These days, we’re all looking for more ways to relax (especially if you don’t smoke or drink). Many have found CBD oil, tinctures, and powders to be terrific alternatives for taking a load off. As a result, more people are exploring cooking with CBD.
Not surprisingly, cooking with CBD is a great way to enjoy fun (and delicious!) new ways to take CBD everyday! It allows you to easily access its health benefits throughout the day while skipping that “earthy” cannabis taste.
So, interested in learning more about cooking with CBD oil? This article covers the essentials so you can confidently get cooking in no time!
In this 5-min guide, we’ll show you how to cook with:
- CBD Oil
- CBD Tincture
- Water-Soluble CBD Powder
Pick the Right Oil For Your Recipe
The first thing to remember is that CBD is a fat-loving molecule. Therefore, oils are great for cooking with CBD and delivering its healing benefits. Choosing the right oil will maximize your recipe’s flavor, nutrition, and therapeutic benefits.
Chances are, you’re already familiar with refined oils, like canola or sunflower oil. Refined oils tend to have a mild taste, making them a good fit for sweeter recipes like smoothies, desserts, and breakfast foods.
However, research has shown that, in general, refined oils are not that great for your health. So, if you’re looking for a healthy refined oil, we recommend MCT (Coconut) Oil (a popular staple of keto). In fact, this is the oil we use in all of our full-spectrum CBD tinctures!
Conversely, unrefined oils are low-processed oils that keep most of the plant’s flavors, colors, and nutritional benefits. Unrefined oils pair well with other rich flavors, spices, and herbs.
This makes them a healthy choice for adding CBD to salad dressings, sauces, and gravies. For example, olive and avocado oil are both popular choices for adding savory notes to recipes. For bold flavor, go with an extra-virgin olive oil. For a subtler, buttery flavor, use extra-virgin avocado oil.
Consider Cooking Temperature
In general, you’ll want to avoid cooking directly with CBD oil over high heat. CBD begins to break down between 320-356°F, which means that using CBD while frying or baking isn’t ideal.
Want a pro tip? Try adding your CBD oil, tincture, or powder after the dish has cooled slightly. Additionally, you can try low-temp or dehydration recipes. Those are perfect for snacks and desserts!
Some of our favorite raw/low-temp CBD recipes include:
- CBD salad dressings
- CBD oil drizzles
- CBD energy bars
- CBD smoothies
- CBD ice cream
- CBD pudding/custard
- CBD hot chocolate
Avoid Acidic or Alkaline Recipes
It’s worth noting that CBD degrades under both strongly acidic and alkaline conditions, so keep this in mind when planning your recipes.
With this in mind, these recipes aren’t the best fit for cooking with CBD:
- Tomato-based sauces
- Vinegar-based dressings or glazes
- High-citrus recipes or juices (if you’re planning to store them)
So, does this mean that stirring CBD into your OJ makes it not as effective? Probably not – just know that the longer CBD sits in these conditions, the more it will break down.
For Recipes Without Oil
Now, you might be asking yourself, “What about using CBD in things like soup, juice, coffee, or tea?”
For water-based recipes like these, go for a full-spectrum nanoemulsified CBD powder (like our Water-Soluble CBD Powder). Nanoemulsion uses ultrasonic vibrations to create an oil-in-water emulsion with tiny droplet sizes.
So, what does nanoemulsified mean?
You may hear about products with “nano” CBD. In most cases, these products use a process called nano-emulsification to increase the solubility of CBD.
Essentially, nanoemulsion combines tiny, oil-loving molecules to a water-loving carrier. First, this prevents that “oil-in-water” separation, i.e., it will evenly distribute throughout your recipe.
This increases CBD’s absorption throughout your digestive system (since our bodies are 75% water). This also allows for faster-results and higher potency. As a result, nanoemulsion provides more benefits with less for your liver to process.
Understandably, some people have raised questions about the kinds of emulsifiers used during this process. This has prompted research into natural emulsifiers, which is what we use!
In our CBD powder, we use tapioca maltodextrin, an ingredient popular in the chef world for adding texture to dishes.
Choosing Your CBD Dose
This may seem obvious, but not every CBD oil, tincture, or powder is the same. Many oils have that infamous “hemp” taste, which is 100% normal. Still, it can be hard to imagine eating that every day!
To provide an alternative, we focus on flavorless powders and blended tinctures to offer mild, familiar flavors, like peppermint, cinnamon, and orange.
If you’re new to CBD, we suggest starting with a low dose (25mg) and building from there. Depending on the potency of the formula you choose, the amount you use will vary (but that’s not very helpful, is it?).
Since these are already oil-based, naturally, they’re best for oil-based recipes. We recommend starting with 1mL (25mg or 1 full dropper) of full-spectrum CBD Tincture per day and adjust according to your needs.
So, if you have a recipe with multiple servings and wish to provide a full-dose for each person, add 1mL per person. To keep things easy, we include a use a 1ml measuring pipette in our lid droppers.
Best for water-based recipes, we recommend starting with 1 full scoop (12mg) of full-spectrum, nanoemulsified CBD. This allows for a beginner-friendly dose to build on while also being effective!
Nanoemulsified CBD is proven to absorb into your bloodstream more quickly, which means it’s faster-acting and doesn’t require a higher mg.
Become a Cooking With CBD Pro
If you’re looking for ways to introduce CBD into your cooking, it helps to know that your dishes will be delicious! That’s why we’ve formulated our products to allow for recipe flexibility and creativity.
Now, you might be thinking, “What if I want to use my own oil… and its flavor isn’t so subtle?”
Good news! You still have lots of options. Try blending with a savory extra-virgin olive-oil or using complementary flavors, herbs, and spices.
These flavors are known to pair well with natural hemp flavors:
- Dark chocolate
- Peppers (chiles and peppercorns)
- Basil, cilantro, rosemary, and sage
- Ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and mint
Above all, remember to have fun, and don’t be afraid to try new things. Healing doesn’t have to be a chore! We hope this quick-guide inspires you to make the most of your CBD products and start cooking some fantastic dishes today.
Here are some more recipe ideas to cook with CBD every day:
- Soups, stews, broths, and gravies
- Smoothies, juice, coffee, and tea
- Low-acid sauces, salad dressings, and vinaigrettes
- Frosting and sweet/savory glazes
- Spreads, dips, and oil drizzles (like on pizza/toast)
- Chocolate and caramel sauces (hello, sundaes!)
- Kale chips, dried fruits, and homemade granola bars
Looking for more ideas or information about CBD? Contact us here, and we’ll be happy to help!
Writer & Editor: Karen Douglas