I Tried It: Hemp Chocolate
AND HOW THEY'VE REPLACED MY NIGHTLY GLASS OF WINE
While I’m a bit too anxious of a person to indulge in cannabis (comprised of THC, the psychoactive compound, and CBD, known for its anti-inflammatory benefits sans the euphoric effect) on a regular basis, I do like the idea of it.
Relaxation, introspection, playtime, freedom, joy, and all without any harmful chemicals, fattening sugar, or a hangover. It always seems, from afar, like the perfect way to unwind, let go, and treat yourself after a long day. However, I wasn’t ready to join the cannabis club officially.
But chocolate that offers the same relaxation and relief without a “high” feeling?
That was intriguing...
Cut to me holding a beautiful glass jar of hemp chocolates promising to help with “anxiety, insomnia, inflammation, chronic pain, and PMS.” I couldn’t wait to try them but was a little too nervous to pop one at work. (Did I mention I’m anxious?) I waited until I was out of the office to dive in for the first time.
I arrived home and set the mood...I took a shower, put on pajamas, and instead of pouring my regular glass of Pinot Noir, I popped a pyramidal morsel of hemp chocolate into my mouth.
Initial thoughts? The taste was chocolatey and earthy all at once, pretty much what you’d expect if you were to combine cannabidiol with cacao. I chewed slowly and delicately and let the different flavors dance around my mouth and seep into my tastebuds. I closed my eyes. Took a deep breath. And waited.
It’s unclear to me if anything I felt in the hours following was actually something I was experiencing biochemically in my body...or entirely psychosomatic.
But here’s my honest experience.
Was I high?
Was I relaxed?
Did my body feel good and calm?
Yes, and thank you.
Did I miss my glass of wine?
Not one drop.
I felt good. I felt relaxed. I felt at ease. But there was no intense sensation in my mind or body, at least not enough to attribute it to the chocolate. My relaxed state could be attributed to the sofa I was laying on or the dog cuddled by my side.
Continuing the experiment, I regularly indulged in the hemp chocolate over the next few weeks. I even upped my dosage from one to two. I ate them at work a few times when I felt my anxiety building. I ate them before my favorite morning yoga class. I ate them before heading to the train station at 5:30 PM on a Friday. I ate them before drawing a hot bath, filling it with salt and oils, and dipping my body in inch by inch.
The longer I ate the chocolate, the more I could feel its effects seeping into my cells, relaxing my muscles, calming my nervous system, and allowing me space, quiet, and time. While the effect I experienced thus far has certainly been mild, I will say it’s a full body effect I wouldn’t have noticed and wouldn’t have been able to access without being open to these little packages of plant power.
And that Pinot Noir I eschewed the very first day I tried hemp chocolate? It’s starting to collect dust in my wine rack...and that’s fine by me.