What are the values of your company?
We founded Défoncé because our passions for both chocolate artisanship and cannabis connoisseurship found a home in one pursuit—the creation of a single-origin, craft, cannabis-infused chocolate. But our values drive how we go about making our product and building our company. Deep respect for you, our chocolate and cannabis lover, reigns as a foundational value. This means we go to enormous lengths to make sure your cannabis is not only safe and of high quality, but also special. We work with extractors to ensure the oils we mix with our chocolate are clean and healthy. Our chocolatiers spent years working for high-end, traditional chocolate manufacturers, and as a result approach food safety with great reverance. Another key value: honoring our planet. Our cannabis farmer creates some of the healthiest, most vibrant soils in California, which are so nutritional that the plants do not need extra fertilizer. All of the food is within the soil. The sourcing that goes into our chocolate-making commits to Fair Trade principals and sustainable farming methods. In the end, it all revolves around transparency. With Défoncé, you will never need to worry about how the cannabis in the chocolate bar was grown and how the workers in the fields were treated.
How do you pronounce Défoncé?
What does Défoncé mean?
In French, it translates to “high”.
Are your products organic?
We source organic milk and organic dark chocolate to create our products; our white chocolate is not organic.
In the context of food, the term “organic” gets used only after ingredients undergo a rigorous process, overseen by the United States Department of Agriculture, that results in certified USDA organic certification. Since the federal government does not recognize cannabis as legal, the USDA does not sanction the use of the term “organic” on cannabis products. As a result, Défoncé does not use the term, other than to identify ingredients that have received USDA organic certification.
Do you have vegan products
Our Dark and Dark+ chocolate bars are vegan.
Why do you mention the cacao percentage?
Just as coffees can be identified by the “roast”—some roasts produce dark, pleasantly bitter coffees and others create light, mild coffees—cacao percentage offers clues about flavor. A bar of pure cacao, with a percentage of 100 percent, would taste unacceptably bitter. All chocolates meant for consumption contain sweeteners of some sort. The cacao percentage refers to the ratio between cacao and sweetener. So a bar labeled 70 percent would contain 70 percent cacao and 30 percent sweetener. The higher the cacao percentage, the more pure the chocolate. Do keep in mind, however, that a higher percentage does not mean a higher quality. It simply refers to the amount of cacao, which influences the flavor.
What percentage of cacao is Défoncé chocolate?
We use four cacao percentages across all of our products:
- White: 31%
- Milk: 53%
- Dark: 66%
- Super Dark: 81%
Where is our cannabis grown?
Our partner farm, Hummingbird Medicinals, grows all of its cannabis in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, a microclimate many cannabis connoisseurs describe as the greatest place for raising sun-grown cannabis.
How is it grown?
- Outdoor, sun-grown.
- Biodynamic farming techniques create organic soil so dense with nutrients and microbes that Hummingbird Medicinals does not even add fertilizer to the plants—nearly unheard of among cannabis growers. The approach yields superb cannabis—plants can grow 16 feet tall and 30 feet wide—and is especially earth-friendly.
- Grown from seeds rather than clones.
Why is sun-grown better?
- It uses sun, not lights powered by coal power plants, to nurture plants into health, which is better for the planet.
- Plants prefer unfiltered sunlight to any other source of light.
- Growing outdoors exposes plants to breezes, helpful insects and animals, rain, and more. The plants thrive.
Do you use pesticides?
- Our farmer does not use chemical pesticides
- All efforts to minimize pest damage leverage nature. For example, Hummingbird Medicinals works to create an environment alive with things like ladybugs and hummingbirds that remove harmful pests from plants.
Why do you use CO2 extraction?
Supercritical CO2 extraction holds several advantages over other extraction methods, such as those using alcohol and hydrocarbons. Among the advantages:
- CO2 is nontoxic and approved by the FDA for use in food products.
- It is commonplace—our bodies produce it when we breathe, and it is commonly used in things like carbonated beverages.
- CO2 is solvent-free. Other extraction methods rely upon solvents like propane and butane, hexane and pentane, or ethanol/alcohol mixtures. These methods demand additional distillation or purging to separate the harmful solvents from the cannabis oil. But CO2 has a low boiling temperature, and wants to be a gas at room temperature. As a result, it naturally separates from the extracted oil—it’s the same process that leads to a soda going flat.
- CO2 is cold. Botanical oil extractions can be done at room temperatures that are native to the botanical material, minimizing thermal degradation of the plant material and the extracted oil.
