Vaping CBD isn’t for everyone, and neither is taking CBD drops orally. This explains why some people seek out other ways of including it in their diets, from using oral capsules to dabbing.
One of the methods of taking CBD that’s become more prominent over recent years is using it in cooking or adding it to coffee. While it may sound straightforward, and it mostly is, there are some general rules of thumb when cooking with CBD oil to remember, especially if you don’t want to waste your oil or ruin your food.
Cooking with CBD oil solves some of the common problems some CBD users have, such as not liking the taste of oil drops or finding it difficult to remember to take it when they’re not familiar with the ingestion method they’re using.
However, it’s certainly not a perfect solution. Because doses of CBD that are usually added to food are generally low and the absorption method is less direct, it can be a much less effective solution than dosing through a tincture, e-liquid, or concentrate.
If you’re looking less for a powerful CBD dose and more for a way of integrating it naturally into your life as part of a healthy diet, however, cooking with CBD oil might still be worth knowing more about.
Tips for cooking with CBD oil
To start with, CBD oil has an earthy flavour. So, if you’re the type of cook that is dedicated to finding flavours that work together, you’ll be happy to know that there are many ingredients you can pair CBD with, both sweet and savoury.
Make the most of your CBD by infusing it in a carrier oil. Carrier oils are oils that the body can break down. Many CBD producers already infuse their CBD in carrier oils, and while they can simply be drizzled onto or added into food, we’d recommend infusing the cooking oil of your choice with a CBD isolate. This way, you can infuse it in cooking oils like olive or coconut oil for drizzling or into butter, ghee, or lard for baking and frying with. Salad dressings with strong herbs will also overpower the CBD and allow you to effectively add CBD to your lunch without heating it.
If you’re using CBD that’s already infused in oil, you can simply stir it into sauces, garnishes and dips. Mixing CBD with other fats helps with absorption writes culinary journalist Joe Sevier who found that whisking CBD into coconut oil before drizzling it over his curried lentil soup was one of his preferred ways of cooking with CBD.
While you’re imagining ways to pair CBD with other types of food, it’s important to remember that some heat helps increase CBD’s effectiveness, but too much heat can destroy the compound. So don’t try to fry an egg in pure CBD oil, it will defeat the purpose.
Coffee is strong enough to completely mask the flavour of CBD oil, and as it turns out, caffeine and CBD are great combination if you want to drink coffee without getting the jitters or use CBD without feeling drowsy.
Smoothies are another great way of ingesting CBD with the added benefit of not risking the quality or changing the flavour of the oil by heating it. Sugar covers up the inherent bitterness of CBD and the cold doesn’t enhance the flavour in the same way cooking with it would.
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