At first glance, 'cooking with CBD' sounds like a brand new BBC programme, the type that is presented by a celebrity chef with a delightful, triple-barrel surname and a penchant for shouting at amateurs.
While this sounds like fun (at least to us), the title of this post actually refers to the fact that Cannabidiol can be used to effectively supplement your diet and deliver a significant number of health benefits.
Cannabidiol is a natural compound that is derived from hemp, and it just so happens to be rich in a host of nutrients including essential amino and fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
Not only this, but CBD can also help you to feel fuller for longer after eating, while enhancing insulin function and maintaining impressive energy levels.
With these benefits in mind, there's no doubt that cooking with CBD can introduce nutritional balance in your diet while enabling you to enjoy a more active and healthier lifestyle.
In the post below, we'll explore this in further detail and offer some tips on how to plan and create meals that are rich in CBD supplements.
Understand that CBD Works Well with Both Sweet and Savoury RecipesAs a general rule, a CBD supplement can work well with both sweet and savoury dishes, particularly as it is now available in various forms including oils and water soluble isolates.
This creates versatility in terms of how CBD can be infused with individual dishes, while the existence of numerous flavourings also allows you to compliment different cuisines and food types.
The easiest way to incorporate CBD into sweet and savoury edible goods is to create a fat or oil-based infusion.
Take butter, for example, which can be a base for a wide variety of diverse dishes and mixed with variable CBD doses depending on your precise requirements.
Whether you make your own butter or mix CBD with a pre-made product, the key is to infuse your supplement slowly and over a low heat (we'll have a little more on this later in the piece).
The main benefit of this is that it allows the CBD to become incorporated without being evaporated, so that you can realise the full potential of your supplement.
As a rough guide, 15ml of CBD oil per 500 grams of butter represents a solid starting point, although once again you'll need to regulate this based on your personal circumstances and the form of cannabidiol that you intend to use.
OK, we hear you ask; but are there any specific recipes or food types that are particularly compatible with CBD?
The precise answer is probably no, although it's fair to surmise that a good CBD-infused recipe should contain the type of balanced flavours that you would expect from any enjoyable or satisfying meal.
It also works particularly well with strong flavours, as the natural taste of CBD can appear bitter to some palettes.
However, pasta is renowned is a particularly popular CBD-infused edible, especially when you focus on a cheesy carbonara or a lasagna with a creamy, butter-based Béchamel sauce.
You can find a particularly delicious spaghetti carbonara recipe here, and this offers you an ideal opportunity to infuse CBD into your dish.
If you're like us and have a sweet tooth, you can infuse your CBD supplement into any cake and biscuit recipe that utilises butter or a similar fat.
Here we have 12 tasty brown butter desserts that will work particularly well with CBD, just remember to make one at a time otherwise you may a less than desirable impact on your waste-line.
Mind the Heat!
We've already spoken about the importance of infusing CBD over a low heat, as this negates the risk that it will evaporate as you continue to cook your dish or its individual components.
This is because CBD (particularly in oil form) is particularly sensitive to heat, and has a tendency to evaporate at temperatures of between 160–180°C (320–356°F) or above.
So, by adhering to temperatures and cooking key ingredients over a lower heat, you can create delicious dishes that release the full potential of your supplement.
Of course, your chosen recipe may well recommend that you cook a particular dish at a higher heat, but this does not mean that cannot successfully infuse this with CBD.
The key is to adjust your timings so that the dish can be cooked at a lower heat, as this will ensure that you create the ideal balance between taste and nutritional value in any meal that you produce.
Take Care when Storing your CBD-infused Ingredients and Foods
Not only are cannabinoids vulnerable to high heat, but some forms of this organic compound may also be particularly sensitive to light.
This may not seem like a significant issue when preparing or cooking food, but it will impact the methods that you use to store your meals over a sustained period of time.
Most importantly, you'll need to ensure that all CBD-infused ingredients and dishes are stored in a dark and cool place prior to consumption.
This will mean wrapping your food or storing it in a air tight container and keeping it in a refrigerator where possible, although you'll need to pay heed to the other ingredients included in your dish in order to organise the optimal storage arrangements.
With this type of informed approach, you can ensure that the taste and the quality of your food is not downgraded, while also ensuring that you receive the full benefit of your CBD supplement.
Plan your Recipe in Advance
This brings us neatly onto the importance of planning your CBD-infused recipes, both in terms of its final preparation and the procurement of the individual ingredients required.
The most important aspect of this also relates to storage, as it's important to ensure that the ingredients that you buy are fresh when you come to prepare your meal.
This is particularly important with ingredients such as fruit and vegetables, along with dairy products such as the butter that you may well decide to infuse with CBD oil.
Another key aspect of preparing your meal is identifying any dietary restrictions that you may have, as vegans or individuals with an intolerance to dairy may need to identify alternatives oils and fats with which to infuse CBD.
Fortunately, there are a number of options available, including vegetable or rapeseed oil which can be sourced at any major supermarket.
Recent studies have also shown that coconut oil is particularly effective at absorbing the cannabidiol compound, and this can be used as a great-tasting substitute for butter across a host of sweet and savoury dishes.
This type of issue should be tackled in advance, as coconut oil may be a little harder to source than butter and make take longer to find and purchase.
The Last Word
We're sure you'll agree; this article highlights the nutritional benefits of CBD as a food supplement while also offering some insight into how it can be utilised when cooking.
By following the actionable steps listed here, you can create delicious and nutritionally balanced meals that leave you feeling full, content and full of energy.
This sounds like a winning combination to us, and in this respect cooking with CBD could well become and increasingly popular pastime over time!