CBD can be incorporated into any meal you make. Once you learn the secrets of cooking CBD oil, you’ll take your culinary adventures to a whole new level.
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that’s been thoroughly researched for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, painkilling, and neuroprotective effects. Recreational users also rave about this cannabinoid because it helps them achieve relaxation without getting high in the process.
There are many ways to consume CBD, from vaping CBD-rich flowers and extracts to ingesting oils and capsules.
But did you know you can infuse CBD into edibles, just as people do with regular weed?
Using CBD in cooking is one of the most discreet and enjoyable ways to take cannabidiol — not to mention it gives you precise control over the dosage.
In this article, we’ll teach you everything there is to know about cooking with CBD oil.
From preparing your own CBD cooking oil to making your own delicious recipes — we’ve got you covered.
Cooking With CBD Oil: How Do I Get Started?
CBD is fat-soluble (1), which makes it extremely easy to add into a myriad of recipes that contain a fatty base ingredient — such as butter, coconut oil, or olive oil.
Therefore, the first thing you should do when preparing for cooking with CBD is to create a fat-based infusion.
Sprinkling CBD on top of your meal won’t do the trick —you need to put some effort into the process.
Nevertheless, it’s a very rewarding process because once you have your CBD cooking oil ready, you can easily add it to savory dishes in the forms of dressings, marinades, and sauces, or make some mouthwatering dessert options like cakes, brownies, and sweet beverages.
Below we go over the most important steps in making CBD cooking oil.
1. Decarboxylation (Activating the CBD)
In raw cannabis plants, THC and CBD occur in their acidic (inactive) forms — THCA and CBDA.
To activate these cannabinoids, decarboxylation needs to take place.
Simply put, decarboxylation involves heating cannabis buds in the oven to the point where the extra carboxyl group is removed from the molecule.
To decarb your raw CBD flower, simply grind it up to small chunks and place it on a sheet of baking paper. Transfer the prepared herb to the oven at 110 – 120 C (230 – 248 F) and bake for one hour.
You might be tempted to grind the buds to a fine powder consistency to maximize the surface area when infusing CBD into oil or butter. However, when you do this, you may cause the taste of cannabis to overpower the meal and turn sauces, dressings, and marinades weed-flavored.
Grinding the herb up into small bits instead of powder will bring more balanced flavors, colors, and textures.
2. Getting the Timing Right
Making CBD cooking oil requires you to stay patient as the ingredients need to blend at low temperatures for a couple of hours. What you want to achieve is a light simmer for your CBD infusion at a temperature around 160 – 200 C. A kitchen thermometer will come in handy for this task.
You will need to simmer your CBD mixture at this temperature for about 3 hours.
3. Adding More Water to Enhance the Quality of Your Infusion
Pouring equal amounts of water into your CBD cooking oil will make the infusion taste and look better.
As the water boils off during the simmer it will leave a less green and more smooth end product.
On top of that, water will help prevent the infusion from burning, protecting the cannabinoids in the process.
4. Filtration (Remove the Fibrous Parts)
You need to filter the plant material from your infusion. At the end of the day, nobody wants to ingest buds along with their meal, so remember to run the mixture through a coffee filter or cheesecloth.
The infusion will slowly but surely drip through into the bottle (or whichever container you choose). Try not to squeeze the cheesecloth to speed up the filtration, as you’ll most likely push the plant matter into the cooking oil.
What if I Don’t Want to Make CBD Cooking Oil at Home?
Cooking with CBD oil is on the rise as a new culinary trend. Gone are the times when you’ve had to make your own infusions in order to prepare a CBD-rich meal. Now, you can choose between different commercial CBD cooking fats, such as olive oil, coconut oil, or butter. They’re available on the shelves of organic food stores along with other healthy cooking oils.
Tips for Cooking With CBD Oil
Now it’s time for us to share some handy tips for cooking with CBD oil.
Cannabidiol can be very rewarding when it comes to cooking, but there are also some nuances you should pay attention to in order to avoid turning your CBD meals into a mess.
1. Less is More
Our number one principle for cooking with CBD oil — don’t use too much CBD.
When you first start cooking with CBD, it’s easy to go overboard with the amount of CBD oil added to a recipe — which usually results in overpowering flavors, wasted oil, and too much of cannabidiol’s effects (2).
