We’ve officially reached peak CBD obsession. Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a non-inebriating compound in cannabis believed to soothe anxiety and pain, as well as facilitate sleep, among other benefits. CBD oil has emerged in a myriad of food products—not only your classic gummies and chocolate bars, but even salad dressing, pizza, and tacos. Whether it works, especially in the small doses that go into food, is still up for debate. Still, you can hit up countless dispensaries and eateries for CBD-infused bites, and you can also whip up your own. As with any ingredient, though, there are a few cardinal rules for cooking with CBD.
Everyone responds differently to CBD oil. Kennedy suggests limiting yourself to 10 mg of full-spectrum oil to start out. If you feel good, add a slightly higher dose the next time around. And if you have any questions regarding dosage, consult with a medical professional.
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If you’re worried about CBD oil overpowering an entire dish with its robust flavor, create balance by spreading it out over multiple parts of a dish, Lu suggests. Not only does he incorporate it into, say, aioli, but he also dresses salads with it and uses it as a finishing oil. There’s a wide array of CBD-infused olive oils on the market, which may have lower concentrations of CBD than CBD oil, but are easier to use in cooking. Plant People and Vireo both sell CBD-infused extra virgin olive oils that can be more user-friendly than straight CBD oil when you’re using it in food or drinks.
Although flavor varies from one brand to the next, generally speaking, CBD oil tastes like “a very earthy, aggressive olive oil,” Lu says. “There’s a very distinct smell and flavor to it, almost like cut grass infused in olive oil.” It may not be a flavor you’re used to, but that doesn’t mean you need to mask it. Lu’s philosophy? “If you’re going to use something, let it shine." You can add a pinch of salt and a spritz of lemon before drizzling it over a dish, but you don’t need to.
Plant People, for example, uses full-spectrum oil. “From our perspective, the closer to the whole plant, the better,” Kennedy says. Indeed, some research suggests that THC and other compounds in cannabis act synergistically to yield its various biological effects, which Kennedy likens to how whole foods offer greater nutrition and other benefits than dietary supplements.
Savory dishes turn out just fine if you take the time to infuse the CBD oil into a fat- or oil-based ingredient, such as coconut oil, lard or butter. In cooking terms, this procedure is known as emulsifying. It results in activating the CBD terpenes, which maximizes the health benefits. In some recipes, it might be possible to substitute an alcoholic product, such as whiskey, rum or vodka, for the fat component.
It is better to avoid beer and wine, though, because they are water-based and will not infuse the CBD oil in the same way that a fat component will. You can find many recipes on YouTube that are designed for cooking with CBD oil.
Most of the recipes that have been published for use with CBD oil focus on baked goods and sweets. The reason for this is that the taste of the CBD oil, which can be quite bitter, is easier to disguise in sugar and chocolates. However, sweet dishes are not the only places where CBD oil can be used successfully.
3. Find Recipes That Work Well with CBD Oil
The extraction methods that yield the highest quality of oil include the use of grain alcohol to remove the residues and unneeded toxins from the hemp plant and a process that uses high-pressure carbon dioxide in an extremely cold environment. A good-quality oil will contain almost 70 percent cannabidiol (CBD) in the first extraction.
Additionally, new research has indicated that CBD oil might be useful in treating high blood pressure, which could be beneficial to the heart and circulatory system.
Unfortunately, it may be difficult to determine the quality of a CBD oil at first glance. With the daily deluge of new suppliers and oils along with very few government regulations, it is likely that there are some inferior products posing as high-quality oils. One way that you can tell is by the price. If the price of the oil is ridiculously low, it was probably extracted using a cheap methodology that uses toxic solvents, such as propane.
Smoothies work well with CBD oil, because they typically contain fat products, such as avocados, yogurt or coconut milk. You can also whip up some excellent sauces and dressings that are oil-based. This will allow you to incorporate CBD oil into a variety of dishes.
Though CBD oil is completely safe to use, keep in mind that everyone’s body reacts differently to different substances. There are some potential side effects when taking CBD oil, though these side effects are generally not common.
While taking a CBD oil supplement will affect each individual differently, most people associate CBD oil with words like calm, relaxed, reduced stress and peacefulness. (source)
These drinks incorporate CBD oil in them for an easy way to enjoy your CBD oil if you’re feeling anxious in the morning, or need a little help relaxing in the evening.
CBD oil drink recipes
CBD oil can be consumed my ingesting the oil itself, through a vaporizer, or by eating it used in cooking and baking! (source) It is 100% safe to use, and can even be used for pets with anxiety.
I’ve put together this resource on CBD oil to help you learn more about what it is, the benefits it has, and how you can use it in your cooking and baking.
CBD oil is also not addictive and is currently legal in Canada and the UK. Hemp-derived CBD is currently legal in all 50 States of the United States, though there are some grey areas. (Watch this video to learn more about the legality of CBD in the United States.)
Try something different by using CBD oil in some savoury recipes or as a butter to use on toast, or in your cooking