How to Cook with CBD Flower
Whether you use it on its own or infuse it into an oil, CBD-rich hemp flower is every cannabis chef’s best friend. Thanks to prominent influencers like The Herb Somm and the cannabis-themed event organizers behind Altered Plates , cooking with CBD is rapidly becoming a mainstream component of contemporary culinary culture.
You don’t need to have thousands of social media followers or be a world-renowned chef to make CBD work in your home kitchen, however. There are plenty of ways to cook with CBD that are as fun to try as they are rewarding to the palate, so let’s dive into everything you need to know to start cooking with Secret Nature CBD flower today.
What to do before you start cooking
Your CBD flower cooking experience will be much simpler if you take enough time to get ready first. Make sure you’re properly prepared to cook with CBD by following these simple steps:
Prepping your prep area
Before you start cooking with CBD flower, make sure that you’ve cleared an adequate amount of counter space, and collect all the tools you’ll need to make your CBD culinary plans into a reality. Ventilation is also a very important factor to keep in mind when you cook hemp. Even though it contains less than 0.3% THC, hemp flower smells exactly like marijuana when it’s cooked, so ensure that your kitchen exhaust fan is working properly and that people around you are aware of your plans.
Decarboxylating your buds
Some cooked dishes are hot enough to decarboxylate CBD flower during the preparation process, but decarbing your buds while cooking doesn’t give you very much control over this essential process. Decarboxylation transforms carboxylic acids present in Cannabis sativa flower, such as CBDa, into their final forms like CBD. Heat your buds to 240-250° F to decarboxylate them—we provide a detailed overview of how to complete this process in our article “3 Ways to Make CBD Oil Using CBD Flower.”
Finding the perfect recipe
Now that your buds are perfectly decarbed and you’ve prepared your cooking area, it’s time to search for an ideal CBD flower recipe. Cooked hemp buds are edible, and they pair well with a surprising number of dishes. Homemade CBD oil is even more versatile, and you can add it to practically any type of food.
Once you’ve found a recipe that suits your fancy, collect all of the ingredients other than CBD flower that you’ll need to put your dish together. If your recipe calls for CBD oil instead of CBD flower, follow one of the DIY CBD oil methods we outlined in “3 Ways to Make CBD Oil Using CBD Flower.” You can take a more creative approach by using one of your own recipes or coming up with a new recipe to commemorate your first time cooking with CBD-rich hemp flower.
Top 5 best ways to cook with CBD flower
Are you ready for some delicious CBD flower recipes? Whether you’re adventurous enough to add hemp buds to your food or you’d rather use DIY CBD oil, check out the following five CBD flower cooking ideas to get started:
1. Griddle some hemp flower pancakes
You’re used to making pancakes with blueberries or bananas, but have you ever thrown CBD-rich hemp flower into the equation? Most of the methods of cooking with CBD flower we’ll list in this section call for CBD oil instead of CBD flower nugs, but when it comes to pancakes, you might want to experiment with grinding decarboxylated hemp flower directly into your batter.
It’s true that the bioavailability of orally-ingested CBD is greatly reduced when this cannabinoid isn’t paired with a lipid, but you can overcome this hurdle by making sure to slather plenty of butter on your flapjacks. If the taste of hemp in your pancakes is slightly overwhelming, take Monarch and the Milkweed owner Andrew LeStourgeon’s advice and add some chocolate chips into the mix .
2. Cook a tropical CBD coconut oil stir fry
This recipe calls for the CBD-rich coconut oil we told you how to make in “3 Ways to Make CBD Oil Using CBD Flower.” Coconut oil is already one of the most common oils to use with stir fries, and adding your DIY CBD oil into the mix will infuse unique flavors and relaxing benefits.
If you’d like, you can also add ground-up, decarboxylated hemp buds to your fried mix of veggies and other ingredients. Hemp flower adds a unique texture to savory foods, and combining CBD from two separate sources could boost the potency of your hemp-infused meal. Just make sure you take Portland cannabis consultant Janelle Lasalle’s advice into account by cooking your stir fry at a relatively low temperature to avoid destroying the terpenes in your CBD oil or flower.
3. Make brownies with CBD-rich butter
It’s certainly possible to make CBD-rich hemp brownies the old-fashioned way by simply adding ground-up hemp flower to brownie mix and putting the resulting concoction in your oven. For a more refined approach, however, use the CBD cannabutter recipe we detailed in “3 Ways to Make CBD Oil Using CBD Flower.” CBD-infused butter is perfect for baked goods even if you shouldn’t apply it topically.
