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Beginner’s Guide to Cooking with CBD

Learn how to make medicated meals with CBD by following these basic principles. We’ve included some recipes to get you started.

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As the popularity of new CBD products increases, I’ve started to see it added as an ingredient in a variety of CBD foods and beverages such as coffee, chocolates, brownies, and gummy candies.

A recent phase I clinical trial found that when CBD is taken with a high-fat meal, its bioavailability is increased by approximately four or five times [1].

As a clinical nutritionist, I find this news very exciting, as it means the rate CBD is absorbed in the target tissues is increased considerably when taken with food.

The question is: “how can I incorporate CBD into my cooking?”

Let’s take a look at CBD in more detail and how it can be added to your daily diet to take advantage of its many health benefits.

Table of Contents

First of All, What Is CBD?

The plant Cannabis sativa contains over 80 biologically active chemicals called cannabinoids.

The two most studied cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Both compounds interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Endocannabinoids are created naturally within the human body, and their receptors are found throughout many organs, regulating biological processes such as sleep, appetite, mood, memory, and immune function.

CBD is the main non-psychoactive cannabinoid and is considered safe at high doses. Plus, it does not have the intoxicating psychological side-effects of THC.

The ECS plays an essential role in maintaining homeostasis; basically, its job is to monitor the body’s internal conditions continuously, keeping it in a state of balance.

This system is made up of receptors known as CB1 and CB2 receptors — found throughout the human body — in the organs, brain, connective tissue, glands, and immune cells.

CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant but can also be made synthetically. We use it primarily to treat conditions such as epileptic seizures, pain, anxiety, depression, and insomnia, as well as the debilitating side-effects of cancer treatment.

Cooking With CBD

Cooking with CBD is one of the easiest ways to introduce the compound into your daily health routine.

Here’s how to get started:

1. Add CBD to Oils and Fats

CBD is lipid-soluble, which means it’s easy to add to most recipes when combined with healthy fats — such as olive oil, coconut oil, coconut butter, grass-fed butter, or ghee.

PRO TIP: add CBD to your favorite healthy cooking oil — such as olive oil or coconut oil — and drizzle over your meals. It’s especially good on salads.

Whisk, stir, drizzle, and shake!

Adding garlic or chili will add a warming effect. Just make sure you shake well before using, so the CBD is evenly distributed.

2. Mix CBD into Your Favorite Dishes

You can add CBD to virtually any meal — even if it isn’t high in fat.

However, anything without a high-fat content will involve more whisking to get the CBD to distribute more evenly.

Here are a few examples of meals you can use to sneak some CBD into your diet:

  1. Scrambled eggs
  2. Salad dressings
  3. Pasta sauces
  4. Marinades
  5. Guacamole
  6. Pizza
  7. Mashed potatoes
  8. Soups
CBD-Infused Dressing Recipe

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Although this makes a great, simple salad dressing, it is equally delicious as a marinade for meat or drizzled over steamed vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

In a mason jar or other container with a tight lid, combine all the ingredients. Shake until all ingredients are combined.

3. Adding CBD to Sweet Treats

You can also use CBD in confectionery and baking.

Here are some of the most common sweet treats people are adding CBD to:

  • Chocolates
  • Cakes
  • Brownies
  • Cookies
  • Candy
  • Gummies
  • Energy/protein balls
CBD Bliss Balls Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almonds
  • 1/4 cup mixed sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • 16 medjool dates pitted
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp natural vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 30 mg CBD

Method

Process nuts and cacao powder in a high-speed blender or food processor until crumbly. Add vanilla and dates and mix.

Form into balls and roll in coconut, dates, seeds, cacao, crushed nuts, or goji berries…the options are endless!

4. Add CBD to Your Morning Smoothie or Turmeric Lattes

Why not start the day with a simple breakfast smoothie? CBD and a tablespoon of coconut oil, avocado, yogurt or coconut milk — plus fresh berries — will give an anti-inflammatory boost to your day.

A) CBD Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond/coconut milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 30 mg CBD

Method

Blend all ingredients on high speed for 30 seconds.

B) Turmeric Milk Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond/coconut milk
  • ½ tsp organic ground or grated fresh turmeric
  • Pinch of organic ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp natural vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp raw honey (optional)
  • 30 mg CBD

Method

  1. Whiz all the ingredients in a blender (this makes it nice and frothy).
  2. Pour into a saucepan over low heat, gently stir, and bring to the boil.
  3. Allow it to cool a little before serving.

