Flavoring, preservatives, and a plethora of unfamiliar ingredients dominate off-the-rack 'healthy' snacks in most commercial products, which is why many health-conscious individuals are looking for a healthier alternative when whipping up some homemade recipes.

If you’re craving a delicious dish that can make you feel good from the inside and out, greener options like CBD are one of the most popular additions in food markets today.

That’s also why health specialty stores and cafes are opening left and right, but you can satisfy your hunger for the therapeutic snack in the comfort of your own home using the easy recipe guide below:

1. Overnight Oats with Blueberries

Eating healthily during breakfast can make or mar the start of your day. With it being the most important meal of the day, it’s only natural to munch on dishes that can boost your energy, relax your overnight worries, and enhance your thought process all in one delicious bite.

One of the best recipes we have is overnight oats infused with CBD oil and blueberries, a sweet snack with even sweeter health benefits from the CBD and antioxidant qualities of the fruit. Here’s what you’ll need to whip up this healthy grub:

  • ⅓ to ½ cups of liquid products like dairy, hemp seed, almond, cashew, coconut milk, etc
  • 150 grams of old-fashioned oats
  • 35 grams of blueberries
  • 1 serving of hemp CBD tincture

It’s an ideal snack for busy individuals who are always on the go. All you need is to add one cup of serving (150 grams) of traditional, rolled oats into a bowl and cover it with your choice of milk. Simply combine the oats with your preferred milk, cover, and let sit overnight. When you wake up, mix in one serving of your tincture, then top with blueberries

2. Chicken Salad with CBD-Infused Lemon Dressing

The middle of the day can be a tiring turning point for many people, which is why lunch is also an important time for those hungry for a lip-smacking pick-me-up. Lunch recipes like the chicken salad with CBD-infused lemon dressing can be the ideal booster as it can replenish your energy and enhance your focus for the remainder of the day.

With that in mind, you’ll need the following ingredients to create the zesty and filling dish:

  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 4 skinless, boneless, sliced chicken breasts, or chicken substitute

For the salad and dressing:

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ lemon, zest then juiced
  • 1/4 cup mayonaise, or mayo substitute
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 1 finely sliced ripe avocado
  • ½ sliced cucumber
  • Sliced cherry tomatoes
  • finely sliced radishes
  • Your favorite salad mix
  • one serving CBD tincture

This is a quick but fulfilling dish to make, which you can start on by rubbing two tablespoons of olive oil over your chicken slices. Season it with salt and black pepper before frying it on a pan over medium heat for ten minutes. Turn it regularly until each piece has golden streaks.

Once the chicken is done, set it aside and begin to mix your CBD-infused lemon dressing.

Start by adding Dijon mustard, honey, and lemon juice in a small mixing bowl. Sprinkle lemon zest then add to the quarter cup of mayonnaise. Mix well. Then add your CBD oil and mix again until well blended.

Mix your salad by using your favorite greens, sliced cucumber, radishes, cherry tomatoes, and avocado, or any other toppings you would like. Top with chicken and dressing, and enjoy!

In Conclusion: Infusing CBD in Food to Enhance the Health-Giving Properties of Food

Many people across the world are familiar with the rising wonder-drug called cannabidiol (CBD), a hemp-derived medicine that is taking over the world by storm through its various forms. From oil, tinctures, capsules, powders, to edibles - the alternative herb’s infusing in multiple industries as people seek pain relief and a reliable stress buster.

According to the latest reports, legal cannabis is set to become a multibillion-dollar business in the coming years!

With increasing legalization and access to various forms of cannabis, it's no surprise people are curious about how to make DIY CBD.

You may know what DIY CBD oil can do, but you aren’t sure of the best way to make it. On the other hand, you might have bought tinctures or oils in the past and want to try something different.

Fortunately, making your own CBD oil at home requires little to no expertise. It can also save you time and money.

Read on for our fave DIY CBD oil tips from the pros!

