Not everyone likes to drop tincture under their tongue and hold for 90 seconds. Boring! Why do that when CBD can seamlessly be incorporated in an astounding variety of recipes? It’s almost anything goes! Adding CBD to food can be a great idea if you’re struggling with adding a new element to your self-care routine. Sometimes that takes motivation, and making CBD part of a regular meal can turn a boring chore into a yummy, rewarding treat. But there are lots of reasons people are adding CBD to their recipes…
Why are so many people making their own CBD edibles?
It costs less!
Buying CBD infused foods and treats can get expensive! Did you read about the UK coffee shop that sells croissants containing 5mg of CBD for $9 each? Surely, you can make the same thing at home for far less.
The chef controls the ingredients!
We all want to know what is going into our food. When you buy a pre-made CBD edible, the ingredients are chosen for you, and sometimes it’s more like junk food. It’s also tough to ascertain the quality of the ingredients themselves, but when you cook for yourself, you get to pick the best quality and the recipe.
When you make an edible you can decide whether to put 10mg or 1000mg CBD in it. It’s completely up to you!
Longer, slower release of CBD into the body
CBD takes a longer time to make it to our endocannabinoid system receptors when it is ingested compared to when it is taken sublingually or vaped. But it also lingers in your bloodstream longer, making it effective for approximately double the amount of time. People like ingesting CBD because of the longer-lasting and more subtle onset of effects.
The experience of culinary discovery
Cooking and baking with CBD can be a total culinary adventure! There’s a myriad of new recipes to explore, but there’s also the added challenge of matching CBD oil’s bitterness to your dishes, so that all elements compliment each other, and the end result is gold.
Vegetarian Nachos with CBD-laced Guacamole Recipe
This recipe brings together three current trends: vegetarian cooking, healthy eating and CBD edibles. “Mexican cuisine” is not considered a trend, of course, as it will be forever popular and classic.
- 6 ounces organic tortilla chips
- Oil for frying
- 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 red or yellow bell pepper, washed and sliced
- ½ cup sweetcorn kernels
- ½ cup sliced black olives
- 3 tbsp pickled jalapeño (optional)
- 1 ½ cups sharp Cheddar
- 1 can (15 ounces) diced plum tomatoes
- 1 onion, chopped
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 cup thick sour cream
Pre-heat your oven to 425°F. Spray a baking sheet with your preferred cooking spray. Arrange the tortilla chips evenly on the baking sheet.
In a heavy-bottomed casserole, heat the oil and fry the onions. Season them well. When they are almost done, add the pepper and tomatoes. Cook for 15 minutes. Add the beans, corn, olives, and cumin. Heat through. Stand for a few minutes. Spoon over chips. Top with jalapeños and cheese. Stick in the oven and bake until the cheese bubbles.
- 3 ripe avocados, peeled, skinned and mashed
- Juice of 1 lime
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- ½ cup onion, grated or finely chopped
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 tsp CBD oil
Add the lime juice to the avocados and mix well. Stir in the minced garlic, grated onion, and chopped cilantro. Mix well. Add all the dry ingredients and stir well. Lastly, stir in the CBD oil. Cover the dish and let stand for a while to let the flavors mature.
Serve the nachos with the sour cream and guacamole in two separate bowls.
What to know when cooking with CBD oil
Just as you select quality ingredients for your recipe, choose a quality CBD oil. Make sure to buy a product made with organic oil that is fee of pesticides or harmful chemicals. Organic oils tend to have a more subtle flavor which makes them ideal for using with other flavors. Also, check that the CBD oil you purchase has been tested by an independent lab. Ask for their certificates of analysis (COA) so you can be sure there are no solvents or contaminants in the product.
Also, be careful when cooking with CBD oil. Don’t heat the oil to above 320⁰F. At this point, the CBD deteriorates and starts tasting bitter.
It’s NACHO time!
Now that you know the basics of cooking with CBD, it’s time to put this recipe to good use and enjoy a delicious, healthy treat!