to enjoy your CBD, it’s also easy to overindulge. 

Take care to follow the dosing instructions on the product packaging. (Tip: if there is none, don’t be afraid to reach out to the vendor and ask) Once you get a sense of how you and your body responds to the edible, you can adjust your dose accordingly.

Benefits of CBD Chocolate

Besides the calming effects, CBD chocolate can also provide you with some very unique benefits, namely Anandamide uptake. 

Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that helps your brain regulate serotonin, dopamine, and has even been found to help reverse depressive-like behaviors in some animals. Named after the Sanskrit word for “bliss,” anandamide is a big reason why it feels so good to indulge with a bit of chocolate now and then. 

Anandamide is, like CBD, a cannabinoid that interacts with your endocannabinoid system. Together, CBD and anandamide can create a powerful 1-2 punch of relaxation. Some studies suggest that the fats in chocolate, plus the anandamide, help protect CBD molecules during digestion and increase the bioavailability of both. Not only is CBD chocolate a tasty edible, but it may be one of the most efficient too!

What Sunset Lake Customers Are Saying About Our CBD Chocolate Fudge

CBD Chocolate Fudge on cutting board

Kylie P. writes:

Absolute loved the fudge. I watch The Majority Report and heard from Sam that this was his favorite because of the taste as well as the effect. I bought it for my mom during the 420 sale and she loved it for sleep so much that I got the 3pack this time around. Will definitely be getting another 3pack for the both of us, we’ve learned that these can’t be shared, they’re too delicious!

Want to try some of our CBD chocolate for yourself? Check it our here!

 

 

Updated 8/18/2021

Sources: 

  1. “CANNABIDIOL (CBD) Pre-Review Report.” Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, World Health Organization 10 Nov. 2017
  2. de Morais, Helen et al. “Anandamide reverses depressive-like behavior, neurochemical abnormalities and oxidative-stress parameters in streptozotocin-diabetic rats: Role of CB1 receptors.” European neuropsychopharmacology : the journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology vol. 26,10 (2016): 1590-600. doi:10.1016/j.euroneuro.2016.08.007
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