Spice Up Your Recipes With CBD
You probably already know that CBD and wellness make for a perfect match. And at this point, you wouldn’t be the only one to think that — CBD really has taken our cannabinoid-depleted culture storm, though for the most part its use has been relegated to predictable delivery methods like tinctures and oils.
Until now. It’s 2019, five years after CBD’s Farm-Bill mandated legalization, and the world is finally catching on to the fact that CBD and food also go perfectly together.
Even at first glance, the possibilities are nearly endless: there’s CBD coffee, CBD-infused energy drinks, and CBD edibles of all sorts. Want to partake of treats infused with CBD? We have some recipes for that, too.
Before beginning, though, there’s something you should realize: CBD is heat-sensitive. It starts to degrade if it’s heated to high temperatures, so in most cases you’ll want to keep your CBD under ~300 degrees Fahrenheit. The terpenes that premium CBD oil contains are delicate, too, so handle your CBD oil-infused goods with care.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Thanks to CBD, the proverbial fall latte just got even better.
- 1 dropper (17mg) Full Spectrum CBD Oil (500mg)
- Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg (to taste)
- 1 cup of strongly brewed coffee
- 1/4 cup org. canned pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon cane sugar
- 2 cups almond milk
First, combine all ingredients besides the CBD and the almond milk in a pot, then place on medium heat. Once at the desired temperature (around 140 degrees, for most people), you can add the almond milk. We recommend putting all ingredients into a blender or shaker bottle so that everything gets well mixed.
After that, enjoy! Between the CBD and other known anti-inflammatories this beverage contains, you’re sure to be feeling great all Fall.
CBD’d ‘Bulletproof’ Coffee
- 1 dropper CBD Oil
- 1 cup strong coffee
- 2 tbsp coconut/MCT oil
- 2tbsp ghee
Combine all ingredients (preferably, CBD last) and mix for 20 seconds in a blender. You can expect this ‘bulletproof’ elixir to provide steady energy, courtesy of its medium-chain triglycerides, and a cognitive boost, courtesy of its CBD.
The research bodes well on bulletproof coffee’s combination of fat + cannabinoids, too; according to this 2016 study, taking cannabinoids with dietary fats “may substantially increase the systemic exposure to orally administered cannabis.”
CBD Candy Apples
- 4 droppers CBD Oil
- 8 small-medium apples
- 1/2 cup org. heavy cream
- 1/2 cup org. brown sugar
- 1/2 cup manuka honey
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
There are a few steps involved in this one — but they’re well worth it if you want your tastebuds to reach nirvana.
Step 1: Refrigerate your apples to get them nice and cold. (This will help the caramel stick)
Step 2: Heat the heavy cream in a saucepan on medium heat until just before boiling.
Step 3: Add brown sugar, honey, and salt and stir until everything is nicely incorporated.
Step 4: Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for ~10 minutes @ 248º F
Step 5: Keep stirring, being careful not to let the caramel burn.
Step 6: Put the pan into a (pre-prepared) ice water bath.
Step 7: Remove the apples from the fridge...it’s almost showtime!
Step 8: Dip your apples into the caramel mixture, then place on a baking sheet.
After allowing your caramel-coated apples to cool, enjoy!
Infused Whipped Cream
- 4 droppers CBD oil
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup cane sugar
Ready to make this delicious CBD-infused take on authentic whipped cream? First, place a mixing bowl into the freezer to chill. After 20 or so minutes, remove the bowl and place all ingredients into it.
An electric mixer is perfect for whipping everything together, though if you feel extra invigorated by the thought of impending whipped-CBD goodness, you can mix things the old fashioned way.
Once finished, serve this infused whipped cream atop your favorite desserts...or just enjoy it plain!
The Unexpected Benefit of CBD Baking
While it’s true that CBD usually isn’t that great for baking, there’s one exception. If you use — or even just want to use — CBD oil for sleep, it could be for you. What is this possible exception? It’s CBD’s older sibling, CBN!
You can think of CBN (also called cannabinol) as CBD that’s been exposed to heat and thereby molecularly broken down. This process makes it stronger and more potent than many better-known cannabinoids. We still have much to learn about cannabinol, but so far the research is clear that it’s great for sleep.
What’s the implication of all this? Those who want to sleep better can hack their cannabinoid intake by intentionally baking with, and ‘decarbing’, their CBD.
For the rest of us, less heat-friendly recipes will do — and there sure are plenty of options. The ones we’ve listed here are just a start. As long as it’s high quality, CBD oil can be added to virtually any recipe of your choosing. The hemp plant’s most multi-talented compound just got even more versatile.