A Match Made in Heaven: New CBD-Rich Chocolate Infused with Zesty Turmeric

A Match Made in Heaven: New CBD-Rich Chocolate Infused with Zesty Turmeric

Posted by Lily Kiepke on Jan 31st 2021

There’s a reason you reach for chocolate when you’re feeling stressed; the tasty treat is capable of bringing us comfort and joy.

And in a time of exceptional stress, we’re all doing a little emotional eating. So why not make it good for our health?

It’s not rocket science. Blending calming CBD with the creamy chocolate we crave gives us the best of both worlds. Add in a touch of zesty turmeric and you’ve got the ultimate mood-boosting, anti-inflammatory chocolate bar.

Let’s breakdown the benefits of our new vegan and organic CBD Chocolate bars infused with turmeric (as if we need another excuse to indulge in chocolate!)

Bliss-Boosting Anandamide

Combining CBD and chocolate may bring you lasting bliss thanks to a little molecule called anandamide.

The name anandamide is derived from the Sanskrit word ananda, meaning “joy” or “bliss,” hence the nickname the “bliss molecule.”

Anandamide (AEA) is an endocannabinoid, or a type of cannabinoid our bodies produce naturally in response to stimuli or need (our bodies are actually “wired for weed” whether we choose to partake or not).

For example, anandamide levels in the body increase after we exercise or when we’re hungry to help stimulate our appetite, and reduced anandamide levels are associated with stress, reveals health practitioners platform Metagenics Institute.

These little molecules behave like cannabinoids, too. They bind to cannabinoid receptors on the surface of cells throughout our bodies to communicate with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which can influence our stress response, pain sensation, mood, and more.

Chocolate Contains Anandamide

There may be some science behind our cravings for chocolate and the mood boost we feel afterwards.

“Chocolate lovers won’t find this news too much of a surprise: The rich, sensuous confection contains compounds that turn on the same receptor in the brain as marijuana ,” announced researchers alongside the discovery of anandamide in chocolate and cocoa powder back in 1996.

The anandamide found in chocolate (and produced naturally by our bodies) binds to CB1 receptors in our brains to bring us good feelings just like THC does, but rest assured, neither chocolate nor CBD will give you the “high” associated with marijuana.

Chocolate has also been shown to release endorphins, and may interact with our dopamine and serotonin receptors to boost our mood.

CBD Slows the Breakdown of Anandamide

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a powerful cannabinoid, or active ingredient found in cannabis, that interacts with our endocannabinoid systems to deliver its effects.

One way CBD supports anandamide (AEA) is by slowing down the metabolic enzyme that breaks down the molecule, known as fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH).

“CBD exerts anti-inflammatory activity by suppressing FAAH activity, thereby increasing concentrations of the anti-inflammatory endocannabinoid AEA,” explains Metagenics Institute.

Chemicals in chocolate have also been shown to slow the quick breakdown of anandamide by FAAH, allowing it to “stick around longer, making us feel good longer,” notes public learning laboratory Exploratorium.

3 Inflammation-Fighting Ingredients

Fighting off inflammation may be more important than previously thought, as new knowledge suggests inflammation may be the root cause of many diseases.

“Scientists now believe that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease, [including] heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions,” asserts Healthline.

Hopefully, this revelation will inspire a revolution in research to confirm the medicinal properties of anti-inflammatory ingredients that are abundant in many plants.

Curcumin in Turmeric

Turmeric is a golden yellow spice made from the root of a plant in the ginger family. Turmeric is used in many dishes to deliver vibrant color and flavor, such as the yellow hue of curry.

The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound with medicinal properties.

“Curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory. In fact, it’s so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side effects,” explains Healthline.

Curcumin may help people with arthritic pain and swelling according to University of Utah Health. In one study, people with rheumatoid arthritis “curcumin was even more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug,” and has been shown to improve various symptoms of the disease, reveals Healthline.

The impact of curcumin on depression has also been explored in small studies. A randomized trial of 60 people suggested curcumin was as effective of an antidepressant as Prozac, and may work synergistically with antidepressants.

