With the increasing popularity of adding CBD to our diet, more people are on the lookout of adding cannabidiol and chocolate into their daily routine. Chocolate is regarded as one of the most loved and revered foods of the globe. Its Latin name is Heobroma cacao, which means “food of the gods.”
There are several things to love about this ancient food like its creamy texture, delicious taste and the happy feeling it gives after consumption. It had turned out that there is some real science behind the temporary feeling of joy offered by the chocolates, which is the exact science behind why cannabidiol might impart a positive mood on usage. The compound responsible for the feeling is anandamide (AEA).
The Bliss Molecule
AEA is a neurotransmitter that is produced in the body and is derived from arachidonic acid. Its name is derived from the Sanskrit word Ananda, meaning happiness, delight, pleasure or joy. This is how it earned the name bliss molecule.
Cacao – which is the major ingredient in chocolate – and CBD derived from hemp, contain natural AEA along with compounds like N-acylethanolamines that slows down the breakdown process. It work like this – we all have a particular enzyme called fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). When anandamide enters the cell, FAAH begins to break it down completely. It is regarded as a great killjoy.
One important news is that both chocolate and cannabidiol interfere with FAAH’s capacity to break down anandamide, thereby giving a naturally-produced bliss for a longer period.
Several studies published in Translational Psychiatry suggested that preventing or slowing down the breakdown of anandamide in the body enhances mood and reduced stress-induced anxiety disorders. Lower levels of anandamide were correlated negatively with several health problems like fear response, stress, and anxiety, according to the studies.
Combining Cannabidiol and Chocolate
To get a happy feeling from chocolates, you would need to prefer eating dark chocolates than milk chocolates. Choosing to cacao nibs that contain no sugar is a more concentrated source of beneficial compounds of chocolates and it is better. For people who want to take the feeling of bliss to the next level, they can try recipes to combine cannabidiol and chocolate as a turbocharged treat, which doesn’t give you highly feelings, but could promote the natural ability of their bodies to get high on life and bring on more bliss.