The therapeutic properties of CBD are gaining in popularity. A plethora of CBD products are already on the market for the consumers to try. From oil and gummies to skincare and bath balm, there is something for everybody.
Edibles are becoming more and more popular and people are curious to know if they can make them at home.
Cooking with CBD can be a great way to add it to your routine in a savory snack. Although it might sound complex, cooking with CBD is quite simple. You can add it too many recipes easily and get your daily dose of CBD through these tasty eating breaks.
As mentioned above CBD cooking does not have to be complex. It can be added to your salad dressing, your cereal, or your coffee.
CBD is lipid-soluble, meaning it "dissolve" or mixt better with oils. In order to have the CBD evenly spread in the preparation, we recommend to mixt the CBD first with oil and then introduce it to the "mixt". Most recipes contain some type of oil or butter you can use for that specific step. Anything water-based is not a good match. The CBD oil will separate and the taste and the CBD dose in your "treat" will be uneven as you eat it.
The recipes available online seem to be focused on sweets and baked goods. Why people are focusing on sugary dessert or snack is simple, they cover more efficiently the bitterness of CBD.
The temperature when cooking with CBD can affect the quality of your CBD. Warming up the oil can actually increase the CBD efficacy, but less is more. Keep in mind that temperature over 320-356-degree Fahrenheit can make the CBD evaporate thus reduce the potency of the oil.
Also, it is not recommended to put the CBD oil on direct heat. The direct heat can damage the purity of CBD too and results in loss of terpenes thus breaking the entourage effect in the cases of full-spectrum oils.
Lastly, when heating CBD, its taste can also be impacted. The bitterness of the CBD oil can become even more powerful.
Using more refined CBD oil (Filtered and decarboxylated) will make it easier to blend the taste of the powerful oil. Less refined oils can leave a strong aftertaste. Although, the lower quality oils can pair well with strong flavors, such as dark chocolate or spices. It all depends on what you are cooking.
Another important tip is to make sure you stir as much as possible throughout the cooking process. This will ensure the CBD is evenly distributed in the mixture/recipes you are cooking.
For a better taste and a better repartition of the CBD in your food, adding it through the cooking process is better. If you are lacking time you can also drizzle it on top of your dish but again the taste will not be at its best and your CBD will be unevenly spread. Drizzling the oil will not affect the potency of CBD or anything like that so it might be a good option for people with a busy schedule. But in the end, taking the time to cook it properly will give you better result taste-wise.
Finally, do not go overboard if it is your first-time cooking with CBD. Having a heavy hand on the CBD ingredient when cooking can easily ruin a recipe. Ending up with a waste of our time and the product. Again, less is more, keeping that in mind plus the other 5 tips we provided you in this article should set you up for success in your CBD cooking journey.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are in no way intended to treat or diagnose any physical ailment or disease. Please consult your Doctor before adding CBD or any supplement to your diet. Most workplace and competitive sports drug screens focus on delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and do not screen for Cannabinol (CBD) or other legal and natural hemp-based compounds. Be advised, studies have shown that consuming hemp foods or oils can cause a positive result when screening urine and blood specimens. Therefore, if you are subject to any form of drug testing or screening. We recommended (as does the United States Armed Services) that you DO-NOT ingest CBD or hemp oil before consulting your healthcare practitioner or your drug screening testing company or employer.