The wonderful thing about CBD is that it is so versatile; there are a huge variety of ways to use it. Tinctures, gummies, capsules and most recently, CBD infused beauty creams, are all popular carriers used by CBD fans worldwide.
But even with the already plentiful amount of ways to take CBD, people are looking for ways to shake their routines up a bit and add CBD to their cooking. If you like spending time in the kitchen whipping up a tasty dish, then you can give your nourishment a boost by adding CBD into the mix.
Foods that contain CBD are commonly known as edibles and after sublingual use or vaping, CBD edibles are one of the most efficient ways of enjoying all of the goodness that CBD has to offer. You can already purchase pre-made edibles like gummies or chocolate, but more people are starting to add CBD into their home-cooked dishes so they have more control of the ingredients used.
Cooking with CBD couldn’t be more straightforward, even for those who aren’t particularly talented in the culinary world. Once you get the hang of it you can add CBD into whatever sweet or savory dish you are craving.
Why Use CBD Over Hemp Oil?
Cannabis products typically come from the marijuana plant, which includes two compounds: THC and CBD. THC is the compound that produces psychoactive effects, which recreational marijuana users will know all too well–including fogginess, reduced brain function, paranoia, and panic. CBD products like CBD oil, not to be confused with cannabis oil, has no psychoactive effects! Instead, it has pain-relieving and anxiety-relieving elements that can make you feel happy and stress-free!
Experiment With Sweet And Savory Recipes
As healthy as CBD oil is, most people tend not to care for the earthy flavor, and this is why the majority of recipes using CBD focus on sweet dishes. It seems to be easier to mask the taste of CBD oil with sweeter ingredients like honey or sugar, but once you master the art of knowing exactly how much tincture to put in to disguise its herbal flavor, it will be easier to apply your skills to savory recipes.
You Need The Right Carrier
Before you can use CBD oil effectively in cooking, you need to infuse it into a fatty or oil-based carrier ingredient. For example, butter, coconut oil, and ghee all work well, as does anything that isn’t water-based.
Temperature Is Important
When cooking with CBD, temperature control is especially important. Warming CBD oil to just the right temperature can enhance its efficacy, but you need to make sure that you never expose it to temperatures higher than 320 degrees. If you exceed this temperature when cooking, the CBD will start to evaporate and the terpenes will burn off. This is good to know before cooking with CBD butter, as you should never place it on direct heat but rather, gently warm it slowly and steadily.
Start With Small Quantities
Your excitement of making CBD infused dishes can cause you to get a little heavy on the dosing if you aren’t careful. Try to be aware of how much CBD oil you are adding to your dish, as using too much can be wasteful and it will taste worse. When you are just starting out cooking with CBD, less is always more!
Keep Stirring The Pot
Regardless of what you are making, you need to keep stirring when cooking with CBD. This ensures that the CBD will be evenly distributed throughout your dish and each morsel of delicious food has the same potency.
Have Fun With It
It’s easy to get stressed out about dosing and heat when you are making your very first CBD recipe, but don’t take it too seriously. Remember, it isn’t possible to overdose on CBD so don’t panic too much about measurements.
The Best CBD Infused Dishes (According To Us)
Berry Overnight Oats
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make sure that you eat something healthy and balanced is key to maintaining your energy levels. Overnight oats are really good for you, especially when you add CBD oil and they are quick and easy to make.
- 1-cup berries of choice
- 1.5 Cups oats
- 2 tbsp. raw honey
- 1-cup milk
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- Broad spectrum CBD oil
In a large bowl, gently whisk the milk, yogurt and CBD oil together until combined. Fold in the oats stirring continuously and when mixed well, top with a layer of berries of choice. Transfer to an airtight container and drizzle with raw honey or agave syrup. Place in fridge overnight and serve in the morning.
CBD Infused Avocado and Egg Toast
Avocados are full of healthy fats that our body needs to flourish and they are the perfect carrier for CBD oil. You can add tomatoes, bacon or mushrooms on top and remove the egg from the recipe if you prefer.
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 fresh chili
- Handful of coriander
- Juice of 1 lime
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cloves of garlic
- CBD oil
- Organic Eggs
Add the avocado flesh, chili, garlic, coriander into a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. Transfer into a mixing bowl and stir in the limejuice and CBD oil. Toast two slices of gluten-free bread and allow to cool slightly. Spread the CBD infused avocado paste onto each slice and top with eggs and other vegetables of choice.
CBD Infused Butter
Whilst butter isn’t a dish in itself, it is the base component of most recipes. Keeping some CBD infused butter stored in the fridge allows you to keep on top of your meal prep, which is super helpful to those who have a busy lifestyle.
- 2 cups of butter
- 1-cup water
- 20ml CBD oil
Add all ingredients into a pan and simmer gently over a low heat for a period of approx. two hours. This will prevent the CBD tincture from losing key nutrients due to overheating and it also gives it a chance to thoroughly infuse into the butter. Cool slightly and pour into an airtight container. Let cool for 30 mins more before transferring into the fridge until solid.
CBD infused dishes are gaining popularity, as it is super convenient and also kinda fun! If you love the benefits of CBD oil, but you can’t handle the taste, then cooking with CBD could be the solution for you!