CBD products have become popular tools for combating health problems that range from cramps and anxiety to difficulty sleeping. Many people take CBD in the form of gummies or tinctures, but you can also cook with it. These eight tips will help you get the most out of your CBD cooking.
1. Use the Right Product
If you have been using CBD products for a while, you probably already have a stock of CBD tinctures, but using them for cooking isn’t very cost-effective. It’s a better idea to use CBD oil, such as CBD-infused olive oil. Because CBD is unregulated in many areas, it may be a good idea to choose an organically grown product to reduce the chance of pesticide contamination. The dosage should be written on the bottle, but 15 to 30 milligrams is a good place to start for beginners. Additionally, unfiltered oils go best with strong flavors, while a filtered extraction is a better choice for more delicate dishes.
2. Consume With Healthy Fats
CBD is fat-soluble, which means that your body will absorb it better when it is consumed with food that contains fat. If you’re using an infused oil, such as olive, avocado or coconut, the healthy fat will be built into your dish. If not, consider adding other healthy sources of fat, such as nuts, avocado or fatty fish.
3. Avoid High Heat Cooking Methods
Overheating CBD products can make them less effective. Choose cooking methods that keep the heat below 320˚F. If you use a higher heat cooking method, such as baking, consider adding the oil to the finished product, instead of adding it before cooking. For example, if you are making brownies, instead of adding the oil to the brownie batter, you could add it to frosting or glaze. Sauces and garnishes can also be an ideal way to incorporate CBD without overheating it.
4. Don’t Expect Immediate Results
When you consume CBD with food, it takes longer for the effects to be noticeable than when using tinctures. This is because anything that you digest must pass through your liver and gut before it gets to your bloodstream. Because the effects of CBD can be subtle, it may take a few days to begin noticing them.
5. Be Mindful of Potential Interactions
CBD products can interact with some medications, so you should check with your doctor before you begin using CBD products. If you are serving food to guests, be sure to let them know ahead of time so that they can make sure there are no issues with any medications they may be using.
6. Start Simple
When you are starting, it is a good idea to stick with something easy to make. Consider adding CBD oil to your favorite salad or adding a few drops of tincture to a smoothie or other beverage. You can expand to more challenging dishes once you get more familiar with the product.
7. Choose a High-Quality Product and Store It Properly
There is no substitute for quality when it comes to CBD products, so choose a high-quality oil. Choose products that have other food-grade ingredients that have been specifically formulated for cooking. To preserve the quality of your product, store it in a cool, dry place. This storage method is also recommended for any leftover food that contains CBD.
8. Adjust the Dose Instead of the Amount of Oil
If you aren’t getting the effects you want from your CBD cooking, use a product with higher potency, rather than adding additional oil to your food. Changing the amount of oil can degrade the texture and consistency of your food. This is particularly true of more finicky applications, such as baking.
Cooking with CBD products is a fairly straightforward process, but there is a bit of a learning curve. Starting simple and expanding your repertoire as you gain experience is a good way to learn the ropes without risking wasting product.