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Cooking With CBD: 7 Helpful Tips

Are you wanting to experiment with CBD oil without having to tase it under your tongue? Did you know it can take your cooking to a whole new level? Not to worry, there are many ways you can enjoy the benefits of CBD.

Before attempting to cook with the healing ingredient, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration. After all, you want to be making the most of all of the goodness CBD has to offer and not hinder its quality. These steps mustn’t be overlooked to ensure your recipes are the best they can be.

In this post, we’ll run through all the helpful tips you’ll need to cook with CBD effectively and properly. We’ll show how easy it can be to enhance your existing recipes and we’ll explain why cooking with CBD can be SO delicious.

We’ll cover:

The Benefits of Cooking With CBD

Cooking with CBD can be exciting and rewarding, it’s guaranteed! CBD is a product that offers versatility and many positive benefits. Whether that’s aiding sleep, healing aching muscles, calming an overactive mind or helping relieve the discomfort of immune ailments. It’s a product far beyond CBD oil – it can offer a lot. 

If you’re unsure about the legalities around CBD, rest assured, it’s not addictive, it’s legally allowed in the UK and some areas of Europe. It contains no THC which is the ingredient to have psychoactive properties. Instead, it holds a whole host of nutrients including essential amino and fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Making it the perfect accompanying ingredient to some of your favourite recipes. 

It’s worth noting, if you haven’t already seen, the additional benefits – but not limited to, that CBD has to offer.

CBD Benefits 

  • Combats anxiety.
  • Muscle relaxant.
  • Alleviate stress.
  • Improves sleep disorders.
  • Neuroprotective: diseases that cause the nerves and brain to deteriorate.
  • Pain relief.
  • Helps the discomfort of acne.
  • Eczema relief.
  • Reduces feelings of nausea.
  • Aids migraines.
  • A natural anti-inflammatory.

If you’re already eating a well-balanced diet, CBD oil added to your existing recipes can be a great way to take them to the next level. Whereas if you’re just starting with building a healthier lifestyle, it’s important to have the foundations of a healthy diet outlined first before introducing CBD.

CBD is rich in goodness but it won’t outweigh poor nutrition and an unhealthy lifestyle. You deserve to put your wellness at the forefront of your life so you can take control, feel happier and maintain a harmonious balance.

Not only is CBD rich in vital vitamins that can help your mental and physical wellbeing but it can help your eating habits too. CBD can help you feel fuller for longer, maintain impressive energy levels and it can enhance insulin functions. Helping regulate blood sugar levels and reducing the feelings of anxiety which could lead to overeating. 

The flavour of CBD oil blends easily with many foods. It’s best to opt for a plain flavour if you’re adding it to a stir fry, soup or smoothie. However, if you’re adding it to a cocktail or yummy refreshing drink, you might want to experiment with the flavours available – our Citrus, Berry and Mint Fusions work great in refreshments. 

7 Helpful Tips For Cooking With CBD

With all of these benefits in mind, it’s sure to say that CBD can offer nutritional balance to everyone – no matter your situation. Adding CBD to your diet through food might just be the addition you’re looking for. 

Adding CBD to your food is simple – it doesn’t require much effort at all. But these tips are critical for ensuring you get the most out of your CBD. After all, if you’re investing in this health supplement you want to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth and getting all of the promising benefits.

Mind The Heat

Don’t use it over direct heat!

Although it might be tempting to use it as cooking oil, that isn’t the intended purpose of CBD. CBD rapidly dissipates into the air when heated above 160 degrees celsius. If heated too high, it can cause the CBD to lose its valuable terpenes – the diverse organic compounds that work in tandem with our CBD to increase its therapeutic effects.

Also, some people have found that cooking with CBD over direct heat can also turn the flavouring bitter – not what you want at all when cooking your favourite recipes. Keep the CBD oil away from direct heat and mix it with cold foods or room temperature foods – soup, smoothies, salads, peanut butter spreads and more. 

Take Care of The CBD

If you want it to take care of you, take care of it.

You can’t expect to reap the benefits of CBD oil if you aren’t taking great care of the supplement itself. It’s an investment for your health so it should be taken care of properly. Store your CBD in a cool, dry, place out of the way of direct sunlight – a bedside table, pantry or a cupboard in the kitchen for easy recipe access are good homes for your oil (out of the reach of children).

Ensure the CBD oil bottle is sat upright to avoid spillages, check the best before date before using and ensure the lid is securely fastened. Any air or sunlight that is exposed to the oil could be counterproductive for its qualities and affect the composition of the oil.

