How to Cook Meals with CBD Hemp 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.

However, 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. There are plenty of ways to cook with CBD that are fun to try as they are rewarding to the palate, so let’s dive into everything you need to know to start cooking with Cascadia Blooms Direct CBD today.

How to Prepare Your Meal

Your CBD flower cooking experience will be much simpler if you take enough time to get ready first. Make sure you’ve properly prepared to cook your meal with CBD by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Prepping Your Cooking Area

Before you start cooking with CBD flowers, 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.

Step 2: Decarboxylating Your CBD Buds

Some cooked dishes are hot enough to decarboxylate CBD flowers 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.”

Step 3: Finding Your Favorite Recipes

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.

You can take a more creative approach by using one of your recipes or coming up with a new recipe to commemorate your first time cooking with CBD-rich hemp flowers.

What’s the Benefit of Cooking With CBD?

When eaten, CBD hemp flower is absorbed into the digestive tract. There are several benefits of consuming CBD hemp flower this way.

Gradual Release

When taken sublingually, CBD enters the bloodstream and starts acting on receptors throughout the body within 15–20 minutes. On the other hand, Ingested CBD can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour to take effect but offers a slower, more gradual release of CBD into the bloodstream.

A Discreet Way to Take CBD

Cooking with CBD allows you to prepare CBD edibles in advance and can be great for dosing on the go or in public, whereas taking a tincture/oil or vaporizing/smoking CBD might draw more attention and prove less appropriate.

It May Taste Better

CBD oil supplements have a distinctly bitter and intense flavor that some people might not like. By working CBD into your favorite recipes, you can reap the benefits of this amazing cannabinoid without dealing with its intense flavor.

You Don’t Have to Smoke It.

Smoking is usually the most common way cannabis is consumed. Unfortunately, it’s far from the healthiest. Studies show that cannabis (including the smoke from CBD-rich cannabis) contains many of the same toxic compounds present in cigarette smoke. Cooking with CBD is a great way to use CBD-rich cannabis without the health implications of smoking it.

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