Getting a daily dose of CBD from a gummy, chocolate, or any other type of edible has become a commonplace routine for CBD-users. It’s easy, it’s effective, and it’s tasty.
Cooking with CBD on your own terms offers all of the same benefits at a fraction of the cost. Yes, that’s correct – we are encouraging you to get your CBD intake for cheaper! 🙂
A few drops of CBD oil added at the right time into your recipe can give you the very same wellness boost you would get from a pre-packaged edible.
The added bonus of doing it yourself is that you can create a small snack or an entire meal that appeals to your own personal cooking taste and style.
Choosing the Right CBD Oil to Cook With
It all starts with the type of CBD oil you choose. To reap the most benefits, it’s important to use a high-quality CBD oil. Test results should always be presented with your chosen product so you know it’s the real deal.
It may also be best to opt for an unflavored CBD oil in DIY CBD cooking. CBD oil has its own flavor profile to work with, but ideally you’ve also got a recipe that’s full of it’s own satisfying taste. You want that profile to shine in the final result and for the CBD to work in the background.
Keys to Success
If you ever cooked with wine or any other alcohol, you’ll know that a few minutes over the heat causes it to burn off. It offers a delicious flavor without the intoxicating effects.
The goal of using CBD is not to be intoxicated, but to help you reap healthful benefits. As such, similar thinking applies here. To preserve all of the beneficial compounds of cooking with CBD, avoid cooking it over direct heat.
It’s also important to note that hemp-derived CBD is herbaceous. This works both in favor and against your cooking.
The terpene-richness can add plenty of flavor to your meal–just as parsley, basil, or oregano would–but it can just as easily overpower it, too. To allow the potency of the product to include benefits and not taste, combine with similarly strong herbs.
The final and arguably the most important element to cooking with CBD is this: CBD plays well with fat. Studies prove that combining CBD with lipids from dietary fat can substantially increase the uptake of the most active and important parts of the oil.
To get all you can from CBD in food, try mixing it in with butter, ghee, or oil, then incorporating the fat as normal. This combination doesn’t just improve the bioavailability of CBD, but may also help to alleviate some of its more pungent, overpowering flavor. A win-win for your meal.
Know the difference
Cooking with hemp oil is far from a new concept. Hemp seed oil has been accessible in health food markets for years. Touted with ability to improve heart health and combat acne, this fatty-acid rich oil can be a great addition to your cupboard.
However, hemp seed oil does not contain all the compounds of whole-plant CBD oil. When you’re shopping for CBD oil, make sure you choose one that’s made from aerial parts of the plant–that’s where the active chemicals are found.
Alternatively, you can hang on to hemp seed oil and simply add CBD oil to it. They inherently make a great pair, and it counts as a necessary oil (one that works with CBD to make it more absorbable AKA bioavailable) to help get the good stuff.
Know your limits!
The beauty of pre-packaged CBD edibles is that they have figured out the dose for you meaning it will be consistent everytime. When you begin to add it yourself, it may take some time to figure out just how much you need to see the effects.
Start slow. You can always work up to more, but once it’s in, you can’t take it out. A few drops of CBD oil in a salad dressing (mixed with oil for fat, remember) can start to introduce you to the effects to expect.
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If you’re still a bit hesitant about cooking with CBD, add a normal dose to a smoothie or spritz it over a salad. This gives you the chance to get familiar with the taste and effects before turning up the heat.
Bon Appétit friend!
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