CBD oil is one of our most popular products because of its diversity. You can use oil in many different ways, and it is possible to cook with it. There are a few ground rules and things to know before cooking with CBD, however. So, we’ve put together as much information as possible to help you cook more effectively with your CBD oils.
When is the best time to use CBD oil in cooking?
Technically, you can add CBD at any stage during the cooking process. However, the best time to add it to your food is when no heat is present. The hotter it gets, the worse the conditions will be for the CBD in your oil. Let’s explain things to you as simply as possible.
CBD has a boiling point between 320 and 356 degrees Fahrenheit. When it reaches this temperature, it begins to evaporate into a gas. Effectively, what happens is the oil begins breaking down and releasing into the air. As a result, all the benefits of CBD are lost to the atmosphere as a gas. So, when you cook and add CBD oil to hot dishes, it can just evaporate. Therefore, you don’t see the benefits of adding the oil to your food – you may as well have chosen any other oil out there!
So, adding oil when the food is cooling down is the best time to see the true benefits. This will be after the food has finished cooking for hot meals, probably just as you’re serving it up. Your meal will still be warm, but it’s not hot enough to evaporate the CBD in the oil.
You can add it whenever you like as there’s no heat to damage it for cold meals or drinks. In which case, some people prefer adding it in the beginning, so it’s easier to mix the oil with the rest of the dish.
What foods are good with CBD?
In all honesty, you can add CBD to just about anything. CBD oil doesn’t have a very powerful taste when combined with other foods. On its own, you will notice it has quite an earthy taste, but this tends to get overpowered by other elements of a dish. Put it this way: cooking with CBD oil isn’t about tasting the CBD; it’s about gaining the benefits from it.
There are a few things that CBD works well in:
Foods containing fats
Did you know that CBD is a fat-soluble compound? This means that it can be dissolved in fats, which is a great property to have when you’re cooking. Consequently, pairing CBD with fatty foods is beneficial as it dissolves in them and can be digested and absorbed a lot better in your body. This opens up a whole world of ideas and opportunities for you to explore!
Generally, one of the best ways to cook with CBD is to infuse it in a fat source. If you’re making a salad, adding CBD to some olive oil is the perfect way to upgrade your dressing. The same goes for any fat-based marinades that might go over the meat, vegetables, or anything else. Many people will even add some to butter to put on toast or to use when baking. Now, baking with CBD oil is fairly popular, but what about oil evaporation? Thankfully, most baked goods don’t reach the temperature needed for CBD to evaporate, so this isn’t a big problem. Still, due to the heat, you will likely see a decreased potency in baked CBD products compared to raw ones.
Drinks & smoothies
The first idea opens up avenues for all sorts of different CBD-infused meals. Alongside this, you could also add a few drops of CBD oil to your favorite drinks. It works well in coffee, largely thanks to how the taste of CBD blends with the taste of the coffee. It almost brings a more earthy and rich flavor to the drink, which is a nice bonus!
Similarly, putting CBD oil in juices or smoothies is another smart approach. Especially if you follow the previous advice and include some natural fats in the smoothie recipe, adding avocado or nuts to the smoothie will be perfect for CBD oil to blend with it.
In reality, there are no rules on what food you can and can’t add CBD too. However, if you want to see the best benefits, follow the two rules listed above!
How to use CBD oil when cooking
Finally, we’ll briefly go over a couple of rules relating to how you should use your CBD oil. You’ve learned about avoiding high temperatures; you know the types of foods that work best with it, but what about the quantity and quality of your CBD?
Quantity-wise, you should start with small doses. You’ll be amazed at how much of an impact a small dose can have, and you also want to avoid overpowering the dish. Plus, if you’re taking CBD in other forms throughout the day, there’s a danger that you can take a bit too much. While achieving the 20,000mg of CBD required for it to be toxic is unlikely to happen, you may still see some adverse effects. Mainly, this would be something akin to witnessing the extreme benefits of CBD. For instance, you might feel overly relaxed and be unable to do your daily tasks.
When it comes to CBD quality, you really should use the best stuff when cooking. Some people advocate using cheaper CBD in cooking, but there’s no point. CBD will naturally not be as potent in cooking as it is when taken on its own. This is because it mixes with other things – but that’s the same for vitamins in food; eating a carrot raw will give you more vitamin E than eating it cooked. So, the higher the quality of your CBD oil, the more benefits you’ll see when using it with food.
To summarize, CBD can be used when cooking a range of different things. It works best when paired with fat sources, and it’s very good in drinks. Try to avoid applying direct heat to CBD oil as it can evaporate and lose its potency. If you need any more help regarding CBD or CBD oil, don’t hesitate to get in touch!