What do you get when you mix one of the world’s most beloved dessert flavors with one of its most calming natural substances?
When people use the term superfood, they’re usually trying to sell you a supplement or a snack with highly marketable benefits that you will barely feel.
However, when you consume CBD chocolate edibles, you can enjoy their effects almost immediately, sometimes even before the sweetness leaves your tongue. CBD edibles are scientifically proven to reduce neuropathic pain, muscle and joint inflammation, and many symptoms of depression. Now, that’s a superfood.
Even if you’re new to the world of hemp-sourced supplements and ingredients, the chances are small that this is your first time hearing about substances like CBD and THC. The world is shifting away from harmful dogmas about hemp and marijuana, and innumerable scientists and pharmaceutical professionals are now studying their benefits to the human body.
Today, it will not be hard to find physicians and mental health professionals recommending CBD and THC compounds as part of natural treatment regimens that reduce anxiety, muscle pain, and sleep disorders.
CBD is one of the two most prominent substances that pharmacologists can extract from the Cannabis Indica and Sativa plants. Contrary to popular belief, these plants are not all intoxicating and mind-bending. They contain numerous compounds that science is proving to be beneficial to the human body. CBD is short for cannabidiol, and its sister substance is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. THC is the source of marijuana’s longstanding reputation.
THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects people experience when smoking or ingesting marijuana, while CBD plays a subtler role. It doesn’t affect as many cannabinoid receptors in the brain, only producing a calming response in the body without mind-altering side effects.
In a 2017 report, the World Health Organization revealed that pure CBD doesn’t produce any physical and mental response that might lead to dependence, abuse, or addictive behaviors.
CBD and chocolate both come from plants that people traditionally use to mass-produce another product. They both stimulate the glycine and serotonin receptors in the brain, producing the serotonin neurotransmitter. Ironically, chocolate manufacturers are fond of overloading their products with sugars, fats, and artificial flavors, leading more people to become addicted to sugar than to illegal drugs.
CBD and chocolate are healthy foods as long as you consume them in moderation. Thousands of people across the United States enjoy CBD gummy bears, chocolates, and pastries while reporting better health outcomes. You can use our chef-approved recipes down below to help ease depression, opioid withdrawal and addiction, epilepsy, glaucoma, and many other health issues.
Before we dive into dessert recipes, we need to be clear about your intentions for ingesting CBD. Brownies, mousses, and peanut butter cups might not be the most effective vehicles if you’re looking for a “quick hit.” If you’re new to the world of hemp oils, we have a broad range of products that you can try for a faster, cleaner, and more pronounced CBD hit.
People traditionally consume CBD through oils and tinctures. Our THC-free water-soluble SUPA Naturals CBD Tincture contains cannabidiols from high-quality non-GMO farms as well as all-natural additives like acacia gum, olive oil, and glycerin. All SUPA Naturals products are alcohol-free supplements that don’t produce any psychoactive effects.
According to research from BDSA, analysts expect CBD products to exceed $20 billion in sales by 2024, with CBD oils and tinctures taking the spotlight in numerous local and international markets. There’s no arguing that they’re the most direct method of ingesting CBD, giving everyone a chance to feel its effects in as few as 15 minutes.
However, gummies, chocolates, and other edibles can give you a subtler and more sustainable calm that people look for on weekends and before they go to bed.
Most people who ingest CBD-laced edibles feel its effects within one or two hours, with some reporting it in as fast as 30 minutes. Because of the long wait times, some newbies forget to pace themselves and consume too much, resulting in somewhat unproductive workdays. Ingesting more than 200 ml of CBD in one sitting can result in drowsiness and lethargy.
Many factors can affect the length of CBD’s effects, but medical professionals report that most CBD edibles can last for longer than six hours, with the most robust phases coming in at the three-hour mark. Most people describe their experience as an uplifting feeling coupled with a sense of alertness.
Most people who love CBD chocolates are not looking for immediate relief from anxiety, muscle pains, and sleeplessness but for peace of mind and a positive mood that they can sustain for long periods.
CBD chocolates encourage your body to produce the anandamide neurotransmitter. It’s responsible for the surge of pleasure and happiness you feel when your edibles start to take effect. CBD and cacao contain N-acylethanolamines, which slow down the breakdown of the anandamide neurotransmitter through fatty acids in your cells, producing a blissful feeling that burns cleaner and lasts longer.
