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Over the past few years, CBD has proven to be more than just a fleeting fad. Its newfound popularity is due to its variety of health benefits and versatility. You can find CBD everywhere nowadays, but did you know you could cook with it too?

Yes, you can cook with CBD. Because CBD pairs well with both sweet and savory dishes, it is easy to incorporate into virtually any recipe. 

There are countless ways to integrate the extract into just about any recipe when it comes to CBD and cooking. After some practice, it could be an invaluable addition to your kitchen cupboard.

We have assembled a few tips that will help your success in cooking with CBD since there are rules that you need to understand to make sure that it is well infused into the dish you are cooking.

Why Should I Cook With CBD?

Despite CBD’s widening versatility, some users may struggle to find a method of consumption that suits their lifestyle or personal preference.

For example, maybe the taste of raw CBD is unpleasant, or it is tough for those with busy schedules to remember to take their dose of CBD throughout the day.

By adding CBD to your food or drink, you can integrate the extract into your routine in a comfortable, convenient, and natural way.

Dosing

Cooking with CBD allows you to get a precisely measured serving size. Once you understand the basics of baking with CBD, it will be easy to calculate just how much CBD is consumed and how much is necessary to attain the desired results.

Mask the Taste of CBD

CBD users often complain about the taste, describing it as ‘earthy.’ In fact, some people find it almost unbearable.

If you really cannot stand the flavor of CBD, it might be a good idea to try adding it to your food. This, of course, has a lot slower absorption rate, but it certainly does taste better.

Cost-effective

Instead of buying your CBD edibles individually, you can purchase CBD in bulk to integrate into your diet. When you buy an item in bulk, you are almost always saving money on each use of that product.

This might be a minor difference per use – perhaps only a few pennies – but if it is an item you use frequently, those pennies add up quickly.

Try Something New

Variety is the spice of life. You are afforded new opportunities to try different dishes because of how much variety you can incorporate into your CBD recipes.

If you are cooking a new recipe for yourself, not only are you eating healthier because you are more mindful of what you are putting in your body, but you are also expanding the nutritional variety of your meals. 

What Kinds of Foods Can I Make with CBD?

Infused butter

Hemp-infused butter is a beneficial ingredient for making CBD edibles. You can use it for cooking and baking just like regular butter. You can spread it on your toast or even stir a spoon of it into your coffee or tea.

Sauces and dressings

Condiments like CBD Balsamic Vinaigrette and CBD Hot Sauce are easy to make and can add flavor and fun to almost any meal. 

Baked goods

Baking with CBD can be a rewarding way to reap the health benefits of fresh ingredients in your recipes, coupled with a fun and enjoyable way to deliver cannabinoids into your system.

To use CBD in baking, the oil must be infused into a fatty base ingredient such as oil, ghee, or butter.

Smoothies

Smoothies are easy to make, quick, and healthy. They are also the ultimate way to pack as much nutrition into one drink.

Since smoothies can be made with a wide variety of ingredients, you can try countless combinations of fruits and vegetables, so it does not get boring.

Then, add your dose to your mix, and you are on your way. One thing to keep in mind, though: if you make your smoothie in bulk, add fresh CBD every time you drink it.

How Do I Cook with CBD?

Because CBD’s readily available, cooking with it has never been more accessible. You have to add a few drops from your oil or tincture to create an infused food or drink.

You can add the drops to the food directly or incorporate them into your ingredients during preparation. 

It is always recommended you follow the dosage instructions on the packaging of the CBD product. If you do not feel the effects you are looking for, try gradually increasing the dose until you do. Remember to start low and slow.

While it is recommended that you use CBD oil or tinctures for cooking, some consumers might opt for raw CBD flowers.

Before you proceed, however, you will first need to activate the CBD through decarboxylation. Decarboxylation, or decarbing, transforms CBDA into CBD, making it easier for the body to absorb. 

Despite the long name, decarboxylation is a quick and straightforward process.

First, preheat your oven to 230 ℉, evenly spread the separated hemp buds onto a cookie sheet or glass baking dish, and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes. After letting it all cool down, you can now infuse the activated flower into your alcohol or oil of choice.

CBD Cooking Tips

Use high-quality CBD

The current CBD market has a variety of options to choose from. If you want to incorporate CBD in your meals, always make sure you choose a reputable brand, like PureKana.

Trustworthy companies are transparent about their processes and always have a Certificate of Analysis readily available. Also, always try to use CBD that already comes with food-grade ingredients.

For the best results, look for odorless and flavorless CBD products. Inferior products may have low cannabidiol content or artificial additives that may influence the overall taste of your food. 

Avoid High Temperatures

Exposing your CBD to high temperatures can cause it to lose its potency. To maintain the strength of your CBD, avoid recipes that call for temperatures above 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

While warming the oil may increase its effectiveness, heating the oil too high can cause it to lose terpenes, volatile compounds that work with the CBD to improve the medical potency. Overheating it might lead to an unpleasantly bitter flavor as well.

Use healthy fats

CBD is fat-soluble, which means your body better absorbs CBD when you pair it with fat. Almost any type of oil will attract CBD, including olive, coconut, MCT, and avocado.

There are differences between the various oils, though, especially regarding taste, health benefits, and cooking temperatures.

In addition, if you ingest CBD with other beneficial fats (such as the fat in coconut milk), it aids in absorption into the lymphatic system, which regulates the body’s immune function.

Store CBD properly

Always store your CBD in a dry, cool place away from direct heat and sunlight. Make sure the cap is closed tightly after each use. It is not necessary to refrigerate the product, but it may help to prolong shelf life.

Be patient

It takes longer for your body to process CBD from food than from tincture under your tongue. When you eat food, anything digestible has to go through your stomach and liver before making its way into your bloodstream.

The CBD bypasses your gut and liver and goes straight into your bloodstream when put under your tongue.

Cooking With CBD Oil

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Dietary fats and pharmaceutical lipid excipients increase systemic exposure to orally administered cannabis and cannabis-based medicines

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5009397/

Do I Need to Decarboxylate CBD Flower?

https://hellomd.com/articles/do-i-need-to-decarboxylate-cbd-flower

Quantification of the content of cannabidiol in commercially available e-liquids and studies on their thermal and photo-stability

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-60477-6

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