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How To Cook With CBD Oil

Interested in cooking with CBD oil, but not sure where to start? Our definitive guide explains exactly what you need to know about cooking with cannabidiol, and how to add it to your favourite recipes. Keep reading to find out more.

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Why add CBD oil to food and drink?

CBD is an extremely versatile cannabinoid used in dozens of ways. Despite this, some users struggle to find a method of administration that suits their lifestyle and preferences. Perhaps you find the taste of raw CBD oil unpleasant or prefer to have something else in your stomach when you dose? Others find it challenging to remember to take CBD oil throughout the day, especially those with busy schedules.

In any case, you can integrate CBD oil into your routine in a comfortable, convenient, and natural way—by adding it to food and drink. You can infuse CBD oil, CBD hemp seed oil, and CBD black cumin seed oil into a wide variety of dishes, with delicious and effective results.

Advantages of cooking with CBD oil

• CBD oil is excellent in salads, smoothies, and other fresh treats
• Convenient and straightforward
• Masks the natural taste of CBD oil
• Effects last longer

Disadvantages of cooking with CBD oil

• Can’t heat CBD oil directly
• Delayed onset of effects
• Difficult to get a precise dose (recipe-dependent)
• Works best in recipes with healthy fats

How to use CBD oil in cooking

As we’ve alluded to, there are several ways to infuse CBD oil into everyday food and drink.

• Drinks

Adding CBD to smoothies is a great way to incorporate the cannabinoid into your daily routine. Smoothies tend to have a strong taste and texture, masking the CBD oil. Another advantage of this approach is that you won’t lose any CBD—once it’s in the blender, it has nowhere to go. As such, CBD smoothies are economical, and also helpful to users who need to dose precisely.

But, it isn’t just smoothies that benefit from CBD oil—teas and coffees can too! Add a few drops directly to tea and coffee for a natural boost (just make sure to add the CBD oil once the tea/coffee is off the heat).

• Hot dishes

You don’t want to fry with CBD oil at all. Not only will you lose most of your oil at the bottom of the pan, but you’ll lose the valuable CBD to heat and evaporation. If you’d like to incorporate CBD oil into a hot dish, simply wait until it’s done and sprinkle some on top.

Baking with CBD oil is another convenient and tasty option, but try not to go above 170°C/338°F or your CBD will start to degrade. Stay below that threshold, and you won’t lose any of the product—all of your CBD will go directly into your food.

Baking also allows you to measure out your doses precisely. If you have a plate of sixteen equal-sized brownies, and you know precisely how much CBD oil went into the batch, you can calculate how much CBD each brownie contains.

• Cold dishes

If you’re having a salad, why not toss some CBD oil into the mix? Putting CBD oil on salads is an excellent option as it bypasses the tricky exposure to heat. Just make sure to save a piece of bread or dry lettuce leaf to pick up any CBD remaining on the side of the plate. In fact, CBD oil makes an excellent dressing or garnish for innumerable cold dishes, not just salads!

Extra tips for cooking with CBD oil

If you can’t see a suggestion you like the look of, feel free to experiment with CBD oil and your favourite foods. Just keep these top tips in mind when cooking.

• Use CBD oils from high-quality sources

Extracting CBD from raw plant material requires sophisticated machinery. Without it, there’s no telling what compounds, chemicals, and additives will be left behind. If you’re going to cook with CBD oil, make sure you choose a reputable producer, one that independently tests their products. By looking through third-party tests results, you can check the oil’s exact contents before you add it to your signature dish.

• Avoid directly heating CBD oil

We’ve alluded to this already, but when cooking with CBD oil, avoid direct heat at all costs. Excessive temperatures will not only degrade CBD (spoiling its effects) but, depending on the carrier oil, you risk harmful free radicals forming.

Just because you have to avoid high temperatures doesn’t mean you can’t add CBD to your favourite hot foods. It may mean, however, that rather than adding it during the early stages of cooking, you wait until later in the recipe and stir CBD oil directly into a sauce or garnish.

• Incorporate healthy fats

CBD is hydrophobic, meaning it repels water. Instead, the cannabinoid binds easily with fats, and doing so improves its absorption rate. If you’re going to cook with CBD oil, it works best in recipes that utilise healthy fats such as coconut, avocado, full-fat yoghurt, and oily fish. Or, if you fancy a treat, try using a small amount of cream in your coffee instead of milk.

• Start slow with CBD oil

When trying anything new with CBD oil, start with a small amount of a low-concentration formula. With your body having to process food and the active cannabinoids, effects may differ slightly. It’s always best to start slow and see how you feel. Once you’ve mastered the culinary side of CBD oil experimentation, you can find what dose works for you.

What’s the right dose of CBD oil for cooking?

Unless you’re experienced in cooking with CBD oil, it’s best to stick to what you know. By that we mean using the same dose you usually would. If you’re adding CBD oil to your lunchtime meal, and would typically take 3–4 drops sublingually, simply sprinkle the same amount on your food instead.

