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CBD Cooking

As CBD becomes more widely used, it’s not surprising that people are getting creative with their hemp hobby.  To our delight, we’re finding that a lot of our customers are buying CBD oil in order to create culinary masterpieces that are infused with the fascinating compounds native to hemp.  This allows people to enjoy two hobbies at once – CBD, and the culinary arts. 

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous in the kitchen, we suggest that you consider experimenting with CBD.  Cooking with CBD can be a highly rewarding experience as it allows you to enjoy the powers of hemp while also trying out a new type of cuisine.

What to Know About Cooking with CBD

Before you get started, there are some things that you need to know.  For better or worse, there’s a pretty strict science when it comes to cooking with CBD.  But, luckily for you, we’re going to try to explain everything that you need to know in this simple guide below.

It Can’t Be Applied to Any Type of Food

First, you have to know that CBD oil can’t just be poured into any old recipe.  CBD oil is considered a fat, because it’s oil-based.  So, it can only be used in foods that require a certain amount of fat.  For example, CBD oil does not blend well with water, so trying to make a batch of lemon ice pops with CBD oil is not going to work.  However, foods that require an amount of fat can work well, such as cookies, salad dressings and meat marinades.  Basically, you’re replacing a certain amount of fat with CBD oil when cooking with CBD.

Pure CBD Oil or CBD Oil Mixed with a Safe-to-Ingest Carrier Oil is Crucial

You also can’t just add any type of CBD product to a recipe.  It’s important that it’s pure and safe to ingest.  Pure CBD oil is the best as it contains nothing but hemp extract, although it’s okay to use CBD products that consist of hemp oil and a carrier oil that’s safe to consume, such as coconut oil, olive oil or hempseed oil.

Be Wary of the Temperature

CBD contains delicate chemical compounds that must be exposed to the right temperature in order to remain stable.  Too much heat causes those compounds to break down and become basically useless due to a loss of potency.  And, what’s the point of consuming CBD if its compounds are no longer capable of working? 

As a rule of thumb, CBD oil should never be heated beyond 356 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once it surpasses this temperature, it begins to lose potency at a rapid pace, making it basically useless.  So, adjust your recipe if need be so that it stays below this temperature.

Go with Decarboxylated CBD

Decarboxylated CBD is CBD that has already had its compounds activated by way of heat exposure.  This allows the CBD compounds to be quickly and thoroughly bioavailable.  Cooking with CBD that hasn’t been decarboxylated is a lot like cooking with raw cannabis plant material.  If it’s not heated to the right temperature, its compounds won’t really do anything.  So, decarboxylated, in most cases, is the easier way to go as you don’t have to worry about reaching the right temperature in order for its compounds to become activated.

Find Recipes Online

If you’re just getting started, we suggest first looking for recipes online.  This way, you’ll be able to follow someone else’s recipe that’s been proven to be successful, rather than having to play a guessing game.  And, with CBD being as popular as it is, you’ll have no trouble finding a wide variety of exciting recipes to choose from.

Don’t Overcomplicate Things

In the beginning, keep things simple by making recipes that don’t require too much time, effort or ingredients.  This way, you’ll be less likely to end up with a disaster.  If you’re not an experienced cook or baker, try to go with something very basic like a CBD salad dressing, as this only requires a couple of ingredients.

Know How to Dose Your Food Properly

Next, know how to dose each portion properly by using basic math.  Think about how many milligrams of CBD you wish to consume per portion, and then multiply that by the number of portions you plan to make.  The number you end up with is how much CBD you should add to your recipe.

Only Make as Much as You’ll Realistically Consume Within a Few Days

Remember that food products break down fairly quickly, so don’t make more CBD-infused goodies than you can realistically eat in a matter of a couple of days.

Stick with Quality CBD, Always!

Lastly, always go for quality when it comes to CBD oil.  The higher the quality, the better your experience will be, and the better the quality of the finished product will be.  Cheap CBD is cheap for a reason, so always opt for the good stuff.

