CBD’s popularity over the past few years has been nothing short of explosive. In less then a year, CBD went from not even being legal to being a compound which has been tried by 1 in 7 Americans, generating billions of dollars, and expected to grow to a $22 billion industry in the next three years.
Because it is so new – and so popular – many people have questions about the best way to use CBD. There’s good news here: Because CBD is so versatile, it has the ability to be used in a variety of ways, including in food. Indeed, CBD is available in a variety of food, but it can also be added to your diet in numerous ways. Here’s a look at 5 creative ways which you can add CBD to your diet, and what other considerations you need to keep in mind if you’re going to start to eat or drink CBD.
Gummies are arguably the most popular type of CBD food and are available widely in a variety of websites and sources. They typically come in a variety of dosages and flavors. Additionally, CBD will often come available in other forms of candy, like chocolate or pretzels. As the CBD market matures, other candies and sweet treats are also becoming available. These include raw cookie dough and Cheetos.
If you are trying to watch what you eat, or CBD candy isn’t your thing, there are often healthier options which you can buy. For example, there are actually CBD Salad Dressings available, thus allowing you to enrich your salad while adding CBD to your diet! There are other options, too, including CBD cereal, popcorn, and even honey!
There are a number of CBD-infused drinks which you can consume in order to get the CBD you desire. These include teas (either brewed tea or powdered), coffee and sodas. Again, more products seem to be available every day: A new brand just released CBD infused sparkling water.
While there are a variety of products now available – and more products available every day – CBD’s versatility allows for no shortage of creativity. Indeed, if you are interested, you can become quite the CBD chef.
The numerous methods of CBD consumption allow for multiple ways to infuse CBD into food to drinks. For example, there are CBD tinctures, which is distilled CBD held in a carrier oil. These come in liquid form and can be added to a food or drink in an eye dropper. Additionally, these forms of CBD are often flavored. As such, you can add a kick to a food or drink while also giving it a unique flavor.
If that doesn’t do it for you, you can also consider CBD isolate. Isolate is a purified form of CBD which comes in a white powder or crystal form. It contains no THC and is the purest form of CBD available, usually containing about 99% CBD (and almost nothing else).
Thankfully, there are no shortage of different websites which can give you baking ideas or recipes on how to use CBD. These include Pinterest Boards, Cannabinoid Creations and Pure Kana, and a simple Google search will reveal a variety of additional options.
Examples of CBD food and drink recipes include:
As you can see, there are really no shortage of possibilities when it comes to adding CBD into food. However, there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to baking with CBD. For example, CBD will start to evaporate at anywhere from 320-356 degrees. As such, it is always preferable to cook CBD at the lowest point possible. Additionally, it’s best not to place your CBD in direct heat – so don’t try to fry it! Last, start with lower amounts of CBD and gradually increase the amount. It’s always better to have too little CBD, rather than too much.
Keep in mind that there are some additional considerations to keep in mind when it comes to consuming CBD in food.
First, if food allergies are a concern for you, be cautious! Always make sure you examine the ingredients of the premade food you purchase and make sure that you are not accidentally consuming food which you shouldn’t.
Second, dosing can be a challenge if you are adding your own CBD. Make sure that you are accurately measuring the ounces or amount of liquid, and make sure that you are consuming everything which you put into the food or beverage. Otherwise, you risk not getting an accurate CBD dose, or wasting CBD.
Much of CBD food comes in sweet snacks like gummies or chocolates. While this can be tasty, if you are on a diet, this can be less than ideal. If you are watching your calories, it may be more beneficial to have CBD drinks and add your own tinctures.
Last, keep in mind that you should always check the Certificate of Analysis on any CBD project which you consume. A 2017 study by the University of Pennsylvania tested 84 different CBD products. It found that nearly 70% were mislabeled for ingredients, ingredient amounts, including THC content. As such, make sure that any CBD product you use – food or otherwise – can produce a Certificate of Analysis. This is a test done by a third party which confirms the accuracy of the ingredients in the product and batch you are purchasing.