Looking for a simple way to enhance the food you make at home? Why not add some CBD? This non-psychoactive compound can be infused into sauces, dressings, baked goods, relishes and much more to enhance every bite. But if you’re new to cooking with CBD, you’re probably wondering where to start. We’re here to help, from helping you determine which CBD tinctures to use to inspiring you with some great recipe ideas.
Why Cook with CBD?
Cooking with CBD is a fantastic way to turn any food into a superfood. Research shows that the compound can improve sleep, reduce anxiety and make you feel all-around calmer, so it’s the perfect way to make your food work for you so you feel your best after you eat. Regularly consuming CBD may also have some long-term effects because the compound provides powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may support your body’s ability to fight cancer, heart disease and more.
CBD Cooking Tips
Ready to get cooking? Here are some of our top tips for introducing CBD into your favorite recipes.
- Use the Right CBD Product — With so many different options out there, it can be a challenge to know which CBD oil to use for cooking. Luckily, we’ve got CBD oil for sale that’s perfect for whipping up your favorite infused dishes. But not every kind of CBD is right for every kitchen endeavor, so choose wisely.
- If you don’t want to add any flavor, we recommend using a CBD isolate oil, such as SPIRO Isolate CBD Tincture, as this ensures that you’re adding the purest form of CBD to your food. Isolate CBD contains zero THC (so it won’t make you feel high), but, more importantly, it contains no terpenes or flavonoids, so it won’t affect the flavor of your food.
- If you want to infuse some flavor and enjoy the distinctive cannabis-like smell of CBD, you will want to use a broad- or full-spectrum CBD oil, such as SPIRO Broad-Spectrum CBD Tincture. Just note that some full-spectrum options may have a bit of THC, though it’s generally not enough to cause an intoxicating effect.
- If consistency is an issue, try a powder. If you’re working with a sauce, dip, smoothie, drizzle, soup or anything liquid and you don’t want to affect consistency, consider working with a CBD powder, such as Fusion CBD Isolate Powder. Powders are a popular choice for baking, as they can easily be dissolved in fat (like oil or butter) so they won’t affect the consistency or chemistry of your dish.
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- Keep the Heat to a Minimum — One key thing to remember when cooking with any cannabinoid is that heat can break down the compound and render it less effective. On top of that, too much heat can cause the CBD oil to take on a bitter flavor, which could ruin your dish. Note that CBD oil can take some heat, but it will start to degrade and lose its effectiveness around 320 to 330 degrees Fahrenheit, so just keep this in mind when using it in high-heat applications. In short, we’d recommend avoiding sautéing or deep-frying CBD oil or CBD-infused cooking oils.
- Start Out with Cold Dishes — Because of the fact that high-heat cooking can negatively impact its flavor and effectiveness, many people prefer to infuse CBD in cold dishes or to use it as a finishing oil. Salad dressings, sauces, cold soups, smoothies, pudding, dips, whipped cream, juices and more are an ideal starting point for those who want to cook with CBD. From there, you can get into baking and roasting with CBD. Just make sure to keep it below 350 degrees F.
- Do the Math — If you want to figure out how much CBD is in each serving of whatever you’re making, look at how much oil you’re adding and divide by the number of serving sizes in your dish. Ideally, you want to come away with one serving of CBD (that’s about 5 to 10 milligrams per person) per serving of the dish you’re making, but this may vary. With that said, if this is your first time making a dish with CBD, we recommend starting small, with a lower dose and working your way up the more you cook with it.
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Experimenting in the Kitchen
As with any CBD endeavor, we recommend starting low and slow when cooking with CBD. A little bit of experimentation and making a few adjustments as you go will help you master the art of cannabinoid cooking so you can impress your friends and make the most of every single dish you make!
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