The 411 on CBD Edibles

By Mell G.
Paired with the right ingredients, plant cannabinoids such as CBD found in cannabis seem to make for one happy union -- and treat.

The 411 on CBD Edibles

CBD is an increasingly popular health supplement that’s buzzing in many parts of the world — both medicinally and recreationally. Yet, apart from toking a vaporizer or swallowing a capsule, are there any other ways to deliver CBD? From pasta to chips, today more and more people are consuming cannabidiol in the form of infused edibles.

As a general remedy, you don’t need to have a serious medical condition to benefit from CBD. And, when we combine this active compound with other foods, we get something that not only can significantly improve the quality of life but an ideal alternative that anyone can incorporate into their daily routine.

Though brief, today we will highlight some key details of the nonpsychoactive and especially therapeutic treats and their benefits. 

Why CBD-Infused Edibles?

There are hundreds of different chemical compounds featured in cannabis known as cannabinoids, but the two most abundant and best studied are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD. CBD is short for cannabidiol and makes up the medicine’s active healing properties.

Unlike THC it is less psychoactive, in fact, the cannabinoid is considered non-psychoactive as it contains less than 0.03% THC. We were all made with a unique endocannabinoid system that responds to cannabis differently, from one person to the next. 

Particularly the absence of psychoactivity and wide range of applications is what has caused cannabis consumers to experience the medicinal benefits of the plant without the psychoactivity. And as a result, has inspired artisan companies to develop new cannabis products that exhibit high levels of CBD.

When you have a bit of time and the right ingredients, making your own CBD-infused edibles can be a very rewarding project while experimenting in the kitchen.

Especially because CBD edibles contain exactly the right cannabinoid content for your unique health needs and taste. Known to have a bounty of health benefits, almost anyone can take advantage of the therapeutic properties in CBD edibles one way or another.

However, perhaps the only surefire way to know if they are worth it is by giving them a chance -- whether you buy them or make them your own!

Benefits of CBD Edibles

Zero Side Effects

The use of cannabis’ CBD has been backed by science and deemed safe as it has no known negative side effects, nor overdose potential. If you decide to make your own, perhaps the most exciting thing about CBD edibles is that you can choose the exact amount of CBD oil or butter that you want in your recipe that is not only tasty but healthy.

Therapeutic

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CBD edibles may be beneficial supplements for a range of ailments. Once effects kick in, some people experience feelings of relief for anxiety, inflammation, pain, and many more. 

Non-Toxic

Many vape pens contain additives like polyethylene glycol and propylene glycol, used as thinning agents. While you may be able to find vaporizers without them, CBD edibles help users avoid harmful toxins and lung irritation from vaping as well.

Food Security

Edibles are a great option for people with allergies, intolerances, dietary restrictions, or have certain preferences. For some, anything containing gluten could mean a very painful experience. Eggs or nuts could also be a serious issue. Others may prefer chocolate over toffee.

Good Starter

CBD edibles are an ideal starting point. Especially for those who are at the beginning stage of CBD consumption, have never consumed CBD before, don’t wish to smoke, or can’t smoke.

How Do I Make Them?

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CBD oil is the most commonly used for making CBD edibles, as it’s an extremely versatile substance that can be mixed into many different foods. By heating CBD in the form of oil, butter, or fat, you can add it to your mixture and stir until you reach your desired consistency.

After you’ve got your CBD oil or butter, a quick Google or Pinterest search for ideas should lead you to tons of results of a variety of recipes. Here are a few ideas:

  • Top CBD-infused butter on your toast, potatoes, or popcorn
  • Add CBD oil to pasta by combining with your favorite sauce, whether red or cream
  • Sauté vegetables using CBD oil just like you would any cooking oil

Conclusion

CBD comes in a wide variety of formats. That said, we understand that DIY CBD edibles might not be for everyone, as some people might not want to deal with the hassle of cooking and may prefer buying them instead.

However, if you’re a real foodie and looking to give your health and tastebuds a boost, we recommend you do your research and speak with knowledgeable staff at your local dispensary to find that best product that suits your tastes and needs.

Go ahead and let your imagination run wild -- and who knows, you just might be amazed at what you can do!

Citations

1. CBD Gummies & Edibles. Retrieved August 15, 2019 from https://www.justcbdstore.com/product-category/cbd-gummies/

2. Using CBD Oil for Pain Management: Does It Work?. Retrieved August 15, 2019 from https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-oil-for-pain

3. Polyethylene glycol. Retrieved August 15, 2019 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyethylene_glycol

About the author: Mell G.

Mell Green is a writer who works full-time covering all things cannabis -- you know all the cool shit you want to know about. She’s also a regular contributor of Terpenes and Testing Magazine, Coffeeshop Guru, and Extraction Magazine.