What is a Cannabinoid?
Great question! Cannabinoids are actually chemical compounds that react with receptors that are found in the human brain. Cannabinoids can be naturally occurring or artificially manufactured. Phytocannabinoids are the type found naturally in the cannabis plant for example. One of the most well-known cannabinoid compounds is of course THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is that which is responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive properties. However, another hugely popular cannabinoid is cannabidiol (CBD). Second in concentration after THC, CBD accounts for as much as 40% of the cannabinoids found in cannabis.
Interestingly, another cannabinoid recently discovered which is naturally occurring in the brain is anandamide. This cannabinoid is also prominent in chocolate. Not surprisingly, when activating the cannabinoid, receptor sites can be responsible for feelings of joy and pleasure.
How do Cannabinoids React with the Brain's Receptors?
Neurotransmitters essentially attaching to receptor sites throughout the brain and thus activating that particular receptor. Think of these compounds as “keys” that fit snugly into the “locks” present in the brain and nervous system. Once that connection is made, you feel the results.
With anandamide, which is found in chocolate, people are apt to feel their mood enhance. With CBD the effects are usually along the lines of anxiety alleviation and can even help those who have social disorders feel more at ease.
There are two primary groups of cannabinoid receptors present in the brain and in other points throughout the body: CB1 & CB2. Anandamide tends to bind to these transmitters and ultimately in doing so, can provoke the experience of pleasure or “bliss.” It therefore becomes highly effective in helping with depression and mood disorders. It has also been known to activate a receptor call TRPV1 (TRP vanilloid 1). This particular receptor is responsible for aiding with anti-inflammatory responses.
When it comes to the benefits of CBD, researchers have found that while not as apt to make that lock and key connection with either CB1 or CB2, CBD is very much apt to bind with the TRPV1 receptors. And like the anandamide found in chocolate, promote an anti-pain, anti-inflammatory response.
This is just a brief overview of the benefits of the neurotransmitters and compounds found in chocolate and CBD. But certainly you can see how extraordinary the combination is and how valuable these are for your health and well-being.
Scientists are really only starting to scratch the surface in terms of what these miraculous compounds can actually do!
Chocolate's Many Health Benefits
We decided to create therapeutic chocolate in large part because of the amazing impact and effects that cocoa based products can have on the body. For instance, did you know that researchers have found that eating certain kinds of chocolate with any type of regularity, can actually add years to your life? The oldest person ever (living to 122) claimed to have eaten over 2 pounds of dark chocolate per week.
Another compound that can be found in chocolate, epicatechin, has been shown to coat and subsequently shield your brain cells. Along these same lines, scientists have discovered that dark chocolate can enhance your body’s overall blood flow. Certain properties in the chocolate help to open your capillaries, veins and arteries. This in turn, also potentially works to prevent blood clots and even a heart attack.
There are huge benefits of chocolate for the external facets of your body’s health as well as the internal ones. Internally it promotes better blood circulation, brain health and longevity.
Flavonoids, found in dark chocolate, can help prevent UV damage from the sun’s rays. The result is a healthier, improved skin tone. Chocolate is also great for the hair! Cacao — the raw form of cocoa — adds shine and aids in rebuilding damaged hair follicles.
The benefits of chocolate on its own are almost too many to list. Combine that with the power of CBD, and let’s just say our treats may very well be inducted into the hall of “superfoods.”
Though western medicine and drug combinations are often the go-to source for those suffering from various conditions, increasingly people are turning to more natural means of coping with pain, discomfort and ultimately healing.
The CBD compound has been proven to have significant health benefits. Whether used to treat general discomfort, anxiety, muscle spasms, CBD is becoming a popular option for those seeking a more holistic approach to dealing with certain issues. Continued research and studies regarding the medical properties of the compound are paving the way for its use to treat even more health-related problems.
Each chocolate is paired with a specifically chosen fruit. All fruits have their own unique benefits and we encourage you to try all flavors.
- Stone fruits such as peaches have been known to have anti-inflammatory properties and are also often considered beneficial to those with high cholesterol.
- Raspberries are very high in both vitamin C and B. They are also one of the best fruits when it comes to containing essential antioxidants.
- Because they are so high in potassium, strawberries have been known to support heart health.
- Considered a superfood, coconut supports the immune system, improves insulin levels, and removes free radicals from the body.
CBD (cannabidiol) is non-psychoactive cannabinoid molecule found in cannabis. Research shows that CBD has analgesic (pain-relieving), anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety properties without the “high” feeling you get from THC. It is totally safe and 100% legal.
Originating from hemp, CBD represents 40% of the extracts that come from this particular plant.
Although, CBD and THC are both cannabinoids, they do not produce the same effect. So while the confusion is understandable, rest assured that you cannot get “high” from ingesting CBD edibles or from any other product which may contain CBD oil.
Therapeutic Treats’ products are made only with hemp derived CBD oil, thus ensuring that is has virtually zero THC and is legal in all 50 states.
CBD has proven quite effective when it comes to helping people relax and ultimately find a state of calmness. In terms of its actual properties, CBD is very high in antioxidants.
It is encouraged that before ingesting anything that contains CBD, you do your own research to figure out what would be most beneficial for you.
Using a cold manufacturing process, our suppliers are able to reproduce a chemical composition in the oil that is nearly identical to that found in the hemp plant. Known as CO2 extraction, this process allows for a super effective and efficient means of creating a high grade hemp oil that has shown to help with overall health management.
The advantages of this process include: safety, environmentally friendly, preservation of beneficial molecules, and sustainability. As our CBD suppliers source from a farm in Scandinavia, an area that has been harvesting hemp for centuries, our oils contain some of the highest CBD concentrations.
Using only natural ingredients, we source our cocoa beans from the South American rainforest. Ensuring that our chocolate products are pure and all-natural, we then combine them with the perfect fruit pairings. This taste combination makes for an amazing edible that taste incredible.
We urge you to use the products by the expiration date. You may freeze or refrigerate the chocolate bars as well. Please keep Therapeutic Treats out of the reach of children.
No, all our ingredients are certified organic and we only source from a farm that is pesticide-free.
At this time, all Therapeutic Treat products are created using equipment that may also have been exposed to soy or nuts. All our hemp chocolates are gluten-free and our dark chocolate line is vegan-friendly.
While it is known for its anti-pain and relaxing properties, we cannot make medical claims about this product. Research is always being conducted and there is valuable information available online. We do recommend you contact your doctor regarding your specific situation.