CBD is everywhere these days and not just in tinctures. You can spray it, smoke it and even make your own foam. But lately the CBD consumption trend is really taking the lead. You can buy edible CBD gummies, muffins, cookies, granola bars, protein powder, and you can even find local coffee shops and bakeries with CBD-infused products.
For those who are extremely frugal (and extremely picky), this begs an important question: Can you cook with CBD at home? And if so, what can you cook?”
The answer: absolutely! And the possibilities are almost limitless – besides, you don’t need to be a professional chef to do it!”
This does not mean that some skills are not necessary when cooking with CBD. You should take the time to plan your recipe carefully and pay particular attention to things like cooking temperature (spoiler: you probably shouldn’t fry with it!) and the calculation of dosages.
Sounds confusing? Don’t worry. We will cover everything you need to know about cooking with different CBD products, choosing compatible flavor combinations, cooking temperatures and more. But first, let’s answer the most important question – why do you want to cook with CBD?”
- Benefits of Consuming CBD
- Other benefits of cooking with CBD include:
- How to cook with CBD
- Step Two: Find a Recipe
- Step Three: Temperature (find a reference)
- Step Four: Calculate Your Dosage
- Step Five: Prepare and Store Properly
- Six Tips for Cooking with CBD
- 1. Start small
- 2. Stir, then stir again
- 3. Choose flavors wisely
- 4. Consider preparing cold foods
- 5. Invest in a thermometer
- 6. Store CBD properly
- Five CBD-Infused Recipes to Try
- Homemade Pizza
- Toast with Avocado and Poached Egg
- Dirty Enough Martini
- Snapshot Salad
- “Colorful Cauliflower Salad”
- Key Takeaways
- YouTube video: CBD Cooking: 7 Amazing Benefits
Benefits of Consuming CBD
Eating CBD is just one way to enjoy the benefits of the active cannabinoid, but it is quickly becoming the most popular. Why? Because CBD edibles are delicious! And because they provide the same benefits as other CBD products like tinctures or capsules.
This means that whether you are using CBD for anxiety, depression, pain or another ailment, using CBD in your home recipes is still a great way to get those benefits.
Other benefits of cooking with CBD include:
- Gaining complete control over potency and dosage
- Hiding the CBD taste in your favorite foods
- Saving money by buying CBD-infused cooking oil or free CBD instead of ready-made meals
- Creating new recipes and changing your CBD routine, so it never gets boring
- Extending the reach of gummies and candies to hearty CBD-infused snacks and meals like granola bars or pasta
- Making CBD tablets at home to share with friends and family (with their consent of course!)
If this sounds like your cup of tea (enriched with CBD), take a look at our step-by-step guide to cooking with CBD below.
How to cook with CBD
If you know your way around the kitchen, cooking with CBD may come naturally to you. This is especially true if you choose a CBD product designed for cooking, such as CBD-infused cooking oil.
However, anyone can learn to cook with CBD, even if they don’t have a natural culinary flair. If you are one of those who have to pull the box of macaroni and cheese out of the trash to double-check a recipe, fear not! This five-step process will have you making cannabis-infused treats in no time! Choose a Product
There are several different ways you can use CBD in your kitchen, and each offers different advantages and disadvantages. Typically, any CBD tincture or isolate powder can be used to make CBD-enriched products. The strength and flavor of these products vary greatly, so you should consider each product and how it can be used.
Naturally, flavored oils offer more advanced recipe options, while flavored oils can help mask the flavor of your chosen dish. We’re willing to bet that a simple full-spectrum tincture will pair well with a spicy pasta sauce, while a citrus-flavored tincture will make excellent lemon biscuits.
As the market has shifted towards edibles containing CBD, leading brands have stayed ahead of the game by offering CBD-infused oils and cooking ingredients. Some brands like Herb & Olive have been producing premium cooking oil for decades and then decided to add hemp to the mix. Picking up a bottle of CBD-infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a great way to infuse your kitchen with CBD.
Alternatively, you can prepare CBD-infused dishes the same way you prepare hemp-infused dishes – with raw hemp flower. It requires a little more labor and you will probably get a stronger herbal aroma. However, if you want to give it a try, check out our guide to making cannabis-infused edibles.
Choosing a product that meets your needs for taste and potency is important, but even more important is figuring out how to choose a reliable, high-quality brand. Making sure of the quality of the source product is crucial for creating delicious and effective CBD-infused products at home.
