The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with CBD Oil
Of course! Using cannabidiol (CBD) in the kitchen is easier than you might think, even for the newest of chefs. CBD pairs as well with sweet treats as it does with savory dishes, so you can incorporate CBD into almost all of your favorite recipes. Add a few drops of CBD oil into your cookie dough or cake batter, for example, or drizzle a little on top of a salad – you can even stir some CBD oil into gravy and other sauces.
Cooking with CBD oil does require a bit of planning, though, and just a little bit of skill in the kitchen.
What can you cook with CBD oil?
Most CBD oil recipes are for making sweets, mostly because it is easier to cover up the bitterness of CBD with chocolate and sugar. You can cook savory meals with CBD oils, though, as long as you add ingredients that hide CBD bitterness.
Some of the easiest dishes to make with CBD oil include:
- Whipped cream
- Baked goods
What are the best types of CBD oils to cook with?
For best results in the kitchen and for your health, you want your CBD oils to be safe and strong. The best types of CBD oils for cooking are those that come from trustworthy, high-quality brands that have undergone thorough testing by third-party labs to ensure safety and potency. Look for products containing other food-grade ingredients, such as natural flavorings and organic carrier oils.
To avoid waste and to save time, use prepackaged CBD cooking oils rather than tinctures. Pre-packaged CBD olive oil and CBD coconut oils are easy to work with, provide reliable results, and are ideally suited for baking and cooking. Each brand of CBD cooking oil may have its own unique quality, such as flavor and strength, so it may take some trial and error to find your favorite.
Jenny’s Premium Full-spectrum CBD Olive Oil (shown) has a mellow flavor profile and a subtle, fruity aroma. Made from olives grown in the United States, Premium Full-spectrum CBD Olive Oil is infused with organic full-spectrum hemp. Jenny’s Organic Full-spectrum CBD Coconut Oil contains healthy medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), also known as the “good fats” because of the health benefits they provide.
Cooking with CBD hemp oil
Low temperature is key to cooking with CBD hemp oil. A little heat is okay, but only as long as it makes the food lukewarm – high temperatures burn the oil, change its flavor, and deplete its nutrients. For best results, save your CBD hemp oil for dressings, smoothies, dips, shakes, sauces, cold soups and pesto.
Cooking with CBD MCT oil
Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) is a type of saturated fatty acid (or fat). MCTs have become more popular in health products and supplements in the past few years because these fats are easy to digest and process. Because they are a type of fat readily absorbed by the body, MCTs help the body absorb other compounds, such as CBD.
The biggest drawback to cooking with CBD MCT oil is that it can burn at relatively low heat. MCT’s smoke point, or burning point, is only 320 degrees Fahrenheit. This means your CBDs will go up in smoke if you heat it up at anything hotter than 320°. For recipes requiring higher temperatures, consider using CBD coconut oil, which has a smoke point of 350°.
Is cooking with CBD oil less effective heated up?
Exposure to heat can lower the effectiveness of CBD oils. To maintain the potency of your CBD, avoid recipes that call for temperatures above 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The low temperatures needed to ensure the potency of CBD might be too low for making stir-fry and other stovetop recipes that require frying.
Recipes for cooking with CBD oil
Until just a few years ago, recipes for cooking with CBD oil were far and few between. Today, hundreds of delectable CBD recipes are available. Cooking with CBD oil tincture is easy – just add a couple of drops to juices, soups, ice cream, salad dressing, and even mashed potatoes and gravy. With now widespread CBD use, we have even seen the emergence of CBD Mocktails!
Here are our 10 EASY and HEALTHY recipes you can make today containing CBD.
The Five Golden Rules of Cooking with CBD
Because cannabidiol extracts have not been around that long, cooking with CBD is still relatively new territory. Still, culinary geniuses and everyday cooks have learned quite a bit about cooking with CBD in a short amount of time. In fact, four Golden Rules of cooking with CBD have already emerged.
1. Never waste expensive tinctures on cooking
Instead, buy CBD-infused oils, which are a much more cost-effective way to cook with CBD.
2. Watch your temperatures
CBD oils can burn at moderately high temperatures. To maintain potency in foods cooked at higher temperatures, add CBD oil after removing the food from the heat. For example, you can incorporate CBD oils into sauces, gravies, and dressings, which cook at a lower temperature; you can also add CBD oil to frosting instead of the cake batter.
3. Incorporate healthy fats into the dish
CBD is fat-soluble, which means your body does a better job of absorbing CBD when you pair it with fat. Almost any type of oil will attract CBD, including olive, coconut, MCT, and avocado. There are differences between the various oils, though, especially when it comes to taste, health benefits, and cooking temperatures.
4. Be patient
It takes longer for your body to process CBDs from food than from tincture under your tongue. When you eat food, anything digestible has to go through your gut and liver before it gets into your bloodstream. When put under your tongue, the CBDs bypass your gut and liver, and go straight into your bloodstream.
