Cooking with CBD
Reaching far beyond a trend, we are officially seeing more acceptance of the CBD craze. We are now seeing products like CBD gummies and CBD-infused bites hit the market. Why not make some of your own ingestibles? Like several other beneficial supplements*, many are getting creative with their daily CBD regimen by incorporating it into their favorite recipes. Cooking with CBD can be the tastiest way to get your daily dose of CBD. However, there are a few things to remember when cooking with CBD.
Tips for Cooking with CBD
Generally, CBD is flavorless, so it won’t noticeably change the taste or consistency of your dishes. However, there are a few tips to keep in mind.
How Much CBD do I add to Food?
Base the amount of CBD you add off your tolerance levels and final serving sizes. Everyone can respond differently to CBD. Just as you would start a daily regimen small and work your way up, do the same with a recipe. It’s also important to consider serving sizes. For example, a large recipe would call for more CBD to be added.
Don’t Overheat your CBD when Cooking
Try to avoid cooking CBD over direct heat. Doing so could break down the compounds of the plant that provide benefit. Avoid heating it to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s not a very good cooking oil, so perhaps use it as a finishing oil in your stovetop recipes.
CBD is Fat Soluble
It’s important to keep in mind that CBD dissolves easily into oils. It is fat soluble, so it won’t dissolve in water. This means if you just dump it into your recipe without an oil, you can end up losing some benefit.* You can use a CBD oil, because it is already dissolved in the oil. However, if you use another form CBD, it can be added with butter or your favorite cooking oil.
Do your Homework
Experimenting with CBD can introduce a fun, healthy new ingredient to your favorite dishes. However, as with any ingredient, find out how it was sourced. The closer to the whole plant the better. So, check before you purchase to ensure the product is free of harmful chemicals and compounds. This can be compared to the household word “whole food.” The same applies to CBD. Keep it pure and the benefit will be greater. Most companies will provide this information freely in their lab reports.
*The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act require this notice.