The Ultimate Guide to Cooking With CBD Oil
As CBD oil becomes more acceptable and more available throughout Canada, users are experimenting with different ways to ingest the product. Taking CBD oil is as easy as squeezing a dropper underneath your tongue – but not everyone likes the slimy and oily feel of ingesting the product raw.
There are many alternatives to dropping CBD into your mouth: smoking CBD-only flower, vaping CBD, or buying CBD edibles. But you don’t have to stock up on CBD brownies to get your fill of CBD during the day. You can cook savoury meals with CBD oil, too.
Whether you’re making a grilled cheese, a pasta dish, or just enjoying a smoothie on the go, you can use CBD to enhance your meal. Use these tips for cooking (or baking) with CBD oil and making a meal that offers pain relief and boosts your mood.
(Plus, check out our quick and easy recipe for CBD-infused guacamole at the bottom of this post!)
You Can Easily Cook With CBD-Infused Cooking Products
It’s easy to add CBD oil to any of your favourite dishes, especially if they contain fat or oil. This is the reason why CBD baked goods are so popular. CBD-infused foods are already on the market and waiting for you to add them to your next meal.
Brands have already fused the following foods with CBD and put them up for purchase online or at your local health food store:
- Cooking oils
- Peanut butter
If there is a recipe that you want to make using any of these ingredients, go for it! Just remember to keep track of how much CBD oil you’re putting in your food.
Know Your Dosage
The one downside of cooking with CBD oil is that it’s not always easy to gauge how much CBD oil you are ingesting. Unless someone hands you a brownie or a gummy that they bought from a dispensary, you probably won’t know how much CBD (or THC) is in your treat.
You can take control of dosing when you cook for yourself with CBD oil. But first, you have to know how much CBD oil is right for you and your symptoms.
Some people get what they need from 10 mg CBD a day. For people who experience chronic pain or more severe symptoms, 40-50 mg CBD is more suitable. This is quite a range, so experiment with different doses before you infuse CBD into your food.
Use these tips to get the right dose in every meal:
- Experiment beforehand. Dose using CBD droppers, capsules, or gummies so you know how much CBD oil you want to take at one time.
- Drizzle CBD oil over meals or blend into drinks. It’s easy to gauge how much CBD oil you’re ingesting when you measure it out over a soup and lick the bowl clean. Learn more about drizzling CBD oil over meals later on in the post.
- Mix thoroughly. If you’re cooking something that will be cut up later, you might have to do some math to figure out how much CBD was in each bite. Mix, blend, or combine all ingredients thoroughly to spread out CBD oil evenly.
If you’re still not sure how much CBD to use, talk to a healthcare professional about symptoms and what they recommend.
Avoid High Heats
There is one rule to cooking with CBD oil. Don’t let temperatures reach over 350° degrees Fahrenheit. Anything higher than that will burn off the cannabidiol and waste the product that you wanted to ingest in the first place.
When You Can Drop CBD Oil Into Your Food
If you have a bottle of CBD oil lying around at home, you can always mix it into your food with just a few drops. This doesn’t work for every meal, due to CBD oil’s slick texture. This method works best with foods that are already oily in texture or are fatty.
Try dropping CBD oil into:
- Your salad
- Your smoothie bowl
- Scrambled eggs
- Avocado toast
When it comes to dishes like soup or dressings like pesto, you can feel free to add CBD oil before you blend or mix your ingredients. Otherwise, use CBD oil as a finishing touch. Simply drizzle your dropper over your meal and voila! It’s time to eat and chill out.
Don’t Limit Yourself to Food
Another way to add CBD oil to your meals is to blend it into your tea, coffee, or other beverages. A few drops of CBD in your latte can start your day off right. CBD flower in your loose leaf tea can send you to sleep easier.
The texture of oil in your coffee might sound slimy, but after a few cups, you don’t even notice. Fans of the Bulletproof diet or the Keto diet have already been blending their coffee with MCT oil or butter for years – and they notice a significant difference in their energy levels.
Easy Recipe: CBD-Infused Guacamole
Feeling spicy? Use CBD-infused guacamole as a dip or a side to your favourite Mexican dish. It’s super easy to make and serves multiple people.
- 3 avocados
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon (approx. 100mg) CBD oil
- 3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- Peel and mash avocados in a large bowl. (We like them chunky.)
- Squeeze the lime over the avocado and mix. Add salt and CBD oil.
- Add tomatoes and onion and lightly mix. Season with cilantro, garlic, and more salt until it’s ready to serve!
Feel Free to Experiment
There is not a lot of risk in cooking with CBD oil. You won’t get stoned on CBD oil, and you can’t overdose, either. Mild side effects may include nausea, fatigue, or slight digestive problems. If you add an appropriate dose to your food, you should feel free to experiment without worry.
Try out different recipes with CBD-infused butter. Play around with different CBD cooking oils and try a new dish you haven’t made before. Cook with a CBD tincture instead of CBD oil. Most importantly, enjoy your experiments. Cooking in itself can be therapeutic, so don’t let your experimentation stress you out.
Do you have a favourite CBD-infused dish? Share with us below!