5. Be mindful of your consumption
As tempting as it might be to go back for seconds or even thirds, eating extra helpings increases your dose of CBD. Furthermore, it can be tempting to eat several sweet CBD treats every day as a way to get your cannabinoid dosage in, but this can lead to unwanted weight gain (especially once you find out how easy it is to cook with CBD oil!)
It also goes without saying that you should never drink and drive after mixing CBDs with alcohol, and to always tell dinner guests in advance that the food contains CBD.
The ultimate guide to cooking with CBD oil
Do you want to learn more about cooking with CBD oil but you’re not sure where to start? This ultimate guide will share everything you need to know about CBD oil and how to use it in your cooking and baking!
I’ve put together this resource on CBD oil to help you learn more about what it is, the benefits it has, and how you can use it in your cooking and baking.
This is everything you need to know about cooking with CBD oil all in one place!
What is CBD oil
CBD stands for cannabidiol. (can·na·bid·i·ol) It is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant that has been shown to help with stress and anxiety, relieve pain and even possibly help prevent cancer.
There are two main cannabinoids found in the cabanas plant. The first is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and it is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, which gives the sensation of feeling “high” when ingested or smoked. This is the cannabinoid that is often associated with marijuana. The second main cannabinoid is CBD. Which unlike THC, is not psychoactive and therefore will not get you high.
CBD oil is also not addictive and is currently legal in Canada and the UK. Hemp-derived CBD is currently legal in all 50 States of the United States, though there are some grey areas. (Watch this video to learn more about the legality of CBD in the United States.)
CBD oil can be consumed my ingesting the oil itself, through a vaporizer, or by eating it used in cooking and baking! (source) It is 100% safe to use, and can even be used for pets with anxiety.
How does CBD oil make you feel?
CBD is shown to have a relaxing effect by repressing the arousal of your nervous system, and can, therefore, help relieve anxiety. You may not notice any immediate change when taking CBD oil since CBD oil is not like taking a psychoactive drug. You may feel more benefits from incorporating CBD oil into your routine over the course of a week.
(Think of like incorporating more green vegetables into your diet. After one day, you may not necessarily feel very different, but after a bit of time, you may start to feel healthier, more energetic and experience less brain fog.)
One sensation you may feel immediately after taking CBD oil is a greater sense of calmness. Many people also enjoy taking CBD oil to help them sleep because of this calming effect.
While taking a CBD oil supplement will affect each individual differently, most people associate CBD oil with words like calm, relaxed, reduced stress and peacefulness. (source)
Health benefits of CBD oil
- Helps with pain relief
- Combats anxiety
- Reduces the risk of diabetes
- Works as a preventative medicine
- Reduces the risk of cancer
- Helps maintain brain health
- Helps with insomnia
- Helps with inflammation in the body
- Alleviates stress
CBD oil possible side effects
Though CBD oil is completely safe to use, keep in mind that everyone’s body reacts differently to different substances. There are some potential side effects when taking CBD oil, though these side effects are generally not common.
- Dry mouth: CBD can in some cases cause your mouth to be dry, so drink plenty of water if this is the case.
- Drowsiness: in high doses, some people report feeling drowsy when taking CBD. (which for some is a benefit, if using CBD to help with sleep.)
- Lightheadedness: CBD can cause a slight drop in blood pressure, which for some may lead to lightheadedness. If this happens to you drink a cup of tea or a small coffee which will help regulate your body.
- Change in appetite: CBD can cause a reduction in appetite for some people. (source)
Tips for cooking with CBD oil
- Use high-quality CBD oil: quality matters, and there is no substitute for high-quality CBD oil. Look for a reputable brand.
- Start small: Don’t overdo it. Start with just a small amount of CBD oil when you’re first starting out using it in your cooking.
- CBD works best in recipes with some sort of fat in them. (oil, butter…etc.)
- Store your CBD in a cool dry place to keep it fresh
- You can add a few drops of CBD oil to your salad dressings, smoothies, coconut oil or butter or baking and in many other ways!
- You can add CBD oil to any of your favourite recipes. I like to add a few drops to my lattes, smoothies and chia puddings!
- Do not heat your CBD oil on direct heat. Heating the oil too high will have a decrease in the oils overall effectiveness.
CBD oil drink recipes
These drinks incorporate CBD oil in them for an easy way to enjoy your CBD oil if you’re feeling anxious in the morning, or need a little help relaxing in the evening.
- CBD Fresh Mint Tea
- Iced Chai With CBD
CBD oil snack recipes
These recipes are perfect for when you need a little afternoon snack or a dessert that will give you the all the benefits CBD oil has to offer!
- CBD Chocolate Pistachio Bark
- CBD Chocolate Fat Bombs
- Raw CBD Chocolate Mousse
- CBD Peanut Butter Cookies
Savoury CBD recipes
Try something different by using CBD oil in some savoury recipes or as a butter to use on toast, or in your cooking
CBD oil resources:
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posted by Jessica Hoffman on May 24, 2019 (updated August 16, 2021)
Can You Bake with CBD?