Alternatively, whisk all the ingredients in the saucepan over low heat, gently bringing to the boil.

Make sure you read the instructions on the label of your CBD product, considering the dosage for each portion.

Tips For Using CBD in Food

Adding CBD to your meal is simple, but there are some critical points to remember if you want to get the most out of your CBD.

1. Watch the Temperature

Don’t use CBD over direct heat.

Cannabinoids are sensitive to light and heat, so be mindful of cooking at low temperatures. Although warming CBD increases its effectiveness, heating it at high temperatures (above 365 degrees Fahrenheit or 185 degrees Celsius) causes it to lose valuable terpenes, which are diverse organic compounds that work in tandem with the CBD to increase its therapeutic effects.

Adding too much heat can also cause the CBD to break down into smaller, less potent compounds.

2. Pay Attention to the Dose

If you’re a first-time user of CBD, it’s essential to start with a low dose in your recipes until you know how your body responds to it.

Perhaps you can start cooking in smaller batches using conservative amounts of CBD until you find what works for you. This will also avoid wasting your CBD. You can always increase the amount you add over time as you find your optimal personal dose.

As you get used to using CBD in your recipes, you will get an idea of what works for you and your taste preference.

The best option is to use good-quality odorless and flavorless CBD oil. Inferior oils may have artificial additives or low cannabidiol content.

Always consider the potency of the product you’re using before adding it to your food. The potency of a teaspoon of low-strength (10 mg/mL) oil will be very different than a teaspoon of a high-potency oil (33.3 mg/mL).

Below is a chart outlining the recommended dose ranges depending on the strength you’re looking for. Here, we describe how this dose can change depending on the potency of the oil you’re using.

For example, a high-strength dose will require 15 mL of a low-potency oil, but only 5 mL of a high-potency oil.

Ideal Doses per Serving of CBD
Dose Strength Dosage Range 300 mg Oil (30 mL Bottle) 600 mg Oil (30 mL Bottle) 1000 mg Oil (30 mL Bottle)
Low 10 mg to 30 mg 1 mL to 3 mL 0.5 mL to 1.5 mL 0.25 mL to 1 mL
Medium 30 mg to 50 mg 3 mL to 5 mL 1.5 mL to 2.5 mL 1 mL to 1.5 mL
High 50 mg to 150 mg 5 mL to 15 mL 2.5 mL to 7.5 mL 1.5 mL to 5 mL

Taking these doses into account, you can determine how much CBD you should be adding to your food. If you’re making a larger batch of something, such as cookies, you can calculate the number of servings and add enough CBD to be divided into each serving.

For example, if you’re baking enough cookies for eight people, you should add eight doses of CBD at the desired strength.

3. Store Your CBD Correctly

As CBD is sensitive to light, storing your CBD in a dark, cool place will ensure it keeps its taste and quality. It will also reduce waste due to spoilage.

Benefits of CBD and a List of Foods to Make it Even Better

Adding CBD to your cooking is an excellent way to incorporate its healing properties into your daily routine. CBD has been used for centuries for its calming and pain-relieving properties, with excellent benefits shown for:

  • Sleep disorders and insomnia
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Patients undergoing cancer treatment
  • Improving symptoms of inflammatory conditions and type 2 diabetes
  • Reducing high blood pressure

1. CBD for Insomnia and Nightmares

Sleep is essential to maintaining both physical and mental health. For many years, patients have used CBD as a sedative-hypnotic to improve the quality and quantity of sleep [2].

Clinical trials have shown that people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sleep better and have significantly reduced flashbacks and nightmares after taking CBD [3].

Certain foods can help you to fall asleep faster and wake less often during the night. Experiment with foods that contain nutrients such as tryptophan, melatonin, and serotonin that aid in promoting a good night’s sleep.

Foods that Are Useful for Insomnia
  • Turkey
  • Almonds and other nuts
  • Milk and cottage cheese
  • Avocados
  • Kiwi fruit

2. CBD For Anxiety and Depression

The simple act of taking CBD with your favorite food one hour after exposure to a stressful event can have long-lasting and calming effects, reducing any increases in heart rate and blood pressure, and improving overall stress resilience [4].

These effects are what makes CBD oil so useful for conditions like anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood disorders.

