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Of all the simple pleasures in life, what’s better than a well-crafted piece of chocolate? How about CBD chocolate? 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 treats, and skincare products among them.
In this post, we’ll be talking about CBD chocolate and,
- What CBD is
- What CBD feels like
- How chocolate and CBD complement each other
What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, 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 differences 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 stated, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential….”
Read More: What Does CBD Do?
What is CBD Chocolate?
CBD chocolate is an infusion of chocolate and CBD via the natural fats present in chocolate. Cannabinoids are generally fat soluble and need to be combined with an oil in order for them to be properly digested. Many folks choose to infuse canola oil or butter with CBD when making their own chocolate edibles, but oils like coconut oil or avocado oil are fine substitutes.
Will CBD Chocolate Get Me High?
No! CBD chocolate made with decarboxylated hemp extract will not make you feel intoxicated. They don’t contain enough delta-9 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.
Read more: How To Read Your Certificate Of Analysis
What Does It Feel Like?
Like more traditional CBD edibles, CBD chocolate will:
Take effect gradually – When you eat an edible, 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 of 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 the dosage.
Taste better – In terms of comfort food, it doesn’t get much better than chocolate.
How To Dose Yourself
As mentioned in the previous section, CBD edibles 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 respond to the edible, you can adjust your dose accordingly.
Benefits of CBD Chocolate
Besides the calming effects, chocolate infused with CBD can also provide you with some very unique benefits, namely anandamide uptake.
Anandamide is an endocannabinoid neurotransmitter that helps your brain regulate serotonin and dopamine. Some research suggests that Anandamide can help reverse depressive-like behaviors in some animals meaning that the urge to snack on some dark chocolate when you’re feeling blue is normal.
Named after the Sanskrit word for “bliss,” anandamide is a big reason why it feels so good to indulge in chocolate occasionally. Anandamide 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 help protect CBD molecules during digestion and in turn, increase the bioavailability of both CBD and anandamide. Not only is CBD chocolate a tasty edible, but it may be one of the most efficient too!