With federal legalization of hemp-derived cannabis-infused products via the 2018 Farm Bill, along with surging mainstream popularity, consumable products utilizing cannabidiol (CBD) are virtually everywhere. Additionally, recent legislative actions suggest that the political will to eventually drive full legalization is inching closer to reality.
Naturally, then, CBD has helped reduce the stigma associated with the cannabis sativa plant. Moreover, curious bystanders have started to adopt the platform not only because of the favorable legal environment but also due to product diversity. No longer limited to traditional smoking apparatuses, cannabis products, particularly those infused with CBD offer various delivery options, ranging from ointments to edibles to vaping e-liquids.
Not surprisingly, virtually every platform has experienced a surge in momentum. That said, the broader edibles category has enjoyed both enthusiast and mainstream attention. As CBD has risen in adoption and engagement, so too has in-home cooking. Thus, cooking with CBD has become a logical extension of the green industry’s popularity.
With this quick guide, we’re going to discuss the advantages of cooking with CBD isolate powder. A pure extract of the cannabis plant, the isolate format facilitates easy integration with your choice recipes – even more so against other CBD formats.
Below, we’ll explain why.
Advantages of Cooking with CBD Isolate Powder
For the uninitiated, hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) comes in three main formats: full spectrum CBD, CBD isolate, and broad spectrum CBD.
Full spectrum is the most intuitive form of cannabidiol, which is CBD found in its natural state; that is, they include CBD, other cannabinoids (including a legal, trace amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and a range of terpenes or essential oils.
Broad spectrum is a relatively recent phenomenon, which carries all terpenes and cannabinoids with the key exception of THC. This format has found popularity among those who wish to enjoy the holistic benefits of full spectrum CBD but without risking exposure to the psychoactive compound THC.
On the other hand, CBD isolate is 99.9% pure cannabidiol. Utilizing an extensive process called convergence chromatography, CBD is extracted from raw hemp oil. Primarily, CBD isolate has the distinction for containing no THC, nor any other cannabinoids and terpenes.
More importantly for the topic of cooking with CBD isolate powder, this particular format gives off little to no earthy, “weedy” scents. Further, when mixed with food ingredients (or beverages), isolate doesn’t impart a botanical flavor profile.
That’s not the case with full spectrum or broad spectrum CBD. Because these two formats are essentially raw cannabis-based products, they emit that signature weed scent. For enthusiasts, that might not be a problem. But for those who desire a pure, culinary experience, it may be a turnoff.
Double Boiling Method for CBD Isolate Powder
Because CBD isolate features pure cannabidiol, buying it in powder form gives you the most versatility in the kitchen. For one thing, you can sprinkle isolate powder onto your favorite recipes as a condiment or accoutrement. Moreover, integrating isolate powder into your beverages instills an extra kick – this is perfect for recovering from a tough workout.
Another reason you may wish to elect cooking with CBD isolate powder is its ease of conversion to liquified form. With a simple process called the double boiling method, you can turn your CBD isolate powder into a liquid mix (for incorporation into sauces, as an example) or a homemade tincture.
To get started, you’ll need two pots, with one being larger than the other, a carrier oil such as MCT (coconut) oil, and of course, your CBD isolate powder. Next, follow these steps:
- Put water in the larger pot and bring to a simmer (low boil)
- Put the second, smaller pot atop the water (hold it for support)
- Add MCT oil in the second pot (rule of thumb suggests one ounce for liquids and two ounces for tinctures)
- Next, add your CBD isolate
- Stir the isolate in the MCT oil until the entire mixture is clear. This will take about five to ten minutes.
During the incorporation of MCT oil and CBD isolate, don’t raise the heat beyond medium level. Otherwise, you risk burning off the cannabidiol, which defeats the purpose of cooking with it.
Once you’re done, you can take the liquid and simply apply it directly to your recipes. For instance, if you’ve created a killer spaghetti sauce recipe, simply pour in the CBD-infused liquid into your sauce and prepare as you normally would.
If you’ve created tinctures, take a dropper once cool and apply one or two drops sublingually (underneath the tongue). Start with small doses first to see how the CBD will react with your body. Once you have an idea of your tolerance level, adjust accordingly.
Health Benefits of CBD Isolate
One of the reasons why cannabidiol-infused products have garnered intense popularity is the myriad testimonies of end-users who swear by the platform. From addressing certain symptoms to helping people get a restful night’s sleep, naturally sourced CBD has found favor compared to exotic pharmaceutical concoctions.
However, it’s fair to point out that the Food and Drug Administration does not endorse any specific claims about CBD. Hopefully, though, this may change in the future. Exciting research toward CBD and its potential health impacts are being conducted as we speak. Indeed, a major reason why politicians have supported cannabis legalization is for its medicinal potential.
Thus, while we can’t speak to specific issues, we can make general statements. For example, the MCT oil common in CBD isolate products provide brain-boosting properties. Furthermore, MCT oil contain essentially fatty acids. When combined with cannabidiol, it may reduce your chances of succumbing to certain ailments.