Chocolate has long been considered as medicine, of a sort. Ancient Mesoamericans documented how the fruit of the chocolate tree was good for the heart, as well as how it conferred stimulant effects. More recently, the discovery of antioxidant properties from the flavonoids abundant in fine dark chocolate have led some to classify the bean as a nutraceutical.
In Portland, naturopathic physician Melissa Berry founded Missionary Chocolates as a business intended to fund a local independent, integrative healing center. The side effect? Amazing, creative, delicious chocolates that also happen to be vegan and gluten free!
Today, Missionary Chocolates launches a new product: CBD oil-infused truffles. Note that these are not marijuana chocolates. CBD (or cannabidiol) oil does not produce the “high” associated with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive component of cannabis).
So while the truffles have no psychoactive effects (and because they’re made from the hemp plant rather than marijuana), they are legal to purchase in shops other than official dispensaries, and won’t show up on most drug screening tests. But they do confer the benefits of CBD, which is medically used to treat, among other things:
- inflammatory bowel disease
Kudos to Melissa Berry and Missionary Chocolates for upping the ante on healing via chocolate!