Christmas is finally here! ‘Tis the season of carols, gifts, decorations, and of course, sumptuous meals. If you are an ardent lover of all things CBD, the idea of sharing CBD - and all of the benefits that come with it - with your loved ones might have crossed your mind. And what better way to do that than through food? Adding CBD to your ingredient list this Christmas might turn out to be the best decision you’ve made all year. Here’s why:
Four Reasons Why CBD-Infused Meals are Perfect For Christmas Gatherings
CBD May Relieve Stress and Anxiety
The holidays can be a stressful time, and with the coronavirus crisis raging on, anxiety levels are bound to be high amongst your loved ones this Christmas. Numerous studies have shown CBD to be great at reducing stress and anxiety, as you probably already know. A dash of CBD in their food could help ease the tension and make everybody feel relaxed.
What’s more, one study showed CBD to be an excellent option for social anxiety in particular. Add a few drops of it to your Christmas meal, and you might be surprised to see some of your more reserved family members coming out of their shells.
CBD Can Help With Depression
This year has been tough. Lockdowns have been imposed, finances have been shattered, and worst of all, millions of lives have been lost. It’s enough to take a toll on anyone’s mental health.
Do you know a family member who has been finding it difficult to cope or feel particularly down? Studies have shown CBD to have some effect against depression. Although eating a meal with CBD is undoubtedly not going to cure their depression, it might help raise their spirits, even if it’s just for a little while.
All the craziness that the holiday season brings with it – shopping sprees, travel plans, etc. – can take a toll on sleep schedules. As such, many of your family members – yourself included – are more likely to find it difficult to get the recommended hours of shut-eye this season. Shown by research and loads of anecdotal evidence to be an excellent remedy for insomnia, CBD could help.
Longer Lasting Effects
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the effects of CBD tend to last longer when it is consumed with food. This is probably because CBD is lipophilic – it loves to bind with oils. When added to certain foods, the oils and fats contained within the food may enhance its absorption. As such, your family and friends are likely to enjoy the effects of peace of mind, improved mood, and better sleep for a longer duration.
How to Cook With CBD – 4 Tips
Cooking with CBD is not complicated. All you have to do is add it to whatever food or drink you are preparing. You can get as creative as you want. But, for the best results, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
Choose a High-Quality CBD Product
Every chef knows that the quality of ingredients that go into a meal has a considerable effect on the end product. CBD is no exception to this rule, and to make sure that what is going into your Christmas dishes is good enough, here are a few tips:
- Read the label carefully. Look out for the type of CBD contained in the product, the concentration present, and other additional flavours and ingredients that might affect your cooking. Also, check for indications that the product is organic, e.g., a seal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that reads “Certified Organic.”
Remember that one study showed that up to 60% of CBD products sold online are mislabelled. So make sure that you only buy from trusted brands or trusted vendors like Mount Verdi.
Use the Right Type of CBD
There is a wide variety of CBD products available in the market today; choosing a suitable one can be confusing. Here are a few things to consider:
Full/Broad Spectrum CBD vs. CBD Isolate
Full and broad-spectrum CBD may contain aromatic terpenes that give it a unique, earthy scent and flavor. Many people don’t mind this flavor, but you cannot be sure of whether or not some people would find it distasteful when cooking for a large group.
Unless you are an expert chef who knows how to manipulate flavors masterfully, it is safer to stick to products that contain CBD isolate. Such products contain no terpenes and are thereby odorless and tasteless. The only downside to using CBD isolates is that they don’t exhibit the entourage effect, although they convey loads of health benefits.
Another way to get around CBD’s distinct taste is to use flavoured CBD products like DragonflyCBD’s Flavoured Oils. The Cinnamon flavour, for instance, could be an excellent addition to baked goods.
CBD Oil, Tincture, or Extract?
There is also the question of whether to use an oil, a tincture, or an extract. This decision should mostly be based on the recipe that the product is being used for.
For recipes that include fats and oils, using CBD oil is a better option as it would incorporate better with the other ingredients. For recipes devoid of oily ingredients – e.g., drink and beverage recipes - tinctures and extracts are a better option as they are more water-soluble.
Add the CBD at the Right Time
When CBD is eaten with food, it has to go through the process of digestion and, as a result, some of its potency is lost. The process of heating it while cooking could also have the same effect. So, to retain as much of its healing properties as possible, add in your CBD towards the end of the cooking process whenever that’s a possibility.
Don’t Use Too Much
As CBD products tend to be pricey, using too much is an expensive practice. A little bit can go a long way. This is especially true when you purchase a product with a high concentration of CBD in it.
If you choose to use full or broad-spectrum products, be extra careful because they tend to have a bitter taste, and they can easily overpower the dishes to which they are added.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
Some of your loved ones might have reservations about using CBD. If that’s the case, check out our guide on giving CBD the gift to loved ones this Christmas to help you expertly handle such a situation.
CBD may interact with certain drugs. If any of your loved ones are on regular medication, they might have to abstain from a CBD-infused dish or speak to a medical professional before they partake of it.