Sourcing Your Ingredients

Cannabis can be used to make paper, clothing, and so on. Legalization of CBD consumption has kick started its growth as a consumable crop. It's easier than ever to use in your DIY CBD recipe!

Each variety of cannabis has a unique set of compounds. Professionals can help new buyers understand which varieties are best for your purposes.

You can choose your preferred variety based on the effects you are looking to get from it. You also want to know which cannabinoid compounds are present, such as CBD or THC.

Some varieties are high in CBD, a cannabinoid many people use topically for pain relief and other medicinal purposes. Harlequin is an ideal variety for making CBD oil, as it gives you a bigger bang for your buck.

CBD isn’t the only cannabinoid that can be found in hemp flowers. If you use a flower that has THC, the cannabinoid known for getting high, you’ll want to factor that into your choice.

Preparing Your Cannabis Variety

When using a DIY CBD oil recipe, you can start with either an extract or a flower. Starting with a flower requires a few extra steps, but you also have more control over the quality of product. An extract is great if you want to skip extraction and get straight to cooking.

If using a flower, you want to pick a quality plant. Trim off buds and leaves of your desired plant and set them aside.

Decarboxylation is the first step in prepping your plant variety. You will want your trimmed-off plant parts to have active CBD compounds to allow for its intended effects.

This process is much simpler than it sounds: simply bake leaves and buds at 230 degrees Fahrenheit. Check them after about forty minutes, giving them another few minutes if needed.

Voila! Your flowers are ready for CBD oil extraction!

Extracting Your DIY CBD Oil

Next, you will want to grind the hemp flower so you can mix it with oil or alcohol.

CBD binds nicely to fats and oils, so don't use water for this part of the process.

Olive oil and coconut oil are both common cooking oils, and you can find either at any grocery store. Some people mix different cooking oils together. Alcohol also works for extracting compounds without any unusual odor or taste.

Either method teaches you how to make DIY CBD oil using basic tools found in the average kitchen.

Oil Method

  1. You want to mix the ground weed with your chosen oil, commonly referred to as a carrier oil. Examples are MCT, Olive Oil, Grapeseed, etc. The goal is to completely saturate your weed. Add more oil for a less potent mix, or vice versa.
  2. Those using oil may want to infuse it for a longer period before cooking. If so, find a dark place to store your mixture and check it after about six weeks for maximum impact.
  3. Next, you want to boil your mixture. If you mixed your ingredients in a mason jar, place the jar on a towel in your pan. Controlled heat will keep the CBD from evaporating. Fill the pan with water and boil. You don't need a rolling boil. Aim for around 200-300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Let the pot sit on heat for several hours. You want to check it every half hour or so, making sure you maintain the water level.
  5. Turn the stove off and let your mixture sit for a few hours.
  6. Turn the heat back on for another three hours and leave your mixture with the heat off overnight.
  7. Strain through a cheesecloth and squeeze to get your oil out.

Alcohol/Ethanol Method

  1. Place your buds and leaves in a glass or ceramic bowl. Soak in alcohol and stir for at least 5-6 minutes. You can remove the resin with a spoon (preferably not plastic, though).
  2. Use a mesh sieve to filter out the extract, getting out as much of it as you can. You may want to repeat steps using a bag if you aren't getting enough oil from the weed, or you can add another batch of prepped buds to soak and sieve.
  3. Pour your extracted oil into a double boiler. You want the alcohol to evaporate. You should start to see bubbles.
  4. You will want to simmer over low heat for around half an hour.
  5. You will be able to mix what's left after the alcohol has evaporated.

Rosin Press

  1. Grind your hemp flowers, and place into your preferred micron pouch, or into non-bleached parchment paper.
  2. Using a rosin press, place the pouch into the press, and apply pressure (with or without heat depending on your setup). Using a straight iron (yes, for hair), set to your desired temperature (we use around 350 - 375 F), place your parchment paper into the iron and while using hot gloves, apply pressure while squeezing the iron together.
  3. You will notice some of the resins and oils being pressed away from the flower material. Maintain pressure for 30 seconds to 90 seconds, or longer if desired.
  4. Using a dab tool or silicon scraper, collect the precious hemp extract, and place into a storage container, or directly into a carrier oil or lotion base. You are able to dab this product, or blend it into a finished product.