Don’t Overdo It and Find Your Sweet Spot

Take it easy and start small. 

It might be tempting to sprinkle the oil over everything like a normal dressing or garnish but it’s important to be aware of the effects of CBD. If you’re new to supplementation and you’re trying it out, start with one to two droplets first and over time, you can increase the dose.

As you use the oil, you’ll get an understanding of how it tastes and makes you feel and then you’ll find your optimal dose properly.


Add CBD To Oils and Fats

Help CBD along a little and combine it with some healthy fats.

CBD is lipid-soluble, which means it’s easy to add to most recipes when combined with healthy fats – olive oil, coconut oil, coconut butter or ghee as some examples. Once you’ve whisked, shaken or stirred your CBD oil with healthy fat – drizzle it over your meals. It’s especially good over salads or even soup.

Top tip: If you like the heat, adding garlic or chilli to the oil once combined will add a warming kick to your dishes. But make sure you’ve mixed everything together properly to ensure the CBD is evenly distributed.

Sweet or Savoury? Both!

Dreaming of nachos and guac or are you craving cake?

You’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that CBD can be added to a whole host of recipes. But the important thing to note here is the temperature, the healthy fat you’re combining it with and the sugar content of the recipe. 

If you’re adding your CBD oil to a sugary recipe, you’re wasting your time. Sugar increases the heart rate, it can cause feelings of anxiety and it doesn’t provide sustained energy. CBD works the opposite to combat those feelings. For the best outcome, use CBD oil in low sugar recipes. In short – sugar counteracts the positives on CBD’s soothing properties.

Keep these in mind whenever planning a recipe. It’s great to experiment but you don’t want to waste vital droplets of your powerful CBD. 

Mix CBD Into Your Favourite Dishes

Need some recipe inspiration? Look no further!

  • Decadent Chocolate and Peanut Butter CBD Smoothie 

A yummy snack, a healthy breakfast or a post-workout boost, this smoothie is definitely decadent. Keep those sweet cravings at bay and feel rejuvenated in no time. It’s the perfect smoothie to prepare for on the go too so you have no excuses but to hydrate and fuel your body

  • Rainbow Vegetable Asian CBD Stir Fry

Rich in colour, fibre and nutrients this stir fry is the perfect side dish or lunchtime meal. Got some vegetables that have seen better days? They’ll work great in the stir fry. Experiment, use your favourite veggies and pair with rice or noodles for a more wholesome meal.

  • CBD Enhanced Creamy Guacamole

Guac and nachos – such a great combination and always a crowd pleaser! With mood-boosting benefits and an optional fiery kick, this guacamole recipe is dreamy. It can be a great snack with crackers and crudites, a spread for toast and rice cakes or it can be thrown on top of your favourite dishes as a creamy garnish.

  • CBD Rhubarb Garden Gin and Tonic

A cold refreshing drink after a long day is always a great option. Subtly sweet, refreshing and packed full of natural botanical ingredients. This G&T will please not only you but your guests too! With mood balancing benefits and calming effects, you won’t need to look any further.

  • CBD Dark Chocolate Stress-Reducing Rocky Road 

Rich, indulgent AND stress relieving. This rocky road freezer fudge requires no baking but offers all the energy you need for a snack or mid-afternoon pick-me-up. It’s crunchy, it’s decadent and goes perfectly with a good cup of tea or coffee! 

Cooking With CBD

Be Patient

Don’t expect miracles. Use it regularly for the best results!

Don’t expect to instantly feel relaxed and chilled after consuming CBD foods. Be aware that it should be consumed, consistently over time to reap the best results. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t feel positive effects straight away. Great things take time!

Now you know all the benefits CBD has, the perfect addition it can be to your existing meals and how to use it effectively. You’ll be ready to get creative and start experimenting. Enhance your recipes, start putting your wellbeing first and grab all the benefits of CBD with both hands.

Find Your Perfect CBD Oil This Way

Now the exciting part – choosing the right CBD oil for YOU! The oil that will seamlessly align with your routine and a CBD oil that will help you live your best life. At Heed Life, we believe in fixing the problem and not patching it up and we’ll always be transparent from seed to shelf.

All of our products are purpose-built with your health in mind. The oils are THC-free, independently lab tested, 100% gluten-free and contain no GMO. Meaning no nasties but plenty of the good stuff you need for optimal wellbeing.

If you’re wanting to find out more about our range, explore all of the products on our website or get in touch with us and a member of our expert team will be happy to assist you and answer any questions! Start your wellness journey today.

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