This is a guide to making DIY CBD edibles at home. To get started, let’s understand what CBD edibles are and why they’re so popular.
What are CBD edibles?
CBD edibles are foods such as brownies, breads, soups, salads, and any other foods that are infused with CBD.
Why do people Infuse Food with CBD?
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the many chemical compounds that are found in hemp and cannabis. It has a number of therapeutic benefits in that it may help treat:
- Eczema and psoriasis
CBD may also be used simply for relaxation purposes.
There are other ways to consume CBD, such as using capsules, tinctures, concentrates, sprays, and topicals, but edibles tend to be a favorite amongst CBD users.
What’s the Best Way to Infuse CBD into Meals?
The first thing to understand when cooking with CBD is that this compound is fat loving and water repelling. This means that it binds to fats easily but when mixed with water its particles coalesce. In other words, CBD cannot be mixed directly into foods or beverages.
Secondly, CBD and other therapeutic compounds found in hemp, are destroyed at high temperatures. So, temperature is one of the most important things to pay attention to when cooking with CBD.
Lastly, bear in mind that CBD is found in its inactive state in hemp flower. This is important because CBDA, the name for CBD in its inactive state, does not provide the user with the effects of CBD. Hemp flower must be subjected to heat through a process called decarboxylation for the CBD to be converted into its active state.
The easiest way to make CBD edibles is to first create a CBD infused oil which you can add to different recipes.
How to Make CBD Oil
For this recipe, you will need 5g of CBD and 500ml of a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, or hemp seed oil. The first step is to decarboxylate the CBD flower to convert CBDA into CBD. Remember to maintain the temperature of the heating bath so it does not exceed 350F, or else you will destroy your CBD.
- 1 cup cooking oil of your choice
- 1 cup ground cannabis
- Strainer or cheesecloth
- Hand grinder
- Double-boiler or slow cooker
- Grind your CBD flower into small pieces, but not fine particles, and mix it with your preferred carrier oil
- Place the mixture in the double boiler and simmer without boiling for about three hours to decarboxylate the CBD. The boiling point of CBD is between 320-356 degrees Fahrenheit
- Allow the mixture to cool for three hours and repeat the heating again
- Remove from the heated bath and leave to cool overnight
- Strain with a cheesecloth the next morning to get rid of any remaining plant material. Do not squeeze the cheesecloth as this will add chlorophyll to your oil
- Store in a dark colored bottle away from direct sunlight or heat
When storing your CBD oil, remember that its shelf life is two months.
Once you have made your CBD oil you may use it on salads or add it to cookies or cake batter. CBD infused oil can be used as a base for almost any recipe.
One final point: CBD edibles have to pass through the digestive system before the CBD can be released into the bloodstream. Consequently, the effects of the CBD may take a while, anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, to set in.
Although CBD is not intoxicating, remember that consuming too much may give you some GI problems, fatigue, and mild headaches. Therefore, it is important to stick to the rule of “start slow and go slow.”