Some of us love CBD, some of us love cooking, and at 4 Corners Cannabis we love both! Cooking can be a useful tool to heal and care for our bodies. Historically baking hasn’t always been the healthiest option, and people are always looking for ways to health it up.
We started to think about cooking with CBD oil about the same time as we released our CBD honey product. After all, honey is the perfect natural sweetener that helps avoid regular sugar and gives a healthy sweetness to your baking and cooking.
But that’s just the start, so here’s a rudimentary guide with tips for cooking with CBD Oil!
COOKING WITH CBD OIL- TIPS
My wife is a phenomenal baker. For years she has been experimenting with things like coconut oil vs olive oil, honey vs sugar, different types of flowers, and on and on.
With each of these changes, there are certain things that work and certain that don’t thanks to the different properties of the substances! Cooking with CBD Oil is no different, so here are some tips to help your experimentation easier.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Rather than making homemade CBD oil from homegrown hemp, which requires quite a bit of work, it’s easiest to choose products that are ready for use when you prepare to cook. You may want to choose a CBD product that you can use in a variety of recipes as well. 4 Corners Cannabis’ CBD Honey is ideal for this.
You can also use our CBD Oil mixed with a salad dressing for a quick boost!
It should be mentioned that temperature is a huge factor when cooking with CBD. As the temperature increases, as well as the length of exposure to those temperatures, you risk degrading the cannabinoids you’re trying to use.
This can damage not only the compounds themselves but their synergistic interactions with other compounds. Being mindful of this will help you avoid waste. Before making elaborate cooking plans with CBD, it’s generally best to experiment with foods that involve no actual cooking.
Two rules of thumb for temperatures. We never heat up our CBD while cooking or baking past 350 degrees. We also keep it away from direct heat, so if mixing it with another oil to sauté vegetables, we’ll actually add the CBD Oil last after the veggies are cooked to avoid the heat!
Add it to Uncooked Items
Emily Lawrence, an author at Well and Good, says exactly this in her piece So You Want to Cook with CBD?. She says it’s best to start by adding it to foods like smoothies, salads, and the like. Lawrence also offers a workaround for incorporating it into baked/cooked foods by simply adding CBD to the uncooked accouterments. As an example, you could add CBD to frosting rather than the cupcakes that the frosting will go on.
WHICH CBD PRODUCT SHOULD I USE?
There are a variety of products to choose from when it comes to cooking with CBD, so try to use products that are adaptable to the recipe and ingredients you’re using. You might not necessarily use your daily CBD product to cook. Instead, you may find one better suited for cooking that works as a nice adjunct to your normal CBD regimen.
If your recipe calls for avocado oil, our Avocado Tincture is a sensible choice. For more dessert-oriented options, our Cinnamon Tincture or THC-Free Choco-Mint Tincture would likely complement the recipe nicely. Our CBD Honey provides a cost-effective ingredient for the greatest number of homemade foods. It can be added to sweet dishes as well as certain savory dishes.
As I mentioned earlier, my wife has found more than a few recipes that use honey or sugar where she has successfully modified the recipe to use the 4CC CBD Honey product!
CBD Oil Recipes
Here’s a quick list of links to common recipes in which others have incorporated CBD:
The options for adding CBD to recipes is really quite broad. I will often mix a little CBD in with my morning coffee or with my protein shake after a tough workout. It also is easy to add it to soups, sauces and other oils.
CBD AND MEDICATION
CBD has already worked its way into the daily wellness routines of millions, and we couldn’t be happier about that. If you plan on using CBD in the kitchen though, be sure to give anyone who might be eating your dish a “heads up”. Since CBD can interact with certain medications, it’s best to ensure that everyone knows that the potato salad you brought to the picnic has CBD in it.
Cooking with CBD – Summary
Now we’re ready to wash our hands, put on that apron, and start applying these tips for cooking with CBD! We hope some of this information makes CBD a little more fun and accessible.
Self-care is always easier when it’s integrated into engaging activities like cooking. With this in mind, we encourage you to take the reins and make the best CBD dish yet! To learn more about CBD, food, and the synergy between various phytonutrients and compounds, click here.