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Tips for Cooking with CBD: A Guide

Cooking with CBD Oil

Cooking with cannabidiol isn’t as new of an ingredient as you’d think. CBD oil has been infused and incorporated into teas, foods, and holistic healing methods dating back to the 2000 BC times. CBD infused cooking may be rooted in our past as a human race, but it’s also a great secret ingredient to add to your cooking recipes today. 

By now, you’ve likely heard, if not tried, cannabidiol (CBD) at least once or twice. Now that you’ve mastered it, or are surely on your way to mastering it, you’re ready to bring CBD into your life (aka your kitchen). So welcome to cooking with CBD - a whole new recipe of goodness to master. 

Why Should I Cook with CBD?

CBD is a cannabinoid compound derived from the cannabis plant, naturally. It is most well-known for being the non-psychotropic component of the plant - meaning it won’t produce mind-altering effects. Since it won’t get you high, people are quickly jumping onto the experimental cooking train - adding CBD into their favorite drinks, foods, and tasty treats. 

Cooking with cannabidiol is a creative and fun way to incorporate the therapeutic wellness benefits into your daily routine. Since it is not yet legal for restaurants to serve CBD-infused foods and beverages, it’s best you try at home for yourself first!

Whether you’re wanting to use a CBD oil in your protein shake in the morning to avoid the tincture taste or you’re looking to add a natural and beneficial flavoring that CBD provides in your dessert, cooking with CBD can be a creative and exciting thing to try. 

What Dosage Do I Use to Cook with?

CBD dosages to cook with will vary depending on your frequency and dosage of taking CBD, the quality and bioavailability of the products you are using, as well as the administration and cooking methods you decide on. 

Dosage: Start Low, Go Slow

For instance, if you are using our Peppermint Isolate Hemp Oil, which contains 16.7 milligrams of CBD per serving, it’s best to start slow and low.

We recommend starting with a quarter to half of a full dropper (4.18 - 8.35 mg) as an ingredient in your cooking recipe. You can always add more CBD hemp oil in your next meal or creation if you don’t feel it was enough CBD for you. 

Quality Over Quality: CBD Bioavailability Matters

The quality of your CBD products makes all the difference. I’m sure you’re wondering, “how do I know if the CBD is good quality?”. Great question! Ask the company for certificates of analysis, if they do third-party lab testing, and how and where their cannabis is grown. 

Here, at Hempulse, our CBD products are manufactured in Salt Lake City, Utah, tested for potency and purity, ensuring each and every product is consistent and compliant to our highest of standards. 

If your CBD oil and products aren’t the greatest of quality, they may lose potency while under extreme cold or hot temperatures.

Cooking Methods: Hot or Cold CBD 

The degrees at which your CBD oil was created will greatly apply to what temperature it can be cooked at. For instance, our Isolate Hemp Oil is prepared at 200 degrees, carried in a hemp seed oil, improving the bioavailability of the CBD. 

When CBD oil is heated up to 220 degrees, for example, the cannabinoids can begin to disappear from the oil. This makes cooking with CBD less effective, being that you may not be able to achieve the beautiful benefits of this magical herb. Temperature is important! More on that below. 

How to Cook with CBD Oil: 4 Easy Steps

CBD-infused cooking doesn’t really have rules yet (legally), so you’re free as a bird to use it in your kitchen however you may please. 

Here’s 4 short tips/guidelines for those starting their CBD cooking adventure. 

1. Stick to What You Know

When cooking with CBD oil, it’s best to stick to your cooking roots. You’ve got a scrumptious brownie recipe you’re well-known for in your family? Start there! If you don’t want to dropper CBD oil directly into your batter, you can always dropper it onto a teaspoon! We recommend using about 0.75 - 1 teaspoon worth of CBD oil to start. 

2. Start Small

Just how the saying goes, “slow and steady wins the race” - you can apply that here when it comes to CBD in your food. Like any type of oil or ingredient, you can add as you go (you can’t really take it back if you’d added too much).

3. Fats are Your Friend

I’m sure you giggled at that because when in the world would fat be our friend?! Well in cooking, of course! Back to making the brownies, if you’re nervous about just adding CBD oil into your ingredient mix, add the CBD to your butter first!

By mixing the CBD with butter, oil, or avocado, you can mix together the oils, blending them seamlessly together. Combining them on a very low heat may help you incorporate the CBD into your recipe without as much nervousness. 

4. Keep Your Cool

You got this - CBD is your newest cooking friend. Once those beautiful brownies come out of the oven, store them in a cool and dry place. Cooking at a temperature higher than 220 degrees will cause your CBD to evaporate, cooking it right out of your food. 

In addition, you can lose the nutrients and terpenes in the cannabidiol that you’re aiming to add into your food. 

Where Can I Purchase CBD?

You can purchase CBD in the comfort of your own home via e-commerce! The internet has came a long way since the 90s and CBD oil shopping can be a breeze.

If you’re ready to dive into CBD cooking, you’ll want to start with high quality CBD from Hempulse. 

Created from organically grown hemp in Salt Lake City, Utah, our proprietary strands are packed with beautifully natural terpenes and flavonoids. 

Our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is a great option for your cooking desires. Not only does it contain high-quality CBD, but also other natural cannabinoids including CBG, CBN, and CBDV.

Cooking with CBD Oil: Final Thoughts

CBD-infused cooking doesn’t have to be over complicated or exquisite; you don't have to try to be like Martha Stewart. Cooking in the comfortability of your own home, with all-natural, non-toxic cannabidiols can be a relaxing outlet for your creative side. 

Add CBD oil to your favorite salad dressing, protein shake, or brownie recipe, your tastebuds will gladly thank you sooner than later! 

You never know until you try!

-- Written by Kirsten Thornhill

Human Physiologist | Content Writer | Lifestyle Medicine Advocate
Kirsten Thornhill was born and raised in a small town in Northern California. She graduated with her Bachelors from CSU Stanislaus in Turlock, CA in Kinesiology Exercise Physiology and her Masters from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA in Kinesiology Exercise Physiology. Kirsten is very passionate about human physiology and the metabolic and nutritional adaptations that occur in athletes. She has specialized in teaching clinical and practical exercise and rehabilitation applications. She enjoys educating and informing people on the importance of lifetime movement, holistic and lifestyle medicine, and health research and development. Her passion for alternative medicine enables her to strive when promoting health and education.

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