With so many people jumping on the CBD bandwagon, it’s no wonder that people are getting creative with the way they take it. After all, many people complain that the taste of CBD oil is very earthy and unpleasant – not the best thing to be dripping beneath your tongue every day! Since CBD is technically a food supplement here in the UK, why not add it to food?
A variety of edibles are now being sold online, but the prices for these are often extortionate, and it kind of takes some of the fun out of it. So instead, why not try cooking with CBD oil yourself? It’s surprisingly easy to do, and you might have an absolute blast cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
Whether you’re a skilled chef or you’ve never cooked before, there’s no reason not to give it a go. There are a variety of recipes out there for everyone to try. Without further ado, here is our complete guide to cooking with CBD, including how to cook with a variety of forms of CBD, tips for cooking with CBD, and even a few recipes to try out yourself. But first, let’s talk about the benefits of investing in some CBD to put in your pantry.
Why CBD is important
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the cannabis plant, which is why so many people are surprised to learn that it could be beneficial for our health. This compound can interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in our bodies, which is responsible for maintaining homeostasis. In case you were unaware, homeostasis refers to the ideal conditions for our body to perform, meaning it is essential for our survival.
Sometimes, the ECS can fail to function properly. If you fail to produce enough endocannabinoids (compounds that execute a variety of different biological tasks), you can start to feel unwell. This is called endocannabinoid deficiency. Fortunately, you can temporarily give your body a good boost by taking CBD supplements such as CBD oil, which can add a few extra cannabinoids into your body to get you back on track.
In this way, CBD oil can be a very useful substance so add to your store cupboard. Most people take it sublingually, but it can be administered in a variety of different ways. For example, cooking!
Cooking with CBD oil
Cannabinoids, including CBD, are fat soluble. This means that they mix well with things like oil, hence why CBD oil is such a popular product. When cooking with CBD oil, all you need to do is add a little of the liquid to whatever cooking fat you are using.
A very popular choice is coconut oil. This is taking off as a health food in its own right as a popular alternative to vegetable oils, as it is quicker and easier to digest than these plant-based variants. And guess what? Coconut oil has been shown to be very effective at helping with the absorption of cannabinoids!
Since CBD oil tastes so strong, it’s best to combine it with a food that has strong flavours. If you – somehow – like the taste of CBD oil, you could use it as a salad dressing. Otherwise, it’s best to mix it with something stronger to mask the taste. The sky is the limit here – you could bake it into a tasty dessert, add it to your marmite on toast, or drip some into your curry sauce. Yum!
Cooking with CBD isolate or crystals
CBD isolate differs from oils, because it contains nothing but the cannabinoid itself. This means that it doesn’t possess the same peculiar flavour, as this comes from terpenes within the plant. Isolate comes in the form of powder or tiny crystals, meaning it couldn’t be any easier to add it to your foods.
You can eat CBD isolate by itself; some people believe it has a slightly cherry or minty taste. But if you add it to your food, the flavour is so subtle that you likely won’t even know that it’s there! Powder is ideal for blending into your smoothies or throwing into a sauce you’re making.
Measuring out the powder can be a little harder than drops. However, since isolate has little to no taste, it’s nothing like adding seasoning – measure out your powder beforehand, and don’t keep adding more!
Tips for cooking with CBD
There is quite an art when it comes to cooking with CBD. We will walk you through several tips and tricks you need to keep in mind just now. But our first tip, and perhaps the most important, is to have fun with your cooking, be willing to experiment, and make sure you try both sweet and savoury recipes to suit your taste.
The biggest pain when it comes to cooking with CBD is getting the temperature right. As well as having to combine the CBD with another oil, you have to know how that specific oil reacts to heat.
In terms of CBD itself, cooking it at too high a temperature can kill some of the active ingredients in cannabidiol, which kind of avoids the point of consuming it in the first place. At 160˚C or above, CBD will begin to evaporate. Moreover, you need to avoid placing CBD oil on direct heat alone, as this destroys the terpenes which contribute to the entourage effect. It also makes the oil taste more bitter.
Don’t use too much
When you first start using CBD oil, you should be using a low dosage and working your way up to find a strength that works for you. Once you have found the right CBD strength, you should still only be using a little in your cooking.
It’s all too easy to put too much CBD oil in your recipe. Not only is this probably not a good idea for your health (the side effects such as cottonmouth, nausea, and maybe even diarrhoea, could be stronger), but it usually causes a bad taste and wastes your oil as well.
The amount of CBD is related to the size of the recipe. If you are adding CBD to your coffee, you should only add the daily amount of CBD you are taking. If you are making a huge batch of brownies to last you a few days, you should add enough CBD for each portion to contain the right amount. In this instance, we recommend starting with a smaller batch so you can get the hang of portion sizes.
Store the oil properly
When stocking up CBD oil for your pantry, you need to make sure that you store it properly. Cannabinoids are sensitive to light and heat, meaning they will degrade and become damaged if kept in an improper environment. Not only is degraded oil less effective, but it may also taste more bitter. Make sure to store your CBD oil in a cool, dry place.
