Cooking With CBD
According to Wikipedia, “cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.”
While there have only been a few human studies for CBD, and yet a Gallup Survey found that 1 in 7 Adults Use CBD Products (https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2019-08-08/1-in-7-adults-use-cbd-products-gallup-survey-finds).
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil fever has hit. If you’re looking to reduce stress, nausea, and insomnia then cooking with CBD oil is something you should definitely try. If you’re new to CBD, or if you’ve never cooked with it, you may have some questions.
How do you add CBD to food? Will it mix well with any drinks? Can CBD intoxicate you? Does it actually work? For all of this and more, read on!
Will CBD Intoxicate You?
CBD is found in cannabis plants like hemp and yes, marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not proven to intoxicate you. Also, according to the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”
CBD has, however, proven to relax people in ways that help with depression, insomnia, and anxiety. If you live in a state where marijuana is not legal, or you enjoy being relaxed but not feeling intoxicated, you should definitely look into CBD.
Combine It With A Fat
You can take CBD as a drop under your tongue, in a vape pen, or by adding it to food or drink. To add it to your cooking, it works best to combine the CBD with fat. Butter or coconut oil work great with CBD. Once you’ve combined your CBD mixture, you can use it the same way you would use butter or oil!
One thing you need to remember is to be careful with heat. CBD can evaporate and loose potency when you apply too much heat. It is best to drizzle some CBD oil over avocado toast, pizza, or eggs. It is a great companion to sauces like guacamole and you can also mix it into salads and pesto as well!
CBD blends better with savory than sweet. It mixes very well in soups, pastas, and salad dressings. You can also make gummies or mix it into drinks!
CBD drink ideas include:
- Fresh Mint Tea
- Chai and iced chai teas
For mixing CBD into a drink, you usually only need to add the right amount and shake it up! CBD oil will mix with most drinks, so you do not need to combine it with butter or another fat. It is best, however, to follow the recipe just in case your drink is the exception rather than the rule.
If you cook with too much CBD oil, you may experience dizziness or nausea. Some report an “uplifted” feeling, but don’t worry. You’re not intoxicated, you just ingested too much CBD. Make sure to regulate your dosage.
If you aren’t experienced with CBD, start with a small dose and move up until you feel your desired results. Less is better in this situation, because you can always take more but you can’t go back in time to take less! If you are adding large doses and still feeling no benefits, CBD may not be for you. Don’t risk taking too much.
Some report side effects associated with CBD. These include diarrhea, mild nausea, dizziness, excessive fatigue, and dry mouth. If you experience any of these, you may be taking too much CBD or CBD may not be for you. CBD should relax you and ease your troubles, it should not give you stress. If CBD isn’t working for you, consult a doctor and seek other treatments for your anxiety.
Precaution: Consult your doctor before using CBD.