Have you ever had a bite of chocolate and felt instantly blissful and relaxed as though everything is right in the world?
Well scientists believe that feeling may be due to anandamide – a molecule found naturally in our bodies, but also in chocolate and CBD. Anandamide is described from the Sanskrit word “ananda”, which translates to “bliss, joy and delight” because of the actions it is believed to have on our mood.
How does anandamide work?
Anandamide is a neurotransmitter, a molecule that helps in the signalling through our brain and nervous system, and also an endocannabinoid, which is a compound produced in the body that binds to cannabinoid (CB1 and CB2) receptors in the brain and throughout the body that form our endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system plays an important role in the maintenance of many physiological and psychological processes throughout our central and peripheral nervous system, the former being responsible for mood and the latter our immune system and homeostasis.
Another food source high in anandamide is black truffles. And interestingly, foods like black pepper (which is also found in our Bliss Bars), apples, blackberries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cucumbers, endive, green beans, lettuce and green tea have the antioxidant kaempferol which can increase the amount of anandamide. However, chocolate is probably the most (some would argue) delicious way to ingest this exciting ‘bliss’ molecule!
These unique, Wunder Workshop raw chocolate bar are handcrafted and stoneground by a friend Pablo at Forever Cacao who sources wild, single origin Criollo cacao from Peru where it is harvested and fermented by Asháninka tribespeople.
Wunder Workshop ethically source their organic turmeric and most of other ingredients directly from small community farms in Sri Lanka that use a sustainable farming technique called Forest Gardening, supporting Sri Lanka’s natural biodiversity, soil health, the farmers and the local community. Wunder Workshop also source ingredients that are wild-harvested (Fair Wild certified), growing in their natural habitat. They avoid mono-cultural farms wherever possible.
They have expanded their sourcing network and have found further home gardens and farms in line with their ethos.
Wunder Workshop raw cacao sourced from the Asháninka tribespeople, who harvest the pods from the lush rain forest, then open them to ferment the beans. Next comes drying them out on bamboo racks to pack them up for their journey.
Packaging: 100% recyclable outer carton, printed with vegetable inks. Inner foil is home-compostable. We believe in having a positive impact without leaving a negative trace.
Set up by Tom & Zoe in 2014, Wunder Workshop is inspired by intuitive herbalism and Ayurveda – in particular, the preventative and holistic approach that this ancient medical system uses to maintain optimal physical and mental health.
“Wunder Workshop creates products for the People and Planet. We focus on Consumption With Purpose®, by harvesting the power of regeneratively grown plants for the ultimate wellness rituals. Wunder translates to miracle, and we focus on plants that have a quality that can be classed as such”
Wunder Workshop give back to community and the planet. They invest 1% of their yearly revenue into environmental, social and women empowering projects.