Step Two: Find a Recipe
Once you have chosen a CBD product for cooking, determine which CBD infused dishes you want to make and find a recipe. You can use almost any recipe that contains oil or fat and does not require extremely high temperatures (see step three). Almost any recipe for a stir fry, dinner or breakfast meal will work to make CBD-infused foods, so you can get really creative! For example, an easy CBD-infused meal can be made by using an item in a box that requires butter (like macaroni and cheese) with CBD cooking oil or a measured dose of tincture! Once you have mastered cooking with CBD, you can always expand your horizons and explore more complex dishes.
If you are looking for inspiration, you can pick up a CBD cookbook (yes, they exist!) on Amazon. We recommend the book The CBD Cookbook for Beginners (The CBD Cookbook for Beginners) by Mary J. White or The CBD Kitchen by Leah Vanderveldt.
Step Three: Temperature (find a reference)
Cannabinoids are somewhat picky about heat, so special considerations are necessary when cooking with CBD. First, low temperature can convert CBDa into CBD, making the oil more effective. This process is called “decarboxylation” or “decarbing”. Many CBD products are decarboxylated during production to increase the CBD content of the final batch.
On the other hand, cannabinoids begin to break down at high temperatures. CBD’s exact temperature resistance varies, but evidence suggests that it begins to vaporize at temperatures higher than 320 degrees Fahrenheit (PDF).
In other words, you should cook with CBD at low temperatures to prevent the concentration of your chosen CBD product from degrading. In most cases, you can adjust the temperature and cooking time of each recipe to meet these needs. For example, biscuits baked at 350 degrees for 15 minutes can be baked at 315 degrees for 20 minutes.
If you are unsure how to make these adjustments, you may want to consider going back to step two and choosing a recipe that requires a lower cooking temperature. You will definitely want to avoid recipes that require deep frying or pan frying with your CBD oil, as such high temperatures will likely result in a loss of CBD and terpene potency. Heating CBD oil too much can also leave a bitter aftertaste.
Step Four: Calculate Your Dosage
Once you have chosen your recipe and product, you are almost ready to start cooking. First, carefully cross-reference your desired dosage per serving and the number of servings to cook in the recipe. This will help you decide how much CBD you need to add.
If you are making a dozen muffins and want about 10 mg of CBD in each, you will need to add 120 mg of CBD to the batch. This is where careful CBD product selection comes into play – if you are using a CBD-enriched cooking oil, you should not add more oil than the recipe calls for. Instead, you can increase the CBD dosage by adding a dropper of your favorite CBD tincture.
Alternatively, if the recipe calls for a cup of oil but there is more CBD than you need, add the desired amount of CBD-infused oil and then finish with regular cooking oil.
Step Five: Prepare and Store Properly
Once you have configured the recipe, temperature and CBD dosage, you are ready to get to work in the kitchen. Monitor the temperatures carefully so that they don’t get too high, otherwise you could end up with a bitter, ineffective mess.
Make sure to store your creations properly – perishable foods should be refrigerated. Other things may be fine for a few days at room temperature in an airtight container. You can also freeze leftovers (depending on the recipe) to make them last longer!”
Six Tips for Cooking with CBD
In conclusion, cooking with CBD is not much different from the way you cook every day. Remember that learning how to cook CBD-containing products is a process, so if it doesn’t turn out the way you want, you can always try again.
Still, there are a few precautions you can take to help make your CBD culinary experience a success, or at least minimize the mistakes you might make along the way. Try applying these tips when cooking with CBD:
1. Start small
One of the most important tips we can give for cooking with CBD is to start small and slow. This is important if you are new to taking CBD and also if you are an experienced CBD user who is just starting to cook with CBD.
Small doses at first can help you get used to your new routine until you realize how much CBD you need to get comfortable. But most importantly, when learning to cook with CBD, using small amounts will minimize waste. If your recipe doesn’t work, you lose less of your precious product. We also recommend starting with an easy recipe to reduce the chance of something going horribly wrong! You might even consider making a “half batch” the first time or halving your recipe.
2. Stir, then stir again
Stirring is very important when cooking with CBD! You may need to stir more than when you are not cooking with CBD. After adding the CBD oil to your recipe, stir at least twice as long as the recipe recommends to distribute the CBD evenly throughout the dish. The ultimate goal is to have a similar amount of CBD in each serving, so mix it up!”
Note: Some recipes, such as yeast dough and some baked goods, can be over-processed, which causes them to spoil when cooked. If the recipe warns against “over-processing” the dough or batter, it may not be a good candidate for cooking with CBD.
