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A Delicious Solution to Holiday Stress: Cooking with CBD Oil

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You’re already aware of the proclivity of the holidays for causing unnecessary stress. If you’re going to be in charge of any cooking this holiday season, consider changing it up and zen-ing it out by cooking with CBD oil.

Will Cooking with CBD Oil Make My Dinner Guests ‘High’? The short answer is “no”. CBD, unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, found in cannabis), isn’t psychoactive, so ingesting it will not result in you or your dinner guests experiencing such effects. Even CBD extracted from the cannabis plant doesn’t get you high and is perfectly safe to add to your drinks, meals, and baked goods.

Why Should I Cook with CBD?

There are a handful of wonderful benefits associated with cooking with CBD oil. Since it’s a relatively new trend, more research is being conducted to understand its numerous benefits. CBD is already linked to several health benefits, including soothing day-to-day pain, reducing worry, elevating mood, and even offering benefits for the skin.

Cooking with CBD oil is just one way to incorporate these health benefits into your everyday life. Due to the stressful nature of the holiday season, cooking with CBD is a great way to moderate these feelings of worry. Associated with calming abilities, CBD may help alleviate your stress and help your holiday obligations run more smoothly.

Cooking with CBD oil is a great way to enjoy some undeniable health benefits, and elevate your cooking. Those of us who are culinarily-inclined are often the designated chefs during the holiday season and if this description fits you, you’re likely curious about getting more creative with your cooking. CBD oil is the perfect way to keep your culinary creative juices flowing.

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What Dishes Can I Add CBD Oil To?

You can incorporate CBD into all kinds of dishes, sweet or savory. Be playful and open when cooking with CBD oil. Many people heat their favorite oil with several dashes of CBD from a tincture to sauté vegetables, others prefer to add it to dishes after they’ve cooled off to uphold the efficacy of the CBD. When cooking with CBD oil, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to maintain its benefits. CBD reaches its boiling point at around 320-356°F, rendering it ineffective. If you’re concerned about this, try adding CBD oil to your favorite homemade salad dressing to ensure its integrity.

Add your oil last to dishes to further maintain the integrity of the isolate. As it’s exposed to oxygen, the potency of your oil will decrease, so adding it to your dish towards the end will help you get the most out of your CBD product.

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Where Do I Start?

A good way to start cooking with CBD oil is to add a small amount to your favorite oil this holiday season, and use it in a salad dressing or a dish that you’re comfortable preparing. If you’re a competent cook, you may choose to experiment further with the CBD in your creations, but we do recommend testing a few dishes to ensure a delicious meal for your dinner guests. Cooking with CBD oil is something to play around with to your comfort.

Turn It Into Butter:

Because CBD is fat-soluble, it’s easiest for your body to absorb it when paired with fat-containing food products. An easy way to get your healthy dose of CBD in the kitchen this holiday season is to turn it into butter. Combine 1 cup of your favorite butter, 1/2 cup of water, and give or take, 20mg of CBD oil into a saucepan over low heat for approximately one hour. Use this CBD butter as you’d use regular butter. Perhaps put it on a beautiful dish next to your freshly baked dinner rolls this holiday season.

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Sweet Treats:

CBD oil is perfect when making baked goods, like brownies and cookies. These tasty treats go hand in hand with the holiday season and it’s a great way to incorporate CBD oil into desserts or baked good gifts that keep on giving. Just remember that exceeding the CBD boiling point of 320-356°F renders the health benefits of CBD ineffective. Find recipes that cook below this temperature when you cook for your friends and family this holiday season.

Don’t Like the Taste of CBD But Want to Enjoy the Benefits? 

Sometimes you have to experiment with cooking with CBD oil until you find a taste that you, and others at your table, will enjoy. Many enjoy CBD, but for some it’s an acquired taste. If you aren’t a huge fan of how CBD oil tastes, there are plenty of ways to mask the ‘green’ taste or eliminate it entirely. Make sure you choose a high-quality product when cooking with CBD oil for a cleaner taste, resulting in a more delicious meal. There are also flavored CBD oil options available.

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Have Fun With It!:

Most importantly, enjoy playing with cooking with CBD oil this holiday season. Throw a few droplets into your favorite cocktail and enjoy the wonderful effects CBD has to offer you and your loved ones. Don’t forget to choose high-quality, responsibly-sourced CBD and be sure to give your buddies a heads up that you’ve incorporated it into your cooking this year.

Kratora wishes you a safe and wonderful holiday season!

The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product.

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