Q: How does the weather effect chocolate?
A: Surprisingly delicate to ship, there are a number of factors to consider when dealing with chocolate. Firstly, chocolate is very sensitive to temperature; it begins melting at 90 degrees Fahrenheit when the cocoa butter starts to heat, and melts completely between 104 - 113 degrees Fahrenheit. It's also sensitive to moisture and humidity levels above 50%. Chocolate needs to be stored properly away from heat, light, and other foods. Strong odors can be absorbed by the chocolate and potentially ruin its taste. If the chocolate is stored improperly an effect called “blooming” will take place. Blooming takes place when the chocolate absorbs enough moisture to cause a whitish discoloration and fat or sugar crystals rise to the surface. In addition, when the chocolate is subject to extreme temperatures it will develop an oily texture. Although this phenomenon makes the chocolate visually unappealing, it is still safe for consumption. Weather conditions and considerations, among others, must be taken into account when shipping chocolate to any destination.
Q: How should one pronounce "Buoyant," and what does it mean?
A: "Buoyant" speaks to a lighthearted, cheerful state of being. A buoyant mood. It also means, able to rise and float in the air. Like a butterfly.
"Buoyant" is pronounced boy-uhnt.
Q: Why edibles versus smoking/vaping?
A: Many people become interested in edibles because they don’t enjoy the harsh experience of smoking and/or are worried about the long-term health implications associated with smoking.
Inhaled cannabinoids go through a different metabolic process than edibles. When smoking/vaping, the cannabinoids travel through the lungs, directly into the bloodstream and to the brain. With edibles, the cannabinoids pass through the stomach and then the liver, undergoing a longer metabolic process.
The effects of smoked cannabis tend to peak within the first 10 minutes and rapidly dissipate over the next 30 to 60 minutes. Because of the way edibles are metabolized, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to kick in, and the effects can last several hours.
Q: What's the difference between Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum?
A: Full Spectrum products include ALL active hemp-derived cannabinoids. They contain naturally occurring cannabinoids (includes <0.3% THC), plant terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, and plant proteins of the original hemp source. These compounds work together, typically referred to as the “Entourage Effect,” multiplying the potential benefits.
Broad Spectrum includes MOST active Hemp-Derived Cannabinoids, EXCEPT THC. Broad Spectrum products are created by taking Full Spectrum extract and further processing it to remove trace amounts of THC. Broad Spectrum products contain an array of naturally occurring cannabinoids, plant terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, and plant proteins from the original hemp source. Similar to Full Spectrum products, these compounds work together in what is known as the “Entourage Effect,” multiplying the potential benefits.
Q: How much am I supposed to take / What's the right dose?
A: As a rule of thumb, always start small. Start with one square per bar. Once you get an experience rate with a single square, don't hesitate to adjust the dosage to achieve your desired level of relief.
Q: How long will it take before I start to feel the effects?
A: Typically, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to kick in and the effects can last several hours. That said, the average time to onset is about 45 minutes. A number of factors can influence onset time. These factors include level of hydration, consuming the edible on an empty or full stomach, and each persons unique physiology. But generally speaking, we have found hydration to be the most significant factor in influencing onset time.
Q: Why does dark chocolate deliver cannabinoids so effectively?
A: Cannabinoids need to bind to fat cells in order to be delivered effectively. Dark chocolate is rich in cocoa butter (fat), which works as an excellent carrier.
Flavanols in dark chocolate stimulate nitric oxide production in the body. Nitric oxide causes blood vessels to dilate, or widen, which can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.
Stimulating nitric oxide production increases bioavailability of cannabinoids in the bloodstream, improving the overall effectiveness of cannabinoid use.