Cooking with CBD Can Be an Extremely Fulfilling Hobby…

And, may even turn into something lucrative down the road.  Turning your CBD hobby into a culinary passion is a great way to express your creativity while doing your body good.  But, before getting started, read this guide thoroughly in order to go about things in the right manner and end up with a product that satisfies those hemp-related needs.

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An In-Depth Look at CBD Isolate

CBD Isolate

Choosing the right CBD product can be challenging, especially for those who are new to the industry.  After all, there are so many things to consider, such as the right dosage level, administration method, concentration and manufacturer.  Another less frequently considered factor is the type of extract to consume.  There are three different types of CBD extracts, and each one may affect you in a different way.

This piece will specifically be covering CBD isolate- one of those three types of CBD extracts that you can find on the market.  We’ll be explaining how it’s made, potential advantages and other interesting facts about it in order to decide whether or not it’s the right one for you.

What’s CBD Isolate?

First, let’s get into the basics of CBD isolate.  The hemp plant naturally contains a wide range of plant compounds including CBD.  CBD is a cannabinoid, which is a type of compound native to cannabis.  The hemp plant also contains terpenes, which are plant compounds that determine the color and odor of a plant’s essential oil, and also have unique properties that may be able to be used for therapeutic purposes.

The hemp plant becomes CBD oil through a process of extraction that typically involves some type of pressure or heat, or both.  This turns the plant material into a concentrate that can be added to other ingredients to produce a CBD product such as a tincture, vape oil or edible.

Once hemp has been turned into a concentrate, chemists can decide whether they wish to keep the chemical composition of the remaining extract as is or remove certain compounds.  This is how we get full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD isolate.  Each of these terms refers to a type of extract.  Full spectrum contains every plant compound including THC, while broad spectrum contains every plant compound except for THC.  And, CBD isolate contains nothing but pure CBD.

Things to Know About CBD Isolate

Now, let’s discuss the things you should know about CBD isolate when choosing whether or not you wish to use this as your concentrate of choice.

It’s Colorless, Flavorless and Odorless

Ever wonder how cannabis gets its unique taste, smell and color?  Well, that all comes from the terpenes, which are chemical compounds found in every plant.  Because CBD isolate contains only one compound, which is CBD, it’s free of these terpenes.  Therefore, CBD isolate has no color, flavor or aroma.

Contains Zero THC

CBD isolate contains only one cannabinoid, and that’s CBD.  THC is another cannabinoid, and it’s known for its psychoactive effects when consumed in high doses.  However, with CBD isolate, there is no THC present.

Purest and Most Potent CBD There Is

Because CBD isolate contains no other compounds but CBD, it’s the purest and most potent CBD extract you can find.  This means that products made with CBD isolate contain more CBD per milliliter than products made with broad spectrum or full spectrum extract.  If you’re looking to only consume CBD, this is the way to go, without a doubt.

Can Be Harder to Find

CBD isolate products may be harder to come across because broad spectrum and full spectrum are so popular.  Still, you can find CBD isolate products if you’re willing to look a little harder.

Takes Longer to Produce

It takes longer to make a single milliliter of CBD isolate extract because of the fact that more plant material is needed.  This is why CBD isolate may be more expensive than other types of extracts.  Another reason why it can take longer to produce is because each other chemical compound found in hemp must be carefully isolated and removed so that the finished product contains nothing but CBD.

Can Be Found in a Number of Products

CBD isolate doesn’t come in only one form.  CBD isolate is available in vape oils, tinctures, topicals, edibles and more.  You can also buy CBD isolate crystals and pure CBD isolate oil that has not been mixed with any additives.  These days, you can even find CBD isolate bath bombs, pet treats and energy drinks.  So, if you want to commit to CBD isolate, know that the possibilities are endless, and you can find a number of ways to enjoy this unique type of hemp extract. 

An Extract Not to Be Ignored

Hence, it’s becoming increasingly popular as hemp enthusiasts are learning more about CBD itself.  If you’re interested in trying out CBD isolate, find a product that clearly states that it contains this type of extract.  And, don’t be afraid to experiment with all three types of extracts before settling on the one that best suits your cannabinoid needs.