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Cooking With CBD

by Kyriaco Charalambous on April 25, 2022

What is CBD Oil?

CBD is vouched as a safe and effective therapeutic compound that can help the body in several ways. It is known to interact with the body at the molecular level and help it perform its critical physiological functions effectively. 

CBD is usually sourced from industrial hemp. It is a variant of Cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC. Recent research has shown that Cannabis is composed of numerous healthy cannabinoids which help the body in several ways. 

Cannabidiol is one of those exogenous cannabinoids which has proven to possess remarkable therapeutic properties. CBD is abundantly found in Cannabis Sativa or Industrial Hemp. It is safe and non-psychoactive, so it is being preferred for its medicinal potential. 

Research on how CBD works in our body shows that it can intermingle with the humans' endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is spread all across the body through its CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are mainly found in the brain and the central nervous system, whereas CB2 receptors are present in the immune system cells. Different cannabinoids available in the cannabis plant can interact with these endocannabinoid receptors. THC can form strong bonds with the CB1 receptors in the brain, which is why it is psychoactive and produces euphoric effects. On the other hand, CBD does not directly interact with the endocannabinoid system but boosts endogenous cannabinoids produced by our body. Since CBD does not directly bind to the CB2 receptors, it is pretty safe and does not produce any side effects.

Health Benefits of CBD Oil

CBD for Pain and Inflammation

CBD is quite helpful for reducing unnecessary inflammation and pain caused by various chronic health issues. Inflammation is caused by the immune system cells, but their strange behavior can cause long health conditions, such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can significantly reduce inflammation and other unpleasant symptoms caused by it.

CBD for Anxiety

CBD is also quite helpful in reducing the symptoms of anxiety, as research has shown that it can significantly boost the uptake and production of serotonin. 

Serotonin is one of the most important neurotransmitters responsible for many functions, including boosting mood. CBD is especially helpful for social and general anxiety disorders. 

CBD for Sleep

Even though we need more research on how CBD can help fix the sleep-wake cycle, 1000s of people worldwide use CBD to enjoy a restful sleep. CBD may not be able to help improve the sleep pattern directly, but it can fix the underlying issues that lead to insomnia and other sleep-related problems, such as pain, inflammation, and stress.

CBD for Epilepsy

CBD is an effective remedy for reducing the frequency and magnitude of convulsions caused by childhood epilepsy disorders such as Lennox-Gastrault Syndrome and Dravetsyndrome. Epidiolex is a CBD-based medicine prescribed for children who have epilepsy.

 

Can You Cook with CBD Oil?

CBD is available in a wide range of readily available products in the market. You will see CBD oil, tinctures, vapes, topicals, and gummies being sold at dispensaries and departmental stores. However, there are other exciting ways to take CBD, like having this fantastic compound in some delicious snacks. It not only makes things exciting but also allows you to avoid the weedy flavor of CBD. Even though flavored CBD products are also readily available, artificial flavors are not everyone's cup of tea. Read on for some tips and quick CBD-infused recipes if you are also interested in cooking with CBD.

 

Tips for Cooking with CBD Oil

You should always use high-quality CBD and look for a certificate of analysis for a third-party lab test to check its authenticity. 
Go for CBD oil that is made with food-grade ingredients so that it can blend perfectly with the rest of your ingredients. 
CBD works better with fat than other oils.
CBD should not be heated directly as it can kill its effectiveness.
CBD is no magic, so be patient and wait for the effects for at least some time. 

You can use simple CBD oil while cooking your favorite dish, so do not waste the expensive tinctures and take them directly for quick and effective results.

Some easy and Quick CBD recipes 

Lemon, Garlic, & CBD Salad Dressing

If you want to make a healthy snack infused with CBD, there is no better option than a delicious salad. Lemon, garlic, and CBD dressing is the easiest recipe as it involves no heat, so there is no risk of rendering the dose useless. 

Ingredients

3ml of 5mg CBD oil
1 small clove garlic
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, optional
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or lemon-infused olive oil
3 ounces salad greens

Instructions

Mix all ingredients except the salad greens in a small bowl. No, take a large bowl and add salad greens to it. Pour in the salad greens and the CBD seasoning. Mix well and enjoy. 

 CBD Guacamole

Fresh guacamole is a perfect dip for your favorite tortilla chips. CBD and avocados are a great combination, and you will only agree if you try it once. 

Ingredients:

2 fresh avocados
1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
1 diced tomato
1 small finely chopped onion
1 minced garlic clove 
Salt and pepper to taste
CBD oil ( any desired strength)

Instructions

Cut the avocados and take out the flesh. Now take a medium-sized bowl and add CBD oil, lime juice, minced garlic, and avocado flesh. Mix and mash until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Now add diced tomato, onion, salt, and pepper to the mixture.

Grab a pack of tortillas and enjoy the delicious snack.

CBD-Infused Strawberry Banana Smoothie

 

Strawberry banana is a perfectly healthy snack liked by everyone. It has all the essential nutrients required for a healthy start to the day. Adding CBD to it can add to its benefits and improve your overall health as well.

Ingredients:

1 banana
4-7 strawberries
1 cup of almond milk or any milk of choice
1 teaspoon of organic honey
One 1 mL of CBD oil 

Instructions

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

 

CBD infused chocolate latte

A chocolate latte is an excellent alternative for coffee. It keeps you stimulated throughout the day. Adding CBD to this warm treat makes it even better. 

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened milk of your choice
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of Himalayan salt
Your favorite flavorings like mint, cinnamon, cayenne, or lavender
1ml of your favorite CBD oil of any strength

Instructions:

Take all ingredients and add them to a small bowl. Simmer the mixture over medium heat while whisking vigorously. Now remove it from heat and add CBD oil. Please give it a stir, and it's ready.  

 

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