CBD Chocolate: Is It Revolutionary or a Passing Trend?
Chocolate is something that we all enjoy - and it’s no secret that more and more people are waking up to the potential benefits of CBD. In other words, it was just a matter of time before the two ideas merged. But does consuming CBD in the form of a delicious, savory treat have any real benefit? Let’s take a look.
CBD Chocolate… What Is It?
Simply put, chocolate CBD products are chocolates that contain CBD; fairly self-explanatory. It is possible to buy CBD chocolate that’s ready made online, but many people choose to make their own using nothing but the absolute highest quality CBD oil.
But, let's back up a minute. What is the whole point of eating and/or making something like CBD chocolate? It doesn't make the chocolate taste any better, so what's the whole appeal?
CBD is one of many active compounds in hemp. When consumed, it interacts with the body in interesting and complex ways. Inside the body, there are innumerable biological pathways that contribute to our overall health and well-being. The endocannabinoid system is one such pathway. One of the primary roles of the ECS is to maintain homeostasis, which is a state of balance inside the body.
It just so happens that plant cannabinoids like CBD can impact the ECS in a similar way that the body’s own compounds do. In other words, they appear to enhance the way that endocannabinoids carry out their functions. This is why CBD products - including CBD chocolate - are believed to have such a wide range of potential benefits.
CBD Chocolate Benefits: What Can You Expect?
The most obvious benefit of CBD chocolate is that it's delicious; consuming it feels more like a treat than anything. And as mentioned above, the CBD itself is thought to provide a vast range of benefits, from encouraging daily well-being to helping de-stress at the end of the day.
But did you know that chocolate may actually offer some potential benefits of its own? For example, some believe it’s useful for skin health and proper circulation. Of course, in order to experience the potential health benefits of chocolate, you'll want to choose high-quality dark chocolate with a cacao content above 70%. Even then, it is essential not to consume too much.
Most chocolate bars on the market are of course loaded with sugar and complex carbs, making them an inherently unhealthy choice. One way to tackle this issue is by creating your own CBD chocolate, using a good high-quality flavored oil. Have a look at the recipe below if you're interested in trying out our quick and easy CBD chocolate recipe.
How to Make CBD Chocolate
The chocolate recipe below is highly customizable. To make the chocolates a higher strength, simply increase the amount of CBD oil you use. Bear in mind, the more CBD in your chocolate mixture, the longer it will take to harden.
You will need:
- 50mg of CBD oil
- 180g high-quality chocolate
- Chocolate moulds
- Place the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
- The hot steam from the boiling water will slowly melt the chocolate down. Make sure to stir your chocolate occasionally to avoid it burning on the bottom.
- Once fully melted, turn the heat off and allow the chocolate to cool slightly.
- Incorporate the CBD oil into the melted chocolate and mix well.
- After it’s combined, gently pour the chocolate into the moulds.
- Leave the moulds in the fridge; this allows the chocolate to re-harden.
- Once the chocolate has fully set, this may take an hour or two; it’s ready to consume.
Choosing the Best Tincture For Your CBD Chocolate Recipe
Of course, the most important thing to consider when making CBD chocolate is the quality of the CBD oil itself.
Do plenty of research first, and be sure to choose a reputable supplier. A reliable company should know where their hemp came from and be happy to provide lab reports on products. These reports will allow you full transparency, ensuring what you buy contains what it should and nothing more. Any company that is reluctant to provide these may be hiding something, and it is probably best to steer clear.
It is also a good idea to consider whether you want a product that includes full-spectrum CBD or an isolate. Full-spectrum products contain a range of other beneficial nutrients alongside CBD; this includes other cannabinoids and terpenes. Some believe these compounds work together synergistically to provide enhanced effects.
CBD isolates contain only one cannabinoid; CBD. These products are commonly used among people who are concerned about consuming even trace amounts of THC. Lastly, broad-spectrum products offer a compromise between the two. This variety contains CBD and various other phytonutrients but no THC.
The Bottom Line on CBD Chocolate
All things considered, CBD chocolate is a convenient and delicious way to get hemp extract into your system. Many people prefer it to traditional oral drops as it is so easy - and enjoyable - to use.
CBD chocolates may even offer some extra benefits too. As well as the wonderful effects of hemp, you may also get a boost from the chocolate itself. However, to benefit fully, remember to choose dark chocolate with a high cacao percentage -- and don’t eat too much daily. (In fact, one of the only disadvantages of CBD oil chocolate is that it might taste too good!).
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