CBD will not give you the munchies, but who can resist chocolate? In the world of CBD edibles, CBD chocolate is a match made in heaven (no pun intended, as CBD from hemp will not get you high). In addition to the delectable taste, CBD chocolate may offer better benefits than either one of these ingredients can offer on their own.
You will most likely only need one, but here are ten reasons why you should try CBD chocolate bars.
1 Let’s state the obvious — it’s delicious
Chocolate is a decadent delivery system for CBD. It’s an indulgence for your taste buds and also stimulates pleasure centers in your brain; when infused with CBD, it may also offer certain benefits for your health. In comparison, CBD has a taste and texture that most people find unappealing. Other CBD edibles, such as gummies and candies, are also yummy, but nothing beats the luscious flavor of chocolate.
2 Take a bite whenever, wherever
CBD chocolate offers a subtle and convenient way of taking CBD. Whether you’re at work, at a gathering, or on the train, you can take a bite of your CBD chocolate with everybody else none the wiser. This may be an ideal option for some who wish to be discreet about their CBD intake.
Let’s break down further the proven health benefits of dark chocolate. CBD chocolate is also available as milk chocolate and white chocolate, and with delicious and surprising flavors also thrown in; but if you want to maximize the positive health effects of CBD chocolate, go over to the dark side.
3 It’s chock-full of nutrients
Dark chocolate is nutritious because of its high cocoa content. A 100-gram bar of CBD chocolate containing 70-85% cocoa delivers:
- Fiber - 11 grams
- Iron - 67% of recommended daily intake (RDI)
- Magnesium - 55% of RDI
- Copper - 89% of RDI
- Manganese - 98% of RDI
- Adequate amounts of potassium, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc
- Some saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids
Keep in mind that while dark chocolate is healthier than other chocolates, a 100-gram bar still contains 600 calories and some sugar — so it should still be consumed in moderation. A small amount of caffeine is also present in dark chocolate, but not enough to keep you awake at night.
4 It’s a powerhouse of antioxidants
Dark chocolate is loaded with different types of antioxidants, including catechins, flavonols, and polyphenols. Antioxidants help prevent and repair cell damage caused by free radicals, which are often introduced into the body by unhealthy foods and environmental pollutants. Dark chocolate stacks up quite well against other antioxidant-rich foods, such as acai berries and blueberries.
5 Your heart will thank you — and go on
Some studies have shown that consuming dark chocolate can help protect against heart disease by improving certain risk factors.
- Cocoa can decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol in men, and increase HDL (good) and reduce total LDL cholesterol in individuals who already have high cholesterol levels.
- Dark chocolate can reduce insulin resistance, which is also a risk factor for heart disease.
- Consuming dark chocolate at least twice a week can lower the risk of developing arterial plaque.
- Dark chocolate with 50-70% cocoa can lower blood pressure, especially in individuals with hypertension.
6 It’s a win for the skin
A number of studies have found that the flavonols in dark chocolate can protect the skin against sun damage, improve blood circulation in the skin, and increase skin hydration and skin density. Eating dark chocolate may be especially beneficial for the skin if you spend long hours outdoors, such as when you go to the beach or go hiking.
7 It’s food for the brain
The flavonols in cocoa can improve brain function by increasing blood flow to the brain. One study involving elderly people with some mental impairment found that cocoa may significantly improve cognitive and verbal functions. The caffeine and theobromine in cocoa may also be responsible for some of its short-term brain-stimulating effects.
Just as equally important are the potential benefits of CBD. Though scientists are only beginning to understand how CBD may affect health in positive ways, some studies already suggest that CBD has great promise in helping manage certain conditions. How much more can you love CBD chocolate? Let’s keep counting the ways.
8 CBD and chill
CBD may have calmative properties and may stimulate the release of certain hormones in the brain that promote calmness and relaxation. In fact, early findings have revealed that CBD may help ease anxiety, stress, and even depression. It may seem counterintuitive to combine the calmative effect of CBD with the brain-stimulating effect of dark chocolate, but the final outcome will mostly depend on the amount of CBD present in the chocolate.
9 Pain, pain go away
Some evidence also suggests that CBD may help provide relief from aches, pain, and inflammation. In particular, CBD has proven to be a promising therapeutic option for arthritis, sore muscles, neuropathic pain, and cancer pain.
10 More win for the skin
CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that may help alleviate inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne and eczema, according to dermatologists. Combined with dark chocolate’s skin benefits, your skin can get double the boost to its health.
The known health benefits of chocolate can be attributed to its raw ingredient — cocoa beans. So the best option for CBD chocolate is one with 70-80% cocoa content. The higher the cocoa content, the healthier the CBD chocolate is. If you can go sugar-free, even better!
Even with their combined benefits, remember that chocolate is still loaded with calories, so don’t finish a whole 100-gram bar in one sitting, or not even in a single day. One or two squares should be good enough.
More often than not, if the CBD chocolate uses good-quality dark chocolate, then it will also contain good-quality CBD. All the same, check the product information on the label itself and the company website; and just as importantly, look for the product’s certificate of analysis (which is a must-have for all CBD products) which will show the exact contents of the product, including the amount of CBD and THC, if present.