Cooking with Hemp CBD
Ready to start experimenting with hemp CBD in the kitchen? Follow these easy tips to help make the most of your culinary experience.
But first, you may be wondering, what are the benefits of adding hemp CBD to my food?
Hemp CBD can help support calm, focus and head-to-toe wellbeing when taken as part of your everyday wellness routine.*
The most direct way to take hemp CBD is by using a high-quality oil (aka tinctures or drops). Simply drop the oil under your tongue, wait 30 seconds, and swallow. Another option is adding hemp CBD to food and drinks.
Totally new to CBD? Check out our blog: Tips for adding hemp CBD to your wellness routine.
How to cook with hemp CBD
Proper storage is important!
To help maintain the integrity of your oil and maximize its wellness benefits, proper storage is key. Why?
When molecules in your hemp CBD extract combine with oxygen, degradation can occur. Heat and light are also common culprits. To prevent the quality of your oil from degrading, make sure to keep the lid on tight when not in use and to store in a cool, dark place.
Avoid acidic dishes.
Exposure to acid may accelerate oxidation, so avoid using hemp extract in recipes that call for large amounts of citrus but a little (e.g. for flavor) is fine. For example, while we love fresh-squeezed lemonade, we don’t recommend adding hemp extract to it!
Keep it cool.
Exposure to high heat causes hemp extracts to lose active compounds. Try to avoid recipes that require direct high heat, such as frying or sautéing. For some recipes, it may be best to add your hemp extract after the meal has cooked. And baking should be done at or below 350 degrees Farenheit.
Now, let's get cooking.
When starting out, less is more.
If you’ve never used hemp extracts before, it’s best to start small. Try adding 0.5 mL or less of full spectrum oil to your recipe to start. As with any new “spice,” be sure not to overpower the dish! (Though, if you’re like us, you very well may discover you wish to showcase the flavor!)
Don’t stick to sweets.
Some say hemp extracts have a strong or distinct flavor, particularly if the oil is less refined (which offers a wider spectrum of plant molecules than a more refined oil would). There are plenty of folks out there who like the flavor, but if you don’t, sweets, such as chocolate can be an easy way to start without too strong a taste.
However, sweets are not the only way to work with the natural flavor of hemp extracts and you may find that it compliments many savory dishes.
Mix with fats.
Another option is to infuse the hemp extract into another fat or oil, and use this ingredient as you normally would. Herbed rosemary butter is one of our favorites.
The Sweet and the Savory
Hemp extract makes a great addition to beverages and dishes that are served cold.
- Enhance your veggies. Try it on a salad with olive oil and herbs de Provence. If you have a favorite guacamole recipe, add hemp extract along with your salt and lime juice to pre-mashed avocado. (Remember, not too much of any citrus if you want to preserve all of the compounds in the extract)
- Spice Up Your Smoothies. Go ahead and make your smoothie as normal - yogurt, berries, bananas, your pick - blend it all together, then stir in some hemp extract.
- Coffee & Tea: Day or night, hemp extracts can go directly into your tea or coffee for added flavor.
If you’d like to start incorporating hemp extract into your cooking here’s a great hemp extract CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE recipe you should try. Just make sure to follow these tips and let us know how it goes!
- Don’t exceed oven temperatures of 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add the hemp extract directly to your wet ingredients, i.e. butter, eggs, etc.
- Stir a lot…then stir again! Doing so will help make sure the hemp extract is evenly distributed, which will go a long way towards a better-tasting baked good.
- Be sure not to burn it! Again, we don’t want that internal temperature getting too high. Start checking your treat much earlier than you normally would, then perhaps every 2 minutes until it’s done.
Our favorite hemp extract CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE recipe:
- 1 tbsp. Forest Remedies™ 500mg Full Spectrum Hemp Extract (natural flavor)
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup softened butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. hot water
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix the white and brown sugar, softened butter, and hemp extract until velvety. Beat in the eggs and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Slowly add flour to the batter while stirring until fully mixed. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water, then stir into the batter. Add salt.
- Fold in the chocolate chips
- Spoon batter onto a greased baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each dollop.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies turn golden brown.
- Yields 3 dozen cookies
 Ligresti, De Petrocelis & Di Marzo (2016). From Phytocannabinoids to Cannabinoid Receptors and Endocannabinoids: Pleiotropic Physiological and Pathological Roles Through Complex Pharmacology. Physiol Rev. 96: 1593-1659.