Solkiki CBD chocolate bar wrapper.
So what does CBD chocolate do for your body?
State governments still have the final say on how exactly these CBD products may be cultivated, manufactured, and purchased within their state lines. According to this post, 8 states currently have some level of restriction on CBD itself and/or cultivation of the raw materials. Most of these restrictions are just reducing the acceptable level of THC to absolutely zero.
From back pain to anxiety and depression, CBD and other cannabinoids have a lot of potential as a personalized herbal remedy. I wanted to write this post because, as a consumer, I wanted to understand why something that’s supposedly been federally legalized is still such a grey area, and what the barriers are for more people to get involved. There are so many possibilities for craft chocolate companies partnering with companies in other industries to bring a higher-quality product to market overall, and I say we start with cannabis chocolates.
How To Dose CBD Chocolates
This small triangle with a marijuana leaf if the THC warning label you’ll see on all THC edibles.
Casa Chocolate in Texas is one such company, which uses a rotating number of cacao origins to offer customizable milk or dark chocolate bars with CBD. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean is UK-based Solkiki Chocolate Maker, a fully vegan company which has been making delicious craft chocolate since 2007, and now offers two separate full spectrum CBD bars made in collaboration with a local CBD brand. Back here in the States is Colorado’s own Moksha Craft Chocolate, a young company with direct-sourcing ties in Peru and a locational “in” with some of the best CBD producers in the country.
Hemp CBD Vs. Marijuana CBD
One day we may be able to compare them all one-to-one, but for now we’ll just have to work within the existing science, which is still quite young. In fact it was only in the early 90’s that the first endocannabinoid was identified, and it turned out to be anandamide, the very neurotransmitter whose receptors are affected by CBD. Even though the name cannabidiol inextricably links CBD with cannabis (and its own turbulent history), it’s become popular over the last few years. Why is that?
CBD is used for pain & stress management, anxiety, seizure control, depression, and insomnia. It treats these issues by working within your body’s endocannabinoid system, as described above, causing calming anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.
You might think that eating CBD chocolates for the taste is like subscribing to The Economist for the pictures. While I’m always here for that gravitas and the deep content, I also love a frivolous and delicious delivery system, especially because the effects of CBD are subjective. If the CBD in these chocolates affected me, it was in a deeply subtle way. So it’s especially important that they taste unsubtly delicious.
All sorts of cool and glowy people have been praising the ameliorative effects of CBD, which is said to calm anxiety, relax sore muscles, ease inflammation, bolster productivity, and stop acne. A semi-mystical host of a radio show I listen to swears on them for cramps; the most critical person in my book club uses them for an immediate calm. But I was only interested when it was offered to me in chocolate form.
Tasting notes: Leif chocolates are vegan, fair trade, and come in bright, zigzag packaging that matches their eccentric flavors. The peanut butter and jelly bar is whacky—my tasting-friend described it as “shocking”—the dust of strawberry powder on the outside tingles while the elevated-Reese’s part melts. The mint hibiscus flavor is similarly super rich, and the mint lingers for a while. I snuck a few bars into Eighth Grade, so my shoulders were practically eaten by my ears in empathetic cringes, but the tastes were so wild that I had excitement giggles about them.