Cooking with CBD Oil – CBD in the Kitchen

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Cooking with CBD is pretty straightforward, whether you’re craving sweet snacks or actual homemade dishes. If you know your way around a kitchen and are eager to take your cooking game to a higher level, read on.

What Is CBD Oil?

Before we head over to the kitchen, let’s clarify, cannabidiol or CBD is a compound found naturally in hemp plants. CBD oil has become widely popular for its potential therapeutic effects. CBD is available in many forms, including capsules, and edibles, but since oils come in larger serving sizes and are in a liquid state, they can be easily added to your cooking. 

CBD cooking is easy, but first-timers might find it a bit tricky. Like everything in life, you’ll have to practice to get better at it. But pretty soon, you’ll be calling yourself, “The CBD Chef.”

Here are some tips to get you started.

Cooking with CBD Oil

How Cooking with CBD Oil is Nutritious

Cooking with CBD oil offers much of the same effects and benefits as raw oil. Most recipes online tend to be focused on baked goods like brownies or cake. However, CBD oils can be just as effective in savory dishes. We encourage the novices and open-minded chefs out there to keep experimenting because we’d love to try a CBD steak and fries one day. 

Keep in mind that CBD oil needs to be mixed into fat or oil-based ingredients, like butter or coconut oil before it can be used in your cooking. Next, make sure the temperature is right.

Temperature Matters in CBD Cooking

CBD can be a tricky ingredient to work with. Warming the oil can increase CBD’s effectiveness, but higher temperatures can wipe out some of the active components. The compound acts like a planet in the Goldilocks Zone. It needs to be cooked at the right temperature- not too cold, not too hot. CBD will begin to evaporate at temperatures higher than 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Do not put your CBD oil on direct heat. Too much heat will result in the loss of terpenes, which are compounds that worksynergically with CBD to increase its effects.

How Much CBD Oil Should Be Used?

If you are new to the CBD cooking world, you might be prone to add more CBD to a recipe, which generally leads to bad flavors and wasted oil. In that case, less is more. Give yourself time to experiment and increase serving size as you get better.

Besides the serving size, consider starting with small batches. Cook for one, if the dish turns out great, then you can try it again with a larger batch. Doing so will help you get more comfortable with different serving sizes, allowing you to take on more complicated dishes- we might get that CBD steak after all.

What Can I Make With CBD Oil?

Now that you’ve purchased your CBD oil, and you have your cooking utensils, you can start practicing. Although people tend to go for sweets, there’s so much more to make than just cookies and brownies! 

It’s time to get creative; here are a few ideas:

  • Add some to your popcorn, potatoes, or toast
  • Add CBD oil just like other cooking oils to saute vegetables
  • CBD oil to pasta — it tastes especially good in cream sauces
  • CBD oil to make oven-baked vegetable chips or roast veggies
  • Use it in spicy Indian or Thai curries to hide the taste of the oil
  • Use your oil in your morning smoothie

There’s so much more you can use CBD oil for; The applications are endless. The compound is relatively new, and people are still getting used to adding it into their regiment as a daily supplement. It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing CBD bistros popping up in select cities. 

Are There Any Side Effects of Cooking with CBD Oil?

CBD is generally safe and has no apparent side effects. The cool thing about making your own edibles is that you can choose the exact amount of CBD oil that you want to have in your cooking. And you can make a range of dishes that are not only uniquely tasty but even healthy.

Remember, It’s always a good idea to start with a low CBD strength and a small batch when you’re first experimenting with CBD oil in the kitchen as the combined flavors might create an unfamiliar taste, but that doesn’t mean that effects are not there. And don’t forget to enjoy the process, get creative, and have fun!

As you get better with using CBD oil in your cooking, you can adjust recipes and serving size to create more complex custom dishes of your own that taste great and offer the benefits of CBD.

Katherine Donnelly

    Katherine Donnelly

    A qualified doctor, Jane G. is someone who wears many hats, working also as a health writer, author, researcher, and media medic. She is a master communicator who is passionate about putting convoluted health information into words that make the information widely accessible. Her primary interests are child and adolescent health, women’s well-being, beauty, and nutrition.

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