Olive oil? You’ve got that down. Coconut oil, too – even if it is a little hipster-y. Cooking with CBD oil, though? Now we’re getting weird with it.
It’s actually not as weird as you may think, especially if you find the right CBD oil recipe to complement the supplement’s herbal flavor. If you infuse the CBD properly, you will still receive all of the nutritional and health-related benefits of the oil, including its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and other properties.
We’ll keep the food chemistry class to a minimum, but to get the most out of your CBD oil recipes, you’re going to have to stick to a couple of general guidelines. We’ve laid out the fundamentals of cooking with CBD oil below, followed by some popular recipes.
1. The Landscape is Fat
First and foremost, understand that cannabidiol and many other “phytocannabinoids” bind to fat; that is how they introduce their many health benefits. As such, when you are following a CBD oil recipe or creating your own, always look for opportunities to infuse the oil with fatty substances, like heavy cream, butter, avocado, shortening, vegetable oil and so forth. If you check online for CBD oil recipes, you will see that most of them are for baked sweets, which allows for easy integration of the oil with fat molecules and, for those who wish to mask the taste, are sweet enough to do so.
2.Use Refined for Smooth Flavors, Unrefined for Bold
While we’re talking about masking the taste, let’s explain how your selection of CBD oil can affect overall flavor. If you go with a refined or filtered oil, i.e., one that has had everything but the CBD itself removed, you will end up with a smoother flavor that is easier to conceal or blend in with most recipes. If you are using an unrefined CBD oil, you may notice that the herbal flavor is significantly bolder and more obvious. This isn’t a bad thing; many people like the herbal taste. Just know that you have either option.
3. Watch Your Temperatures
Opinions vary as to the exact temperature, but most authoritative sources agree that CBD’s “terpenes” and other health-promoting constituents begin to break down at around 300 degrees. This may seem troublesome for the avid baker, who will often cook at higher temperatures, but there are a couple of techniques you can use to get around this. For example, if possible, you can add the CBD in when the dish is closer to being done so that it doesn’t reach the peak temperature. Also, you can simply drizzle the CBD on (or mix it in) after the dish has been cooked. Refined oils are recommended if you’re going to drizzle.
4. Not Sure Where to Start? Just Swap Out Olive Oil with CBD
The subheading pretty much captures this one. If you’re hesitant about trying a CBD oil recipe, or if you really want to try CBD in one of your favorite foods, just replace the vegetable or olive oil with CBD oil. You aren’t submitting this thing to the Smithsonian; you can play around with the dosage to get the flavor and consistency how you want them.
5. Try These Easy CBD Oil Recipes
Following are listed some of our favorite CBD oil recipes. We appointed these at the top because they are healthy and they don’t taste like they’ve been dunked in pungent herbs.
CBD Strawberry Vinaigrette
This two-step salad dressing is embarrassingly easy, delicious and gluten free. Combine these ingredients into a blender:
- 1 Cup Strawberries
- 3 TBSP Olive Oil
- .5 or 1 Dropper CBD Oil
- 2 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
See that “puree” button? Hold it down for a solid fifteen. You’re done!
This is actually genius because of the naturally occurring oils/fats in guacamole and the ability of the avocado to smooth out bold flavors. Here is your ingredient list:3 whole avocados
- Juice of 1 lime
- A teaspoon of salt
- Half a cup of diced onion
- Three teaspoons of chopped cilantro
- 25 mg of CBD oil
- Two diced roma tomatoes
- A teaspoon of minced garlic
- A dash of cayenne pepper
Combine the lime juice, CBD oil, avocados and salt into a bowl. Mix in your cilantro, onion, tomatoes and garlic. Enjoy!
We hope that you find these tips helpful as you venture into the world of cooking with CBD oil recipes. Remember, if you are hesitant about trying a new recipe altogether, just swap CBD out for olive oil or drizzle it on your favorite dishes. Good luck and happy cooking!