Some of you might hear or read about Cannabidiol working wonders in the medicine and health field. It is linked with numerous health benefits, and diverse research is being conducted to explore the potential benefits for humans and their different uses. But what is CBD?
Commonly known as CBD, cannabidiol comes from the cannabis plant, which has over a hundred chemical compounds known as cannabinoids, and cannabidiol or CBD is one of them. The extraction process from the cannabis plant produces oil. After the extraction process, the oil extracted will be mixed with a carrier oil that comes from the hemp plant. The hemp plant and cannabis plant are considered cousins because they are under the same species, the Cannabis sativa strain. The CBD oil is somehow mixed up by the hemp oil, but they are different. So which is which?
CBD Oil vs. Hemp Oil
The hemp and cannabis (marijuana) plant are different varieties of the cannabis plant. They are considered the primary sources of CBD oil. The terminology is somehow mixed up because CBD oil can be extracted from the hemp plant. Industries tend to use the hemp plant because it contains less THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is responsible for the “high” feeling. To lessen your confusion about CBD oil and hemp oil, here are details on what makes them different from each other:
- CBD oil be can be extracted from the flowers and leaves of a hemp plant, while hemp oil is made of hemp plant seed (usually called hemp seed oil).
- The hemp seed oil contains no active CBD while the CBD oil is packed with cannabidiol.
- CBD oil is typically used for supplements and medicinal purposes, while hemp oil is primarily used for food because of its high nutritional value. Hemp oil is rich with vitamins, fiber, protein, minerals, and heart-friendly fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6).
CBD Oil on Food and Drink
While hemp oil can be primarily found on meals like salads and cereals, CBD oil can also be used in preparing food. However, it depends on the legal standing in your country. Like in the United States of America, the approval of the Farm Bill made the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban the use of CBD in food and beverages. But in other countries like the United Kingdom, the use of CBD oil as an additive to many dishes and drinks are not prohibited.
To utilize the use of CBD on food, you must know the difference between less refined CBD oil and very refined CBD oil. Less refined oils are commonly used in pastries and baking recipes to counter their bitter taste compared to very refined ones. If you have very refined oil, it can be applied to almost every food and recipe.
If you’re planning to cook with CBD right now, here are tips when using CBD oil as an additional ingredient:
- CBD Oil and Extreme Heat
The two do not go well with each other. Overheating the CBD oil can lead to losing its potency and medicinal benefits. As most CBD products are decarboxylated, further exposure from extreme heat burns the essential minerals because the product has less carbon to bind them. When using CBD for cooking, it is recommended to use CBD for low-heat recipes or as a final condiment to avoid losing its health benefits.
- Pastries and Savory Dishes
CBD oil works great as well on pastries and savory dishes. For pastries, less refined oil can be used to remove the bitter taste of the product. Recipes that have low-heat or those such as no-bake cakes are more suitable for CBD oil. For savory dishes, refined oils work better because it has mild to no bitter taste. It works well on salads as a dressing, as well as dips like salsa and guacamole.
- Sandwich Spreads
Most spreads are oil-based, so adding CBD oil is not an issue on a sandwich spread. Both less refined and refined oils work well with the variety of spreads available. Why not hype up your peanut butter and jelly with a little twist?
- Morning Coffee and Afternoon Tea
For coffee and tea lovers, CBD oil is a great addition. Coffee and tea are full of antioxidants, and adding CBD oil maximizes the benefits you will have—a great way to stay sharp and awake while reaping the benefits of CBD oil.
The versatility of CBD oil opens up many boundaries in the health and food world. However, limitation and moderation must also be applied when using CBD. When in doubt or under some medication, the option to consult your medical specialist is always open. Just enjoy your favorite food with a splash of CBD. Happy Cooking!