CBD can almost be infused with any edible good. It can be infused with cookies, biscuits, and cakes. Always keep the temperature, storage, and serving when baking with CBD. This article explains what an individual needs to know about baking using CBD oil.
CBD comes in various products mainly categorized as edibles, orals, sublingual, topicals, and inhalants. These products are mainly made from the three main extracts of hemp: full spectrum, broad spectrum, and CBD isolate. These vary in their general composition and concentration and their overall effects on their users. Baking with CBD is generally simple as it requires one to generally add a specific amount of CBD to a given recipe. However, CBD is highly sensitive and has to pay attention to a few key issues. CBD generally has a short shelf life. In addition, it is highly susceptible to damage by heat. CBD dosages are a key issue when serving edibles, as an overdose can lead to undesired effects.
WHAT IS CBD
Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid, i.e.; it is derived from plants belonging to a group of other over hundred cannabinoids. Prud’homme et al. (2015) explained that CBD is desired as it exhibits no psychotic effects on its users. In addition, CBD has anxiolytic effects as it shows no dependency or addiction issues. This cannabinoid can only be legally obtained from hemp, a cannabis plant closely related to marijuana, specifically from its leaves, branches, and roots. Mlost et al. (2020) explained that CBD offers several health benefits to its users, which include pain and inflammation management, among other health benefits.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT BAKING WITH CBD?
CBD is a highly sensitive lipophilic compound. Therefore, a few issues to note when using CBD to bake your favorite cookies and cakes are:
Teterycz et al. (2021) explained that the temperature must be considered when using CBD in baking. High temperatures can destroy many of the active chemicals in CBD oil, even though warming it may improve its potency to a certain degree. When CBD is heated to its vapor phase, it reaches a temperature between 320 and 356 degrees Fahrenheit. It does not imply that baking CBD edibles in an oven set to 350–400° F, or 176–204° C, should cause any concern. An individual CBD won’t be harmed, destroyed, or boil off because the CBD edibles’ internal temperature won’t even come close to the substance’s boiling point. They will probably only attain an internal temperature of around 220-245° F or 104-118° C. Most conventional CBD edibles recipes call for baking at a temperature of 350-400° F, or 176-204° C, for 15-45 minutes, meaning little to no damage can happen to one CBD. If the CBD oil contains CBDA, this is the ideal temperature for decarboxylation. An individual would have some extremely burnt, crispy, and dry edibles if their edibles reached the boiling point of CBD, which is between 300 and 330 °F, or 149 and 165 °C, as most of the moisture in the baking dough will have evaporated off.
McGregor et al. (2019) explained that keep the CBD-baked products fresh and ensure they maintain their strength by storing them properly. CBD performs best when kept in a cold, dark environment because it is particularly sensitive to heat and light. Also, CBD is sensitive to ultraviolet rays as they cause damage to its atomic structure. Exposing the CBD brownies to ultraviolet light for a long time will cause the UV rays to denature the CBD. The CBD-baked products are best kept in a pantry cabinet that isn’t overly warm or lit. One can extend their CBD cookie’s shelf life by using colored containers with UV protection. Moreover, it would be good practice to store them in areas that are less accessible. It is to prevent frequent exposure to air and accidental ingestion by kids or pets, which would bring about unwanted effects.
SERVING YOUR BAKED GOODIES
One must consider serving size if they intend to use CBD in baking. If a person wants each cookie to contain only 4 milligrams of CBD, they need to bake a batch of 25 cookies with at least 100 mg of CBD. This would be a great recipe if one wants cookies with 4 mg of CBD but not enough if they need a more potent edible. However, a person must consider the serving amount if one wants each cookie you create to include more CBD. Ensure the recipe has enough CBD to match the target milligram amount for each serving size if you want your CBD-baked products to work. Use this easy formula to determine how much CBD oil to use if you want a particular level of CBD in each serving. Total CBD used in the recipe is equal to the recipe yield times the required amount of CBD per serving.
FLAVOR AND BASE OF THE CBD
The majority of CBD oils have an earthy flavor. It explains why manufacturers include sweeteners in their products to increase consumer satisfaction and ease of consumption. As a result, always consider the desired CBD oil flavor to allow for complimentary flavor profiles. For chocolate chip cookies, cannabidiol oil with mint sweetness works well. Try various cannabidiol oil flavors to find something new that you like. In dishes with fats, Baking with CBD oil produces fantastic results. Therefore, CBD oil with fatty bases like butter and coconut oil is necessary for baking with CBD. However, people can choose to add cannabidiol to baked goods by combining cannabidiol oil with butter or oil. Alternatively, mix cannabidiol-containing ingredients into hot oil or butter before adding them to a dish.
CBD is a great option to bake with as it offers numerous health benefits, such as managing pain and inflammation. In addition, consuming goods baked with CBD provides one with a prolonged source of CBD. One can always keep the baking temperature in mind to avoid losing the potency of the goods; store the cookies in an airtight container and in a dark space to avoid the CBD being denatured. Finally, keep in mind your serving, as it will aid you in determining the potency of your cookies.
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