As much as we all love CBD, not all of us love the taste. But you know what we really love the taste of? Creamy pasta, savory guacamole, and delicious, decadent brownies. If only our oils could taste a little more like that.
Plot twist: you can combine all the benefits of your favorite tinctures with the taste of your favorite foods. And no, we don’t mean someone has finally come out with “Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavored CBD.” We’re talking about cooking with cannabinol. It’s time to don your chef hat and learn what to know about adding CBD to your favorite recipes.
Watch the Heat
Upon hearing they can use CBD when they’re cooking, some people immediately try to throw it into the frying pan the next time they’re in the kitchen. But here’s the thing: heat can degrade the quality of your oil. That means all its benefits, such as chronic pain relief, won’t be quite so beneficial.
“But wait—if oils don’t like heat, then how am I supposed to cook with them?” We’re glad you asked, intrepid CBD chef! Avoid sautéing or frying with oils. Instead, opt to add them to sauce after it’s done cooking, to foods that bake at no higher than 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or to foods that don’t need cooked, such as dips.
Mix More Than You Think You Have To
It’s easy to assume that since your oils are liquid, they’ll automatically blend with whatever you’re cooking. But you know what they say about oil and water: they get along as well as a mongoose and a snake. So be prepared to stir longer than you think you have to in order to completely combine your CBD. Otherwise, you’ll risk having it settle on the top of your dish.
Don’t Cut the Fat
Most people add CBD to their diets for physical or mental health reasons. So the fact that we’re recommending fatty foods may raise some eyebrows at first, but hear us out. Cannabinol is fat soluble, so it absorbs into our bodies better when mixed with foods that contain fat. But don’t go trying to find a way to make deep-fried CBD twinkies. There are multiple kinds of fats, and some are healthier than others. Here are a few foods that contain good fats:
- Salad dressing
You can even combine CBD and butter and then add the mixture to your preferred healthy recipes to stay on track to your health and wellness goals.
Be Cautious About Dosage
If there’s one thing to keep in mind when adding CBD to your favorite recipes, it’s how much you put in, specifically when you’re cooking for a crowd. Since there isn’t an official dosage chart out there, the amount that’s good for you may not be good for the other people sitting at your table. Always opt for a smaller dose, and keep in mind that CBD takes longer to kick in when eaten than it does when taken sublingually.