CBD in the Health Food Industry

CBD oil has the optimal ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and is rich in linoleic and alpha-linoleic acids and antioxidants. Numerous studies have found CBD’s properties to assist with managing insomnia, pain, depression and anxiety, and seizures, amongst other things. As researchers continue to study CBD, the public is becoming more aware of its therapeutic qualities. CBD can be consumed in a variety of ways based on your individual condition, circumstances, and preference.

Swallowing CBD capsules, topically applying CBD ointment, vaping CBD oil, are all valid options. But now we find more and more people looking to incorporate CBD into their lifestyle, by fusing the cannabinoid into their meals. CBD-infused foods are building momentum in the market as the demand for healthier food options continues to grow.  And I’m not just talking about your CBD-infused edibles such as brownies and gummy bears. People all over the world are now incorporating CBD into their first meals throughout the day.

CBD for breakfast, lunch, or supper

Cooking with CBD can provide a range of therapeutic relief.  A simple way to incorporate into your traditional recipes is to make CBD-infused cooking oil. There are plenty of oils that work well with CBD, for you to choose from. Both coconut oil and olive oil, for example, taste great with CBD and are also a healthier alternative to corn oil and vegetable oil.

If you aren’t mainly a fan of CBD’s taste, and can’t get your hands on tasteless, odorless CBD oil, there are still ways for you to enjoy the potential benefits of a CBD meal. Curries, for example, are a great way to mask the flavors of CBD. The potent flavors of nut, herbs, and spices that go into a curry are strong enough to overpower the CBD.

Before making your own CBD cooking oil, you first need to know your serving size. Do the math to figure out how much CBD you will be getting in each serving. After figuring this out, gently heat the traditional oil of your choice, and add the CBD oil. The boiling point of CBD is between 320-356°F, so try to stay within this range, or even lower, to avoid your CBD from evaporating. Stir the oils together until they are well combined and then store the formula in a sterilized container in a dark, cool place. Cannabinoids are light and heat sensitive, and your CBD will degrade if exposed to heat or light for a prolonged period.

Once you’ve made the oil, you can use it to cook in several ways. From sautéing vegetables and garlic to making your salad dressing. You could even bake with the oil. In fact, bakeries and cafes have begun infusing CBD into their beverages and foods to attract health-conscious customers looking for an easy way to get their daily dose of CBD.

CBD for Teatime

Take Flora’s Bake Shop, for example. This small bakery in Lakewood, Colorado, was one of the first of its kind. The founder, Chris Bedrosian, had wanted to dabble in CBD-infused baked goods since she’d first learned of the benefits of CBD.  In 2016, Chris and her husband started intertwining CBD into their traditional products.

Now, she bakes and sells CBD-infused cinnamon rolls, apple pies, pumpkin bread, shortbread, and brownies, of course. Chris has even gone on to baked CBD-infused dog treats. But, Flora’s bakery isn’t the only one around. Bakeries that sell CBD-infused treats are popping up everywhere, and are especially famous in Colorado, where cannabis is legal. And although brownies and shortbread don’t exactly count as “healthy foods,” they’re worth an honorable mention. Sticking to a healthy, wholesome foods diet is not easy, and cheat days are something to look forward to. So, why not make your unhealthy snack a bit healthier, by adding CBD to it. And you don’t have to travel to Colorado for your cheat day; you can quickly make your own CBD goodies at home.

This can be done using CBD-butter instead of regular butter. When making your CBD butter, the key is to slowly infuse the CBD in the butter, over low heat. This prevents the active compounds in the CBD from evaporating. It’s recommended that you start off with about 15 ml of CBD oil for 500 g of butter.

Cut the butter into several slices and then place it in a medium saucepan. Pour in the oil and about 1 liter of water. Cook the mixture for about 2 hours on low heat, stirring every half hour. After the CBD oil and butter have combined, you can pour it into a container and leave it to cool. You can do more than bake with your CBD butter, however, and can use it as a healthy condiment alternative, on potatoes and meat at dinnertime.

CBD-infused smoothies

If brownies and cinnamon rolls aren’t for you, but you also want a healthy CBD snack, then you could also try making your CBD-infused smoothies. For some people, smoothies aren’t only a snack but a whole meal replacement. These drinks are typically loaded with nutrients, and adding CBD to it, will just make it healthier and better. What’s more is that CBD oil won’t affect the smooth texture of the drink. To make your quick green smoothie, add 3 kale leaves, 3 medium apples, 2 kiwis, 1 cup of plain greek yoghurt, ice and 3 drops of CBD oil. You don’t have to follow this recipe and can add whatever fruit or vegetables you prefer to it, instead.

More CBD recipes

If you’d rather trust an experienced cook’s recipes over my amateur ones, there are plenty of recipes using CBD, to be found online. For example, food blog, the Indigo Kitchen, has a tasty green smoothie recipe for you to follow. The writer behind the blog had been using CBD oil for months, before deciding to give it a go in a recipe.

Cannabinoid Creations has a whole page dedicated to CBD recipes from their collection as well as contributor recipes from kitchens around the world. They also sell a variety of CBD-infused edibles. Follow the link to find some healthy recipes for guacamole and carrot cake:

SOURCES:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27798074
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24699310
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28800818

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