The perfect summery side dish or lunch-time meal.
Cannabidiol, often called CBD, is a super popular health supplement these days. Anecdotal reports from CBD users suggest that this compound offers a vast range of physical and mental benefits.
Whatever your reasons for starting out with CBD, most users begin with a tincture. This is the most common product type on the market, offering the most in terms of potency and versatility. You can consume CBD sublingually, which means putting it under the tongue – this is the most common way to use it. However, those who have tried will be aware of the ‘acquired’ taste!
Hemp oil tinctures have a bitter and earthy flavor. In some settings, this taste goes beautifully with other flavor profiles; on its own, it can be a bit much. That’s why many users also prefer CBD edibles, but these are often sweet candies and chocolates. If you don’t want to eat sugary snacks all the time, then you’re out of luck!
Fortunately, it’s possible to cook using your favorite CBD oil. Doing so allows you to switch up your CBD routine and take it in a few different ways. Plus, CBD recipes are much tastier than CBD oil! It’s quite easy to cook delicious and healthy meals using CBD oil, but there are several things you need to remember.
In this brief guide, we reveal some of the top tips you need to know when cooking with CBD.
First Things First: Grab a CBD Cooking Oil
Most CBD users are aware that CBD oils are costly. Those using a low-strength tincture once a day can get by – it can take a month or more to get down that 30ml bottle of CBD. However, you’ll be using more than just a few drops of oil in your cooking! You don’t really want to be burning your money away by frying ingredients in a vat full of expensive CBD oil!
According to Jamie Evans, author of The Ultimate Guide to CBD, there’s another way: CBD cooking oil. Some brands are producing olive oil bottles infused with CBD, offering a cost-effective solution to the problem.
Unfortunately, big bottles of CBD cooking oil are hard to come by at the moment. There are two ways to make your own at home:
- Mix CBD oil and cooking oil: Blend a few drops of your CBD tincture with the required amount of cooking oil. With regular cooking, this can become an expensive habit, so be warned!
- Make Canna-Oil: In states with legal cannabis, it’s possible to make cannabis oil. Grab a high-CBD strain, decarboxylate the marijuana flower, and then cook it in olive oil, so the cannabinoids leech out. Strain the flower out, and you’re left with cannabis cooking oil!
There are multiple ways to get your hands on CBD cooking oil. Whichever method you choose, having a CBD cooking oil is vital.
Things to Keep in Mind About Cooking with CBD
So, onto the tips and tricks. It’s vital to keep the following three tips in mind every time you cook with CBD, so take heed of this information!
1. Warning: Hot!
Cannabinoids don’t fare well with too much heat, which might surprise you given the human history of smoking them! Cooking often takes place at very high temperatures, but you must be aware that high heat can degrade the quality of the CBD.
Several experts recommend keeping the temperature below 320˚F. Henry Lu, the executive chef at Loosie’s Kitchen in Brooklyn, told Mic.com that he favors keeping the temperature below 120˚F. At higher temperatures than this, the flavor becomes increasingly bitter.
Cannabis cooking oil is excellent for drizzling on top of meals, avoiding the high temperature. Otherwise, you can cook with it like a normal cooking oil, but stick to lower temperatures than usual.
2. Slow and Steady Wins the Race
You may have heard this same spiel before, but it’s vital to stay within your limits. While CBD is non-intoxicating – it can’t make you high – there’s no sense in taking extremely high doses all the time. It’s best to use just enough CBD to support your wellbeing without going overboard.
If you’re cooking for others, keep their tolerances in mind, too. It’s best to use just a small amount of CBD if you’re unsure, and increase later if you found it ineffective.
3. Unsaturated Fats Are Your Friends
Unsaturated fats are often hailed as ‘healthy fats,’ less likely to cause cholesterol and health problems. But why use fats at all?
Cannabinoids are hydrophobic, which means they don’t mix well with water. They are also lipophilic, which means they do bind well with fats. To avoid your CBD oil separating out and floating on top of your food, you should always use fats.
That’s why we recommend creating a cannabis cooking oil before you begin cooking with CBD. If you don’t have a CBD cooking oil, then you need to make sure there’s some fat in your foods.
According to a study by University of Minnesota, published in Epilepsia, fatty foods increase the absorption of CBD. As a result, consuming a high-fat meal with CBD within it could make the cannabidiol more effective than a low-fat meal.
More Things to Consider When Cooking with CBD
Above, we delivered some top tips for cooking with CBD. However, the cooking process is not the only thing you need to bear in mind. Here are some more things to think about when cooking with CBD.
Always Tell People That Their Food Contains CBD
Although CBD is accepted in most places nowadays, there’s always the odd individual who is completely opposed to it. If you’re hosting a fancy dinner party or a barbecue where you plan on serving a CBD meal, you need to be open and honest with your guests. It’s vital to check that everyone is okay with consuming CBD.
Furthermore, you should do a quick check of everyone’s tolerance. Some people’s bodies don’t respond well to high doses of CBD, and you don’t want anyone feeling unwell!
Remember That Edibles Take Longer to Digest
When eating CBD, you need to remember that the effects take longer to kick in. While sublingual tinctures can take effect within 15 minutes to an hour, edibles can take an hour or more to take effect.
Make sure you don’t eat tons of edibles seeking some effect; be patient and wait for the CBD to kick in! After two hours, you can try a little more, but be careful!
Keep Dosage in Mind
When it comes to full meals, you don’t have this luxury. Let’s say you whip up a bowl of CBD guacamole. You know how much CBD you included in the total, but it’s pretty impossible to say how much CBD is in each bite or each portion.
Some CBD meals are better for those who aren’t strict about CBD use. If you’re sticking to a specific dose, try recipes like smoothies, which you can drink all in one go, or brownies that can be cut up into specific serving sizes.
Choose the Right Recipes
Similar to the above, some recipes are better for dosing than others. Sweet recipes tend to be easier to measure out. Furthermore, sweet flavors are better at masking the taste of CBD.
But in some recipes, savory notes can bring out delightful notes in the hemp taste. It’s worth giving at least one of these recipes a try to see if you enjoy the nutty, hemp flavor.
The Perfect Beginner CBD Recipe: Summery CBD Tuna Salad
If you’re lost about where to start with cooking CBD, here is one of our favorite recipes. It’s cheap, quick, and easy – you don’t really need any culinary skills! For this one, you don’t need to pre-make a cannabis cooking oil, either.
Without further ado, let’s find out how to make the perfect summery side dish infused with delicious CBD.
For the Salad
- 1 baby lettuce
- 1 tin of tuna, drained
- 1 tin of mixed beans, drained
- 1 small avocado, sliced
- 2 large tomatoes, sliced
- ½ large cucumber, sliced
- ½ red onion, sliced thinly
For the Dressing
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
- 1 teaspoon chopped basil
- 2 cloves garlic
- A few drops of your favorite CBD oil
- Combine the dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until combined and smooth.
- Mix the salad ingredients in a large bowl, and toss to combine. Drizzle the dressing over the top and toss a little more.
As mentioned above, this recipe isn’t ideal for precise dosing. However, it’s easy and delicious and will get you started with cooking with CBD.
Have you tried this recipe? What did you think? Let us know what your favorite CBD recipe is in the comments below. You can also find more delicious ways to use CBD in the recipes section of our site.