Grown-up chocolate just got waaaay more grown-up. It used to be that over-70 percent dark chocolate was the "serious" stuff, with bonus points for choosing organic or fair trade. But now, there is another level of cacao refinement: supplementation with a hemp extract, called cannabidiol (CBD), that smooths your senses without altering your worldview. It's all the good and none of the "pass the Cheetos" effects of that famous leafy green plant. The extract is a wonderful add-on to this jar of earthy, raw, healthy chocolates from the folks behind Rawmio.
From the folks who brought us delectable Rawmio chocolates—that healthy and stone-ground goodness—I'd like to present to you the next level of pleasurable yet functional supplementation. The add-in is known by the acronym CBD, but the real name is cannabidiol.
So what the heck is cannabidiol? It comes from the cannabis plant, and is one of the more than 100 (!) compounds found in that leafy plant. One of the more famous compounds is called THC, and that is the substance that is banned in most states unless you have a medical waiver. Here's the difference between the two: "THC is the stuff that gets you high; CBD (cannabidiol) is the stuff that makes you feel better."
CBD, taken as a daily supplement, encourages good stress adaptations and helps to take the rough edges off anxiety. And that's where chocolate comes in to sweeten the deal. What better way to enjoy something so pleasurable than to pack it into sustainably-sourced raw cacao? None, if you ask me. This jar from Veggimins holds 30 heart-shaped treats for your tongue and for your temperament.
So, what's this stuff actually like? Well, it starts all adorable when you unscrew the lid of the jar and see the little hearts within. Each heart, perfectly bite-sized, contains 2mg of CBD, a good starting supplement dose. The chocolate is earthy and melts on your tongue with a mild sweetness and tons of complexity.
The raw cacao is wedded to nothing more than a smidge of sugar and 2mg of CBD per lovely little heart. Here are some of the nutritional and beneficial nuggets to know:
You can spend a lot of time doing internet research, but here's the tip of the iceberg: Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating component of the cannabis plant with enormous therapeutic potential. CBD doesn’t make people feel high or mess with your motor skills, so it’s causing quite a buzz among scientists and medical marijuana patients who are using CBD-rich products to experiment with treating a wide range of conditions including chronic pain, cancer, Crohn’s, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, PTSD, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, antibiotic-resistant infections, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, and more.
CBD is known to scientists as a “promiscuous” compound. Ooh, kinky. No, actually it's because it confers therapeutic benefits in many different ways while tapping into how we function physiologically and biologically on a deep level. Extensive preclinical research and some clinical studies have shown that CBD has strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, anti-tumor, and neuro-protective qualities. Cannabidiol can change gene expression and remove beta amyloid plaque, the hallmark of Alzheimer’s, from brain cells.
Pretty much everything is amazing about raw cacao. Here's just the basics:
Raw cacao is one of the most phytochemically complex foods on Earth. Many of its constituents have yet to even be discovered!
The benefits of raw chocolate (compared to cooked) include: much higher levels of antioxidants (oligomeric procynanidins, resveratrol and the polyphenols: catechin and epicatechin) as well as the preservation of vitamin C, phenethylamine (PEA, the feel-good neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of love), Omega 6 fatty acids (which when heated become rancid and cause inflammation), tryptophan (a commonly deficient amino acid in those who consume a diet of mostly cooked food) and serotonin (a neurotransmitter that makes us feel goooood.)
Veggimins was created as a reflection of our belief that food is the best medicine. When it comes to truly absorbing and utilizing macro and micro nutrients, synthetics and isolates hold nothing on the full spectrum power of whole plant-foods delivered directly to our cells from Mother Nature herself. We are simply designed that way. Our range of whole food superfood supplements include synergistic blends of some of the planet's most nutrient dense and powerful foods - always organic, raw, and minimally processed to preserve the vital nutrition and life energy for maximum benefit to your body.
All of Veggimins' raw chocolate, just like Rawmio's, is handcrafted batch by batch, and ground using ancient granite stone grinding methods. Only a subtle warmth is produced by the grinders, preserving and activating nutrients, and producing an epic creamy consistency and full, rich cacao flavor.
Glad you asked. YES. Because this extract comes from the HEMP plant which is THC-free, any products made from hemp are legal, like paper, rope, fabrics, and supplements like this.