Using CBD for stress (and a vegan CBD chocolate recipe!)


As a health fanatic, I am all about being up to date with the latest and greatest wellness trends, so when CBD (cannabidiol ) popped up a few years ago, I knew it was something I had to try. I have dabbled with different CBD products, but not consistently.

Why didn’t I seem to stick with CBD? One big reason was the stigma surrounding CBD oil, I mean it comes from cannabis! However, CBD oil is completely non-psychoactive. You can read more about CBD vs THC here. Once I educated myself on CBD and the importance of buying quality products, I knew it was something I needed to try.

This past year I was introduced to ICARIA, a CBD company that was created for women by women, with the focus of promoting balance and overall optimal health. The products are organically grown and third-party tested, plus the packaging is super chic!

My experience with CBD

I am not a stranger to anxiety– its ebbed and flowed in my life since I was a kid. I coincidentally received my first bottle at the perfect time, a few months into a global pandemic with a variety of other personal stressors that were stoking the anxiety fire.

Feeling overwhelmed and disconnected, I decided to really give CBD a try. I started by initially taking it during moments of heightened anxiety. Immediately, I felt relief. Then I started taking it every day, trying to be more consistent. Now its been about three months with CBD in my daily wellness routine and here’s what I have noticed: more focus and an over all sense of “zen,” never sleepy (even though it has been a great way to chill me out before bed!). We could all use a little more zen, right?! I truly believe that along with my other anxiety reducing tools(yoga, mindfulness, breathwork, healthy foods), CBD has been a great addition that I will continue to incorporate.

I go deeper into the topic of CBD, with ICARIA’s founder, Nadya, You can read or watch my interview here.

NOW on to the chocolate !!

CBD Vegan Chocolate – the perfect chill treat

I usually just take a dropper full on CBD each day, but sometimes its more fun to add it to your smoothies, teas, and treats! I decided to make homemade, healthy vegan chocolate, with the added benefits of CBD!

Watch my Instagram reel below, or scroll to my recipe!

Vegan CBD Chocolate

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • 1 cup cacao butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 dropper ICARIA CBD oil 1500 mg bottle, 1 dropper = 50 mg
  • 1/3 cup cacao


  • Use microwave or double boiler to melt cacao butter
  • Once melted, remove from the heat and mix in syrup, vanilla, and CBD
  • Add cacao and mix until completely smooth
  • Transfer to silicone molds ( I filled it up ~1/4 of the way )
  • Place in the refrigerator until solid (at least 15-20 minutes)
My favorite way to enjoy– with peanut butter!

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