In a recent large case study, researchers found CBD rapidly reduced anxiety scores in patients and continued to provide relief with minimal side-effects [5]. The study used only small doses of between 25 mg/day to 175 mg/day, which is an easily achievable addition to your daily routine and diet.

Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants can help ease symptoms.

Foods That Relieve Anxiety and Depression
  • Fatty fish — salmon, mackerel, sardines, and trout
  • Brazil nuts and almonds
  • Eggs
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Blueberries
  • Asparagus
  • Probiotic foods — yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, and miso

3. CBD For Pain and Inflammation

Cannabinoids are potent anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive agents [6]. CBD has long been used as a natural analgesic to treat chronic pain and inflammation, offering a non-habit-forming alternative to pain medications without their negative side-effects.

Many patients have reported replacing their prescription pain medications with CBD, with evidence that its use can help people to wean off opiates and opioids, particularly in the treatment of headaches, mental health disorders, insomnia, arthritis, and fibromyalgia [6].

One of the most potent tools for fighting inflammation comes from food. An anti-inflammatory diet consisting of healthy fats such as olive oil, fruits such as berries, green leafy vegetables, and oily fish can help fight inflammation and joint pain.

Foods that Help Relieve Pain and Inflammation
  • Fatty fish — salmon, mackerel, sardines, and trout
  • Almonds and walnuts
  • Olive oil
  • Tomatoes
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Berries — strawberries and blueberries

4. CBD For Side-Effects of Cancer Treatment

CBD can help relieve pain in patients who have advanced-stage cancer where opioids have not proven to be effective [7]. Studies have shown CBD offers relief of neuropathic pain, a common side-effect caused by chemotherapy drug treatment [8].

CBD has a long history of use as a treatment to relieve cancer-related nausea and vomiting, and increase appetite.

Cancer patients often add CBD to snack foods and meals to help ease the debilitating side-effects of cancer treatment. As we have already discussed, CBD can be added to many different foods.

Popular Food and Drinks Cancer Patients Add CBD To:
  • Brownies and cookies
  • Gummies
  • Candies
  • Chocolate
  • Soup
  • Infused in oil for cooking
  • Water, juice, tea, or smoothies

Is CBD Safe?

You can’t overdose when adding CBD to your food.

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that in its pure state, CBD does not cause harm or have the potential for abuse even at high doses [9].

The side-effects of CBD are usually mild but can include diarrhea, nausea, dry mouth, fatigue, and headaches.

As everyone processes CBD differently, your dose will vary from that of your family and friends.

Whether supplementing or cooking, we recommend starting cooking with a small dose, such as 25 mg per day, and seeing how you react — gradually increasing by 5 mg to 10 mg per day.

Recent studies have looked at high doses of 750 mg or 1500 mg twice a day, and if consistently taken with food, these high doses can maximize treatment outcomes in a host of conditions [1].

However, you don’t need to take high doses to reap the benefits of CBD.

Of course, if you are going to add CBD to your food, you need to ensure you are using a high-grade, high-quality product.

Final Thoughts: Cooking with CBD

CBD is effective in relieving insomnia, anxiety, depression, pain, and inflammation, as well as improving the many side-effects that can occur during cancer treatment.

As you become more familiar with using CBD, you may find yourself incorporating this powerful natural supplement to many of your favorite healthy recipes.

Most importantly, have fun and experiment with your cooking!

Cooking With CBD Oil: 12 Savory & Sweet CBD Recipes

The history of cooking with cannabis dates as far back as the 10th century India, where people have been using a mixture of ground cannabis flowers and milk (Bhang) for spiritual purposes.

Similar recipes were discovered in Italy from the renaissance period, but it wasn’t until the second half of the 20th century that the popularity of cooking with the herb exploded, with all these magic brownies, lollipops, chocolate bars, salad dressings, and other crazy recipes.

Cannabis is a food-friendly herb that can spice up your cooking experience and add a plethora of health benefits to your nutrition regime, so it’s no wonder why people have adopted this activity with so much enthusiasm.

However, cooking with CBD oil is a relatively new phenomenon.

In this article, we’ve prepared a list of our favorite CBD-infused recipes, both savory and sweet.

You will also learn:

  • Why you should cook with full-spectrum CBD oil and 99% pure isolate
  • What decarboxylation is and why it matters in cooking with CBD oil
  • What to avoid when cooking with CBD oil

Ladies and gentlemen, please, pull out your aprons!

