CBD and baking can be tricky to perfect. But, if you’re a CBD lover and an avid baker, it’ll be easier than you think. With a few tips and tricks, you can make almost any baked good with CBD added in. Making your own CBD edibles is also ideal for those with dietary restrictions or a lack of options in your local area. In this guide, we’ll show you how CBD and baking can be a fun activity that saves you money. Edibles can be expensive in retail stores and dispensaries.
CBD and Baking Benefits
Baked goods don’t have to be just for special occasions and gatherings. Baking with CBD still allows you to have a dose of CBD without the high but enjoy a sweet treat during the day. As more of the benefits of CBD are recognized through clinical trials and studies, CBD edibles will gain popularity. They may still be hard to come by for those with dietary restrictions and food allergies.
There are a few things to take into consideration when baking with CBD.
Length of Effects
As with any infused food, the effects of CBD won’t be noticed until at least 45 minutes after enjoying your tasty treat. It takes longer to reach the bloodstream having to go through the digestive process. With edibles, the cannabinoids release slower into your body, which can allow the effects to last a little longer.
Dose does matter when it comes to length of the effects in edibles. The effects can last as long as 2-4 hours depending on a few factors.
Those factors include:
- Body mass
- Dose size
For example – if you take a CBD capsule that is 25 mg of CBD and you notice the effects working for about 4 hours, expect the same from the same dose of CBD oil in an edible.
CBD isn’t intoxicating, which is another reason that CBD and baking go well together. You could easily have a CBD edible and then make another batch without forgetting what you were doing. CBD is psychoactive, as we discussed in a previous article, it just doesn’t produce any intoxicating effects.
The non-intoxicating edible also reduces worry if someone that isn’t cannabis-friendly or is an adolescent tries one of your baked treats. It won’t hurt them.
With CBD and baking, it’s easier to get an accurate dose. It takes a little math breaking down how much CBD you’re putting in the recipe in regards to how many servings the recipe makes. In some recipes, you may even get to enjoy a couple baked treats if the doses are a little smaller.
If you don’t already know what your ideal dose is, edibles is a good way to determine it. Start with just a small dose of 5 mg to 10 mg per dose. The good thing about CBD is – if you need more to achieve the results you desire, you can do so without having to worry about intoxication.
CBD Oil is Ready-to-Use
Unlike cannabis, CBD oil is ready to use. It’s easy to mix into a batter or make into a flavored soak for your baked goods. You don’t have to spend 3 hours making cannabutter. You aren’t limited to just CBD oil for baking purposes either.
Have you heard of CBD crystalline? Crystalline is easy to use and also offers an easy way to put accurate doses into your CBD edibles. The crystals are pure CBD.
CBD isolate can also be used if your body only needs CBD and no other cannabinoids.
Using CBD in Baking Applications
When combining CBD and baking, it’s best to combine the CBD oil with another fatty ingredient like ghee or butter. This helps protect the delicate oil during the baking product. You can also combine it with olive oil, nut oils or oils that your recipe calls for. These additional sources of fat will help protect the CBD during the baking process.
When using CBD crystalline, you’ll use dry measuring spoons. The crystals dissolve into butter and oils rather easily. It’s best to heat oil first and pour it over the crystals – similar to making chocolate ganache. Stir the oil and crystals constantly until all of the crystals are dissolved. Read the package to see how much to use per the manufacturer’s suggestions based upon how much CBD you need per dose.
Tips for Combining CBD and Baking
There are a few things that you need to keep in mind when baking with CBD. Temperature is your biggest consideration. CBD can evaporate or decrease in potency while being heated. It is important to maintain a temperature under 356 degrees Fahrenheit when baking. The boiling point of CBD is from 320 degrees to 356 degrees.
This may mean that you’ll need to lower the baking temperature that your recipe calls for and make smaller edibles. Time and heat are also a combined enemy. The baking times should be short to prevent the CBD from evaporating.
Storage is another thing to keep in mind. Keep the baked goods in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This helps keep them fresh.
Figuring out how much CBD you need in each recipe may not be the easy part, but there’s an easy way to calculate it. Take the amount of CBD that you want per serving and multiply it by the number of servings your recipe makes. For example, if you want 25 mg of CBD per dose and the recipe makes 30 servings, you’ll need 750 mg of CBD oil for the recipe.
Banana Chocolate Chip CBD Cookies
We couldn’t instruct you on how to bake with CBD without giving you a recipe. For this recipe, substitute almond flour as it is lower in carbohydrates and the oil from the nuts in the flower will act as an extra layer of protection for your CBD.
1 stick softened butter
¾ cup sugar or sugar substitute
1 banana pureed
¾ cup packed brown sugar (or brown sugar substitute)
2 teaspoons vanilla paste or pure extract
750 mg vanilla CBD oil
2 large eggs
2 ¼ cups almond flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ cups dark chocolate chunks
1 cup toasted walnuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Cream the butter and sugars until fluffy and incorporate 1 egg at a time. Add the vanilla and vanilla CBD oil. Once incorporated, add the pureed banana.
In a bowl, combine your flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Lightly mix with a fork and add slowly to your batter. When all of the ingredients are smooth (try to do this in 50 strokes or less to avoid overmixing), gently fold in your chocolate chunks. If you’ve chosen to add the walnuts, also add these at the same time as the chocolate chunks.
Scoop by tablespoon onto a greased cookie sheet keeping the dollops of cookie dough 2” apart. Bake for between 20 and 24 minutes. The cookies should be a light golden brown.
Move the cookies to a cooling rack and allow them to cool (as much as you can) before indulging. Grab a glass of milk and enjoy.
These cookies store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or at room temperature in an airtight container for 5 days.
Tip: If your cookie dough seems a little too loose, add a couple more tablespoons of almond flour. This will help tighten it up a bit.
Don’t be intimidated about CBD and baking. It’s much easier than you think – as you can see from the recipe we’ve provided as well as the tips we’ve supplied. You can make your own ooey-gooey CBD edibles in the comfort of your own kitchen with ease.
Have fun baking! We’d love to see pictures of your creations, feel free to share them with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!