Hemp-derived products, like CBD, are on the hype. People looking for alternative therapies and alternative medical treatments, are interested in CBD and learning how it works.
One of the most famous methods to take CBD is in food and drinks. Here we share a CBD cooking guide and some steps to follow before putting CBD on your recipes.
What is CBD?
As many people may know, CBD is not like THC— the hemp and cannabis compound that makes people feel high. Cannabidiol (CBD’s long name) is one of the 100 cannabinoids found in hemp, and after being extracted, people take it to alleviate a variety of ailments. It’s used to relieve muscular pain, combat minor anxiety, or as a sleep aid. More studies are needed to verify people’s claims, but their experiences have helped understand the compound and its’ capabilities.
Since the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-related products with 0.3% THC or less are legal to produce, transport, and sell in 46 states. Even though the FDA has not yet supported CBD as a food and health product, many stores across the country sell it. Today, CBD is in tinctures and oils, gummies, and beverages like water or beer. It can also be found in topics and skin creams.
Can I use CBD for Cooking?
Yes, adding CBD in professional dishes is possible. Some users drop CBD oil in cakes and cookies. CBD is a hemp-derived product produced from hemp seeds, flowers, and leaves. The food industry uses seeds to create various food products, including hemp cheese, hemp milk, or hemp oil. Hemp seeds are rich in micronutrients like magnesium, calcium, zinc, and iron, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Adding hemp seeds and CBD oil to the diet could be a great way to get vegan protein.
Four Rules to Follow When Cooking with CBD
CBD, as any other ingredient used in the kitchen, has its own rules. Here are a few to follow to use CBD correctly.
Choose the Right CBD Oil
Not every CBD oil or CBD product is made for cooking. As many people know, natural CBD oils and tinctures have an ‘earthy’ smell and taste. The best CBD products for cooking could be those with flavors added, like vanilla. Flavored oils could suit better on your dish or drink than natural CBD.
Use Reputable Brands
The CBD market is growing, and many entrepreneurs are opening new businesses. That’s excellent news for the industry: the more people are interested in manufacturing CBD products, the more buyers there will be. But not all CBD products follow the same rules. It is better to be aware that CBD products used have passed the Certificate of Analysis (COA) and have third-parties lab tests before purchasing them.
Be Careful With the Heat
Like many other ingredients in daily cooking, CBD has its preparation method. When adding CBD oil to a recipe, be aware the temperature does not rise above 340º F when baking it. High temperatures could cause terpenes—responsible for the aroma of fresh fruits in the hemp and cannabis flowers—to burn off.
Be Patient Waiting for the Effects
Studies on CBD benefits are made with at least 50 mg up to 300 mg to find and establish any result, but they are not conclusive about the correct dose in food. Thus, be careful when dropping CBD oil and be patient waiting its effects.
Want to Learn More About CBD?
CBD products are new in the market, and there are many things to learn about them. Before buying any product, we recommend asking the vendor about its features. If you still have doubts or want to learn more about CBD, attending a CBD event, like USA CBD Expo can make a difference.
USA CBD Expo is the leading CBD and Hemp event in the nation and South America. Our purpose is to connect the best, most innovative products and brands to our attendees. USA CBD Expo successfully brings together a rapidly expanding industry into one global, unrivaled trade show experience. We’re committed to producing the best show possible to advertise our exhibitors’ brands, drive traffic to their booth, and get them closer to potential customers and other businesses.
Regarding the USA CBD EXPO in Atlanta on June 11-13, 2021: At a three-hour flight from most major US cities stands the world’s busiest airport, welcoming over 100 million passengers yearly. Recent cannabis decriminalization has opened the doors to our industry, demonstrated by a 70% increase in medical cannabis card applications compared to last year. Atlanta has some of the most famous rappers, hip-hop artists, and cannabis influencers, indicating that this is the place to be for CBD!
To register for the event, visit the official website.