12 Savory & Sweet CBD Recipes

Making your own CBD recipes is easy and simple, especially when you’re using the already decarboxylated CBD from full-spectrum extracts or isolates.

All you need to do is “follow the goddamn recipe, CJ!” — sorry, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to paraphrase this legendary quote from Grand Theft Auto.

If you’re just getting started with cooking recipes with CBD oil, we suggest that you make smaller batches at first. You know how it is, aspiring cooks often end up wasting their ingredients because they fail to recreate the recipe, and CBD oil is an expensive ingredient.

Better safe than sorry, as they say.

So, without further ado, have a look at these mouthwatering CBD-infused recipes and enjoy your next cooking session.

1. CBD-Infused Guacamole

Mexican cuisine is popular for its notoriously delicious and flavorful condiments, but guacamole is hands down the El Jefe of all dips used for side and main dishes. The main ingredient, avocado, consists mostly of fats, which makes for a perfect base to infuse your CBD oil into.

Not to mention it’s gluten-free and vegan-friendly.

* By: Creating Better Days

Ingredients:
  • 3 medium ripe avocados, peeled, halved, and seeded
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 small tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 mL of Royal CBD Full Spectrum CBD Oil
Instructions:
  1. Place the avocados in a mortar or bowl and mash them with a fork or pestle.
  2. Add the salt, cumin, garlic, cayenne pepper, cilantro, onion, jalapeno, tomatoes, and lime juice. Top the mixture with your full-spectrum CBD oil and stir to combine.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the guacamole sit at room temperature for 2 hours before serving.

2. Grilled Apricot, Watermelon & Arugula CBD Summer Salad

Image Credit: The Herb Somm

This recipe is perfect for summer heat waves when we crave for fresh fruits and veggies. The best way to indulge in those ingredients is to turn them into a refreshing summer salad.

Since most of us don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen in the full sun, this recipe is not only delicious but also effortless. It uses 99% pure CBD isolate powder to create an almost instantaneous and delicious salad dressing.

* By: The Herb Somm

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups arugula
  • ½ medium watermelon, cubed
  • 2-3 small-sized apricots, sliced into sixths
  • ¼ red onion, chopped
  • A handful of mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Feta cheese

CBD-infused honey balsamic dressing:

  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (cold-pressed)
  • 0.25 grams 99% pure CBD isolate powder
  • Himalayan salt and black pepper to taste
Instructions:
  1. Preheat a grill pan over medium heat.
  2. Brush the rinsed and sliced apricots lightly with olive oil and place them on a grill pan.
  3. Cook for 1–2 per side just enough to caramelize the apricots. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Place the watermelon, mint and onion in a bowl and set aside as well.
  5. For the vinegar, whisk together balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and honey along with 0.25 grams of the isolate powder. Mix until well combined and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Grab a salad bowl and add the arugula, mint, and red onion. Pour the desired amount of dressing to the bowl and toss well. You can use a tablespoon to measure out the dressing.
  7. Transfer the salad to plates and top with grilled apricots, cubed watermelon, and a sprinkle of feta cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. CBD Pesto Pasta With Spicy Shrimp

Image Credit: The Herb Somm

If you’re a fan of pasta and seafood, this recipe will help you get the best of both worlds. It’s a healthy, delicious, and refreshing meal that combines lots of healthy unsaturated fats, high-quality proteins, complex carbs, and some killer CBD-infused green pesto.

* By: The Herb Somm

Ingredients:

CBD Raw Pesto:

  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tsp Royal CBD 500mg Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
  • A pinch of salt and black pepper to taste

Shrimp Pasta:

  • 8 oz uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 lb asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1-2 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
Instructions:
  1. For the pesto: rinse off the leafy greens under cold water and place all the pesto ingredients in a food processor. Blend until the pesto becomes a smooth sauce.
  2. Scoop the pesto sauce with a spoon and transfer it to a small bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.
  3. For the shrimp pasta: in a large pot, boil water over medium heat and add the uncooked penne pasta. Cook according to package directions.
  4. Grab a large saucepan and heat butter along with olive oil over medium heat until fully melted.
  5. Dip both sides of the shrimp in the previously ground red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper before adding them to the pan. Once added, squeeze in the lemon juice and cook until the shrimp turns pink on each side.
  6. Wash the asparagus and cut into 2-inch blocks. Add the asparagus to the pasta for the last 3 minutes of cooking time. Drain and set aside.
  7. Once your shrimp have been thoroughly cooked, add the pasta and asparagus to the pan. Saute for about a minute and remove from heat.
  8. Mix in 6–8 tablespoons of pesto. Add cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and top the meal with shaved Parmesan cheese.

