Why cook with CBD? Well, CBD-infused edibles can be a scrumptious way to enjoy the cannabinoid’s therapeutic effects, and home cooking is a great way to express your creativity. If you have a bottle of CBD oil or tincture at your house, you may have already been tempted to try using some in the kitchen to create your own homemade CBD snacks. But before you get heat up your skillet, make sure to check out these tips and tricks that will help ensure your dish turns out tasty and that you get the most out of your product.
Tip#1: Don't Get Too Hot
When cooking with CBD oil, you’re going to want to avoid exposing it to high heat. This isn’t canola oil you’re working with here. The heat required to fry or even sautee a dish successfully will be much too hot for your CBD oil. It’s not made to be a substitute for cooking oil and will burn quickly, resulting in an unpleasant bitter flavor. The heat will also likely reduce the potency of your oil as well. Try using the CBD oil to finish your dish instead, or blend it into a sauce or salad dressing.
If you’re really desperate to do some serious cooking with CBD, infused-olive oils have become popular on the market. These kinds of products will function as a better alternative to traditional cooking oil, but since CBD is unregulated, always make sure to do your research before buying.
Tip#2: Accentuate, Don't Mask, the CBD Flavor
CBD oils have a distinct taste that’s instantly recognizable to anyone who uses them with regularity. The earthy flavors and grassy aromas are incredibly robust, so trying to cover it up with aggressive spices wi. Instead, compliment the natural taste of CBD oil with fresh herbs like parsley and coriander, or liven it up with some tangy drops of fresh-squeezed lemon juice.
Because CBD oil can be such a dominating flavor, be careful not to use too much, and overpower your dish.
Tip#3: Incorporate Some Healthy Fats
Cannabinoids are fat-soluble, which means our bodies will have an easier time absorbing the compounds when higher fat content foods accompany them. This is why when cooking with CBD flower, one of the first steps is to heat the buds in some sort of fat.
Both avocado or coconut oils are healthy fats that can go great with a delicious CBD infused meal. Of course, if you’re on a cheat day, maybe try a slab of butter instead.
Tip#4: Patience is a Virtue
If you’re already familiar with consuming cannabinoids through inhalation methods like traditional smoking, or our revolutionary CBD delivery device Elon, then you may be used to feeling the effects pretty quickly and then having them dissipate fairly soon. However, edibles are a different beast altogether.
Before CBD can make it into our bloodstream where the effects can be felt, it must first navigate the labyrinth of our digestive system. This can take some time – up to two or three hours, depending on a myriad of factors. Be patient when waiting for the effects to take hold.
Once the cannabinoids enter the blood, you’re likely going to feel the effects for much longer than inhalation methods. When the liver metabolizes cannabinoids, they are actually transformed into new chemical compounds when can have more potent effects that last for longer amounts of time. Plan accordingly, start with low doses of CBD, and gradually work your way up until you find the dose that best suits your needs.
Tip#5: Look For Full-Spectrum Oils
Cooking with CBD isolate is fine, but you’re going to miss out on the amazing terpenes and minor cannabinoids found in broad or full-spectrum CBD oils. Plus, when all these compounds get together, they produce something called the entourage effect, which can increase each compound’s individual benefits.
Recipes for Cooking with CBD
Now that you’re armed with some culinary cannabinoid knowledge, it’s time to start cooking! These mouthwatering recipes are a great jumping-off point.
- Chocolate Mousse: This decadent dessert is rich, creamy, and chock-full of delicious chocolate. Delicate enough to impress your friends and tasty enough that you won’t be able to put the spoon down.
- Mango Mint Salsa: Looking for a party snack that screams good vibes? Look no further than this incredible mango mint salsa recipe.
- Portobello Mushroom with CBD Nicoise Dressing: These savory mushrooms are a fantastic vegetarian option for your next cookout, and the CBD-infused Nicoise dressing is absolutely tantalizing.