February 08, 2021 4 min read

As CBD goes mainstream, it’s inevitable that people will want to experiment with it. And why not?There are literally zero laws against having fun with your CBD. 

But how do you get started? There are lots of CBD recipes out there, but we’re going to focus here on some general guidelines for cooking or baking with CBD. From flavor to potency to baking temperature, there’s a lot to think about! Read on for our advice...

Which Tincture Should I Use?

There are a couple of factors to keep in mind when choosing what kind of CBD tincture will work best in food or beverages.

The first of these is whether you want to use full-spectrum or isolate-based CBD oil. If the end product is only intended for yourself, it makes sense to just use whatever your own preference is.

However, If you are making a batch of brownies that you want to share around, you’ll want to make very sure that everyone is on board with trace amounts of THC in their brownies. Now, to be honest, the amount of THC would be so tiny that it’s hard to imagine a scenario where this would cause issues for anyone at all. 

Still, if someone you are baking for has strong feelings about avoiding THC, it may be best to stick with an isolate-based tincture.

Another issue to keep in mind is the flavor you want to infuse into whatever you are baking.You’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of flavor options at Kanibi. But not all of these are going to work equally well in, say, a salad dressing. 

If you want to err on the side of safety, our unflavored full-spectrum or isolate-based tinctures are great options. On the other hand, if you’re making chocolate chip cookies and think a bit of peppermint-flavored (or choco mint!) CBD oil would work, go for it! 

The sky’s the limit when it comes to flavor options, just be mindful of how the CBD oil you’re using will alter the flavor balance of whatever you’re making.

How Much CBD Should I Include?

woman using a tincture

Once you know what CBD tincture flavor you want to use, it’s time to think about potency. This is where you’ll have to do a little math to figure out how much CBD you want to include per serving.

For example, if you’ve decided that you are making cookies and want to include 10 mg of CBD per serving, you’ll need to know roughly how many cookies your recipe makes. If it makes two dozen cookies, for example, you’ll need 240 mg CBD for that recipe.

That’s a pretty large amount of CBD to use all in one shot, and if you only have a low potency CBD tincture, you’re going to end up adding a higher amount of oil. 

MCT oil (which is what we use to carry the CBD in our tinctures) is actually a great cooking oil, but if you are using a flavored tincture (as we discussed above) and don’t want the taste of the tincture to overpower the whole recipe, you may want to use our highest potency oils. 

Using a high potency oil reduces the amount of tincture you’re adding to your recipe — and allows you to include more CBD if you want.

It also means that you won’t have to use up one-third of your CBD tincture in a single recipe!

Mix Well!

bowl with cooking ingredients

Your baking with CBD mantra is pretty simple: MIX, MIX, MIX. 

One of the tricky things about CBD edibles is that it’s hard to ensure even dosing. Every CBD company knows this, whether they pay attention to it or not. When we make our Organi Gummies, we make sure we mix our little hearts out. It’s the only way to ensure that you’re getting 25 mg of CBD per serving — and not 10 mg one day and 55 mg the next. 

When it comes to baking or cooking with CBD tinctures, it’s no different. You need to make sure that the CBD oil is very well incorporated into the other ingredients. For this reason, you may want to think twice before using CBD in a recipe that does not recommend excessive mixing.

You probably won’t be able to distribute the CBD perfectly, but do your best to really work it into the rest of the ingredients.

Be Careful With Heat

This is a really important point. CBD and other cannabinoids begin to degrade at around 340 degrees Fahrenheit, so we recommend not letting your oven go over 320 degrees. That means you may need to adjust the timing of your baking. 

If you’re making cookies or brownies and the recipe calls for a 350-degree oven, you may just need to leave your goodies in the oven for a bit longer to make sure they’re baked properly. But keep a close eye on things! You don’t want tough, overbaked brownies.

On the same token, be very careful with direct heat when it comes to stovetop cooking. Go low and slow no matter what you’re making!

Keep It Simple at First

mixing bowl mixer and whipped cream

Because there’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to cooking or baking with CBD, we recommend keeping it simple as you start out.

Because heat is a big issue when it comes to protecting your CBD, you may want to focus on recipes that don’t require heating at all. CBD tinctures can make a great addition to salad dressings, for example. Or you could decide to make a cake and infuse the frosting with some CBD oil. No-bake cookies are another great place to start.

Keep in mind that CBD is fat soluble (which is why we have it emulsified in MCT oil), so your tincture will work best when combined with other fats. 

Be Patient With the Effects

Please be aware that when you ingest CBD, it takes longer to take effect. This is because it has to go through the digestive process before hitting your bloodstream. So be patient! The upside is that it will also stay in your system longer. 

Finally, enjoy the results! We don’t think you’ll need any help with this one...