Cooking with CBD has become so popular that there are numerous cookbooks dedicated to this. You can use cannabis when making breakfast, lunch and dinner meals as well as snacks.
Not only does it add flavor to your meals but consuming CBD also promotes relaxation without causing any psychoactive effects.
Cooking with CBD
Cooking with CBD is really easy because it’s a lipid-soluble that you can add to literally any recipe that you can think of. Just make sure that you add it in conjunction with a fatty base like coconut oil or butter. You can infuse it to your marinades, soups, sauces and dressings, as well as cakes, brownies, muffins and even beverages.
Whatever you choose to add your CBD into, make sure that you follow these tips for the best results:
- Always Decarboxylate
In order to activate the CBD and THC compounds within the cannabis, you need to put it through a process known as decarboxylation. Weed decarbs automatically when you’re smoking it because you’re practically setting it on fire.
To decarboxylate your cannabis for cooking you need to grind it up into small pieces and heat it up at very high temperatures (about 110–120°) in the oven for an hour. This process is important because it helps convert the THCA and CBDA compounds in the plant into potent CBD and THC.
- Grind Your Bud
For the best results, always grind up your cannabis buds into small pieces instead of a super fine powder. After all, you don’t want the taste of cannabis to dominate your entire dish. Separating it into tiny pieces will ensure that you get hints of its flavor and color throughout the dish without overwhelming it.
- Timing is Important
Making cannabis butter or oil is an art and as such it requires patience and skill. You need to give the ingredients several hours to infuse properly. A CBD infusion should also be simmered at low temperature of about 160–200°C for 3 hours straight.
- Add Water to Oil and Butter
While it might seem counterintuitive, adding water to your cannabis infusion can actually lift its flavor profile considerably. Just make sure to add the right amount of water, which should actually be the same amount as the butter or oil. The water should boil off during the cooking process so that the end product has a really nice and smooth texture while preserving the integrity of the CBD.
- Filter Carefully
Once you’re done infusing the CBD into your butter or oil, you’ll have to strain off the remaining plant material using a fine filter. Cheesecloth works really well for this purpose but make sure to let it strain off naturally as squeezing it may actually seep some of the plant matter into the infusion.
- Use Oils and Concentrates
Instead of going through the whole process of decarbing, cooking and straining your weed, get the finished product in the form of an oil or concentrate. You also have CBD crystals or CBD isolates to choose from which will make your job that much easier.
The best part is that the packaging on these products comes with dosage requirements already included so you know how much CBD you’re getting after you’ve peppered a few drops into your food.