A paper from Translational Psychiatry reveals that low anandamide levels compound the negative impacts of anxiety, stress, and fear responses in mice, and CBD can relieve those conditions. Psychiatrists are starting to replicate these findings in humans, using edible CBD alternatives to cure psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia patients.
Everybody loves milk chocolate, and it’s one of the best-selling confectionaries in the world. However, if you want to maximize the health benefits of your CBD desserts, use dark chocolate as it is healthier, non-addictive, and features more anandamides than milk chocolate.
If you want to turn your dessert into a guilt-free treat, use cacao nibs. They concentrate all of chocolate’s health benefits into a convenient and snackable package. If you decide to use them in a cake, brownie, or any other confection, you can add your choice of healthy sweeteners that won’t be as addictive or harmful to your health as refined sugars.
Cacao is higher in fiber, protein, and antioxidants, making it a perfect post-workout treat or study buddy. It also gives your body more magnesium, iron, and manganese than even high-end multivitamins. It’s capable of giving you 60% to 98% of your recommended daily intake in a single bar. A dark chocolate bar can have up to 90% cacao content, while most milk chocolate bars have only 10%.
When it comes to making creative CBD chocolate treats, your imagination is the only limit. People have been using hemp and marijuana extracts to make desserts, main courses, and appetizers for over 2500 years.
Here’s a comprehensive guide for making homemade CBD isolates and chocolates to get you started.
To enjoy CBD without the psychoactive effects of THC, you need to isolate it from the rest of the hemp or marijuana plant. However, you need to invest so much money in distillation and measuring equipment to create CBD crystals that it doesn’t make sense to do it unless you plan to launch a business. You can purchase premium hemp crystals from a dispensary or grow your supply, which is a topic we might cover in another article.
Here’s a rough summary of what CBD distillation will entail if you decide to do it.
Alternatively, you can purchase CBD crystals from many retailers and focus on making the oil. You need to heat one cup of carrier oil on a pot and let it simmer a touch below 245 degrees Fahrenheit. Crush your CBD crystals and mix them in the pot until they dissolve completely.
Remove your pot from the flame and let it cool until it reaches room temperature. This method will create about 48 teaspoons of oil with about 12.5 milligrams of CBD content each.
Many retailers sell products that mix CBD with THC. At SUPA Natural, we have the finest full-spectrum and THC-free CBD tinctures that are alcohol-free, organic, and non-GMO. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of mixing and matching CBD crystals and carrier oils, get a tincture from our website and fast-track your cooking process.
A candy bar needs to have higher than 70% cacao content before you can call it dark chocolate.
Making dark chocolate is so straightforward that anyone can perfect it within a weekend. All you’ll need is:
Heat your coconut oil or cocoa butter in a pot over low heat until it melts. When you don’t see any more solids, remove the pot from the stove and add cacao powder, sea salt, honey, and your choice of flavoring extract. Let the mixture cool before pouring into a baking pan or silicone mold and then putting it inside the refrigerator for an hour.
You can make a gluten-free milk chocolate bar in less than 10 minutes. Here’s a quick recipe.
Making CBD chocolate bars is almost self-explanatory. All you need to do is melt a chocolate bar in a stovetop pot or microwave, add your desired amount of CBD oil and refrigerate it until it solidifies again. Your CBD chocolate edible is now ready for consumption.
You can find innumerable ways to express your creativity with CBD chocolate edibles using only rudimentary kitchen appliances and your imagination. For example, if you’re on the ketogenic diet, try making these CBD keto brownies that will keep you focused and relaxed even on busy workdays.
Here’s how to bake it:
Most brownies take about 30 to 45 minutes to make.
How about a CBD recipe that will take you no more than five minutes to enjoy? Here’s how to make CBD hot chocolate for cold spring and winter mornings when all you want to do is laze around an open fire.
Here’s all you need to do:
You can add mint, vanilla, or hazelnut extracts to give your hot chocolate more character. It’s the perfect pre-bedtime snack, especially when you substitute refined sugar with stevia or other low-calorie sweeteners.
If you want to know more about CBD edibles and how other hemp-derived products can help you manage insomnia, arthritis pain, and muscle inflammation, send us a question today by writing to [email protected]. We are located in Washington State.
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