4. CBD-infused Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Trying to convince your grandma to add a little twist to her regular Thanksgiving mashed potatoes? Here’s a smart tip: give her some CBD isolate powder and introduce her to this recipe — we guarantee this year’s Thanksgiving feast will be a hit!

Ingredients:
  • 8 cups of pre-made mashed potatoes
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese (we prefer the original Parmigiano Reggiano)
  • 2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 0.16g CBD isolate powder
Instructions:
  1. In a bowl of a stand mixer, combine the mashed potatoes with butter, whipping cream, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and CBD isolate.
  2. Whip all the ingredients until pureed.
  3. Transfer the potato puree to a medium casserole dish, spraying it with non-stick spray beforehand.
  4. Top the mashed potatoes evenly with parmesan cheese and bake at 400F.
  5. Allow the potatoes to cool off a bit before serving.

5. Slow Cooker Mozzarella-stuffed CBD Meatballs

Image Credit: Give It A Whirl Girl

This one is our favorite recipes when it comes to CBD-infused comfort food. Loaded with mozzarella and full of flavor, this hearty dish will satisfy every meat lover who wants to draw upon the benefits of CBD isolate while pleasing their tummies and delivering a nice amount of complex protein.

Ingredients:
  • 7 cups tomato pulp
  • ⅓ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 lb ground beef (lean)
  • 1 lb spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ⅓ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 mozzarella cheese sticks, divided into 4-5 even pieces
Instructions:
  1. Place all the sauce ingredients in the slow cooker and stir to combine
  2. Set the slow cooker to high and cover until your done preparing the meatballs (30 minutes should suffice).
  3. Mix all meatball ingredients excluding the mozzarella in a large bowl. Using your hands, work with the mass as if you were making pizza dough.
  4. Take a golf ball-sized piece of the beef mixture and place a piece of mozzarella in the center.
  5. Press the beef around the mozzarella piece until fully enclosed. Repeat until you run out of meat.
  6. Transfer the meatballs into the slow cooker and immerse in the sauce. Cover and continue cooking on high for up to 2 ½ hours.

6. CBD-infused Steak & Veggie Buddha Bowl

Looking for a healthier way to consume your meat for dinner? This indulgent recipe is easy to cook, and the CBD-infused steak and veggie buddha bowl is an invaluable source of protein enriched with pure CBD isolate.

Ingredients:
  • Rib Eye steak, cooked to your preferred doneness
  • ½ red onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 large sweet potato, cubed
  • 230g broccoli, chopped (stems removed)
  • 2 handfuls of kale (stems removed)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 can (425g) chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp powdered chili
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Tahini Sauce:

  • 60g tahini
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 3 tbsp hot water
  • 0.2g CBD isolate powder
Instructions:
    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Lay a bare baking sheet with sweet potatoes and onions.
    3. Add a bit of olive oil and make sure all veggies are well coated.
    4. Roast for 8–10 minutes
    5. While the veggies are sitting in the oven, heat a large heavy-bottom skillet over medium heat. In the meantime, toss the chickpeas with seasonings in a mixing bowl.
    6. Once the skillet is hot, add 1 tbsp of olive and chickpeas and saute, stirring constantly. Cook for about 10 minutes and set aside.
    7. Take the veggies from the oven after 8–10 minutes, flip sweet potatoes on the other side and add broccoli. Bake for another 10 minutes.
    8. Remove the vegetables from the oven and add kale. Drizzle the kale with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 5 minutes then set aside.
    9. Serve your steak on a plate, add the vegetables, and top with chickpeas and tahini sauce. Enjoy your meal!
      • For the sauce: Add tahini, lemon juice, agave, and CBD isolate to a mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.

      7. CBD Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.

      Starting our list of sweet CBD recipes, these classic cookies use CBD-infused coconut oil instead of straight CBD oil. On top of that, all of the ingredients are gluten-free because the recipe calls for grain-free flours. The almond butter is a great flavor carrier for these cookies, not to mention the very dark chocolate that makes this recipe even more Paleo-friendly.

