I know what chocolate is (obvs), but what's CBD?
CBD is the shorthand form for cannabidiol, which is one of the many active ingredients in the cannabis plant. CBD is said to be a promising remedy for many different diseases and treatments, including pain relief. This is already evident from some studies.
CBD has a relaxing, anti-inflammatory and antidepressant effect. Unlike the more well-known active ingredient THC, CBD does not lead to intoxication and is non-psychoactive It also does not have a psychoactive effect and does not make you physically dependent.
The World Health Organisation also has CBD covered. Their report states that CBD is a safe substance.
What side effects can occur when taking CBD?
Despite the fact that CBD is generally recognised as safe, side effects can occur. However, the side effects known so far are rather minor and less intense than with other chemical drugs.
The most common side effects include: nausea, fatigue, dizziness, lethargy and a dry mouth. These are also much less harmful than with THC.
Of course, intolerances or allergies could also occur with the CBD chocolate. So you should always pay attention to any allergens (e.g. nuts). As the world of CBD expands, we begin to see a great variety of products offered. For example, gluten free chocolate and cacao based products. Chocolatiers all over the world are offering more options all the time.
What kind of CBD chocolates are there?
CBD infused chocolate has become one of the most popular edibles in the cannabis world. The reason for this is probably also the exotic and imaginative compositions of the manufacturers.
Often (besides the CBD) the chocolates are mixed with cocoa beans from Madagascar and certain fruits.
The proportion of CBD can vary depending on the manufacturer. Some choose 60-100 mg of CBD oil, others only choose about 15 mg. In the end, the percentage of course also depends on the size of the bar.
Many companies are passionate about sourcing ingredients ethically and using only natural ingredients. There are also vegan-friendly options available. Having said this, typically CBD chocolate does contain, as well as cocoa mass, emulsifiers such as soya lecithin. It is always important to check the ingredients before consuming.
Broad-spectrum CBD, also known as full spectrum CBD, means that CBD is mixed with other cannabinoids and terpenes to create the entourage effect. Which means effect of CBD is enhanced. Naturecan is one of the companies that only use broadspectrum CBD in their products.
You can buy both dark and white chocolate. Some producers also use hemp seeds in their chocolate snacks. These then ensure a crunchy texture to the chocolate.
There are even extra power bars for athletes. In addition to the CBD, these then contain important nutrients and vitamins and of course as little sugar as possible.
We've seen CBD hot chocolate, CBD chocolate spread and CBD chocolate ice-cream! With more products emerging all the time, if you want to take CBD and you're a chocolate lover - 2021 is the year for you!
Are chocolates containing CBD legal in the UK?
As explained on our legal eagle page, at present food products and dietary supplements containing CBD are considered as 'novel foods', which is the name that is given by the EU to any products on the market now that were not regularly consumed by humans in the EU before 1997.
Now, this may change as the UK moves ever further away from the EU as part of the seemingly neverending Brexit process, but at present the UK has decided to continue to follow the same approach as the EU. In fact, the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has decided to enforce this for UK even after leaving the EU.
In essense, this means that manufacturers of novel foods required to submit applications to the relevant governing bodies in line with the regulations. We won't bore you with the when, where and how here. Suffice to say that you should check the CBD chocolates you buy have the relevant certification and, as with all CBD products, check the ingredients!
How do you dose the chocolate?
There is no one-size-fits-all dosage recommendation for any CBD product. This is because every organism reacts differently to CBD. The dosage does, however, depend on how high the CBD percentage is and what you want to achieve with the intake of CBD.
As always, don't overdo it and choose a healthy balance. As with any chocolate, it is advisable not to overeat.