Many make cookies and cakes with cannabis. There is nothing like being pampered with a delicious and rich chocolate cube.
Chocolate is also delicious without cannabis …. and here’s why chocolate is so comforting and pleasurable and sometimes addictive as well…
Chocolate contains more than 300 substances and scientists have been trying for years to isolate the ingredients and understand the source of pleasure in eating chocolate. Two substances are known to be responsible for the “arousal” sensation: caffeine found in small amounts and theobromine found in slightly larger quantities. There is another substance called phenylethylamine, which acts as a neurotransmitter in our brain and helps us to concentrate and be alert. Panthelamin acts to increase mood and as a natural antidepressant. Panthelamine is produced from an amino acid phenylalanine and is also found in red wine. Cocoa also increases the level of serotonin, the neurotransmitter to which antidepressants are directed. Cocoa is rich in flavonoids, powerful antioxidants called polyphenols.
It is important to consume real cocoa – which is bitter – because otherwise the powders do not contain flavons … which is also a reason to consume high quality dark chocolate over 70% cocoa solids.
So what about cannabis?
It turns out that chocolate works on our endocannabinoid system!
diTomaso and Piomelli Researchers in California think chocolate has a similar effect to THC in cannabis. There is no THC chocolate but, it was found that chocolate has anandmide!
Anandemide is an endocannabinoid produced by our bodies as needed and disintegrates very quickly after it has been created. Chocolate has ingredients that inhibit the breakdown of anandamide. A 1996 study found cocoa powder and chocolate had 3 substances that imitate endocannabinoid anaemide, which act directly on cannabinoid receptors or indirectly cause anandamide increase. There is a link between desire and something other than medicine and the endocannabinoid system, and there is no doubt that more research is needed.