      * By: Kale Junkie

      Ingredients:
      • ½ cup almond butter
      • ½ cup coconut sugar
      • 90mL melted CBD coconut oil
      • 1 cup almond flour
      • 1 tbsp coconut flour
      • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
      • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
      • 1 large egg
      • 1 tsp baking soda
      • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
      Instructions:
      1. Preheat your oven to 350F
      2. Line an 8×8 baking sheet with non-stick parchment paper. You may want to spay the pan prior to using the paper so that it sticks to the pan.
      3. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
      4. Gently fold in the chocolate chips using a wooden or silicone spatula.
      5. Bake for 20-25.
      6. Take your cookie bars out of the oven and let them cool off to room temperature. Divide them into several pieces according to your liking.

      8. Cookies & Cream CBD Cheesecake Bites

      Image Credit: My Tiny Laguna Kitchen

      Do we have any cheesecake aficionados out there? Good, because this sugar-free CBD oil recipe is, at the same time, a truly tantalizing dessert. It gets creamy texture thanks to the combination of cream cheese and almond milk, and a cookie crunch from cacao and almond mixture.

      * By: My Tiny Laguna Kitchen

      Ingredients:

      Cookie Base:

      • ½ cup almond flour
      • 4 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
      • ½ tsp Vanilla extract
      • 1 tsp baking powder
      • 1 egg (beaten)
      • 1 tbsp coconut oil or clarified butter

      Cream Cheese Filling:

      • ½ cup almond butter
      • 1 cup cream cheese
      • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
      • Pinch of vanilla bean paste
      • 5 full droppers of CBD oil
      Instructions:
      1. For the dough: Preheat the oven to 300 F.
      2. In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, cocoa, vanilla extract, salt, and baking powder. Add the egg along with coconut oil and stir well until combined.
      3. Scoop out the cookies and place each piece on a prepared sheet of parchment paper. They should be about 1–2 inches wide when pressed down.
      4. Bake the cookies in the oven for 12–15 minutes or until they get crispy.
      5. Let the cookies cool down to room temperature. They will crisp up as they lose the heat, so don’t panic if they are softer at the beginning.
      6. For the filling: Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until smooth.
      7. Fold in half of the crumbled cookies and stir until well incorporated.
      8. Scoop out one ball of the cheesecake filling and empty the scoop right on top of the remaining cookie crumbles. Roll to make sure the cream cheese mass is covered in the cookies.
      9. Move your cheesecake bites to the freezer (or fridge if you don’t mind waiting a bit longer). Serve cold.

      9. Pumpkin Spice Latte Loaf with CBD Icing

      We’ve got a drool-worthy treat for all our nuts- and seed-free CBD users. This CBD-infused recipe is paleo and gluten-free, and it uses delicious CBD icing instead of altering CBD oil by baking it into this delicious pumpkin loaf.

      * By: Lil Sipper

      Ingredients:
      • 1 tbsp apple cider
      • 1 tsp baking soda
      • 4 medium eggs
      • 1 cup pumpkin puree
      • ½ cup yuca-root flour
      • 1 tsp espresso powder
      • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

      CBD sugar-free icing:

      • 1 tbsp CBD coconut oil
      • ¼ cup coconut butter
      Instructions:
      1. Preheat the oven to 350F
      2. Combine the apple cider with baking soda in a bowl and let the mixture fizz. Stir in eggs and mix with a stand mixer until peaks form.
      3. Mix in the remaining ingredients until well combined.
      4. Line a bread loaf pan with parchment paper and pour the prepared batter into the dish.
      5. Bake for about 30 minutes. Allow the loaf to cool in the freezer for 30 minutes.
      6. For the icing: melt the coconut butter with the CBD coconut oil over low heat until combined and pour over the loaf.

      10. CBD Chocolate Latte

      This drink is an amazing alternative to coffee for those who are already naturally stimulated during the day. It combines unsweetened milk with raw cocoa powder and full-spectrum CBD oil for a warm treat that delivers all the benefits of CBD to your body. The recipe allows the user to stay Bulletproof thanks to the use of non-GMO erythritol.

