Of all the simple pleasures in life, what’s better than a well-crafted piece of chocolate? Two words: 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 supplements, topical creams among them. In the following piece 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.
Chemically speaking, the two aren’t all that different. 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. This lack of intoxication has even led the World Health Organization to state, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential….”
How is CBD Chocolate made?
At its simplest, CBD chocolate is as easy as mixing chocolate, CBD extract, and fat. The latter is crucial as a vehicle for the CBD. Cannabinoids are generally fat soluble, and need to be infused into fats in order to be properly ingested and increase the bioavailability of the CBD.
Many folks use CBD-infused butter when making chocolates, but infused oils such as coconut oil and olive oil are fine substitutes in many situations. When you have your infused fat of choice, combine it and the chocolate over low heat to fully integrate. There you have it.
How does CBD Chocolate work?
Like traditional CBD edibles, eating CBD chocolate has some distinct advantages to topical and smokable CBD.
CBD chocolate will:
Last longer – If you’re looking for longer lasting effects from your CBD, eating a CBD chocolate is the way to go. Whereas the effects from smoking CBD hemp flower last anywhere from 2-4 hours, eating your CBD will extend desired effects anywhere from 3-6 hours depending on dosage.
Take effect gradually – When you eat CBD chocolate, you won’t notice anything until at least 30-60 minutes afterwards. 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 with more CBD chocolate until you’ve waited the full hour after the first dose.
Ensure an accurate dose – CBD chocolate and other portioned edibles can make dosing easy. Sunset Lake CBD’s chocolate fudge is portioned out into nice 25mg doses per piece.
Taste better – In terms of comfort food, it doesn’t get much better than chocolate. The same goes for CBD chocolate. If you’re looking for the tastiest way to enjoy CBD, look no further.
How to use CBD Chocolate
As mentioned in the previous section, using CBD chocolate can be a bit of a double edged sword. While infusing chocolate with CBD can be one of the tastiest ways to enjoy your CBD, it also makes it 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 adjust your dose accordingly.
Benefits of CBD Chocolate
Besides the calming effects of CBD, there are other benefits to infusing it with chocolate, namely Anandamide.
Anandamide is a power 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 also, 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 increases the bioavailability of both. Not only is CBD chocolate a tasty edible, but it may be one of the most efficient too.
For more on CBD chocolate and to see Sunset Lake CBD’s selection of tasty CBD treats, including our chocolate fudge, click here!