The obsession for CBD has hit the roof. The miracle drug has been revered for its ability to soothe anxiety, induce sleep and reduce pain. These are just the cusp of the myriad of CBD benefits that are set on the table.
The flexibility of its use is what truly sets it apart from other drugs. Further CBD can be used either as a gummy bear or even as an edible that you can pop in at work. You can incorporate CBD into just about anything! Do you want to infuse it into your olive oil and use it as a salad dressing? Yes, you can. Do you want to get the best of cocoa and CBD into a single chocolate bar? Yes, you can. Pizzas, tacos….You name it, and CBD has it covered!
We will however be focusing on what are the thing to keep in mind while cooking with CBD.
First the basics.
What Is CBD, To Begin With?
CBD or cannabidiol is one of the many active compounds that you can find from extraction from cannabis or marijuana plant. CBD is bunched up with other similar compounds called Cannabinoids, like THC and terpenes. Apart from marijuana, you can also obtain CBD from hemp plant seed too.
Misinformation has created mass hysteria in many people regarding what CBD does. CBD has very little to do with marijuana. The feeling of disorientation and giddiness when consuming marijuana is caused due to a compound called THC. THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is a psychoactive substance. CBD is only ONE of the several other compounds you can find in marijuana and CBD in itself is a non-psychoactive substance!
Cardinal Rules Of Cooking With CBD
Start With A Low Dose
The response of your body to CBD differs from person to person. IT depends on their chemical makeup. Start with a small dosage and see how you are doing with it. If you feel it doesn’t suffice increase the dosage in small steps.
Don’t Raise The Heat Too High
Don’t sauté with CBD over direct heat. As a matter of fact its smoking point is very low, so it is not ideal to be used as “cooking oil”. It is best used as vinaigrette or as finishing oil for salad dressing.
CBD for cooking would be aggressive with its earthy flavour. Make sure to use CBD isolate extract as it will be more subtle on the palate.