Incorporating Unheated CBD Oil into Cooking
Incorporating unheated CBD oil into cooking may facilitate proper dosing and allow for ingredient customization. Additionally, it’s really easy to add unheated CBD oil to your favorite recipes.
CBD made a splash in the marketplace a few years ago, but there is still some confusion about what CBD is and isn’t. It is true that CBD is a cannabinoid present in marijuana and hemp plants. Unlike another well-known cannabinoid called THC, CBD does not produce a high. CBD also does not cause tolerance build-up and is not habit-forming.
Many believe CBD may provide support with sleep, inflammation, pain, and mood in part due to its ability to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a system in the body that maintains homeostasis and balance as it faces interferences from the outside world. The ECS has many receptors placed throughout the body and the brain, and uses them to help regulate things like the nervous and immune systems. CBD is similar to these endocannabinoids, so many believe supplying the ECS with CBD, such as adding CBD oil into cooking, may increase its functionality.
Not all CBD products are equal. For example, CBD derived from the marijuana plants, although it does not produce a high, is considered illegal on the federal level. Hemp-derived CBD has been legalized with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill and is considered legal on the federal level. Subsequently, the DEA removed Hemp CBD from the Schedule I substances list.
Adding Unheated CBD Oil into Cooking
CBD oil is an excellent addition to your cooking. When using products from reputable brands like National Botanicals, you can be sure that you are incorporating the highest quality, organic extract into your food.
CBD oil is sensitive to heat, so overheating it may result in CBD burn off and diminishing beneficial effects. It is for this reason that incorporating unheated CBD into your cooking may be the best method of administering CBD.
Salad dressings, smoothies, coffees, and lattes are all great options for sprucing up with CBD. You eat and drink every day, and by adding CBD to your daily meals means you may not need to supplement with extra CBD edibles.
You can figure out the proper CBD oil dosage for your cooking by reading the recommended dose stated on the label, then adjusting for your recipe. This means if you are planning to get your daily CBD intake from your morning smoothie, you may wish to add a full recommended dose. If you are making a salad for you and three of your friends, use three times the recommended dose. Additionally, make sure to stir the dressing well so as to distribute the CBD oil evenly throughout the salad.
CBD has the best bioavailability with fat. Bioavailability is the rate at which a substance is absorbed by the body. For this reason, incorporating CBD oils into foods with healthy fats is your best bet at getting the most benefits. High-grade olive or avocado oils make a good carrier base for CBD oil. Using any healthy oil in conjunction with CBD oil makes for a hugely beneficial salad dressing. Another good source of fat is nuts, specifically almonds, and walnuts. Adding a handful of those to your smoothie, along with CBD oil, will give CBD’s beneficial properties a boost.
Another benefit of incorporating unheated CBD oil into cooking is that you may combine it with beneficial, healing foods. If you are looking to lower inflammation, combine CBD oil with turmeric in your morning latte. Turmeric is an ancient herb that has seen use for centuries because of its inflammation lowering and healing properties. Adding it to your CBD latte may provide a double punch for dealing with inflammation.
For relaxation, try combining lavender, valerian root, or chamomile tea with a few drops of CBD. Chamomile and valerian roots have calming properties, and in conjunction with CBD, may provide soothing and relaxation.
By incorporating unheated CBD oil into cooking, you can control the dosing and quality of the final product. You can also combine CBD oil with other beneficial foods and herbs to provide an even stronger relief.
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