CBD has been a popular addition to the wellness world in recent years, but what makes it special?
CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant and contains less than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), so it will not get you “high.” It is, however, thought to have other health benefits. Some people use the oil to relax, relieve pain and reduce stress and anxiety.
Think of CBD as an all-natural supplement that may treat various physical symptoms, like pain and soreness resulting from exercise or inflammation. But it can also be used for mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
If you’re curious about trying CBD Oil, here are starter recipes to try at home:
CBD chia pudding
One easy way to cook with CBD oil is with a chia pudding. This recipe is packed full of essential fatty acids and protein, and it’s quite simple to make. If you’re worried about the taste of CBD oil, you won’t notice it in this recipe since it has so many other flavors going on.
Two tablespoons of Chia Seeds
1/2 cup almond milk
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
One teaspoon of vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
One tablespoon of coconut flakes (shredded)
One teaspoon of hemp hearts
Six drops of CBD oil
Combine all ingredients except for the CBD oil in a bowl or mason jar. Stir until everything is well combined and there aren’t any lumps. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, stir in the CBD oil and add more hemp hearts or coconut flakes if desired.
This is an excellent dessert to enjoy when you want to be sure you get your CBD oil dose. It offers a great way to consume the oil, and it has enough fat to help your body absorb all of the CBD oil effectively.
50 mg of CBD oil
1 cup (two sticks) butter softened
8 oz cream cheese
2 cups sugar
One teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
Two tablespoons of flour
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Pre-heat your oven to about 350F. Beat the butter and cream cheese until well combined. Slowly add sugar to the mix and continue beating until fluffy. Add vanilla extract, CBD oil, and eggs one at a time, beating slowly. Add sour cream and flour, and beat until smooth. Whip heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form, then gently fold into batter. Pour into pie crust and bake for 55 minutes or until the center is set. Allow cheesecake to cool completely before adding the glaze. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight before serving.
Avocado and hemp pesto pasta salad
This recipe is a twist on the classic pesto, but it’s creamy and uses healthy fats from avocado and hemp seeds instead of oil. I love adding some zucchini noodles (or zoodles) to balance out the carbs in the pasta for a more nutrient-dense meal.
One avocado halved and pitted
Two tablespoons of hemp seeds
Two cloves garlic
1/2 cup basil leaves
One tablespoon of lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste
8 ounces of pasta noodles of your choice (I used quinoa fettuccine)
Combine the avocado, hemp seeds, garlic, basil, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Pour the pesto over cooked pasta noodles.
CBD Infused Honey
Honey is a natural sweetener and healthy alternative to sugar. It is full of antioxidants and has been used for centuries as a medicine and food. Honey can be used in various ways, from sweetening hot tea or coffee to making a honey mustard dressing.
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)
30-40 drops of CBD tincture (for desired strength)
Mix the honey, coconut oil, and vitamin E oil in a double boiler over medium heat. Stir until the coconut oil is melted, then remove the mixture from heat. Add CBD tincture last, stirring it into the mixture before bottling. Pour into an airtight container and refrigerate until solidified. Use at room temperature.
Spicy Citrus CBD salad dressing
This spicy citrus CBD salad dressing is fantastic over any salad or roasted vegetables. This is an excellent way to add flavor and get your daily CBD in. Double this recipe if you want extra to keep on hand!
Two Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/8 tsp salt
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
Two tsp red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoonful of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
15 drops of CBD tincture
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, salt, lemon juice, dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, and crushed red pepper flakes until well combined. Add the CBD tincture and whisk again to incorporate.
These recipes will impress your friends, family, and guests. You will feel more relaxed and grounded after consuming these unique CBD oil recipes because CBD is a naturally occurring compound with many health benefits. They are easy to make, and best of all, they do not leave you with a sticky mouth. Try them today!