Stick to refined oils
Refined oils from high-quality sources tend to taste a lot better, meaning they are more appropriate for cooking. Less refined oils may produce an unpleasant aftertaste, particularly when combined with herbs.
Luckily, CBD oil sourced from the EU is usually of a high quality. The standards and regulations set by the European Union means that oil produced and sold here is safe for consumption, and it is easy to find a refined oil.
Try stronger flavours in the cooking
Strong flavours do a better job of masking the taste of CBD oil. That’s why people like to use CBD oil in curries (or even in marmite!), because the other aromas and tastes cover up the earthy notes of the CBD oil.
That said, and despite the previous point, less refined CBD oils can be a good pairing with strong flavours like spices. This all depends on personal preferences, so feel free to experiment!
Cooking is better than drizzling
While you can drizzle CBD oil straight onto your food, it probably won’t taste very good! If you want to achieve a taste sensation, you should probably cook the CBD into your food rather just drizzling.
You can still get the effects of CBD just by drizzling, but you might find it preferable to cook with it instead.
Stir… A lot!
Make sure you stir the CBD oil properly into whatever you’re making. When you think you’ve stirred enough – stir more! This ensures that the CBD oil is evenly distributed throughout the batch, giving you the ability to evenly portion the CBD goodness. If you stir properly, each batch will have equal potency, ensuring that each bite has the desired effect.
Having all this information is all well and good, but what on earth can you do with it? Well, as we mentioned earlier, you can make pretty much anything you want with some added CBD. To give you a nudge in the right direction, here are three recipes to try out: One sweet, one savoury, and one versatile.
There’s nothing better than getting a bunch of friends together and indulging in a chips ‘n’ dip feast. Guacamole is a fan favorite to mix with nachos, making the ultimate Mexican combination – did you know that guacamole is Aztec for ‘avocado sauce?’ Well, now you can make CBD guacamole for an extra healthy kick.
- 3 avocados – peeled, pitted and mashed
- 1 lime – juiced
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup diced onion
- 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 2 tsp CBD oil (or whatever your preferred dose is, depending on the strength)
- 2 Roma tomatoes – diced
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper
This guacamole is incredibly easy to make. All you need to do is mix together the avocados, lime juice, CBD oil and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Then, mix in the onion, cilantro, tomatoes and garlic, and stir in the cayenne pepper last. You can serve immediately, but it’s best to refrigerate the mixture for at least one hour for a chilled delight.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
Those with a sweet tooth will simply have to try out this delicious recipe. They’re perfect for dinner parties, game days, or even just as a snack to store in the fridge and keep to yourself. Get ready to impress yourself with how amazing these easy peanut butter chocolate bars turn out.
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup CBD-infused vegetable oil (you can make your own easily, by adding however much CBD oil you need per serving)
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate – either in chips or crushed blocks
Before you begin, pre-heat your oven to 350˚F. Oil a baking pan using normal vegetable oil and set it aside for now. Then, in a mixing bowl, at the CBD-infused oil, egg, peanut butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract and blend it all until smooth.
Next, add the flour and blend again until it is all mixed together well. Pour this into the oiled baking pan and spread it evenly. Sprinkle the chocolate bits over the top and cook for 20-25 minutes in the oven.
To check whether it is done, poke a fork or cake tester in; if it comes out clean, then it’s all done! Cool for 30 minutes before cutting into pieces and enjoying.
If you’re wanting to make a lot of CBD edibles, you’re going to learn how to make CBD butter. This is the backbone to a lot of other CBD recipes, so it’s best to know how to create it now so that you have some ready for later. It takes a few hours to do, though, so make sure you have some time set aside.
Before we get started with the instructions, you will need to know how much CBD oil to use. This, unfortunately, requires a little maths. The recipe we are using uses 2 cups (16 tablespoons) of unsalted butter and 10g of CBD oil. If the 10g of CBD oil contains 2400mg of CBD, you will know that each tablespoon of butter contains 150mg of CBD. Depending on what dosage of CBD you take and what strength of oil you possess, you will obviously need to adjust this.
- 2 cups unsalted butter
- 10g CBD oil
- 4 cups water
Cutting the butter into several pieces will make this process easier. Then, throw the butter pieces, CBD oil, and water into a medium-sized saucepan. Cook this over a low heat for 3-4 hours (we told you that it takes a long time). During this time, make sure you stir every 30 minutes.
As the water begins to evaporate, the mixture will thicken. Once it appears glossy and dense, remove the saucepan from the heat and allow it to cool slightly until it is safe to handle. Next, pour it into an airtight container, seal the lid, and place it into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours so it can solidify.
As you can see, the process is very simple, it just takes a long time. The more you explore CBD recipes, the more you will find that CBD butter comes in useful, so it’s a good idea to get the hang of it.
Cooking with CBD can be a great, fun way to get some CBD into your diet. Not only is it healthy, but you can also experiment with new recipes and find things that you really love.
Hopefully, through this article, you found some useful tips and tricks about cooking with CBD oil or CBD isolate, and now you even have a few recipes to get you started with some CBD cooking.