Good news! You can use CBD in many delightful dishes. In fact, we’ve even written about some delicious CBD recipes. But, these recipes all have one thing in common.
We do not heat the CBD.
Why? Because heating CBD at high temperatures can destroy the CBD, as well as other valuable plant compounds.
CBD begins to evaporate at temperatures higher than 356 degrees Fahrenheit (180 Celsius). That means if you bake a CBD infused cake in the oven at 400 degrees, it’s no longer a CBD infused cake. The higher above 356 degrees you go, the more the CBD evaporates.
How about cooking with CBD at lower temperatures?
Okay, you understand why temperatures above 356 degrees are undesirable, but what about lower temperatures? What if you bake that CBD cake at 350 degrees?
Cooking or baking CBD infused foods at lower temperatures (356 degrees or under) can be fine, but not every CBD product is meant to be heated.
What CBD products can I heat?
This is one case where CBD isolate is the way to go, since CBD isolates contain nothing but CBD and you won’t risk destroying any other plant compounds. Just don’t heat your CBD higher than 356 degrees.
There is a downside though. With CBD isolates, you miss out on several potential medicinal benefits. If you’re looking for maximum benefit from your CBD product, we always recommend choosing a full spectrum product.
What CBD products should I avoid heating?
If your product is full spectrum, such as our product, Süthe, there is a risk of destroying plant compounds such as terpenes and cannabinoids that evaporate at even lower temperatures than 356 degrees.
Terpenes are aromatic oils that interact with cannabinoids and other compounds in the plant to activate the “entourage effect,” and may offer potential health benefits.
The entourage effect is important because it allows you to get the maximum benefit from the plant. Terpenes and cannabinoids work together to help you make the most of your CBD product.
As you can see from the charts, it would be difficult to cook with a full spectrum CBD product and still receive all the benefits, since every terpene and cannabinoid has a different boiling point and will begin to evaporate after moving past that point.
Every part of the plant has its own positive effect and you don’t want to miss out. If you heat your full spectrum CBD, you’ll not only lose the benefits, but you’ll have wasted money too.
What’s the best way to use CBD in food?
All right, so you want to use a full spectrum CBD product, and still enjoy it in food. What can you do?
Fortunately, you can add CBD to foods that are already cooked, simply by drizzling some on. (This is probably the least tasty way to do it). You can also use it in dressings and other condiments, incorporate it in no-bake recipes, and add it to drinks.
All of these options allow you to still enjoy the benefits of CBD without heating it and losing its value.
Keep in mind though, that CBD edibles do not provide the most bioavailability, as the CBD has to travel through your digestive system. Your body will not absorb as much of the CBD as it could if you simply used a tincture.
Despite the lower bioavailability, infusing your food with CBD can be a delicious way to receive CBD’s benefits, and is a good option for people who do not like the taste of hemp, or for pets that won’t hold still long enough for you to get a couple drops in their mouth.
Be on the look out for future no-bake CBD recipes from Brizo Pure using our full spectrum CBD, Süthe!