CBD can be integrated into all kinds of recipes! The cannabinoid can be easily infused into virtually any food or drink. Here are some key tips for doing it.
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and widely studied for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and neuroprotective effects. This cannabinoid is also consumed for recreational purposes to achieve sensations of serenity and relaxation without actually getting high. The traditional method of consuming CBD is by smoking or vaping CBD-rich cannabis, in the form of flowers, extracts, or oils. However, the cannabinoid can also be included in edibles for a discreet and timely dose.
Cook With CBD
The CBD is fat-soluble and, therefore, is extremely easy to add a lot of recipes when infused with fat-based ingredients such as butter or coconut oil. Cannabinoids can be easily incorporated into savory dishes in the form of a dressing, sauce, and marinade. It can also be added to desserts like muffins, cakes, and even drinks like coffee and cocktails.
Regardless of how you choose to use CBD and what you choose to cook, there are certain guidelines to follow to avoid making mistakes and wasting some of this valuable cannabinoid. Here are some key tips to remember when cooking with CBD.
Decarboxylation Is The Key
There is a misconception that raw cannabis is psychoactive. It is true that the herb is loaded with cannabinoids, but they are not present in their active form. Both THC and CBD are found in acidic forms within raw cannabis, such as THCA and CBDA.
So sprinkling raw cannabis into a salad or mixing it into a drink will only get you CBDA, and what we are looking for here is CBD.
When you smoke weed, what you do is decarboxylate marijuana all the time without realizing it.
To achieve this, you simply have to chop the flowers and place them on a baking sheet or in a baking paper. Place the preparation in the oven at 110-120 ° and bake for 1 hour.
Chop The Buds For A Correct Consistency
Crushing the cannabis flowers, until obtaining a granular consistency and thus achieving the maximum surface when cooking, can be tempting. While this makes some sense, it can also make the herb flavor dominate your plate, and the butter, sauces, and marinades turn green. Chopping the herb into small pieces, instead of making it powder, will allow you subtle flavors, colors, and textures, important details for cannabis chefs who want to take advantage of their dishes.
Times Are Key
Making cannabis oils and butter requires some patience, as the ingredients must be cooked at relatively low temperatures for several hours. You should simmer your CBD butter at a temperature between 160 and 200 ° C. You can use a kitchen thermometer to help you. The infusion should remain at this temperature for approximately 3 hours.
Add Water To Improve Your Oils And Butters
It is recommended to add to the infusion the same amount of water as oil or butter, to improve the quality and appearance of the final product. The water will evaporate during the heating process, leaving a less green result and with a cleaner and smoother appearance. Additionally, it will help prevent the infusion from burning and cannabinoids from breaking down in the process.
Filter With Care
After infusing your green matter in an oil or butter base, you will have to strain it with a filter, like a fine gauze. This process requires patience since the infusion has to be introduced slowly but safely in a container that you place underneath. Even if you are losing patience, you will end up introducing part of the plant matter in the solution.
Oils And Concentrates Can Facilitate Things
If you prefer to save yourself the trouble of decarboxylating and crushing flowers, you can always opt for ready-made oils and concentrates. There are many CBD oils available that facilitate accurate dosing, which also allows you to determine the precise amount of CBD you consume in each bite.
Isolated CBD is another even easier and more accurate option. CBD crystals can be easily added to virtually any food or drink imaginable. They can also be sprinkled to decorate cakes and muffins as a crispy powder or add to coffee as if it were sugar.