How to Cook with CBD Oil

What’s your favorite ingredient to cook with? Bacon? Onions? CBD?

You might not see it show up on an episode of Iron Chef any time soon, but CBD, (AKA cannabidiol) is becoming increasingly popular in the kitchen. Derived from hemp plants, cannabidiol is a safe, legal, non-psychoactive chemical (psst, that means it won’t get you high) with a long list of health benefits: it lowers blood pressures, alleviates nausea, improves mood, relieves various aches and pains, and can even reduce certain types of seizures.

There are a lot of ways people get their daily dose of CBD, from topical ointments to vaporized dabs. For those who love to spend time over a hot stove, though, there’s no option better than cooking with CBD oil.

What does it taste like?

In keeping with its origins as a plant derivative, CBD oil has a natural, earthy, herb-y taste that goes well with savory dishes. When you shop for CBD, keep an eye out for all-organic oils as they often have a less intense flavor profile. On the other hand, if you’re more interested in baking sweet treats, mix your CBD oil with butter. This will not only help cut the oil’s savoriness, but the butter’s fat content will help the cannabidiol absorb into your body more efficiently.

How much do you use?

Cooking with CBD oil is not that different from cooking with any other type of oil, such as olive oil or peanut oil (although it more of an accompaniment for such oils rather than a replacement) Where the difference comes in is making sure you find the right balance so you take take full advantage of the cannabidiol. Too much and the CBD’s side effects (drowsiness, dry mouth, lightheadedness) can overshadow its benefits. Too little and those benefits might not even be felt, defeating the purpose of using CBD in the first place.

While there’s no official standard for CBD dosages, 1 to 6 milligrams per 10 pounds of body weight is the usual rule of thumb. Of course, when that’s dispersed across an entire cooked dish, a single serving can end up containing a lot less than that (or, if you overcorrect, a lot more). Pay attention to how many servings the recipe you’re using makes, then do a little math to figure out how much CBD you need in order to get the right amount of milligrams per serving.

Other suggestions:

  •         Do not cook CBD oil over direct heat, as this can reduce the cannabidiol’s effectiveness.
  •         Foods with stronger flavors work best, as they’re less likely to be overwhelmed by the CBD.
  •         Store leftovers in a cool, dark place to ensure the CBD doesn’t lose any of its efficacy.
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