CBD stands for Cannabidiol. CBD is a non-intoxicating naturally occurring chemical compound found in leaves and flowers of cannabis plant. CBD oil not only relieves anxiety and pain but also induces sleep among its other benefits. In general CBD extracts fall into three categories.
Full spectrum oils
Full spectrum oil contains
- high level of CBD
- less than 0.3% THC. (the psychoactive compound that gets you high)
- Other cannabinoids, terpenes & phytonutrients
Broad Spectrum Oils
Broad spectrum oils have
- High levels of CBD
- No THC
- Low level of other cannabinoids and terpenes
CBD isolates consist almost entirely of CBD.
Why You Should Use CBD Oil…?
CBD produces anxiolytic effects and relieves stress. Other effects include a great sense of calmness. For this reason, it can be used as a sedative. Although CBD has different effect on different people, most people define its effects in words like “Calm”, “relieved”, “stress free” and “peacefulness”. CBD can also be used for pain relief, anti-acne effect and for cancer treatment.
Cooking with CBD Oil.
Cooking with CBD oil and making recipes is an amazing way to consume cannabinoids into your body.
Although there is a debate on usage of CBD oil in cooking, but WHO has reported that “CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential. There is no evidence of public health related problems associated with use of pure CBD.”
Tips for Cooking with CBD Oil.
If you also want to avail the health benefits of CBD oil but are hesitant to use it as cooking oil, use the following tips while using it to take the maximum benefits.
Start with a Small Quantity.
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound of cannabis plant and does not produce any side effect no matter how much dose you are taking. But remember, less is more when you are starting out. Start with taking 10 mg initially and if it suits you, you can increase the dose. Start with a food you are already familiar with. If you feel any unwanted effects, consult your medical practitioner immediately.
Cooking heat may cause CBD oil to evaporate and loss its effectiveness. Excessive heat may cause the oil’s effects to burn off as well. Try to keep temperature below 320 degrees Fahrenheit.
While baking, ad oil after the preparing food has been removed from heat to preserve the effects of compound.
Include Healthy Fats.
As CBD is fat soluble so it is best absorbed when taken with fat containing food. Taking CBD with fat based ingredients like butter, ghee or coconut oil will increase its bio availability and hence its benefits.
Wait for the Effects.
While using CBD as a cooking oil, you must be very patient with the effects. CBD oil takes a longer digestion and absorption time than a tincture. As CBD undergoes rapid first pass metabolism, its potency and effects will be decreased definitely.
Choose Quality Oil.
Quality matters. While choosing CBD oil, choose high quality product that fits the best standards and shows the best effects.
Check for Drug or Food Interactions.
CBD oil may interact with any other food or drug you are taking e.g. take caution while using CBD oil with alcohol. If you are hosting a party and serving a food cooked in CBD oil, tell your guests in advance as CBD can interact with medication.
Use in Savory Dishes.
A low quality CBD is usually used in sweet and baked goods to mask its inherent bitterness. However, a high quality CBD is best used in savory dishes.
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