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A Sweet CBD Treat: Our Simple CBD Chocolate Recipe

A Sweet CBD Treat: Our Simple CBD Chocolate Recipe

Sweet treats and cannabis truly go hand-in-hand — a quick trip to the dispensary will show you as much, with an overwhelming array of cannabis-infused gummies, cookies and, of course, chocolate. 

While we definitely won’t knock the convenience and ease of showing up to a storefront and purchasing an edible, depending on your location and the stock of your local dispensaries, it can be hard to find a ton of cannabinoid variance among cannabis chocolate and other sweet treats. You’ll likely see an array of THC-packed chocolates, with trace amounts of CBD and maybe a few options with different ratios of CBD and THC, if you’re lucky. 

But often, folks who are looking for little to no THC in their chocolate selection will have to head online. There are surely a plethora of CBD companies to turn to, but with just a little finesse, it’s super simple to make your own CBD chocolate right at home!

And that’s what we’re here to talk about today. Whether you’re a newbie to DIY edibles or a seasoned pro seeking out a new recipe, keep reading as we share how to make some delectable CBD chocolate!

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About CBD Chocolate, CBD and THC

CBD chocolate as a whole can refer to any chocolate food item with CBD, of course. 

CBD, or cannabidiol, is often considered one of the most popular cannabinoids (the chemical compounds found in cannabis) next to THC. The main distinction is that CBD will not lead to a “high” in the same way THC does. You might notice a change in your body and mood after using CBD, but it’s generally more subtle and calming, allowing consumers to continue to go about your day-to-day and still reaping the cannabinoid’s potential benefits.

Research is still catching up, and CBD surely isn’t a cure-all, but it does carry myriad potential for relieving a number of symptoms, including anxiety and depression, epilepsy, inflammation, pain, sleep, chronic diseases and more. For a full deep dive on everything CBD, check out our Complete CBD Guide.

However, in dispensaries and legal cannabis states, many CBD chocolates also have some amount of THC. Don’t get us wrong — CBD and THC together are a winning combination. Using cannabis compounds together helps them to act synergistically with one another, enhancing not only the effects of THC but also CBD, versus when they are taken separately.

If you are looking for, or don’t mind, a psychoactive high while also enjoying the medicinal benefits of CBD, this might not be a problem for you. There are even CBD:THC ratios with so little THC that you likely won’t feel any of its effects, though the THC present will still help to bring out the full potential of THC. For example, eating a single piece of chocolate with a 10:1 CBD:THC ratio (say 10 mg of CBD and 1 mg of THC) likely won’t prompt psychoactive effects, even among new users, but that little bit of THC will help the CBD to work its magic.

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Even consuming THC in small amounts will keep it in your system. These are simply things to consider when exploring what type of cannabis oil to use in your recipe and what dosage might be ideal for you.

Notes on Cannabis Oil

As this is a pure CBD chocolate recipe, we recommend using pure CBD oil and have written the instructions as such. However, this is your chocolate, and it’s completely customizable! If you want to work with THC oil or any THC:CBD combination to reap the benefits of the entourage effect, go for it! The cannabinoid content of the oil you use is completely up to you.

For this recipe, you can purchase CBD oil through a company or use CBD oil made at home. While we won’t be diving into the full steps of making your own CBD oil, you can check out our recipe for making CBD coconut oil with flower here.

Regarding dosage, a typical single dose for edibles is 10mg. Some folks even start at 5mg, though because CBD isn’t psychoactive, a higher dose isn’t necessarily going to hit you the same way a higher-dose THC edible would. A lower CBD dose for treating mild symptoms is generally 10-25mg; a medium dose for moderate symptoms is generally 30-60mg, and a heavy dose for severe symptoms could be anywhere from 60-150mg or more.

Think about how much you would like in a single dose versus how many pieces you plan to have. If you’re using a mold with a set amount of pieces, this should be pretty easy. 

For example, if you have a mold with 25 pieces and want 10mg in each, you’ll want to add 250 mg of CBD oil to the total recipe. If you love chocolate and want to enjoy multiple pieces at a time without going overboard on CBD, you might go for, say, 3mg a piece, or 75mg for the whole recipe. The power is in your hands.

Now, let’s get going!

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Simple CBD Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter*

1 cup of broken up chocolate (milk, dark, white — it’s up to you!)

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Your preferred dose of CBD oil

*To make this recipe vegan, you can replace the butter with vegan butter, margarine or coconut oil. 

We definitely recommend using all of these ingredients to really add some pizzazz to your CBD chocolate, though at a minimum, you really only need the chocolate and CBD oil. If you want to keep it super simple, you can even throw your broken chocolate in the microwave, mix in your CBD oil, pour it into a mold and call it a day. Though, we promise this recipe is super quick and easy, too!

Materials

Large pot or saucepan

Heat-proof dish with sides (to cover pot or saucepan)

Silicone baking mold*

Spatula

*We recommend a mold with indents specifically made for chocolate. This will make it easier to break apart or cut and ensure a more accurate dosage per piece. While you can pour your chocolate out on a pan and cut it manually, it’s going to be more challenging to ensure a consistent dosage and uniform pieces.

CBD Chocolate Recipe

Now, we’re finally ready to make our CBD chocolate! Fortunately, the preparation is truly the most cumbersome part — the actual process should be pretty quick.

Take your pot or saucepan and fill with water, and place your heatproof dish on top. You’ll want to make sure the water isn’t touching the dish. This will act as a DIY double boiler, and you’ll use the dish on top to create your chocolate. 

Turn the heat on low, and pour your butter, or substitute, into the dish. Stir it consistently to let the butter melt without burning.

Once about half the butter is melted, add the chocolate. Keep mixing as the ingredients combine to ensure it doesn’t burn.

After you have a consistent mixture, remove the pan from heat and let it cool slightly. Just make sure it doesn’t begin to harden.

Once your chocolate mixture is cool, add in your vanilla extract and CBD oil. Stir until all ingredients are well combined. This is important to make sure your oil is evenly dispersed.

Pour your CBD chocolate into a mold, and use the spatula to even it out.

Finally, let your chocolate chill in the refrigerator or freezer until it’s fully solid. Remove from the mold and cut into pieces along the mold indents, or leave solid and break off individual pieces as you go!

That’s it, folks! Super simple. Though, we’ve still got a little more for you…

Sprucing Up the Recipe

This CBD chocolate recipe is pretty simple, even with some of our suggested add-ins. If you want to go further, you can add extra ingredients to really pack an additional punch! You’ll do so at step 5, as you add in your vanilla and CBD oil. 

Some of our suggestions: chopped nuts, a zest of citrus, sea salt, honey or agave nectar, peanut or almond butter, caramel, dried fruit, seeds, espresso beans or crushed wafers. The possibilities are plentiful!

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Final Thoughts and Other Sweet CBD Treats

Admittedly, CBD chocolate is one of the easiest sweet treats to make at home and allows for some inventive customization, too! While you’ll surely find an array of cannabis-infused chocolates at your local dispensary, creating your own concoction at home allows for all kinds of possibilities. Why not enjoy CBD chocolate your way?

If you’re like us, you have a sweet tooth for a number of tasty treats, and we have you covered. Check out some of our other recipes, and you may soon find your kitchen full of delectable cannabis-infused desserts:

CBD Rice Crispy Treats

CBD Gummies

Cannabis-Infused Cookies

Cannabis-Infused Shamrock Shakes

Cannabis Fudge Recipes (Regular, Peanut Butter and Vegan!)

Cannabis-Infused Whipped Cream 

Happy baking, everyone!

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