Readers Digest
Magazine subscription Podcast
HomeFood & DrinkRecipes

Cooking with CBD: Recipes and tips for infusing meals

3 min read

Cooking with CBD: Recipes and tips for infusing meals
In the kitchen, creativity knows no bounds, and with CBD, a new dimension of culinary exploration awaits
In the ever-expanding universe of culinary exploration, a new and intriguing ingredient has taken centre stage—Cannabidiol, or CBD. CBD has found its way into kitchens, transforming mundane meals into delightful and potentially wellness-infused experiences. This journey into the world of cooking with CBD unveils a tapestry of flavours, aromas, and the promise of a gentle, holistic twist to your favourite recipes.

Understanding the art of CBD infusion

Before we embark on our culinary escapades, let's delve into the art of CBD infusion. CBD, derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, is renowned for its potential therapeutic benefits, and when incorporated into cooking, it adds a nuanced layer to the sensory symphony of flavours.
However, it's crucial to understand that CBD works best with certain types of recipes. Opting for dishes with higher fat content, like oils, butters or creamy sauces, allows CBD to bind effectively, ensuring even distribution and absorption. This not only enhances the overall dining experience but also maximises the potential benefits of CBD.
Image of someone dropping cbd oil drops into a cup of cofee

Choosing the right CBD product

Selecting the right CBD product is akin to choosing a fine wine for your culinary masterpiece. Opt for high-quality CBD oil or tinctures from reputable sources. Pay attention to the product's concentration and purity, ensuring it undergoes third-party testing.
The goal is to enhance your culinary creations with the gentle influence of CBD, not to overpower them with an unpleasant aftertaste or inconsistent potency. Start with a lower concentration, allowing you to control the dosage and gradually adjust based on your preferences.

CBD-infused recipes

1. CBD-infused Guacamole

Elevate your guacamole game by adding a few drops of CBD oil to the mix. The rich, creamy texture of avocados complements the earthy tones of CBD, creating a delightful harmony of flavours. Serve with tortilla chips for a snack that's both indulgent and potentially relaxing.
Image of a bowl of guacamole with tomatoes and a lime

2. CBD-infused honey glazed salmon

Transform a simple salmon dish into a culinary masterpiece by infusing honey with CBD. The natural sweetness of honey balances the savoury notes of salmon, creating a symphony of flavours. Drizzle the CBD-infused honey glaze over the salmon during the last few minutes of baking for a mouthwatering and potentially calming experience.

3. CBD-infused coconut bliss balls

Indulge your sweet tooth with CBD-infused coconut bliss balls. Mix shredded coconut, almond flour and a hint of CBD oil for a treat that's not only delicious but also potentially uplifting. These bite-sized delights are perfect for satisfying your sweet cravings without compromising on wellness.

4. CBD-infused berry smoothie

Start your day on a refreshing note by blending your favourite berries with a dash of CBD oil. The vibrant colours and flavours of the berries complement the subtle earthiness of CBD, creating a breakfast smoothie that's both nutritious and potentially invigorating.

5. CBD-infused olive oil pasta

Elevate a classic pasta dish by infusing olive oil with CBD. Toss the CBD-infused olive oil with your favourite pasta, garlic, and herbs for a simple yet sophisticated meal. The richness of the olive oil enhances the overall dining experience, and the potential calming effects of CBD add an extra layer of enjoyment.
Image of a plate of pasta and tomatoes

Tips for successful CBD cooking adventures

Temperature matters: CBD has a boiling point of around 160°C. To preserve its potential benefits, avoid exposing CBD to high temperatures for prolonged periods. Add it towards the end of cooking or use it in recipes that don't involve extensive heat.
Balance is key: CBD has a distinct earthy flavour that can be overpowering if not balanced correctly. Experiment with small amounts at first, allowing your taste buds to acclimate. The goal is to enhance, not dominate, the overall flavour profile of your dishes.
Pairing with flavours: CBD pairs well with a range of flavours, including those that have natural affinity with earthy notes. Experiment with herbs like rosemary, thyme and sage, as well as ingredients like chocolate, nuts and certain fruits.
Dosage control: Understand the concentration of the CBD product you're using and control the dosage accordingly. This allows you to personalise the experience based on your preferences and wellness goals.
Keep up with the top stories from Reader’s Digest by subscribing to our weekly newsletter.
Banner image credit:  Image by Julia Teichmann from Pixabay
Loading up next...
Stories by email|Subscription
Readers Digest

Launched in 1922, Reader's Digest has built 100 years of trust with a loyal audience and has become the largest circulating magazine in the world

Readers Digest
Reader’s Digest is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (which regulates the UK’s magazine and newspaper industry). We abide by the Editors’ Code of Practice and are committed to upholding the highest standards of journalism. If you think that we have not met those standards, please contact 0203 289 0940. If we are unable to resolve your complaint, or if you would like more information about IPSO or the Editors’ Code, contact IPSO on 0300 123 2220 or visit ipso.co.uk