Baking with CBD can be a fun and exciting natural way to take control of your health and wellness. As the popularity of CBD products increases, more people are searching for new ideas on how to take their CBD and incorporate it into their day-to-day routine. Baking with CBD oil is a yummy way to get your dose in a manner that fits your lifestyle. It’s easy, fun, and in the end, you get to eat the results! If there’s a more perfect way to take CBD, it’ll be hard to find.
Where CBD Comes From
Cannabidiol usually referred to by its abbreviation, CBD, is one of over 100 active compounds found in Cannabis sativa L. plants. The difference between hemp CBD and THC (which is found in hemp’s illicit cousin, marijuana) is that marijuana can give you a psychoactive high, while industrial hemp has a THC concentration of 0.3% or less–far below the over 30% concentration found in some marijuana strains. With the worry of a CBD high set aside, this makes industrial hemp the perfect source for our ultra-pure CBD oil.
Baking with CBD is possible because it’s oil-based. Hemp oil, which is also derived from industrial hemp but without high CBD concentrations, is already popular among epicures as a healthier fat alternative than many of the low-quality often hydrogenated oils found on your supermarket aisles. In fact, liquid CBD oil is often titrated to a set concentration with either hemp oil or MCT oil derived from coconuts, another popular source for cooking oil.
For CBD oil, industrial hemp is harvested for its leaves, stalks, and flowers. These areas of the plant have the highest CBD concentration. We use naturally grown hemp from fertile United States crops to ensure we have a safe supply free of chemical contamination. Once harvested, the raw plant material is shipped to our state-of-the-art Colorado processing facility where the oil is extracted on multi-million dollar machines in a cleanroom environment. Our specialists then formulate it into some of the top CBD products in the industry and ensure it’s tested for purity and potency. That way you know you’ll be baking with premium CBD oil.
Choosing The Right CBD For Baking With
When choosing the right CBD oil to bake with, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. These will help make your experience as smooth as possible and give you better results.
- Flavor – CBD tinctures are often flavored to make them easier (and more enjoyable!) to take. These can be fruity, minty, or simply allow the more herbal flavor of hemp to shine through. While the flavor is entirely based on personal preference, you should think about what you are most likely to bake, the available flavors, and how they’ll work together.
- Concentration – When baking with CBD, you’ll want to add enough CBD to give you the desired dose across the number of servings you intend to create. To ensure you have enough CBD oil to make your edible potent enough, you may want to choose a product with a higher concentration that will require less liquid to deliver a full dose.
- Base – While Core CBD oils contain both hemp and coconut oil, some tinctures are made with other bases that may not be desirable for cooking. Make sure you’re always baking with CBD products you can count on to deliver purity and potency you can trust. Have questions about if your chosen CBD oil is best to bake with? Contact our CBD experts!
Baking Potent Edibles
Do you remember your math teacher in high school saying cooking is math, then using a recipe to try to teach conversions? If so, it’s about to come in handy to figure out your CBD dosage recommendation!
When baking with CBD, you’ll want to make sure your recipe contains enough CBD in the whole batch to give you the desired potency per serving. Take your desired CBD edible dosage and multiply it by the number of servings you intend to have. This gives you the total milligrams of CBD you want to include. Your CBD oil offers a set number of milligrams per milliliter of liquid. Divide the total milligrams needed by milligrams per milliliter to get the milliliters of oil you need to have a finished product with the required dose per serving. Finally, when adding your normal cooking oil, subtract the amount of CBD oil you’re baking with. Clear as brownie mix, right?
As an example, let’s make a package of store-bought brownie mix. We’ll assume I have all the ingredients required from the package as well as a 30ml bottle of Core CBD Natural Hemp Oil 1500mg which provides a potent 50mg/ml. Despite the package saying there are 20 servings, I know that it really means 4 big brownies (don’t judge). I want 50mg/ml of CBD per brownie — or whatever mg dosing you choose for your baked good. Let’s start baking with CBD:
- 4 servings X 50mg = 200mg an entire recipe of brownie mix.
- 200mg divided by 50mg/ml = 4ml of CBD oil to add 200mg to my brownie mix.
- ½ cup of cooking oil in the recipe – 4ml of CBD oil = about a teaspoon less than a ½ a cup.
That’s it! Just add the CBD oil the same time you add the cooking oil, and follow the recipe otherwise. Once the brownies are done, you’re ready to dose with your own homemade edibles!
Baked goods not really your thing? Check out how to make your own DIY CBD gummies!
Use The Best Ingredients
When baking with CBD, make sure you know what you’re putting in your body. At Core CBD, we’re proud of the trust we’ve built with our customers as a premier manufacturer of high-quality CBD oil products. Order your premium CBD oil for baking with from Core CBD today!