      * By: Mind Body Green

      Ingredients:
      • 1 cup unsweetened milk (you can use plant-based milk if you want)
      • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
      • 1 tbsp maple syrup
      • 1 tsp vanilla extract
      • Pinch of Himalayan salt
      • Your favorite flavorings (e.g. mint, cinnamon, cayenne, culinary lavender, or rose water)
      • 1 full dropper of Royal CBD 500mg Full Spectrum CBD Oil
      Instructions:
      1. Place all ingredients (except CBD) in a small pot.
      2. Bring to simmer over medium heat and whisk vigorously to prevent any clumps.
      3. Once done, remove from the heat and mix in your CBD oil.

      Photo Credit: Mr. Food

      11. CBD Whipped Cream

      Who doesn’t like a dollop of CBD-infused whipped cream added to their Thanksgiving desserts? Even if Thanksgiving isn’t your favorite holiday, you can indulge in this sinful whipped cream with any dessert you like. You can even dip strawberries and other fruits in it — it’s up to you!

      Ingredients:
      • 2 cups whipping cream
      • 2 tsp vanilla extract
      • ¼ cup white sugar (or icing sugar)
      • 0.33g CBD isolate powder
      Instructions:
      1. Grab a large mixing bowl and place it in a freezer for 20 minutes so the dish chills.
      2. Once cold, remove the bowl from the freezer and add whipping cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and your CBD isolate powder.
      3. Whip the ingredients on high speed using an electric hand mixer and lower the speed as the mixture thickens. Make sure not to over whip it, as you may end up with CBD-infused sweet butter (it doesn’t sound tasty, does it?)
      4. Serve over your favorite desserts.

      Photo Credit: Bulletproof

      12. CBD Chocolate Coconut Fat Bombs

      Take a couple of deep breaths because your eyes are going to pop once you try these delicious CBD-infused coconut fat bombs. Easy to make and a bit more difficult to deny, they are the perfect way to make you feel satisfied until your next meal.

      * By: Bulletproof

      Ingredients:
      • 20mg of CBD oil (about 2 full droppers)
      • ½ cup coconut butter
      • ½ cup coconut oil
      • ½ cup raw cocoa powder
      • 1 teaspoon honey
      Instructions:
      1. Place a saucepan over low heat and melt the coconut oil until fully liquified. Whisk in the cocoa powder until all lumps are gone. Add the honey and stir again until well combined.
      2. Evenly pour the cocoa mixture into 6 cups of a silicone muffin pan. Transfer the batter to the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until the batter becomes firm.
      3. In another saucepan, melt the coconut butter. Remove from the heat and whisk in CBD oil.
      4. Take out the muffin mold from the refrigerator and add the coconut butter mixture on the top of each cup. Refrigerate for another 30 hours or until everything solidifies.
      5. Store the fat bombs in the refrigerator.

      A Final Word on Cooking With CBD Oil

      Making CBD-infused recipes at home is a fun and very rewarding way to deliver precious cannabinoids into your system. If you need your CBD to release at a slower pace than when you vape it or use it sublingually — and keep you ailment-free for the whole day — CBD edibles are the way to go.

      Contrary to marijuana edibles, CBD infusions won’t make you high as their THC content is below 0.3% — the amount that’s insufficient to produce ANY psychoactive effect, let alone the strong high associated with marijuana.

      We hope our list of CBD recipes has helped you figure out your cooking plan for the next week. Enjoy your daily dose of cannabidiol in hearty meals and delicious treats, and let us know in the comments if you’ve ever tried to cook with CBD oil.

      So, You Want to Cook With CBD? These Are the Golden Rules to Follow

      O nce edgy and under-the-radar, CBD has officially become mainstream. CBD tinctures and gummies are likely already part of your holistic toolkit to deal with cramps, anxiety, or trouble sleeping. But the next level of using and enjoying the popular cannabinoid: incorporating it into foods and drinks.

      Maybe the idea of CBD-infused foods freak you out. But having anxiety about cooking with CBD is not only ironic, it’s unnecessary, because this primer has everything you need to know. From the best foods to start with to the rules to follow to ensure you’re not just washing your money down the drain, consider this the complete ABCs to cooking with CBD. Soon you’ll be able to switch up your CBD habit to be as delicious as it is functional. (Any scientists out there want to study the effectiveness of CBD brownies as a PMS remedy? Get at me.)

      The golden rules of cooking with CBD

      1. Don’t waste your pricey tinctures on cooking

      While you may already be the proud owner of a CBD tincture, The Ultimate Guide to CBD author Jamie Evans, aka The Herb Somm, says there are more cost-effective ways to infuse your food rather than using up your precious vials. The easiest, she says, is to buy a CBD-infused olive oil that’s ready to cook with.

