8 Simple & Easy Tips for Cooking with CBD Oil
It takes some time to get used to cooking with CBD. Most people use too much and spoil the flavor, which also means your family feels drowsy after consuming high amounts of the compound. But this shouldn’t put you off; it’s all a part of the learning process, and in any case, this kind of cooking is experimental so it’s fine if it doesn’t turn out perfect.
But now that you have CBD Central on your side, it should be extra fun making dishes for friends and family; plus, they get to reap the full benefits of cannabidiol. Check out these simple recipes for making the tastiest food with CBD oil:
Decarbing: The key first step
Start by decarbing your hemp in order to get all the sweet stuff. Grind it up and spread it on a sheet. Put it in the oven for 30 minutes at 240 degrees, or until it dries up and takes on a brown shade. Once cooled, add a food processor.
Choosing your oil
Cannabinoids work well with natural fats, so it helps to use a carrier oil with a high fat content because this will make the cannabinoids and terpenes bind well. The fat will also speed up absorption when you digest the food. Coconut oil is a good choice, but you can work with similar oils.
Getting Everything together
The strength of the herb will determine how you mix it up with the oil. But generally speaking, for 1 ounce of ground hemp in the crock, add 2 cups of oil. Mix well until the herb is absorbed completely.
Heat and reheat
Select the lowest setting on your crock pot and heat this mixture slowly for about 3 hours. Give it 8 hours to cool, and then reheat it again for 3 hours. Repeat this process a few times to get every bit of cannabidiol out of the herb.
Strain and store
When you’re done heating and reheating, run the mixture through a filter; in this case a fine mesh, and strain it out into a bowl. Store it in the refrigerator in an airtight bottle and when you take it out for cooking, put it right back in there so it doesn’t heat up.
Temperature matters in CBD cooking
If you mess up the temperature you’re going to have a hard time extracting quality CBD from your hemp. Keep in mind that warm temperatures help to release the active ingredient in hemp, but too much heat will kill it. So for this reason, don’t expose the CBD to direct heat, instead, heat it in low temperature for several hours.
Stick with more refined CBD oils
The best CBD oils are filtered or decarboxylated; or they go through another efficient extraction method. Poorly refined oils tend to have a bitter taste, and they’re horrible if you’re using the oil in your recipe. To make the food taste better, stir as much as you can as it cooks. This will ensure the taste is evenly distributed so that the taste on each bite is consistent.
Cooking with CBD is better than drizzling CBD
It’s not a good idea to drizzle CBD directly onto your food, although some people do this when in a rush. You can still get the flavors well-balanced, but it’s not the same as adding CBD oil into the ingredients and mixing them up. If you’re worried that your hemp oil isn’t of the finest quality, then you might have better luck cooking with stronger flavors in order to mask out the bitter taste.
You will learn more about cooking with CBD as you try different recipes, so don’t worry about getting it perfect the first time. Remember, cooking should be fun, and you can adjust the ingredients to create different tastes while still enjoying the benefits of CBD. Good luck!
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