- CO2 is environmentally friendly. Industrial CO2 for extractions comes from byproducts—primarily hydrogen and ammonia manufacturing and fermentation for ethanol. CO2 used for extractions does not contribute to the overall atmospheric CO2 levels.
Why do other edibles taste so heavily of cannabis?
Our chocolatiers are not rookies—their careers were spent at high-end chocolate manufacturers before moving to Défoncé. As a result, they understand how to create chocolate that pairs extremely well with cannabis. In addition, our cannabis oil, extracted from our farmer’s exquisite cannabis plants, is treated with such care by the extractors that it exhibits only traces—pleasant ones, we believe—of cannabis. If you pick up hints of rosemary and sage, that’s the cannabis, which clocks in at more than 90 percent cannabinoids—an exceptionally pure cannabis concentrate.
What are cannabanoids?
You probably know that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the substance that gets you “high". What is THC? A cannabinoid, one of many that dwell in the glorious cannabis plant.
Most cannabinoids have nothing to do with sparking the high feeling. However, all of them work together with THC to create different feelings. You may have read about how different strains produce various effects (one is great for sleep or another for energy). These different cannabis experiences are yoked to the cannabinoid profile in the strain. You need the THC to get elevated, but after that, it’s up to the other cannabinoids to take the flight in different directions.
What are common cannabinoids?
You know about THC, the cannabinoid that precipitates the “high” feeling and also is believed to help with a number of medical conditions, including pain-relief, appetite enhancement, and depression. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most common cannabinoid in cannabis (THC ranks first) and appears to improve mood and, like THC, alleviate pain. It has been in the news quite a bit, too, due to its antipsychotive effects that appear to calm the nervous system. Studies suggest it may help with epilepsy, schizophrenia, and a number of other ailments.
Cannabinol (CBN) is formed when THC is exposed to air through oxidation. On its own, CBN provides a mild psychoactive effect, but when combined with THC becomes a sleep aid.
Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-psychoactive building block for THC and CBD. It has been shown to reduce intraocular pressure, making it ideal for glaucoma patients.
Each of the cannabinoids has its own chemical profile and effects. Used together, however, they produce something called the Entourage Effect, which multiplies cannabinoid effects and creates new ones.
Why is CBD getting so much attention in the news?
Prior to the flowering of the legal cannabis industry in California and elsewhere, few people knew anything about CBD (cannabidiol)—back then, cannabis was all about the THC. Of course THC remains the backbone of the cannabis experience—it is largely responsible for the initial “high” feeling. But CBD’s profile has grown sharper and broader in recent years, a development we applaud.
Cannabis contains more than 500 compounds. Cannabinoids comprise about 85 of those compounds. The cannabinoid CBD has emerged as one of the most important, a substance that offers myriad medical possibilities. One principal CBD strength: it’s anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to protect neurons from injury or degeneration. In addition, CBD offers many cannabis enthusiasts a calming check to the THC high. In some people, too much THC triggers anxiety and paranoia; CBD is seen as a key to diminishing or even extinguishing those feelings.
How do cannabinoids affect the body?
Your brain creates its own set of cannabinoids, which are similar to those found in cannabis, via the organ’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system, named after cannabis sativa, is responsible for many important functions, including appetite, sleep, emotion, and movement.
Cannabinoids work by interacting with specific receptors in different parts of the body, including the immune system and the central nervous system. Cannabinoids activate two types of receptors: CB1 receptors, located within the nervous system, the brain and nerve endings; and CB2 receptors, located within the immune system.
When cannabis enters your body, THC activates the endocannabinoid system by attaching to cannabinoid receptors. Because of where CB1 receptors are located in the brain, you begin to feel high.
Testing and Consistency
How many times do you test for THC levels?
Our products are triple-tested. We conduct a full-spectrum test at the plant level, checking for such things as THC levels and use of pesticides. We then do a second full-spectrum test of the extract, making sure it is at our desired THC levels and there was no contamination during the extract process. Lastly, each batch of chocolate is tested for THC.
Where do you test your product?
CW Analytical Laboratories is the highest level of quality assurance we can provide to our customers. All of our cannabis and extract must undergo the following tests: cannabinoid & terpenoid profiling, microbiological/residual solvent analysis, mycotoxin screening, and pesticide screening. The rigorous process demonstrates our commitment to safety, effectiveness, and overall quality.
What is cannabinoid & terpenoid profiling?