4. Offer a CBD-infused olive oil bread dip
Whether you’re used to throwing dinner parties at your home or sitting down to an occasional family meal usually marks the extent of your culinary passion, there’s never a wrong time to raise the bar slightly with a fancy appetizer. In American culture, we often pair pre-dinner bread with butter, but in parts of Europe, it’s more common to dip bread in olive oil. Prepare some CBD-infused olive oil by following the process we laid out in “3 Ways to Make CBD Oil Using CBD Flower,” and get ready to entertain.
5. Pair your meal with an “herbal” tea
Just like many other herbs, it’s possible to make CBD-rich hemp flower into tea simply by filling a tea strainer with hemp buds and placing your strainer in hot water. Since CBD is fat-soluble and not water-soluble, however, this approach won’t provide you with very much bioavailability . Therefore, you might want to pair your delicious CBD flower tea with either the CBD-infused butter or CBD-rich coconut oil we provided recipes for in “3 Ways to Make CBD Oil Using CBD Flower.”
You can also make cannabis tea using CBD-infused honey , which is just about as simple to make as any of the homemade CBD oils we’ve already mentioned. Many tea drinkers already infuse their hot beverages with honey, making CBD honey the perfect solution.
Whichever way you end up preparing it, we recommend you use Secret Nature Papaya Nights CBD flower for your canna-tea experiments. Whether you add it to honey or coconut oil or simply grind up some Papaya Nights buds and put them in a tea strainer, the terpenes in this fruity sativa strain blend perfectly with red teas like rooibos.
What are some of the most delicious snacks you can make with CBD flower, and what are the best ways to cook with CBD-rich hemp? Find out in this guide.
How To Cook With CBD Oil And Flower
You might have asked yourself the question can you cook with CBD oil? Yes, you can, and it’s pretty simple too!
Cannabinoids such as CBD are fat-soluble, and therefore, as long as they are used in combination with a fat, you can cook with CBD and any other cannabinoid compound.
This applies regardless of if you are using cannabis/hemp flower, a concentrate or a shop-bought CBD oil.
The great thing about cooking with CBD oil is that there is no work required to use it as an ingredient. This is because the CBD is already active and suspended in a fat; all you need to do is add it to a recipe!
Just remember, most CBD oils will taste earthy so use oil which contains MCT (like Nature & Bloom CBD Oil) instead of hemp seed oil for a more neutral taste, useful to recreate CBD oil recipes with!
Although, if you want to infuse your own CBD olive oil with hemp flower that’s also pretty simple given the information in this post, or if you want you can keep it simple by adding a pipette of CBD oil to a cake mixture!
Do remember CBD is not water-soluble usually, so if you place the CBD oil in water, it will float. If you intend on creating some CBD smoothies or shakes then maybe look at using water-soluble CBD (it is more expensive but also thought to be more bioavailable).
Now Before we whizz ahead, there are a few rules when cooking with CBD, let’s run through them below:
If you are using a product which has gone through minimal processing and is thus considered a raw product, you will need to follow a couple of steps.
If you are using a CBD oil, skip down to the cooking with CBD oil section.
Raw indicates that there’s a part of the plant that didn’t go through the curing and heating (decarboxylation) process; leaving a raw product naturally rich in cannabinoid acids, such as CBDA which are the starting point for all cannabinoids. While these type of acids are said to have their own benefits, for simplicity, we are going to stick to CBD in this post.
Products such as hemp (CBD) flowers or raw CBD oil will need ‘decarbing’, meaning activation. If you are using a CBD oil or paste which doesn’t mention it is raw, then it has (highly likely) already gone through the activation process.
But hold on a minute, what does all this mean? I just want to cook with CBD!…We hear you, just hang on for a short chemistry lesson and all will be revealed!
Cannabinoids like CBD start as acids in the hemp plant. To ‘activate’ these acids into a compound like CBD or THC, they must be heated or exposed to ultraviolet light, beginning a chemical reaction, turning precursor acids into fully-fledged cannabinoids ready for use.
If the product is raw, there are several ways to activate the CBD and other cannabinoid acids in the raw hemp flower.
Just remember, if you are using a raw hemp product and will use this in food when decarbed, it’s going to taste hempy (earthy)!
We have put together some tips for cooking and baking below to follow:
Baked Hemp Flowers
We are assuming the use of 25g (2500mg CBD given 10% CBD potency) CBD flowers for the instructions below:
1) Grind your hemp flowers into small pieces but not into a powder. You might assume the finer ground the flowers are, the better due to a larger surface area, but this might lead to a stronger earthy taste in your end product.