“Today, turmeric is promoted as a dietary supplement for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, digestive disorders, respiratory infections, allergies, liver disease, depression, and many others,” reports the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

CBD Chocolate

Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a powerful compound found in cannabis, but don’t worry, it won’t get you “stoned” like its cannabinoid counterpart tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

“CBD is non-psychoactive but exerts a number of beneficial pharmacological effects, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties,” explains a 2020 review published in the journal Antioxidants.

There’s a reason researchers seem to be exploring CBD for every illness under the sun: CBD is able to communicate with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is tasked with keeping our bodies in balance (a state known as homeostasis).

By binding with cannabinoid receptors on the surface of our cells, CBD may be able to influence our sleep, appetite, pain sensation, stress response, anxiety, mood, and more.

While more research is needed to definitively confirm the correlation (you can blame cannabis’s classification for the delay), CBD is being closely looked at as a treatment for everything from arthritis and anxiety to diabetes and dermatitis.

Chocolate and Cocoa Powder

In addition to boosting our mood with the bliss molecule anandamide, the flavanols in chocolate and cocoa powder are linked to several benefits for our health.

Flavanols are a popular sub-group of nutrient compounds with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties found in plants (including cannabis) known as flavonoids. The presence of flavonoids and terpenes may enhance the effects of cannabinoids like CBD through a phenomenon known as the entourage effect.

“Cocoa is rich in plant chemicals called flavanols that may protect the heart” and may “reduce risk of diabetes” by increasing insulin sensitivity, informs The Nutrition Source at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).

It doesn’t take much to tap into these effects either, explains the Harvard health blog. Having a few squares of chocolate each day may lead to some serious long-term benefits.

“Observational studies suggest a link between high cocoa or chocolate intake of 6 grams daily (1-2 squares) and a reduced risk of heart disease and mortality, possibly in part by reducing blood pressure and inflammation ,” says HSPH.

A review on the neuroprotective effects of flavanols in cocoa published in 2013 builds on these benefits, adding:

“In addition, flavonoids preserve cognitive abilities during aging in rats, lower the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and decrease the risk of stroke in humans.”

    

Locally Sourced, Organic, and Vegan

It’s an open dark secret that the chocolate industry isn’t as sweet as it seems.

The high demand for one of the world’s favorite foods has led to issues within the industry, including environmental impacts and the use of  child labor by some of the biggest names in chocolate.

The truth about chocolate may make buying from a big brand again bittersweet. It’s one more reason to support local businesses and ethical, fair trade chocolate.

That’s why PHD Organics luxurious CBD Chocolate is crafted from locally sourced vegan chocolate from right here in Santa Barbara, California.

Our new CBD Chocolate is made with only organic ingredients, so you get everything you want and nothing you don’t. Here’s what you’ll find in each 100% Organic bar:

  • Organic Unsweetened Chocolate
  • Organic Cocoa Butter
  • Organic Sugar
  • Organic Turmeric Powder
  • USA Grown Certified Hemp Extract

We’re also serving the vegan community with the #1 food they still crave: chocolate.

Vegans miss chocolate the most (even more than cheese!) according to a recent survey.

And the benefits of vegan chocolate extend beyond its more sustainable source: vegan chocolate is healthier and higher quality thanks to the removal of dairy and other additives and a higher cocoa content.

Created without the addition of any animal byproducts, our CBD Chocolate bars are a 100% Vegan option to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Each 12g square of our CBD Chocolate bar is packed with 70mg of CBD per Square and each CBD Chocolate bar has 24 squares! That's a total of 1600mg! You can look at the lab results here. Taking your daily dose of CBD has never been tastier. Read more about our recommended daily dose for beginners.

Grab Your CBD Chocolate Today!

What are you waiting for? PHD Organics new CBD Chocolate is available today!

Grab a bar and see the benefits for yourself, or stock up to give a sweet treat on Valentine’s Day.

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About the Author

Lily Kiepke is a freelance writer and blogger based in the Denver metropolitan area. She enjoys using CBD to relieve anxiety and improve sleep. When she is not writing about cannabis, she can be found hiking in the Rocky Mountains or curled up with a good true crime book.