Chocolate and cannabis are made for each other. There are few substances that are able to provide the same uplifting, mood enhancing effects as either chocolate or cannabis. This is probably why cannabis infused chocolates that give you both at once, like what we make at HI-FI, are so popular. Beyond the rich, decadent flavor of chocolate there are a few compelling reasons to pair it with cannabis. Namely, that both chocolate and cannabis both act on the endocannabinoid system to lift our moods. Let’s take a look at how these two plants synergize with the body.
Endocannabinoid System in Brief
The endocannabinoid system is absolutely fascinating and regulates many of the body’s other systems. It is because of the endocannabinoid system’s widespread influence that cannabis is able to treat so many medical conditions. We also have this system to thank for chocolate’s mood-boosting effects. This influential system has three main components to it; receptors, endocannabinoids (transmitters at the receptor sites), and the enzymes (to break down excess endocannabinoids). Your body produces its own cannabinoids to regulate various bodily functions like pain response and inflammation on demand, and then breaks down any leftovers rapidly with fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). Because the cannabinoids in cannabis like THC are similar enough to the compounds the body produces, it is able to bind to the body’s receptors and also have an impact on the endocannabinoid system. The compound produced by the body that THC mimics at receptor sites is called anandamide.
Anandamide – the Bliss Molecule
Interestingly, anandamide which the body produces and is the same cannabinoid that is present in chocolate. So, when you eat chocolate and it gives you that blissful feeling that’s because chocolate contains the same feel good chemical that your body produces naturally. Fun fact, anandamide is named after the sanskrit word for bliss and anandamide is referred to as the bliss molecule. The fact that chocolate produces the same feel good molecule as your body is probably why it is so irresistible and universally loved. Since cannabis infused chocolates contain THC as well as anandamide they are likely to have synergistic effects over other edibles. In addition, chocolate contains other compounds that interacts with the endocannabinoid system which may give it an edge in the world of edibles.
Chocolate’s Secret Weapon
As mentioned above your body quickly produces enzymes to clear out excess cannabinoids from the body. Chocolate contains two compounds similar to anandamide, N-oleoylethanolamine and N-linoleoylethanolamine. In a series of studies performed by Daniele Piomelli it was found that these chemicals have an effect on the breakdown of anandamide. Although neither compound binds to receptor sites, they were shown in vitro to slow the breakdown of anandamide . This means that eating chocolate will extend
the the blissful effects of anandamide in the body. This leaves the tantalizing question, will those chemicals slow the breakdown of THC in the body and extend its effects? It would stand to reason, since THC is broken down by the same FAAH enzymes as anandamide that this is the case.
Unfortunately, experiments have yet to be conducted to see if those compounds extend the effects of THC in the body. If you happen to be a scientist and reading this, what are you waiting for? Let’s get an experiment set up and find out. Whether chocolate enhances cannabis on the chemical level or not, it is undeniable that the infusion of cannabis into chocolate makes for an experience that’s absolutely decadent.
So, what do you think? Do infused chocolates seem more potent to you or to last longer than other edibles? Let us know in the comments below!