Cannabis edibles have been revered as a sort of delicacy for quite some time, and many people have experienced the euphoria that follows munching down on a pot brownie or two. Now, however, people are utilizing cannabis-based edibles for a different reason—one that doesn’t include psychoactive effects.
In fact, CBD edibles are increasingly popular because they offer an easy and delicious way for users to reap the benefits of CBD. Plus, reports suggest that CBD edibles actually last a bit longer than other systemic CBD products, even if they take a bit longer to take effect.
The delayed onset is a small price to pay for many consumers who rely on the powerful, long-lasting relief they know they will get from their favorite CBD edibles. There are actually a variety of reasons that people reach out for edibles instead of tinctures or capsules, and the increasing popularity of edible products has definitely driven the price up. Of course, high-quality CBD oil isn’t cheap, but there is a way to cut the cost of the soothing CBD edibles you’ve come to love: you just need to make them at home. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you create your own recipes, and even dropped our favorite homemade CBD gummy recipe at the end to get you started.
Benefits to Making Your Own CBD Oil Edible Recipes
Cooking with CBD oil is a great way to reap the many benefits of cannabidiol without too much change in routine. Making CBD edibles is easy and gives you ultimate versatility and control over your wellness regimen. Many pre-made CBD edibles contain ingredients that some consumers prefer to avoid, like gluten, sugar, or gelatin. Although you can find CBD products designed for people who follow specialty diets, they are often much more costly.
Making edibles at home gives you the peace of mind of knowing every ingredient that goes inside. It also makes it more affordable to access CBD edibles that fit your dietary needs. Further, it ensures that you will love the way your edibles taste, as opposed to the uncertainty of purchasing a new product online. But the benefits don’t stop there.
When you make your own CBD edibles you can also create doses that meet your specific needs. A bit of simple math (dividing the total amount of CBD in the batch by the number of edibles you create) helps you control how much cannabidiol is in each piece.
Plus, the ability to make these CBD edibles in small batches means you can change it up as often as you’d like—you aren’t stuck with the same old CBD gummy time and time again.
Tips for Cooking with CBD Oil
The most important tip to making your own CBD edibles is purchasing a high-quality CBD product, usually in the form of a tincture or isolate powder. The main difference in the two is form factor—one is an oil, while the other comes in powdered form. However, CBD isolates are popular for being an isolated version of cannabidiol—without any THC or other cannabinoids included.
Choosing between the two means first deciding if you need the benefits of full spectrum CBD, in which case you’ll need to opt for a high-quality full spectrum CBD oil tincture, which contains trace amounts of THC to provide added synergistic effects. If you prefer to avoid THC entirely, you could opt for a tasteless CBD isolate powder, or the liquid version, a CBD isolate oil.
If you want to cut cost, this is your perfect opportunity. After you decide which type of CBD you need, look for a high-quality oil that is highly potent. You can find multiple CBD oil tinctures with large doses of CBD, even tinctures with as much as 2500mg of CBD.
If you store your cannabidiol products properly, they can have a lengthy shelf life. That means you can make quite a few batches of your favorite CBD edibles, or mix it up and experiment with different recipes as you like. The initial costs may be more, but you will generally pay less per milligram of CBD, resulting in more money saved for your CBD edibles.
Once you’ve got your CBD product in hand, you can add CBD oil to nearly any of your favorite recipes, you only need to make a few modifications to protect the therapeutic value of the cannabidiol oil you choose. This often means cooking at a lower temperature than normal, resulting in even fudgier brownies or gooey cookies. Sometimes you can avoid adding heat altogether by choosing an edible recipe where CBD oil can be added after the heating is done, like making some candies or creating your own CBD gummies at home.
Alternately, many people enjoy cooking with hemp oil to reap the benefits of CBD. That means you can essentially drizzle the oil anywhere, like on salads or bread, but it’s a bit different than creating your own pre-measured edible doses.
You’ll also need to understand the basics of CBD absorption in the body–cannabidiol requires the aid of a fatty acid or alcohol to be properly absorbed by the body. Using high-quality MCT oil or food grade hemp oil in your recipes can help ensure that your body can absorb all of the Cannabidiol you put in your homemade edibles.
An Easy CBD Oil Edibles Recipe You Can Try at Home
Although there really are countless ways to makes CBD edibles, we thought we’d share an easy CBD gummies recipe that’s easy on the wallet and keeps for two weeks in the fridge! That means you can whip up a batch just twice a month to keep your (healthy and personalized) CBD gummy supply coming. You’ll need to adjust the amount of CBD according to your needs, but the following recipe filled 30 gummy molds and they came out to contain 5mg of CBD each.
- 1 cup unsweetened, real cranberry juice
- 1/4 cup gelatin powder (or agar agar to make these vegan!)
- 2 Tbsp raw honey (substitute with any vegan sweetener if desired)
- Desired amount of CBD oil (we used 5 full droppers of Paradise 1000mg Full Spectrum CBD Tincture)
Pour cranberry juice into a small saucepan over medium heat and heat until warm.
Slowly mix the gelatin powder into the juice.
Add the honey and whisk well, ensuring an even consistency.
Reduce heat to low and stir for 2-3 minutes or until mixture is smooth and gelatin has dissolved completely.
Remove from heat and add CBD oil. Whisk for 3 minutes to blend evenly. This step is important, as it ensures that the CBD will be evenly distributed in each gummy.
Pour into silicone molds (or a very lightly greased glass baking dish–if you go this route, you’ll need to cut your gummies into individual servings.)
Place molds in the refrigerator for 3 hours to harden.
Remove from molds and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.