3. Choose flavors wisely
If you want your CBD food to taste great, you can go beyond the “CBD in everything” mentality and try to determine which recipes will best complement the taste of your preferred CBD product. This is especially important if you are preparing CBD dishes for someone with a picky palate, as some flavors will better disguise the hemp taste of many full spectrum CBD products.
More refined CBD oil can taste less savory, and pure CBD isolate products are often tasteless. This makes them a good choice for a wide variety of recipes, including those with sweet, spicy or more delicate flavors. Of course, refining the product to remove flavor can also remove many of the beneficial compounds (such as terpenes) found in full-spectrum hemp products.
Less refined CBD oils are more “natural” and typically contain a more diverse cannabinoid and terpene profile, as well as more vitamins and amino acids than hemp. These oils pair better with heavy flavors, such as a dish with strong spices and herbs. Raw or less refined cannabis oil can also complement strong flavors like dark chocolate.
Pro tip: If you need help matching flavors, find a CBD product designed for cooking to reduce the guesswork. If you are familiar with cooking with olive oil, you can try Herb & Olive’s CBD Extra Virgin Olive Oil instead of your regular oil.
4. Consider preparing cold foods
Due to the temperature barrier, some recipes will not work well for cooking with CBD oil. This is especially true for fried foods that require high cooking temperatures. If you want to alleviate concerns about CBD degrading at very high temperatures, consider making cold dishes.
This can include foods that do not need to be cooked, such as guacamole, salads or dishes where CBD oil can be easily added after cooking is complete. For example, a pasta salad can be cooked first and the CBD oil can be added to the dish after removing it from the stove.
5. Invest in a thermometer
If you are committed to cooking hot meals with CBD, you may want to consider investing in a cooking thermometer. According to current research, CBD begins to break down at 320 degrees Fahrenheit, so you should monitor the temperature of the food using your thermometer throughout the cooking process.
Keep in mind that your oven’s temperature gauge may be slightly inaccurate, so always double check with your thermometer to maintain the integrity of the CBD oil.
We recommend getting something with a long wire probe, like the ThermoPro TP-16 Thermometers, so you can use it in the oven. They also have preset temperature settings, alarms and other features that will allow you to use them in “normal” cooking as well, and they are very economical.
6. Store CBD properly
Your CBD oil product (whether it is edible oil, tincture or isolated powder) should probably be stored in an airtight container, away from direct sunlight. Cannabinoids are naturally sensitive to heat and light, and exposure to certain elements can result in reduced potency.
Storing these products at room temperature is generally appropriate. Some food products containing CBD for cooking purposes may need to be refrigerated. The best way to maintain the freshness of your CBD products is to check the label and store accordingly.
Five CBD-Infused Recipes to Try
The possibilities of what you can cook with CBD are almost endless, which is exciting, but certainly doesn’t make it easy to choose. If you don’t know what to make, don’t worry! Check out the delicious CBD recipes below:
This CBD pizza is nothing out of the ordinary. It starts with homemade pizza dough and is topped with serrano peppers, dried hibiscus, mozzarella cheese and CBD EVOO. Served for two to four people.
Toast with Avocado and Poached Egg
A hemp-infused twist on a modern treat, toast with avocado and a perfect poached egg drizzled with CBD-infused EVOO.
Dirty Enough Martini
Ever wondered if you could saturate a martini with CBD? Now you can! Check out this “Dirty Enough” martini recipe to learn step-by-step how to make this CBD EVOO-infused vodka drink.
This bright fruit and vegetable salad will add a much needed CBD boost to breakfast, lunch or dinner. Just toss and drizzle with spicy CBD EVOO-infused dressing!”
“Colorful Cauliflower Salad”
This garlic-infused cauliflower and CBD EVOO dish comes together in no time and is as appealing as it is delicious!
Cooking with CBD is a great way to make CBD edibles designed to meet your specific needs and can help you cut costs and always have a delicious dose of CBD.
Cbd can work well in many recipes as long as they have some fat or oil content. However, you will want to avoid recipes that require high temperatures, as CBD does not tolerate many temperatures above 320 degrees Fahrenheit.
There are different CBD products such as oils and powders that can be used for cooking with CBD. Products designed for cooking, such as edible oils containing CBD, make it even easier.
Start with small amounts and read all instructions carefully to minimize mistakes. Most importantly, have fun and don’t give up. With perseverance you will definitely find your CBD kitchen!