In addition to the CBD serving size, it’s better to start with smaller batches. If the dish turns out tasty you can make the recipe again — this time with a larger batch.
This way, you can also experiment with different CBD serving sizes so that you can get the most out of your CBD-rich meal.
2. Use Only the Finest Ingredients
Cooking with CBD oil is a healthy way to incorporate cannabinoids into your supplementation plan. The oil used for cooking with cannabidiol is usually made with top-notch quality ingredients, so it’s important that you hold your other ingredients to the same standards.
You want to use the finest spices, the freshest meats, and the best veggies you can get in your local store. And if your local store doesn’t have that quality, look somewhere else.
Explore your surroundings. It may happen that you live near a market where local vendors sell high-quality fresh ingredients at great prices — but you didn’t even know about such a place.
3. Stir the Oil Frequently
Whether you’re making a soup, guacamole, or chocolate chip cookies, make sure you stir in the CBD oil as often as possible — more than you even think you need. This allows for an even distribution of CBD throughout the batch and consistent potency in each bite.
4. Maintain Precise Control Over Heat
CBD can cause some troubles when it comes to temperatures. Warming the oil can increase the effectiveness of this compound, but higher temperatures can backfire at you as CBD will start to evaporate once the temperature exceeds 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Don’t treat your CBD oil with direct heat. Heating the oil at high temperatures can destroy terpenes — which are compounds that work in synergy with CBD and other cannabinoids to increase its benefits. Plus, higher temperatures tend to bring out more bitter flavors in th final dish.
5. Experiment With Both Sweet & Savory CBD Cooking
Most CBD recipes online focus on desserts and other sweet treats.
It’s no wonder why people love to make sweet baked goods with CBD because it’s much easier to cover the herbal (sometimes even grassy) taste of hemp with sugar.
But when you think of hemp as a potential spice for your savory dishes, it may turn out that you can create some mouthwatering hearty meals with CBD cooking oil.
Hemp pairs very well with spices like thyme, rosemary, marjoram, garlic, ginger, hops, and pepper.
Easy CBD Recipes
With the theory behind us, we can proceed to polish your craft as a cannabis cook. Below we share two simple and delicious inspirations for CBD-infused recipes.
1. CBD Infused Guacamole
- 3 avocados
- 1 tsp. CBD oil
- 1 lime
- ½ cup diced onion
- 2 diced Roma tomatoes
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 3 tbsp. chopped cilantro
- 1 tsp. salt
- In a medium bowl, mash up the avocados with a fork. Add the salt, lime juice, and CBD oil. Alternatively, you can do this in a blender.
- Mix in the other vegetables, season with more salt and pepper, and enjoy your CBD-infused guacamole.
2. Cookies & Cream Cheesecake CBD Bites
- ½ cup almond flour
- 4 tbsp. cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- ½ tsp. Vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil or clarified butter
Cream Cheese Filling:
- ½ cup almond butter
- 1 cup cream cheese
- ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
- Pinch of vanilla bean paste
- 5 full droppers of CBD oil
- Preheat the oven o 300 F.
- Place the almond flour, cocoa, vanilla extract, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl and mix well. Stir in the egg and coconut oil (or butter) and combine until well incorporated.
- Place the dough on a prepared sheet of parchment paper. Scoop out the cookies so they are about 1-2 inches wide when pressed down.
- Transfer the cookies into the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. The cookies should be crispy by that time.
- Let the cookies cool down to room temperature. They will be softer at the beginning but will start to crisp up as they lose temperature.
The Cream Cheese Filling:
- Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix them to a smooth consistency.
- Fold in half of the crumbled cookies and combine well.
- Use a small cookie scoop to measure out one ball at a time.
- Empty the scoop right on top of the remaining crumble cookies and roll to make sure the cream cheese filling is covered.
- Transfer your cheesecake bites to the freezer or fridge.
- Serve cold and enjoy!
Final Thoughts on Cooking With CBD Oil
If you’ve ever cooked anything with cannabis, cooking with CBD oil will only be a matter of swapping one ingredient to another.
But if this is your first time, it’s totally understandable you might have some doubts about the whole process.
CBD isn’t a cheap ingredient and sometimes, a few small mistakes can ruin the entire dish.
We hope this guide will help you avoid the potential pitfalls when cooking with CBD so that you can always enjoy flavorful and cannabinoid-rich meals in your kitchen.
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