There’s no way you still haven’t heard about CBD oil and its versatile application. If you haven’t, it’s high time you educated yourself about this oil because it’s incredibly beneficial! CBD can help manage chronic pain, reduce inflammation, and deal with some mental health problems. It can improve your overall well-being. 

According to data, 64 million Americans have tried CBD so far, and the number is rising every day. There are many ways to consume CBD—you can inhale it, take it orally, or apply it on your skin. All of these approaches have different effects, and it’s preferable to try several before deciding which one is best for you. It’s impossible to know in advance which one will suit you the most since CBD use is very individual. 

However, there’s one way to use CBD that’s becoming increasingly popular—through food. 

Without a doubt, CBD consumption is mostly associated with oils and inhalation. However, innovation and creativity are responsible for a wide range of edible products containing CBD oil. After you’re done reading this article, you’ll probably crave a nice cocktail or even a tasty dessert.

More and more restaurants are adding CBD-infused dishes to their menus, and you shouldn’t be surprised if you find such an option in your favorite restaurant. However, this new trend isn’t present only in the service industry. This interesting ingredient is used in home-cooked meals as well. There’s a lot of room for testing and experimentation, so we’ll give you a few pointers on how to get started. 

Don’t Run Away from This Business Opportunity

If you are running a restaurant, don’t be afraid to try CBD. That way, we can start losing the stigma that’s been surrounding marijuana use for too long. Everyone wants to try something new and exciting, especially when they know it won’t be harmful. 

The possibility of alienating your customers is very slim. The younger audience is probably using it already, and boomers are no strangers to it as well. If you consider that they were growing up during the Woodstock era, their interest in CBD is quite logical. 

However, you need to be careful about how you market this addition to the menu and what message you’re trying to get across. The effects of CBD oil are therapeutic but not psychoactive, and the difference isn’t always clear to all. You have the responsibility to deliver what you’ve promised—CBD shouldn’t be an exception. All your potential and current customers should know what they are getting and how it can impact them. Build trust, and you’ll see more people coming to your restaurant every day. 

The Most Important Rules of Cooking with CBD

Once you’ve decided to get started, you should know that there are some rules to follow. Probably the most important one is that you can reduce or completely diminish the effects of CBD if you overheat it. Now, that would be such a waste! The golden rule is to stay below 320˚F. 

When it comes to baking and heat exposure, the jury is still out. The best way to overcome this obstacle is to add CBD when your dish cools down. An even better option is to add CBD to something that doesn’t change temperatures, such as icing, dressing, and sauce. It’s even better to follow this route if this is your first time consuming it or if you’re having friends over who haven’t tried it already. 

If you want to make it more potent, a good tip is to pair CBD with food containing fat. Think of your favorite oil and find some exciting new recipes. However, have in mind that CBD in food isn’t as powerful as when you take it sublingually. It might take a while before you start noticing the effect. 

Make Sure Your New Menu Is Cost-Effective and Safe

CBD-infused food and drinks should enrichen your diet and improve your overall well-being. But they shouldn’t cause a huge dent in your budget. CBD tincture is probably your go-to option, but it might be too pricey in the long run. 

Luckily, there are many other budget-friendly options. If you are interested in spicing up your home menu with CBD, start with something you can afford. For example, CBD-infused olive oil is something that should be at the top of your list. 

Most of the time, the right dosage is stated on the label of a product. Pay attention to it, since it might come in handy, That’s especially important if you are cooking for someone who still hasn’t tried CBD. Exceeding the limit of 30 mg per serving is not recommended. Of course, you can gradually increase the dose. 

Additionally, it’s important to mention that you should look for CBD oil made from organically grown hemp. It’s important to make sure you aren’t ingesting any pesticides. 

As you can see, options are endless, so get creative and start experimenting. Bon appétit! 

MamasHealth acknowledges that research on CBD and the effects of CBD on the endocannabinoid system are rapidly evolving and the range of possible findings remains wide. MamasHealth makes no claims that CBD products are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and recommends all individuals consult with their health care professionals prior to using CBD.