If you have been considering buying CBD edibles made with chocolate there are a few things you should know. People have been adding cannabis to brownies and other sweet treats since the beginning of time. Although it is perfectly acceptable to do so when companies make CBD chocolate, it is possible that the end product is actually higher in potency than they think. Here are a few facts about cannabis and chocolate:
Chocolate and Cannabis
Cannabis and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jelly, and strawberries and whipped cream. They both have a chemical composition that is rich in flavonoids and perfectly compliments each other. As we remember, eating chocolate mimics serotonin, the “feel-good” chemicals in the brain. Dark, rich cocoa has anandamide, a chemical found in many foods and produced by the human brain. The brain converts it into that neurotransmitter that makes you feel happy, relaxed, satiated, calm.
When combined with cannabis, with or without THC, it increases that feeling of calmness and wellbeing. Chocolate boosts the body’s own cannabinoid receptors and offers the benefit of long-lasting effects. When you smoke or vape cannabis, the effects are felt immediately and they wear off quickly. However, with CBD edibles, it takes a little longer for the full effects but they last longer in the system than vaping it.
Why the Concern Over CBD Chocolate Bar?
The market for CBD edibles is booming. It started out with the ever-popular “brownies” that nearly everyone has tried to replicate in their own kitchens, to sweet gummy bears, to cookies, and more. Where the problem arises is in the dosing. Products made in Colorado have a strict requirement of no more than 10mg THC per dosage. So calculations for the finished product have to be exact. Chocolate contains fats which may interfere with the absorption of THC. It may absorb it more than researchers previously thought. That would mean if a company makes a CBD chocolate bar with 10mg of THC in each piece – It could actually be closer to 12 mg and you’d probably never know it. Even at that, it’s not a big discrepancy, but it’s something that needs to be fixed.
States like Colorado and California have strict testing and certification criteria in order for the products to be sold on the market. Each batch of 100mg THC must break down to 10% or less per piece. One idea was to just use less chocolate since it has a similar effect to THC. Researchers tested batches and discovered when there is more chocolate in the recipe there is less THC and vice versa. Since CBD edibles take longer to break down in the stomach it takes longer for the effects to kick in – as much as 2 hours after consuming.
What Can You Do To Make Sure You’re Getting the Right Dose?
Since cannabis is a natural product, consuming more than the recommended dose will leave you with an extended high and may make you feel a bit uncomfortable. But do not worry, it will be metabolized by the body and pass through your system in a few hours. There are no chemical components to worry about, it just takes time. When it comes to buying CBD edibles, there are a few things you can do as a consumer to make sure you are getting products with the proper potency. It involves doing your research and testing products like a scientist.
- Buy from reputable companies
- Test new products one at a time
- Try a small amount and wait
- Ask for a Certificate of Analysis (COA)
One way to ensure that you’re getting the proper measurements is to buy from reputable sellers or state-licensed dispensaries. If their products are tested by third-party labs you can trust that their data is accurate. In the research stages, you can ask where the company sources its products. States like Oregon, California, and Colorado have strict policies for quality and produce the best hemp for CBD.
Avoid overseas producers and stick with ones that you know and trust. Purchase and test one new product at a time so you know how your body will react to it. Try a little bit less than the recommended dose and wait. It can take up to 2 hours for you to feel the effects. If it feels less than you think it should, take a second dose and see. As you continue to use this method of testing you’ll get a good feel for what is right for you.
Ask for a Certificate of Analysis. This is a document issued for quality assurance confirming the product meets the required specifications. Each batch is tested and analyzed and will have a report of all the data from their findings known as a Certificate of Analysis (COA). This ensures that there are no pesticides or chemicals used in processing and the products are safe for the public.
You can feel confident purchasing CBD edibles by following the recommendations above. Research the companies you plan to buy from, ask questions about where they get their hemp, test small quantities, and only buy from sellers that pass your testing methods. Once you know which companies produce the best products, you can buy that CBD chocolate bar without the worry of getting too much or too little.