2) Preheat your oven to 105C / 220F and add the ground flower into a baking sheet covered baking tray loosely scattered. Cook for 25 minutes (if your flower is moist it might take a little longer). You will know it’s done as the flower will have turned light brown and dry but not burnt.
3) Use the now decarbed flower for cooking with as you wish, but note cannabinoids have an extremely low level of bioavailability if they are not combined with a form of fat before ingestion. This method is also popular to make your own CBD oils by using a diluent such as olive oil.
To work out how much CBD you have, review the potency of your hemp flower and follow the simple calculation below (note if you use more or less flower, you can replace the “25” with any amount).
Total CBD: (25/100)*hemp_flower_potency = CBD in grams. Divide this by 1000 to figure out the total CBD in mg in the 25g of hemp flower.
Divide the total CBD by the number of people eating your infused dish, and you have the milligram per serving!
Moving on we have some tips for cooking with CBD to gain a full spectrum of benefits from hemp flower:
How to Make CBD Coconut Oil
1) Follow step 1 from the oven method.
2) Add the ground flower into a fat, we will use coconut oil for example, and let it simmer under a low heat on the hob for a couple of hours. If you are using a raw oil or paste, add this to the fat instead of the flower.
3) Filter the coconut oil using a cheesecloth, and this will help ensure your substance has a soft texture when liquidised.
4) Use the coconut oil for cooking with in any way you like!
CBD Cannabis Butter
If you are not a fan of coconut oil, you might prefer making cannabis butter aka cannabutter using CBD flower.
Similar to creating a cannabis coconut oil, you need to infuse the hemp flower into the fat (butter) to activate the CBD into something you can consume to feel the full benefits.
First, you need to decarb your buds ready to use. Which you can do one of two ways:
- Follow steps 1 and 2 in our toasted CBD flower instructions and add to melted butter.
- Grind your hemp buds and activate them directly in the fat by simmering a block of butter with your ground flowers for 15 minutes.
Either way, once the hemp flower is activated, it’s just a matter of reconstituting the butter into a block, which you can use at your leisure with a knife to add to toast, recipes and so on to making cooking with CBD effortless.
Next, we move onto a few recipes, making it easy for you to take these tips for your own CBD edibles!
Cooking with CBD Oil Recipes
If you have a bottle of any (non-raw) CBD oil, you can go ahead and add sprays/drops directly into a recipe.
Add drops of oil to any food you like as it is already in fat and decarbed.
Nature & Bloom CBD oil arrives pre-activated, so all you need to do is add it to food as you wish!
A couple of our favourite recipes for learning how to cook with CBD oil which we love are given below for you to try out:
Raw vegan CBD brownies
You will need the following ingredients to make 10 CBD brownies:
- 24 Medjool dates (pitted)
- 1 cup unsalted almonds + extra for decoration
- 1 cup unsalted almond butter (the good stuff!)
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 pipettes 1500mg CBD oil (300mg CBD – 30mg per brownie)
- Place a layer of greaseproof paper on a 16″ square baking pan or 2 x 8″ pans.
- Place dates and almond butter to a food processor and pulse the switch until the mixture is cookie dough-like (sticking to the sides).
- Put the almonds in and again pulse the food processor until fully blended. The mixture should naturally stick together and remain intact if you created a ball from it.
- Place the remaining ingredients in the food processor and blend. You may need to use a splash of water if the consistency is a little too thick.
- Pour the mixture onto the greaseproof paper and stick the baking tray in the freezer to set (around 20-25 mins).
- Place almonds ontop of the brownie (optional), we recommend 5 on each slice!
- Remove from the freezer and cut into 10 pieces!
Raw vegan CBD energy balls
This one is even simpler to make than the last!
- 12 Medjool dates (pitted)
- 75g pecans
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 pipettes 1500mg CBD oil (300mg CBD – 25mg per brownie)
This recipe makes 12 large balls
- Crush the pecans via pulsing them in a food processor until they are a fine powder
- Place the remaining ingredients in the food processor and pulsate until combined
- Scoop out a heaped teaspoon and create a ball.
- Repeat until done (around 12 x)
- Store them in the fridge and try not to eat them all at once!
Extra tip: We love peanut butter and enjoy combining it with a ball as a dip – tasty but moreish!
As you can probably see, cooking with CBD oil is super duper easy!
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