by Angela Pohlman, General Merchandise Category Manager
CBD is getting a lot of attention these days, and for good reason! This Cannabidiol found in the Cannabis plant does not get you high, and research is finding that it has many uses, from treating anxiety to pain to PTSD; and we’re just getting started!
Most CBD is taken as a capsule, or a liquid tincture; increasingly there are more options if you don’t like the taste:
Flavored Tinctures: Many companies are adding flavors, here are some of the ones we have (remember that not all of our locations will have each option in stock; please call ahead): CV Sciences: Peppermint; Café Mocha, Goji Blueberry; Innovative: Coconut, Ginger, Almond; Vital Leaf: Chocolate Mint, Rose Cardamom
Lozenges: Innovative makes lozenges—more like hard candy than a cough drop. They have four yummy flavors: Cherry, Key Lime, Lemon, and Tangerine.
Gummies: CV Sciences has started making a gummy! They have two flavors: Cherry Mango and Citrus Punch.
Chocolates: Yeah. Vital Leaf put them in Chocolate: Classic Dark, Roasted Hazelnut & Sea Salt, Toasted Quinoa Crunch
You can use the plain or flavored tinctures to enhance foods or beverages. The most obvious one is smoothies. Since these are oils, adding them to smoothies makes sense as you are blending the ingredients. It will help emulsify the oils and keep it from just sitting on top of your smoothie.
Here is a recipe from CV Sciences:
CBD Matcha Latte
1 c. Coconut Milk
1/3 c. water
1 tsp. matcha powder
1/2 dropper +CBD Oil Gold Formula Unflavored Drops
1 tsp. Agave syrup (optional)
Directions: Mix milk and water into a shaker bottle or blender. Add the remaining ingredients; shake or blend until smooth, at least 30 seconds. Try subbing the Innovative Ginger tincture for the
Unflavored to add a little spice! Serves 1.
Here is a recipe I am playing with:
CBD Rose Lassi
1 c. yogurt (plain; can be sweetened if you prefer; dairy or non)
4-6 ice cubes
1 dropper full of of Vital Leaf Rose Cardamom Tincture
1-2 tsp. rose water (optional, for more intense rose flavor)
1 -2 Tbs. Sweetener (optional)
Directions: Combine ingredients in a blender, pulse until smooth. Serves 1.
I would not recommend baking with CBD in order to maintain the potency. However, there is a lot you can do in food without heating.
CBD Café Mocha Latte Icing
Use this to drizzle on baked goods, oatmeal, or toast.
1 c. powdered sugar
6-8 pumps of +CBD Oil Cafe Mocha
1-2 tsp. of milk (dairy or non) (optional)
Directions: With a small whisk, gently blend the CBD into the sugar until smooth. Add milk by the drop until you reach the consistency you would like.
You don’t have to follow a recipe; add flavored CBD to anything you are eating
- Spritz into your coffee or tea along with your creamer.
- Add to yogurt: get creative with the flavor combinations! Add peppermint to chocolate yogurt; goji blueberry to vanilla; almond to cherry….
- Add to oatmeal.
- Ice cream!
- Top pies and cakes with whipped cream and a drizzle of CBD.
- Make a CBD-PB&J!
- It doesn’t all have to be sweet! Unflavored CBD can be a bit grassy; which lends itself well to savory meals. Make sure you read the ingredients, some of the unflavored still have a small amount of sweetener in it to make it more palatable.
Simple CBD Salad Dressing
4 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
1/2 c. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. dried thyme
2-4 droppers unflavored, unsweetened CBD oil
Directions: Shake together until emulsified.
Other savory ideas:
- Drizzle onto cooked eggs before serving
- Add to bread dipping oils
- Blend in with your dipping sauces —like a few pumps in your mayo/sriracha sauce you put on everything.
- Drizzle onto avocado toast.
- Use with olive oil to finish soups.
So many people have found CBD to be a worthwhile addition to their supplement regimen. Taking a capsule or tinctures is great; but I do find that incorporating CBD oil into food helps pay homage to this wonderful plant.