      “These are becoming easier to find, but since CBD is still widely unregulated, you want to look for one that’s organically grown so that there’s less of a chance of it including pesticides,” Evans says. The dosage per serving should always be on the bottle; she recommends a dosage of between 15 to 30 milligrams per serving for newbies. Her favorite brand is Pot d’Huile Hemp Infused Olive Oil ($36).

      Basically, unless all you plan on infusing is a smoothie or a vinaigrette, Evans recommends saving your CBD tinctures in favor for a pre-infused oil.

      2. Be Wary of heat

      Evans says that cooking heat can potentially make CBD less effective. “If exposed to overheating, the effects will burn off,” she says, adding that she recommends staying below 320˚F.

      However, because CBD in baked goods is still a relatively new territory, other experts aren’t sure about the impact of heat. “It’s hard to say and is still unknown what happens to the potency of CBD oil when it’s heated at a certain temperatures while cooking or baking,” says Liz Sprinkle, the founder of CBD brand Love Always, Liz.

      To be safe, “I recommend adding CBD oil after the food you are preparing has been removed from a hot surface or oven to preserve the integrity of the plant compounds,” Sprinkle says. “For instance, instead of mixing CBD oil into cake batter before it’s baked, add it to the icing that will go on the cake.” This way, you’re more likely to get the most out of the oil.

      3. Be sure to incorporate healthy fats

      Evans says CBD is fat-soluble—meaning that your body absorbs it best when paired with fat-containing foods—which is another reason why she’s a fan of oil-infusions. “Cannabinoids [like CBD] are really drawn to fats,” she says. Whatever oil you’re into most—olive, coconut, MCT, avocado—having it as a carrier is what’s going to make the CBD most effective.

      4. be patient With the effects

      Evans says that consuming CBD in food will take your body longer to digest than a dropper full of tincture under your tongue—so be patient. “When you’re infusing it in food, there’s what’s called the ‘first pass effect,’ which means that anything digestible has to pass through your gut and liver first before reaching your bloodstream,” she says. “So [CBD in food] not going to be as potent or as quick-acting.”

      5. be mindful with what you consume it with

      While Evans says there aren’t any studies saying that CBD is harmful when consumed with alcohol—and even says it can be fun to experiment with CBD cocktails—it’s always a good idea to be mindful of your intake. “And of course if you’re consuming CBD with any alcohol, don’t drive,” she says. If you plan on serving food with CBD to friends, Evans says it’s important to tell them in advance (along with the dosage) as CBD can interact with some medications.

      The best foods to start cooking with

      Sprinkle and Evans both recommend starting with something you’re already familiar with, such as using your CBD-infused oil to top off a salad. If you want to use a tincture instead of an infused oil, Sprinkle recommends adding a few drops to a beverage. “I really love adding CBD oil to my favorite beverages such as Bulletproof coffee, smoothie recipes, and fun cocktails because it’s so easy and quick acting,” Sprinkle says.

      Once you have beverages down, you can get as creative as you want. (Just keep in mind how heating affects the outcome.) Evans says she’s a fan of using CBD oil in sauces, like pesto, drizzled over pasta. Sprinkle says she likes using it to make a red wine mushroom reduction to serve over steak. And of course she’s a fan of using it in baked goods too; CBD brownies was the food she experimented with first.

      Ready to try it? Here’s Well+Good co-founder Alexia Brue’s CBD smoothie recipe, straight from the Well+Good Cookbook.

      Strawberry CBD smoothie

      Ingredients
      1 cup packed kale leaves or other dark leafy greens
      1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves
      1/3 cup fresh or frozen strawberries, tops included
      1/4 medium avocado, pitted and peeled
      1 dried fig
      Juice of 1/2 lime (about 1 Tbsp)
      1/4 tsp sea salt
      1 Tbsp honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar (optional)
      1 drop high-quality CBD oil
      1/4 cup ice cubes

      1. In a high-speed blender, combine the kale, basil, strawberries, avocado, fig, lime juice, salt, honey (if using), CBD oil, and half cup water. Blend until smooth.

      2. Pour into a glass over ice and enjoy, or pout into a jar or bottle with a lid, store in the refrigerator, and drink within a couple of hours. Shake well before drinking.

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