CW provides one of the most comprehensive cannabinoid and terpenoid profiles available. The state-of-the-art equipment and certified methodologies to ensure accurate reporting. In the lab, they test for the following:
- 17 Cannabinoids: CBG-A, CBG, THC-A, THCV-A, ∆-9-THC, ∆-8-THC, THCV, CBN-A, CBN, CBD-A, CBDV-A, CBD, CBDV, CBC-A, CBC, and CBL-A
- 10 Terpenes: Terpinolene, Linaool, Phytol, Beta Myrcene, Citronellol, Caryophyllene Oxide, Alpha Pinene, Limonene, Beta Caryophyllene, and Alpha Humulene
What is microbiological screening?
CW microbiological screening ensures the safety of cannabis by identifying the type and level of microorganisms present in each sample. Exposure to high levels of microorganisms such as molds and bacteria are known to cause health problems and can be particularly dangerous to patients that have existing medical conditions.
What is pesticide screening?
CW provides comprehensive screening for residual pesticides. Due to cannabis’ federal legal status, no pesticide residual tolerance limits have been established by the EPA; however, some medical cannabis states and some legal markets have outlawed the use of pesticides with cannabis. We currently screen for the following: abamectin, bifenazate, bifenthrin, carbaryl, cypermethrin, diazinon, myclobutanil, paclobutrazol, permethrin, and resmethrin.
What is residual solvent analysis?
CW uses gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, along with a headspace autosampler to quantitate N-butane and other residual solvents in cannabis concentrates. Their methodology and instrumentation are the most advanced used in the cannabis industry today. We currently screen for the following solvents: acetone, butane, ethane, ethanol, isobutane, isopropanol, methane, methylbutane, propane, pentane, and hexane PPM values quantitated to below 20 PPM.
What is considered a serving of Défoncé?
The recommended serving is 10 mg of THC. Each of our products clearly states how many servings are in each package.
I’m new to cannabis, how much should I take?
If you’re new to edibles, we recommend starting with half a serving.
How long will it take?
Typically, 30 to 60 minutes. The amount of time it takes for the effects to kick in depends on your metabolism. People with faster metabolisms may feel the effects after 30 minutes, yet people with slower metabolisms may not feel the effects for 2 hours.
How long will the effects last?
The effects can last between 4 to 8 hours depending on the dose.
Can I eat an edible on an empty stomach?
Consuming an edible on an empty stomach will accelerate the lag between consumption and effects, and consuming on a full stomach will slow things down. If you are worried about eating an edible and feeling too high, we recommend eating a meal before consuming the edible—and not vice-versa. Eating after consuming an edible can boost the high effect.
What does it feel like?
The high that accompanies edibles tends to be more relaxing and euphoric than the high experienced through smoking.
What happens if I take too much?
If you consume too much, try to stay calm and remember that the feeling is only temporary. Lay or sit down, close your eyes, and try to relax. If you are with other people, let them know that you have overdone it and want them to keep an eye on you. If your discomfort becomes so intense that you think you need medical attention, ask someone to take you to the emergency room or call 9-1-1. Do not try to drive anywhere.
Do I need a medical cannabis card to purchase Défoncé?
Yes. Currently, in California, you’ll need a current medical cannabis card obtained from a physician.
I don’t have a medical cannabis card. Where can I get one?
You can find a local physician to obtain one or online at websites like www.eaze.md.
Can I order online?
You can order our product from dispensaries that provide online purchases. However, you can’t order directly from our website.
Is Défoncé available outside of California?
Currently, we're only available in California.
Can I place an order to be shipped outside of California?
Due to current laws surrounding cannabis, we do not ship outside of California.
How can I get my local dispensary to carry Défoncé?
Ask your local dispensary to reach out to our sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Care and Storage
How do I safely store my product?
The most important note is to keep the product away from children and pets. Continue to store the product in it’s package as it clearly states that the product contains medical cannabis.
How long will chocolates keep their fresh taste?
Our products will maintain its freshness after opening if stored at temperatures that do not exceed 65°F (18°C). Avoid heat, humidity, and direct sunlight. For freshness of unopened products refer to the Best By Date printed on our products.
Does your chocolate contain dairy products?
All of our dark, milk, and white chocolate may contain dairy or milk products. Any person with a dairy allergy should not consume any of our products.
Does your chocolate contain nuts?
All of our products including solid chocolate pieces may contain nuts and/or peanuts. Any person with a nut allergy should not consume any of our products.
Does your chocolate contain gluten?
All of our products are gluten-free with the exception of our coffee chocolate bar.