Don’t forget that CBD consumed orally has to contend with the digestive system, which means a delayed onset. The benefit, however, is that when the effects do kick in, they’ll last longer.

A common mistake novices make is adding more and more CBD oil to food because they aren’t feeling the same effects immediately, when all they need to do is wait 40–60 minutes. Once you’re accustomed to cooking with CBD oil, you can increase or decrease the dose accordingly.

Should you try cooking with CBD oil?

The most important rule for cooking with CBD oil is to experiment and find what works best for you. If you don’t know where to start, you can check out some of the recipes we have on offer. Whichever culinary route you choose, take care and have fun!

The Cibdol store features a comprehensive selection of independently tested CBD oils perfect for including in a variety of dishes—whether you love sweet, savoury, or both! If you still want to learn more about CBD oil before trying it for yourself, you can refer to our CBD Encyclopedia for a beginner-friendly breakdown.

Looking for a new way to incorporate CBD into your routine? Check out our guide to successfully cooking with CBD oil and hemp seed oil.

What Is Hemp Oil?

Buying, Using, and Recipes

The Spruce Eats / Lindsay Kreighbaum

In terms of popularity, hemp seed oil might not be on the same level as olive oil or even coconut oil, but that could be due to the confusion that surrounds the product. Hemp seed oil has both culinary and beauty applications, but in the kitchen, it’s recognized for unusually high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids, called the omegas. It does not, however, contain THC, the substance in marijuana responsible for producing the “high.”

What Is Hemp Oil?

Most hemp seed oil is raw (made from raw hemp seeds), cold-pressed, and unrefined. Too delicate to handle any heat, it makes a flavorful finishing oil for lightly drizzling on soups or entrées. The translucent green color and common but erroneous association with marijuana might be off-putting at first, but hemp seed oil adds both rich flavor and beneficial fatty acids.

How to Use Hemp Oil

Hemp seed oil is darker and more intense than the neutral oils you might be used to, such as vegetable oil. It also has a low smoke point, which means it starts to burn at a low temperature, which negatively affects the flavor. In other words, hemp seed oil does not make a good choice for frying.

Hemp seed oil is perfect for being drizzled on rice or grain salads such as tabbouleh, used as a dip for toast points, or as part of a blended sauce such as a vinaigrette, hemp pesto, or even homemade mayonnaise. Add a small amount to a smoothie or drizzle it on top of hummus, a plate of pasta, roasted vegetables, or a bowl of soup.

What Does It Taste Like?

Hemp seed oil tastes a bit like walnuts or sunflower seeds, making it ideal for use in salad dressings or as a bread dip. However, because of the strong flavor, hemp seed oil is not suitable for anything sweet or delicate that might get overpowered. You might want to mix it with a milder oil in a sweet salad dressing such as a raspberry vinaigrette.

Recipes With Hemp Oil

Hemp seed oil is not heat stable, so it’s best used in uncooked applications.

  • Hemp Seed Oil Vinaigrette
  • Hemp Seed Oil Honey Mustard Dressing
  • Hemp Seed Pesto

Where to Buy Hemp Oil

Well-stocked grocery stores in the United States, including some of the big-box discount chains, should carry at least one brand of cold-pressed hemp seed oil; you may find it on the shelf with the other cooking oils or with the refrigerated health food products. Natural food stores also stock it and you can order it online. Refined hemp seed oil doesn’t make a good choice for the kitchen; it loses most of the nutritional value, along with its flavor and color, during processing.

Storage

Once opened, hemp seed oil needs to be stored in the refrigerator or freezer and should be used within three months. Unopened hemp seed oil can be kept in the pantry; refer to the “best by” date on the package for the shelf life.

Nutrition and Benefits

Along with hemp seeds and hemp protein, hemp seed oil is a way to get the benefits of this superfood. Advocates of cooking with hemp seed oil point to the seed’s rich omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids content, which contribute to the health of cell membranes and skin, hair, and nails; help reduce inflammation; and improve heart health, among other benefits.   Hemp seed oil has a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids  , matching the balance required by the human body for optimal health, and one tablespoon provides the recommended daily requirement. It’s a source of vitamins A and E, and, at 5 to 7 percent, low in saturated fat compared with many other culinary oils.   A 1-tablespoon serving contains about 125 calories.  

Myths

Usually referred to as hemp seed oil, but sometimes called cannabis sativa seed oil or just plain hemp oil, this product is different than CBD oil, a product most often used medicinally or therapeutically. It comes from the flowers or stems of the cannabis plant and contains cannabinoids, sometimes including THC, the chemical responsible for marijuana’s effect. Standard hemp seed oil is made by cold-pressing hemp seeds and has no psychoactive properties. You cannot get high from consuming it.

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