CBD oil has penetrated the natural health industry in a number of ways, thanks to its growing reputation as a natural and versatile health supplement. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has become widely known for a variety of potential therapeutic benefits for mental and physical health and well-being. It’s become a popular ingredient that can be infused into many types of products.
Depending on their preferences, consumers can enjoy CBD in many different ways. It can be used topically, with a wide range of skincare products including lotions, ointments, salves, roll-ons, and creams; it can also be consumed orally in gel capsules, tinctures, and edibles.
CBD edibles, such as gummies and other candy, have become so popular as to constitute a niche market in themselves; this market has been steadily expanding and diversifying to meet increasing demand, which has given way to an emerging trend of preparing food using CBD oil—a full-blown culinary phenomenon.
Understanding cannabidiol and its origins
To understand how you can use CBD in your recipes and maximize its potential benefits for overall wellness, it’s helpful to know about its origins and chemical makeup. Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid that’s extracted from cannabis sativa or hemp plants. There are more than a hundred cannabinoids that derive from naturally grown cannabis, all of which are believed to stimulate the body’s endocannabinoid system.
THC is another cannabinoid, well-known for having psychoactive effects on the brain and causing euphoria. The ‘high’ associated with marijuana can be attributed to the presence of THC. However, CBD products are chemically altered to remove THC either entirely or almost entirely.
CBD products are considered legal by the Food and Drug Administration as long as they contain less than 0.3% of THC. Whether you use full-spectrum, broad-spectrum or CBD isolate in your recipes, you won’t have any side effects that cause impairment such as you’d expect from THC; however, you may experience a sense of relaxation, as well as other subtle therapeutic effects that CBD allegedly brings about. (1)
As a culinary ingredient, CBD oil is very versatile—it can be infused into sauces, salad dressings, marinades, butter, and other types of oil. When it’s infused in butter or neutral oil, CBD can be used to make baked goods, from brownies to birthday cake. It can also be enjoyed in hot or cold beverages. The possibilities for creativity and innovation are endless.
The natural taste of CBD oil varies depending on the manufacturing process. the source, and how it’s used. Most commonly, it has an earthy or grassy flavor, which makes sense considering that it naturally derives from a plant. High-quality CBD oil should have minimal ingredients, with CBD itself being the primary focus. Using chemicals to change or mask its natural essence can compromise the quality and potential benefits of the product. Depending on which carrier oil is used in production, which could be coconut oil (MCT), olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil and so on, the taste in the resulting product will vary. However, the smell and taste shouldn’t be too distinctive or unpleasant, and it should be neutral enough to blend well with other flavors without overpowering them. (2)
CBD oil and heat tolerance
CBD is tolerant of heat, but it’s still sensitive to certain extreme temperatures. Some industry influencers say that overheating CBD can alter its chemical structure and cause a loss of potentially beneficial components, such as other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. However, CBD can still be used in recipes that require high temperatures. (3)
From a scientific standpoint, heat at certain temperatures can actually activate CBD, and release the properties that the body is thought to benefit from absorbing. This process is called decarboxylation, and it’s a crucial part of the chemical process involved in extracting CBD from raw cannabis. (4)
Potential benefits of CBD oil
The therapeutic aspects that CBD is thought to possess would be conveyed just as efficiently through baking or cooking as in topical and oral products. The alleged health benefits of CBD span a wide spectrum, covering both physical and mental aspects. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties are thought to help alleviate chronic pain, lower blood pressure, decrease stress and anxiety, and improve sleep.
In compliance with the FDA and for the sake of consumer transparency, it’s important to note that claims about CBD and its health benefits are based on evidence from inconclusive scientific research, not on empirical scientific fact and concrete proof. There is still much to be understood and proven by further clinical research. However, studies and anecdotal data from various sources indicates that there’s a significant correlation between the use of CBD and improved health overall, and this fact has perpetuated optimism and speculation that incorporating CBD oil into diets and health regimens will benefit overall wellness. (5)
Recipes with CBD oil
If you’re curious about cooking with CBD and are interested in trying out some recipes, here are some examples to think about. There are volumes of recipes available online that you can easily modify and adapt to your liking. Some recipes are simple and some are more complex; this part just depends on your cooking style and what you enjoy making!
- CBD Guacamole
- Matcha Latte with CBD-infused Honey
- CBD Peppermint Chocolate Cups
- Berries and Chamomile CBD Cashew Cream
- CBD Fresh Mint Tea
- CBD Turmeric Ginger Sweets
What’s great about cooking with CBD oil is that it has the flexibility and versatility to be infused into almost any recipe, and that the dosage can be easily adjusted to your liking. (6)
If you enjoy cooking at home and want to try supplementing your daily routine with CBD oil, using it as a culinary ingredient could be a new and creative way to do this. There are endless CBD recipes to experiment with, from sweet to savory, to suit any palette and be adapted to any dietary preferences or restrictions. Remember to only use CBD oil from a reputable source, and to read reviews on brands; this will help you to navigate the options available on the domestic market.
Additionally, for some people, cooking is a natural stress reliever and a way to channel creativity. Cooking with CBD oil can enhance your experience in the kitchen, and possibly benefit your quality of life in a holistic way.
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- “Decarboxylating Cannabis”, Source: https://www.projectcbd.org/guidance/decarboxylating-cannabis
- “Cannabidiol (CBD) – What we know and what we don’t”, Source: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476
- “Here Are 10 CBD Recipes to Relieve Stress and Improve Your Sleep”, Source: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/2019/01/09/cbd-recipes-stress-relief/