Can I Cook with CBD? 10 Tips and Tricks For Adding CBD Oil to Your Favorite Dishes
CBD oil is a hot topic in the food world. With its wide range of health benefits, it's no wonder that people are looking for ways to add it to their favorite dishes and drinks (especially coffee!). But before you go adding CBD oil to everything, there are some things you should know! Read on for tips and tricks from the experts on how to cook with CBD.
1) Know Your Dosage
The amount of cannabidiol (CBD) in a hemp product varies greatly from just a few milligrams per serving up to hundreds or even thousands of milligrams per bottle. It can be hard to measure out small enough doses when cooking with CBD oil, so it's important to know how much you're planning to prepare for each dish. For this reason, most people prefer to use tinctures or high-concentrate CBD oil extracts for cooking. Most tinctures will have measurement lines on their droppers which will help with the proper measurements.
2) Decide On Flavor First
When adding CBD oil to your favorite dishes or drinks, the first question is whether you want the flavor of the oil to be noticeable in your dish. Matching a flavored CBD oil to a similar drink is very common. For example, our broad spectrum water soluble tropical tincture mixes very well with a glass of orange juice or coconut water as those are already tropical flavored drinks. If you want a subtle hemp flavor it is probably best to stick with an unflavored, or natural hemp flavoring oil. An unflavored CBD oil is going to have the least change in flavor to your dish compared an oil that is flavored. If you're using cannabidiol as a sauce or dressing, such as for pasta, it's easy to add flavors to the oil without changing the flavor of your dish. Add some minced scallions and lemon zest for a light and flavorful pasta sauce that will give you an extra boost of CBD goodness! If you're using CBD oil as a healthy coffee creamer, mix it with some cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice for a delightful fall-flavored treat!
3) Distribute The CBD Evenly
CBD can be added to so many different types of food and beverages but regardless on what you decided to add it to you should make sure it has an equal distribution. From guacamole to chocolate chip cookies to soups, make sure you stir in the CBD oil as much as possible, more than you might even think. This ensures that CBD is evenly distributed throughout the batch so that every bite offers equal potency.
4) Watch Out For The Smoke Point
The smoke point is the temperature at which an oil begins to break down. When cooking with any kind of oil, you want to avoid heating it past its smoke point (or you'll be left with a flabby, burnt dish). The smoke point of CBD oil varies depending on the type of extraction used and other factors but it is usually recommended to not pass 180°F for extended periods of time. It's important to research this information before cooking or consult our experts for more personalized advice.
5) Pick The Right Type Of CBD Oil
Our disclaimer is all about this next step! Before you start cooking with CBD oil, make sure to do your research into the specific type of CBD you'll be putting into your food. The big three different types of CBD oil are isolate, broad spectrum, and full spectrum. An isolate CBD oil would only contain CBD and no additional cannabinoids. Broad spectrum would have high amounts of CBD but also contain other popular cannabinoids such as CBC, CBG, and CBN. You would want to stay away from a full spectrum CBD oil if you could not afford to fail a drug test as full spectrum oils contain detectable amounts of THC. Always check the potency and purity of your oils before cooking (and before eating!) As with any new ingredient or additive, make sure to test it out in small amounts first to determine if you have any reactions. Cooking with CBD oils is a great way to boost your CBD consumption, but it's important to do so safely and responsibly.
6) Butters, Fats, And Oils
While some people enjoy the flavor of CBD oils in baked goods, adding them directly into your batter is generally not recommended. The reason? Each time you use it, your end product will contain a significant amount of residual solvent from the extraction process (and that's not something you want to be eating!). If you're looking to add CBD oil to your baked goods, try using cannabis-infused butter instead, or add it to another fat, such as coconut oil. Using coconut oil for your baking is a great idea because it has a high smoke point and neutral flavor. Coconut oil is one of the healthiest fats available, and it can be used to make all sorts of delicious CBD-rich treats (and coconut oil is also excellent for your hair). If you're working with a more robust dish, CBD-infused olive oil is a good choice. It's more expensive than coconut oil, but it can give you a stronger CBD-infused flavor for your end dish. Cooking with CBD oil is fun and easy, but it's important to do so responsibly. Make sure you follow safety guidelines, watch out for potential reactions, and educate yourself on the specific types of CBD oil available (and with them the strengths and weaknesses).
7) Keep It Separate From Certain Ingredients
You'll want to keep the CBD oil completely separate from certain ingredients when you're cooking with it. When adding CBD oil to hot dishes or liquids that are already being heated, small droplets of the oil will likely be carried into the dish. Adding CBD oil to a hot liquid can cause it to bubble up and splatter all over you and your stove! If this sounds like a problem, try applying CBD oil after cooking has finished, or choose another method of adding it to the food. CBD oil can also be added to uncooked dishes, like salad dressings.
8) Store It Properly
CBD oil can be used for cooking immediately after opening a bottle but as long as its stored properly it has a relatively long shelf life for being an organic product. It's important to remember that over time heat and light exposure break down the potency of cannabidiol, making it less effective. If you'd like to save your CBD oil for later use, store it in a cool dark place away from direct sunlight or heat. A medicine cabinet works well and it can also be kept in a refrigerator.
9) Try It Out At Home First
Once you've done your research and chosen the extract of your choice, it's important to test it out in small amounts first before cooking with CBD oil. Different types of extraction leave different-sized particles of residue (such as waxes or chlorophyll), which can change how CBD is absorbed into your food or drinks. If you have any negative reactions to the CBD oil, consider trying an alternate extraction method before cooking with it!
10) Have Fun!
Using CBD oil in the kitchen can be a fun and interesting way to experiment with new ways to ingest cannabidiol. If you're looking for something different, try adding it to your next salad dressing or pasta sauce; you can even make some delicious cookies with it! There are plenty of tasty ways to incorporate CBD into your favorite dishes. Cooking with CBD oil can also be a great way to teach other people about the versatility of this natural supplement.
We hope that this article helped answer your questions and gave you some great ideas on how CBD oil can be used in the kitchen! If you're ready to get started, head on over to our store to check out our variety of CBD products! If you're interested in baking, we highly recommend starting with our USDA Certified Organic Full Spectrum CBD Oil.