Cannabis boasts some very devoted, loyal fans. But even cannabis can’t beat the intensity of devotion one finds between chocolate and chocolate lovers. Chocolate, as an industry, is valued at over $130 billion. The popularity of marijuana edibles is on the rise, with one study finding “[…] for all of 2020, sales of adult-use and medical edibles grew by 60% across seven state markets.” So, it seems only natural that two hits, a classic and a rising star, would come together. But did you know chocolate is believed to enhance the effects of marijuana?
Cannabis is Fat Soluble
We know chocolate and marijuana make a good match, but why? The first reason is solubility. Cannabis is fat soluble. This means cannabinoids like THC and CBD dissolve in fat and oil. These cannabinoids are more easily absorbed when paired with fat or oil. They are also stored in body fat, which is why it can take up to a month to pass a drug test after consumption.
Chocolate is made by mixing cocoa liquor with cocoa butter and sugar. Cocoa butter is an edible fat extracted from cocoa beans. It makes a great fat pairing for cannabinoids in marijuana edibles.
But that’s just the start of this dynamic duo’s story.
Anandamide & Chocolate
Meet anandamide, a brain lipid (fat) and neurotransmitter our bodies produce. Sometimes known as the “bliss molecule,” anandamide helps regulate things from mood to appetite to pain management. It loves binding to cannabinoid receptors, mimicking the psychoactive effects of cannabinoids like THC.
That good feeling some people feel after eating chocolate? That’s chocolate interacting with the endocannabinoid system. The blissed out feeling marijuana produces? Same thing.
When combined, chocolate and marijuana boost anandamide levels in the brain. Cocoa butter increases the bioavailability of cannabinoids. It’s possible that chocolate and marijuana boost the medical benefits of one another. This doesn’t mean that patients will notice differences in the psychoactive effects of consuming chocolate edibles over other medical marijuana. It does mean that the medicine may be delivered better throughout the body to help patients.
Creativity and Cannabis
Then there’s the chocolate icing on the cannabis cake, so to speak. The creativity of chocolatiers and cannabis connoisseurs! Both the chocolate and cannabis industry benefit from creative, devoted creators who pour their passion into making delicious, beautiful, and effective products.
Chocolate can do an excellent job masking some of the strong, less-than-sweet flavors in cannabis, making taking your medicine easier. The creative minds behind chocolate edibles have been using this trick for ages. From iconic pot brownies to artisan infused bonbons.
Why Choose Chocolate?
Patients have ever-expanding options to choose between. From consumption methods to products offered, making those choices can be overwhelming. But chocolate edibles can meet a lot of needs.
It’s a discreet consumption method.
It can be more effectively absorbed by the body.
It’s a combustion-free option.
It has the possibility of increasing euphoric effects over other consumption options.
The choice is ultimately yours, and it’s best to discuss consumption options with your medical professional. If you do try, remember to go low and slow just like any other edible. To learn more about finding your edible dose, read our guide.
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