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We Taste-Tested Five CBD Chocolates and It Was Extremely Relaxing

All sorts of cool and glowy people have been praising the ameliorative effects of CBD, which is said to calm anxiety, relax sore muscles, ease inflammation, bolster productivity, and stop acne. A semi-mystical host of a radio show I listen to swears on them for cramps; the most critical person in my book club uses them for an immediate calm. But I was only interested when it was offered to me in chocolate form.

You might think that eating CBD chocolates for the taste is like subscribing to The Economist for the pictures. While I’m always here for that gravitas and the deep content, I also love a frivolous and delicious delivery system, especially because the effects of CBD are subjective. If the CBD in these chocolates affected me, it was in a deeply subtle way. So it’s especially important that they taste unsubtly delicious.

A quick reminder that CBD is the grounding counterbalance to THC, which is the psychoactive element in weed that gets you high. In metaphor: THC is hosting the party, and CBD is driving you there. Some legal(ish) CBD products on the market, including a couple of these chocolates, source CBD from cannabis without THC, aka industrial hemp. The others on the list contain various amounts of THC and are only available in some states.

And so, here is my rigorous, yet very relaxed, taste test of CBD chocolate varietals and their various promises:

Leif Goods

Tasting notes: Leif chocolates are vegan, fair trade, and come in bright, zigzag packaging that matches their eccentric flavors. The peanut butter and jelly bar is whacky—my tasting-friend described it as “shocking”—the dust of strawberry powder on the outside tingles while the elevated-Reese’s part melts. The mint hibiscus flavor is similarly super rich, and the mint lingers for a while. I snuck a few bars into Eighth Grade, so my shoulders were practically eaten by my ears in empathetic cringes, but the tastes were so wild that I had excitement giggles about them.

Who is this chocolate’s pot muse? Carl Sagan, who wrote an anonymous essay about insights he got from weed at 35. (The chocolate marshmallows that Leif sells are definitely Matthew McConaughey though.)

What is the party that they’re driving you to? These bars are driving us to a very thorough, intricate D.I.Y. party with extravagant installations, where everyone is dressed for a sleek spaceship-wreck.

How much weed does it have? The mint hibiscus and peanut butter and jelly bar have a 1:1 CBD:THC ratio; the dark chocolate and black diamond flake sea salt bar has 100 mg CBD (no THC).

CBD chocolate is everywhere, but how good do they taste? I tried five of the biggest brands to find the best.

This ‘Not Pot’ Chocolate May Be the Sweet Answer to Your Anxiety Issues

If you struggle with anxiety and happen to love chocolate, this new product is right up your alley. Not Pot Chocolate is candy infused with cannabinoids, and the makers think it may just be the answer for a lot of people. Research has shown that regular marijuana use can reduce stress; but, if you’re not the pot smoking type, or want the same stress-reduction without the high, cannabinoid products can help.

Not Pot Chocolate hearts are infused with cannabidoil, or CBD. CBD is known for it’s anti-anxiety effects, and is non-psychoactive. Meaning, it’ll chill you out, but won’t get you high.

The compound found in marijuana that gets you high is called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Not Pot Chocolate contains no THC, and is made from hemp oil. That means you can get it without a prescription or medical marijuana card.

The company suggests eating one Not Pot heart a day, sort of like a daily vitamin. The effects should build up over time. Reviews on the site say the candy has helped with everything from insomnia to flight anxiety. But again, it’s important to note that these candies are not designed to get you high in the traditional sense. So if you eat one and don’t feel like your head is floating above your body, don’t get discouraged. That is totally normal.

Every jar comes with stickers, too. Like I needed another reason to place an order.

Not Pot Chocolate can be ordered online and delivered right to your door. A 30-day supply costs $29.99, or you can subscribe at a discounted price of $26.99 per jar. Because it’s a non-psychoactive derivative, it’s legal in all 50 states. And again, you don’t need a prescription or medical marijuana card to purchase it. If you suffer from anxiety, or maybe just want a little something to help you when the stress gets to be too much, Not Pot is a delicious option.

Not Pot Chocolate are little CBD-infused chocolate hearts that can help anxiety. They contain no THC, so they're legal in all 50 states.