You’ve probably heard of CBD, the cannabis derivative that can have powerful healing and treatment properties for different conditions. But did you know you can cook with CBD?
Thoughtful Brands, a leading provider of CBD products under several direct-to-consumer brands, is an expert on things CBD. Now, they’re sharing what they know about cooking with CBD, and what’s safe, tasty, and effective.
How does CBD work?
Firstly, it’s important to understand what exactly CBD is, and how it works. CBD is a common compound in plants in the cannabis family, such as marijuana or hemp.
In the United States, while the legality of marijuana is in flux, CBD products derived from hemp are treated separately, and are allowed on store shelves. CBD stands for cannabidiol, and there’s some pretty interesting science behind how CBD works in our bodies.
This non-psychoactive compound works by influencing receptors in our bodies, which are part of the endocannabinoid system. This biological system is complex, but scientists believe it can impact “several major processes such as appetite, sleep, mood, and memory.”
Is CBD safe?
In general, CBD is considered very safe, and cooking with CBD oil is definitely safe. As we mentioned, CBD is non-psychoactive, so it won’t make you feel “high,” as cannabis products with THC will.
Tips for cooking with CBD
When cooking with CBD, there are several things to keep in mind, according to Thoughtful Brands. Firstly, it’s important to choose high-quality CBD products.
Thoughtful Brands is a vertically integrated company, and the produce and process the hemp used for their CBD. Because they have complete control during all of the stages of creating their products, Thoughtful Brands is able to have an unusual amount of quality control over their products.
Starting with a small amount of CBD is always a great idea, and just like with any health and wellness product, CBD should be measured and used in dosages. Also, experts believe that cooking with CBD at high heats may make the CBD less effective, so it’s recommended that CBD is added to food after it is actually cooked in an oven.
A suggestion would be instead of adding CBD to cake batter and cooking it in the oven, adding it to the icing that goes on top of the cake instead.
What’s tasty with CBD?
Cake and icing brings us to the tasty side of cooking with CBD. CBD extracts and oils can be added to just about anything.
You can put CBD in your favorite smoothies or drinks, such as coffee and cocktails, add it to salad dressings, or use it in sauces for pastas and other savory dishes.