As CBD awareness surges, manufacturers are exploring new ways the growing fan base can exploit the compound’s purported therapeutic properties.
For instance, from gummies to alcoholic beverages, CBD has found a home in almost all consumables.
Taking a clue from these commercial products, many homes are brain storming suitable ways to infuse this compound into their daily cooking recipes.
One study reports four times increased bioavailability (the portion of drugs that enters the bloodstream) when CBD is infused into fat-rich meals. This is excellent news, particularly to those who wish to bypass CBD’s sour taste. It sure does feel good to know you can incorporate CBD into your everyday food and, so doing, exploit all the compound’s promising offers without the earthy taste.
This article explains how you can incorporate CBD doses into your daily meals.
But before we delve in;
What is CBD?
CBD is a compound in the cannabis plant. Among over 100 active compounds – called cannabinoids, found in the ancient herb – two stand out, namely, CBD and THC. THC is the primary psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant responsible for the high users feel after dosage.
CBD and THC have attracted more widespread attention than all other cannabinoids put together. While emerging research reports suggest all the cannabinoids may have therapeutic influences, CBD and THC are more abundant, hence, their increasing attraction.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD – well, and THC – binds with your endocannabinoid system (ECS) to modulate certain functions. Note that endocannabinoids are naturally-occurring compounds that help keep essential body functions in optimal shape. These receptors are distributed across several organs, thereby regulating processes such as appetite, sleep, memory, mood, and immunity.
Is CBD safe?
Yes. Even at high doses.
First, note that THC causes the ‘high’ associated with cannabis consumption. In the US, for instance, the Farm Bill (which decriminalizes CBD use federally) states categorically that hemp-based products may contain but not more than .3 percent THC concentration to qualify as legal. While CBD products may contain trace amounts of THC, such wee-bit concentrations are considered too insignificant to cause a ‘high.’
Instead, CBD is used to manage conditions, including pain, epileptic seizures, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and cancerous symptoms.
That said, while CBD is largely perceived safe and widely tolerated, a handful of users have reported but negligible effects like nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, and dry mouth.
Besides being short-lived, most of these effects do not occur, except with extremely high doses.
However, until more research results show otherwise, early reports and supportive anecdotal evidence suggest CBD is safe.
Now, you know you can never go wrong with CBD doses, let’s discuss the meat of this article
How Do I Cook With CBD?
While infusing CBD into your daily meals can sound like a long daring process, it’s, in practice, a cakewalk.
But before cooking, your CBD extract is first mixed with fats and oils. This makes it easier to incorporate them into your meals. Healthy fats such as coconut oils, olive oil, grass-fed butter, coconut butter, or ghee are typical carrier oils.
Adding CBD to your food can be as easy as drizzling the CBD oil over your meals like salad.
CBD can make an active ingredient in practically all meals –Including low-fat foods. While CBD mixes easier in fat-rich meals, involving CBD in low-fat foods may only require more whisking for more even distribution.
From experience, CBD blends well in several meals, including:
- Pasta Sauces
- Salad Dressings
- Scrambled Eggs
- Mashed potatoes
Quickly let’s see three CBD-infused recipes:
- Tomato Vinaigrette
This vinaigrette recipe is a pretty easy one. Interestingly, it promises to please always!
- 1 cup of cherry tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 cup of CBD oil (olive oil variant)
- I tablespoon of Dijon mustard
- ½ cup of red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons salt
- Pour your olive oil and tomatoes into a large sauté pan and allow it to heat a bit until you notice slight discoloration.
- Then, remove from the heat source and allow it to cool. When at room temperature, blend with puree and red wine vinegar.
- Pour in your mustard and, gently, drizzly in your CBD-rich oil.
- Add pepper and salt to season.
- Strawberry Sauce
- 1 pound of hulled finely chopped strawberries
- 2 tablespoons of CBD oil
- ¼ cup of Honey
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- ½ cup of freshlysqueezed orange juice
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- Add strawberries, CBD oil, and honey in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat.
- Mix your Orange juice and cornstarch in a small bowl.
- Pour the mixture into your berries.
- Stir the mixture until thick. You may achieve this in about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Switch off the heat source. Add a pinch of salt and stir.
- Allow to cool.
While guacamole recipe is basically tomato, avocado, and salt, a lot has changed. Here’s our recommended recipe version.
- 2 diced Roma tomatoes
- 3 peeled, mashed avocados
- ½ cup of diced onions
- 2 tablespoons of CBD oil
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1 juiced lime
- 3 tablespoons of chopped cilantro – fresh
- 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
- Mash your line juice, avocados, salt, and CBD oil together in a medium-sized bowl
- Mix in your cilantro, onion, garlic, and tomatoes.
- Add cayenne pepper and stir
- Serve immediately or refrigerate for an hour
Tips for Making CBD-Infused Meals
Making CBD meals is easy. But for the best results, some points are worth remembering:
- Avoid Overheated Temperature
CBD is highly sensitive to heat and light. So, when preparing your CBD-infused meals, do well to avoid direct heat. While low temperatures boost its effectiveness, high heat may destroy therapeutically supportive high-potent components, like terpenes.
Besides, excessive heat may also break down CBD into bits of less efficient compounds.
- Watch the Concentration
If you’re a first-timers, you may need to begin with a low CBD dose in your meal; watch the effect and adjust the volume accordingly – until you attain the most desirable outcome.
Starting with low-quantity CBD does not only help you conserve your CBD; it enables you to find the most suiting dosage for the best effect. Over time, you find out and stick to what works most for you.
When sourcing your CBD, insist on quality, flavorless, and odorless CBD oil. Low-budget oils, too often, comes with external materials and low CBD concentration.
Before you sprinkle some CBD oil into your meal, checkup the potency. A teaspoon of less CBD-concentrated oil will differ from a similar quantity of more potent products. For instance, while high concentrated oils may require a dose of about 15 ml, it would need only 5 mL of highly concentrated oil.
So, while, as mentioned, you cannot overdose the compound, remember CBD is not cheap. You sure want to avoid unnecessary wastage.
- Storage Matters
When thinking storage, consider CBD’s high sensitivity to light. Hence, please store in a cool dark place to help preserve its quality and taste and, of course, usefulness.
If you’re among those who haven’t tried out CBD because of its soured taste, you’ve missed a whole lot.
Now you know this health-giving, non-intoxicating, and widely safe product can be infused into practically any meal, what are you waiting for?