Thanks to the passing of the revised farm bill in 2018 and the legalization of CBD nationwide, CBD edibles have been popping up in eateries everywhere. But, due to strict regulations imposed by the FDA, sales of CBD infused dishes in these establishments are no longer allowed. If you have a sweet tooth and you also want to establish an easy routine of including CBD in your diet, it’s time to don your cooking apron and start whipping up batches of CBD cookies at home.
People are starting to appreciate the benefits of CBD more and more. The cannabis plant contains two compounds: THC and CBD. Marijuana is known for making people feel ‘stoned’ or ‘high’, with symptoms varying from fogginess, lightness, and relaxation, to unpleasant feelings like paranoia and panic. However, it is the THC compound that produces those more intense, psychoactive effects. Unlike THC, CBD on its own doesn’t produce psychoactive or unpleasant effects that would cause you to feel ‘high’, so baking with CBD is not the same as making a batch of hash brownies (where you would use the full hemp plant or hemp seed oil). You will, however, be able to benefit from the many advantages that CBD has to offer, including feeling more relaxed and achieving a better night’s sleep.
How To Start Baking With CBD
In order to be absorbed correctly via the digestive system CBD must be paired with a fat or oil that acts as a carrier to transport it to your bloodstream. The easiest way of doing this is to purchase a full-spectrum CBD tincture that uses coconut oil and dropping it into the mixture you are preparing to bake. It’s up to you to decide how much you want to use, but bear in mind that you need to think about the dose you want to use per serving and then multiply it by the amount of portions the whole mixture makes up.
Here are some common beginners mistakes to avoid when baking with CBD oil.
Baking Temperature Is Too Hot
CBD is not water soluble, so it has a different boiling point to water. Cooking baked goods at anything over 356F puts the pure CBD oil at risk of evaporation meaning your final product will be far less potent than it should be. Where possible, try to find recipes that you can bake at lower temperatures for longer periods of time.
As we briefly mentioned above, it’s important to decide how much CBD oil to add to your recipe by thinking of the mixture in serving sizes rather than an entity. For example, putting 100mg of CBD oil into cookie dough that makes 4 cookies, each cookie will only contain 25mg of CBD, which is fine for some people, but others suffering from more intense symptoms may require something more potent.
Whether you will be storing CBD oil on its own or you plan on infusing it into some home made nut butter, make sure to store it somewhere that is cool and dark. CBD is both heat and light sensitive, so try to never expose your tincture to excess light or warm conditions for long periods of time.
CBD oils are flooding the internet right now and by now you will know that when it comes to online shopping, you can’t always be sure that you are buying from a trusted source. Always make the effort to spend a little bit of time researching good CBD brands and choose full-spectrum cannabidiol oil rather than a CBD isolate. You also want to make sure that no chemicals like ethanol have been used during the extraction process, as you definitely don’t want to be eating traces of toxic substances! Look for organic oils like those made by the popular brand Sunday Scaries that are pesticide-free and have been put through third-party lab testing.
CBD can be incorporated into pretty much any baking recipe, but during the initial experimentation period start by mixing it into easy recipes like brownies that you already know how to make.
Here are some of our handpicked recipes for baking with CBD oil.
CBD Reese’s Pieces Cups
These delicious CBD infused treats make for the perfect healthy snack!
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- CBD oil
- Smooth peanut butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla essence
- Muffin cups
In a large bowl, whisk the raw cacao powder and coconut oil together until smooth and then add in the CBD oil and vanilla essence. Distribute the mixture evenly until each muffin cup is approximately half full, then fill the rest with gently heated peanut butter. Place in the fridge to cool and solidify for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Pecan Chocolate Swirls
These sweet treats couldn’t be easier to make, which makes them brilliant options for newbie CBD bakers.
- 25 pretzels
- 25 store bought rolo candies
- 25 pecan halves
- CBD oil
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees and place your pretzels side by side on a baking tray. Top each pretzel with a rolo and cook in the oven for 3-4 minutes. The rolo should be melted, but still retaining it’s shape. Immediately add desired amount to each candy and top with pecans, pressing slightly to bind together. Stand aside to set and enjoy!
Chocolate chip muffins
Basic chocolate chip muffins are always a solid choice when it comes to trying your hand at baking and you can always replace the chocolates with sultanas od dried berries if you want a healthier option.
- 2 eggs
- 120ml coconut oil
- CBD oil
- 250ml milk of choice
- 250g raw cane sugar
- 400g almond flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 100g chocolate chips /dried fruit
Heat your oven to 200C and line your baking tray with paper (or silicon) muffin molds. Whisk wet ingredients together until a smooth batter is formed and fold in sugar, salt and almond flour. Keep stirring until well combined and pour mixture into each muffin mold to ¾ full. At this point you can measure out your desired dose of CBD oil into each muffin, stir a little and bake 25 mins until baked and a fork comes out clean. Remove your muffins from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool before enjoying.
If you already have experience with cannabis or a CBD vape, but you’re not sure about cooking with cannabis products, try out one of these recipes! Without that THC content from the full marijuana plant, CBD is a great treatment (emphasis on the treat) for all sorts of things. In addition to treating chronic pain and anxiety, cannabidiol has been shown to make improvements in things like Alzheimer’s disease, dravet syndrome, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn’s disease, to name a few! It’s absolutely worth discussing CBD with your doctor to see if this might be a good option for you to try. Even if you’re a healthy and active person, CBD is an awesome addition to food and drinks to reduce stress and just relax for the night!