CBD has become increasingly popular owing to a long list of reported health benefits. However, some people dislike the earthy and oily taste of CBD in its natural form.
CBD chocolate and CBD edibles not only take away the bitter taste associated with pure CBD, but they can also have several positive effects on our bodies, making it a great way to make your experience safe, enjoyable, and delicious.
Since there is no THC present in CBD chocolate edibles, they are perfectly legal in the UK. Moreover, given its THC-free nature, its consumption has been linked to a variety of health benefits without the side-effects associated with marijuana.
At Cheerful Buddha, we’re such big fans of CBD combined with chocolate, that we’ve put together a list of just some of the benefits of CBD chocolate, these include:
- Mood and brain-boosting effects
- Stress-relieving properties
- Antioxidant booster
- Mood enhancement
- Possible heart function improvement
Mood and brain-boosting effects
Chocolate consists of several natural chemicals and components including flavonoids, which some studies have suggested have a positive effect on blood flow to the brain. While milk chocolate is more popular, it’s in dark chocolate where the highest concentration of these beneficial chemicals is found.
CBD chocolate is infused with a compound found in the Sativa cannabis plant. Your body has an array of receptors that recognise specific chemicals, which is why biting a piece of chocolate can elicit a satisfying sensation.
Such a feeling is the result of different chemical reactions increasing the flow of endorphins and the activation of your endocannabinoid system —a system of lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind cannabinoids when they enter the body.
Using chocolate as the main source of CBD injects additional anandamide, a powerful neurotransmitter linked to the regulation of serotonin and dopamine levels. Ideal levels of serotonin may create a biological balance to enhance mood and potentially boost cognitive function.
Whenever you suffer from anxiety or not, your body reacts to stress by increasing your adrenaline levels, as the body prepares itself for potential danger.
Given the potential impact of CBD infused chocolate on your serotonin levels, eating a piece may help lower your adrenaline levels and keep your heart rate and breathing at a more optimal level.
CBD infused dark chocolate has a high content of antioxidants in the form of flavonols and polyphenols. These have been linked to improving heart health and increasing blood flow to the brain.
Depression is a serious disease and is acknowledged by the World Health Organisation as such. It is estimated that 264 million people worldwide suffer from depression and, with no known cure, it can be a long journey for many to find the optimal way to manage their disease. Treatments often combine medical and talking therapies, alongside lifestyle changes.
It is important to note that there is no definitive evidence that links CBD with benefits on mood or indeed as a treatment for depression.
However, some studies indicate there may be a place for CBD in helping to reduce anxiety, and subsequently have a positive effect on stress-related elements of depression.
Possible heart function improvement
Studies have shown that eating 6 grams of dark chocolate a day could reduce the risk of suffering cardiovascular disease by lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation.
Thanks to its antioxidants, CBD chocolate may help your body stimulate the health of your arteries, letting your blood flow without coming across the unwanted blockages.
Where else can I find CBD?
There are several other sources of CBD; however, since some of these come with a bitter taste, chocolate may be the best place to start your CBD journey.
Aside from CBD chocolate, here at Cheerful Buddha, we have a wide range of CBD-infused products so if you’re not fond of chocolate, don’t worry! Our products include: