Homemade CBD edibles are a fun (and cost-effective) way to use CBD oil. Here's how to safely extract CBD from hemp and make amazing edibles like… Interested in cooking with CBD but you don't know how? Follow our instructions to ensure you don't waste any of those precious cannabinoids!
How To Make Your Own CBD Edibles
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own CBD edibles? Making your own CBD edibles is not only a great way to save money; it’s also the perfect way to make snacks you love that contain exactly the right cannabinoid content for your unique health needs and taste.
If you’re curious about what it takes to make your own CBD edibles, now’s your chance to find out! Here is an overview of how to start making these tasty treats in the comfort of your own home.
Difference between CBD Edibles and THC Edibles
CBD is a cannabinoid just like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), both of which are found in marijuana. Eating THC can be very intense, but CBD oil only has small amounts of THC, so it does not produce the “high” associated with THC.
What’s so great about making CBD edibles, anyway?
CBD edibles are great alternatives to THC-based edibles because they can offer relaxation and pain relief without the intense high that is often felt with smoking marijuana or eating THC-based food.
Cannabidiol edibles make the ideal alternative for those who don’t want to smoke, who can’t smoke, or who find normal marijuana-based products too strong. Edibles also tend to have a more gradual onset but last longer.
CBD edibles can make up a healthy part of your regular diet as CBD oil is rich in Omega-3 oils and amino acids. Edibles are also a great option for people with food restrictions or even those who are just plain picky when it comes to food.
Making CBD edibles is a fun way to experiment in the kitchen. When you have a bit of time and the right ingredients, it’s a rewarding way to spend a couple of hours.
Preparing to Make your CBD Edibles
As fat-soluble, hydrophobic substances, cannabinoids are best combined into oil-based products like butter and oil. To make CBD edibles, you first have to either buy CBD oil or make the oil or butter yourself.
So, which should you make? It depends on your end goals and preferences.
There are three different ways to make CBD oil: CO2, solvents, or oil.
- The CO2 method is safe and clean; however, it requires special equipment.
- The solvent method requires specific expertise and precision and is not recommended to the general public.
- Extracting CBD oil using a carrier oil like olive oil is probably the simplest of the three and is also very beneficial for your health.
Instructions for extracting CBD oil at home
Only certain strains of cannabis offer the best-quality CBD. If you are growing your own, you should know that some strains have a high content of THC and CBD as well. Two good examples of high CBD/low THC strains are Avi-dekel and industrial hemp.
Find a strain of plant with a high CBD and low THC level. As you prepare, you will need to ensure that you have a well-ventilated area. You should also have a solid understanding of how much CBD oil you would like to have in each treat and calculate this ahead of time.
To extract the oil, you will need a cup of carrier oil (virgin coconut oil is great) and 14 g of the right type of CBD buds.
CBD Extraction Instructions: (adapted from naturalon.com)
- Grind the entire hemp plant, and put it in a canning jar with the carrier oil, placing the lid on tightly.
- Put the jar and a washrag in a saucepan with a few inches of water, and bring it to just below boiling, leaving it there for 3 hours and replacing water if it evaporates.
- Using tongs or oven mitts, give the jar a shake about every half an hour.
- When 3 hours are up, turn off the burner, and cover the pot with a towel.
- Allow the jar to cool for 3 hours, then repeat the process, leaving the jar in the pot with the towel on it overnight.
- Repeat the process over the course of a few days for stronger oil.
- When you have your oil, you can strain it through a cheesecloth.
If you are using CBD oil to cook, you should note that the boiling point is a maximum of 180 degrees C. These types of oils are sensitive to light and heat, so you should store them in a dark glass bottle and in a cool area.
DIY edibles aren’t for everyone. Some people prefer not to deal with the hassle of cooking and choose to buy CBD edibles. CBD comes in a wide variety of formats, including capsules, concentrates, and topicals. Looking to purchase CBD oil? Check out our list of the best CBD oil products.
What Recipes Can I Make With CBD Oil?
Now that you’ve made or purchased CBD oil, you can start to make edibles. CBC oil is an extremely versatile substance that can be mixed into many different foods, including smoothies, salad dressings, and sweet snacks such as chocolates and lozenges. Or take a look at our high CBD edibles.
Once you’ve got your CBD oil or butter, what’s next? A quick Google search will lead you to a gazillion recipes for a whole range of sweets — and there’s so much more to make than just brownies!
Here are a few ideas (remember not to heat your oil above 180 degrees C):
- Top your popcorn, potatoes, or toast with CBD-infused butter
- Add the butter to your favorite brownie or cookie recipe
- Use CBD oil just like other cooking oils to saute vegetables
- Add the oil to sauces and salad dressings
- Add CBD oil to pasta — it tastes especially good in cream sauces
- Use CBD oil to make oven-baked vegetable chips or roast veggies
- Use it in spicy Indian or Thai curries to hide the taste of the oil
- Use your oil in your morning smoothie to help you combat daily anxiety
- The oil can also be used in alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and can even be brewed into beer!
There’s so much you can use CBD oil and butter for — the possibilities are endless.
It’s a good idea to start with very small amounts when you’re first experimenting with CBD oil in the kitchen as the flavor can be quite strong. And don’t forget to get creative and have fun!
Why Make Homemade CBD Edibles?
CBD is safe and versatile with no side effects. The beauty of making your own edibles is that you can choose the exact amount of CBD oil or butter that you want to have in your food. And you can make a range of edibles that are not only tasty but even healthy.
Unlike THC-based edibles, you’ll be relaxed without having to worry about feeling “stoned” to the point where you may experience paranoia or anxiety.
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How To Cook With CBD Flower And Oil
You might have asked yourself the question can you cook with CBD oil? Yes, you can, and it’s pretty simple too!
Cannabinoids such as CBD are fat-soluble, and therefore, as long as they are used in combination with fat, you can cook with CBD and any other cannabinoid compound.
This applies regardless of if you are using cannabis/hemp flower, a concentrate or a shop-bought CBD oil.
The great thing about cooking with CBD oil is that there is no work required to use it as an ingredient. This is because the CBD is already active and suspended in a fat; all you need to do is add it to a recipe!
Just remember, most CBD oils will taste earthy so use oil which contains MCT instead of hemp seed oil for a more neutral taste, useful to recreate CBD oil recipes with!
Although, if you want to infuse your own CBD olive oil with hemp flower that’s also pretty simple given the information in this post, or if you want you can keep it simple by adding a pipette of CBD oil to a cake mixture!
Do remember CBD is not water-soluble usually, so if you place the CBD oil in water, it will float. If you intend on creating some CBD smoothies or shakes then maybe look at using water-soluble CBD (it is more expensive but also thought to be more bioavailable).
Now before we whizz ahead, there are a few rules when cooking with CBD, let’s run through them below:
If you are using a product that has gone through minimal processing and is thus considered a raw product, you will need to follow a couple of steps.
If you are using a CBD oil, skip down to the cooking with CBD oil section.
Raw indicates that there’s a part of the plant that didn’t go through the curing and heating (decarboxylation) process; leaving a raw product naturally rich in cannabinoid acids, such as CBDA which are the starting point for all cannabinoids. While these type of acids are said to have their own benefits, for simplicity, we are going to stick to CBD in this post.
Products such as hemp (CBD) flowers or raw CBD oil will need ‘decarbing’, meaning activation. If you are using a CBD oil or paste which doesn’t mention it is raw, then it has (highly likely) already gone through the activation process.
But hold on a minute, what does all this mean? I just want to cook with CBD!…We hear you, just hang on for a short chemistry lesson and all will be revealed!
Cannabinoids like CBD start as acids in the hemp plant. To ‘activate’ these acids into a compound like CBD or THC, they must be heated or exposed to ultraviolet light, beginning a chemical reaction, turning precursor acids into fully-fledged cannabinoids ready for use.
If the product is raw, there are several ways to activate the CBD and other cannabinoid acids in the raw hemp flower.
Just remember, if you are using a raw hemp product and will use this in food when decarbed, it’s going to taste hempy (earthy)!
We have put together some tips for cooking and baking below to follow:
Baked Hemp Flowers
We are assuming the use of 25g (2500mg CBD given 10% CBD potency) CBD flowers for the instructions below:
1) Grind your hemp flowers into small pieces but not into a powder. You might assume the finer ground the flowers are, the better due to a larger surface area, but this might lead to a stronger earthy taste in your end product.
2) Preheat your oven to 105C / 220F and add the ground flower into a baking sheet covered baking tray loosely scattered. Cook for 25 minutes (if your flower is moist it might take a little longer). You will know it’s done as the flower will have turned light brown and dry but not burnt.
3) Use the now decarbed flower for cooking with as you wish, but note cannabinoids have an extremely low level of bioavailability if they are not combined with a form of fat before ingestion. This method is also popular to make your own CBD oils by using a diluent such as olive oil.
To work out how much CBD you have, review the potency of your hemp flower and follow the simple calculation below (note if you use more or less flower, you can replace the “25” with any amount).
Total CBD: (25/100)*hemp_flower_potency = CBD in grams. Divide this by 1000 to figure out the total CBD in mg in the 25g of hemp flower.
Divide the total CBD by the number of people eating your infused dish, and you have the milligram per serving!
Moving on we have some tips for cooking with CBD to gain a full spectrum of benefits from hemp flower:
How to Make CBD Coconut Oil
1) Follow step 1 from the oven method.
2) Add the ground flower into a fat, we will use coconut oil for example, and let it simmer under a low heat on the hob for a couple of hours. If you are using a raw oil or paste, add this to the fat instead of the flower.
3) Filter the coconut oil using a cheesecloth, and this will help ensure your substance has a soft texture when liquidised.
4) Use the coconut oil for cooking with in any way you like!
CBD Cannabis Butter
If you are not a fan of coconut oil, you might prefer making cannabis butter aka cannabutter using CBD flower.
Similar to creating a cannabis coconut oil, you need to infuse the hemp flower into the fat (butter) to activate the CBD into something you can consume to feel the full benefits.
First, you need to decarb your buds ready to use. Which you can do one of two ways:
- Follow steps 1 and 2 in our toasted CBD flower instructions and add to melted butter.
- Grind your hemp buds and activate them directly in the fat by simmering a block of butter with your ground flowers for 15 minutes.
Either way, once the hemp flower is activated, it’s just a matter of reconstituting the butter into a block, which you can use at your leisure with a knife to add to toast, recipes and so on to making cooking with CBD effortless.
Next, we move onto a few recipes, making it easy for you to take these tips for your own CBD edibles!
Cooking with CBD Oil Recipes
If you have a bottle of any (non-raw) CBD oil, you can go ahead and add sprays/drops directly into a recipe.
Add drops of oil to any food you like as it is already in fat and decarbed.
A couple of our favourite recipes for learning how to cook with CBD oil which we love are given below for you to try out:
Raw vegan CBD brownies
You will need the following ingredients to make 10 CBD brownies:
- 24 Medjool dates (pitted)
- 1 cup unsalted almonds + extra for decoration
- 1 cup unsalted almond butter (the good stuff!)
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 pipettes 1500mg CBD oil (300mg CBD – 30mg per brownie)
- Place a layer of greaseproof paper on a 16″ square baking pan or 2 x 8″ pans.
- Place dates and almond butter to a food processor and pulse the switch until the mixture is cookie dough-like (sticking to the sides).
- Put the almonds in and again pulse the food processor until fully blended. The mixture should naturally stick together and remain intact if you created a ball from it.
- Place the remaining ingredients in the food processor and blend. You may need to use a splash of water if the consistency is a little too thick.
- Pour the mixture onto the greaseproof paper and stick the baking tray in the freezer to set (around 20-25 mins).
- Place almonds ontop of the brownie (optional), we recommend 5 on each slice!
- Remove from the freezer and cut into 10 pieces!
Raw vegan CBD energy balls
This one is even simpler to make than the last!
- 12 Medjool dates (pitted)
- 75g pecans
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 pipettes 1500mg CBD oil (300mg CBD – 25mg per brownie)
This recipe makes 12 large balls
- Crush the pecans via pulsing them in a food processor until they are a fine powder
- Place the remaining ingredients in the food processor and pulsate until combined
- Scoop out a heaped teaspoon and create a ball.
- Repeat until done (around 12 x)
- Store them in the fridge and try not to eat them all at once!
Extra tip: We love peanut butter and enjoy combining it with a ball as a dip – tasty but moreish!
As you can probably see, cooking with CBD oil is super duper easy. Enjoy!