To make a CBD-rich brownie or another CBD-rich edible, you must choose a CBD oil that works for you then infuse it into olive or coconut oil or butter or ghee (clarified butter). These infused oils or butters are the most common ways to cook with cannabis.
You will need to combine the CBD oil with the butter you choose and expose to low heat over a long period of time – this will help to avoid breakdown and/or vaporization of the CBD and other cannabinoids.
There are a few items to keep in mind when you are making your CBD infused foods.
- Make sure you know your serving size. Do the math so that you know how much, or close to it, CBD you will be getting on a per serving basis. For instance, if you make 8 tbsp of CBD butter and used 2 grams of 25% oil (500mg of CBD), and your recipe calls for 4 tbsp of butter, you will have 250mg of CBD in your recipe. Divide that into the number of servings make, and you have your per serving basis of CBD.
- The boiling point of CBD is between 160-180°C (320-356°F). At temperatures higher than this, it is possible that some CBD may evaporate. So when possible, use lower cooking temperatures.
- Cannabinoids are heat and light sensitive, and degrade with prolonged exposure. Make sure to store your product in a dark, cool place.
The basic process of making your own oil/butter/fat is to gently heat the starting material (olive oil, coconut oil, etc), add the CBD oil and stir until well combined. Then store in a clean, sterilized container in a dark, cool place. Use as normal in your recipe of choice, keeping in mind your targeted per serving quantity of CBD.
Common CBD combinations are infused olive oils for salad dressings, infused butter for making baked goods or as a topping for veggies/toast, and coconut oil for a healthier alternative butter.
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