CO2 Extraction

  1. This process has a much higher entry cost, as CO2 extractors can be quite expensive to purchase. Once you have one, set up the extractor to the temperature, pressure, and other variable settings depending on your set up.
  2. Place biomass into extraction chamber, and safely seal the chamber.
  3. Proceed with the process according to manufacturer specs and desired extract consistency.
  4. Store your extract in a cool, dry, and dark place in airtight container.

Storing Your Final Product

How you store the product depends on your intended use. If using the oil for edibles, you don't have to worry about keeping the oil as long.

CBD sprays are great to use as toners or serums. You can add other ingredients like aloe or blue chamomile based on your personal preference.

If using topically, you want to find a storage bottle with a lid. The tighter the lid, the longer your oil keeps.

When storing for immediate use, consider the following possibilities.

  • Vaping has become a popular way to consume CBD oil. This allows you to control how much CBD you ingest.
  • Tinctures can allow for quick absorption. Just apply a few drops under your tongue for the desired effects.
  • Ingestion in the form of a capsule is best if you don't like vaping or edibles.
  • Edibles allow you to mix your oil with other tasty ingredients. Some people like mixing it with gummies or in baked goods.
  • Concentrates are great for people looking for the biggest impact. These are much stronger than using your DIY CBD oil by itself.

Wrap Up

Using the right DIY CBD recipe can make consumption even easier. You don't want to buy such naturally-potent ingredients and then miss out on their potential benefits!

Whichever method you choose, it's good to know that you can have a quality DIY CBD oil in a few simple steps. Even beginners need little more than an attentive eye!

Still curious about uses for CBD and other hemp extracts? Check out our FAQ page for more info on all things CBD!

You've no doubt heard of CBD, one of the biggest buzzwords in the wellness market. Demand for CBD has exploded, projected to hit sales of nearly $2 billion in the next few years.

CBD, or cannabidiol, has made inroads as a potential way to ease pain, cure insomnia and more. Although there are health and wellness claims, that's not all CBD is used for.

There are CBD-infused pet care products, skin care products, and different snacks. Even the famous inventor of Jelly Belly is creating CBD jellybeans.

We're going to show you another fun way to use CBD. You're going to be looking for any excuse to throw a cocktail party once you see our list of six delicious CBD cocktails!

What is CBD?

Before we lay out each perfect CBD cocktail, let's answer the basic question of what CBD is. There's a lot of info out there but we'll make it easy to understand.

CBD is a compound found in cannabis, or marijuana. Unlike marijuana's other famous compound, THC, CBD doesn't give you that "high" feeling.

CBD comes in many edible, sublingual, or topical forms. One of the most common forms is CBD oil, which is what we suggest using for these cocktail recipes.

CBD and Alcohol

If it doesn't give you a buzz, what's the point of a CBD cocktail?

There are many health claims regarding CBD's medicinal properties. While the jury's still out, almost half of the people who try it for pain ditch their traditional medicines and stick with CBD.

CBD allegedly helps you chill out without the harsh down of alcohol. It can't hurt to give it a try and see if CBD is just what you need for happy hour.

1) CBD G&T

Is there anything as refreshing as a good old gin and tonic? It's a classic for a reason.

Adding CBD gives it an extra twist -- and we're not talking about just the hint of lemon. Here's what you need:

  • 15 mg CBD oil
  • 3 1/2 ounces tonic water
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice

Gently combine the gin, tonic, and lemon juice in a wine glass. Add ice and any aromatics (edible flowers, citrus peels, peppercorns, etc.) that you feel compliments your taste.

Float the 15 mg of CBD oil on the top. Every sip will have a taste of the oil, aromatics, and the crisp cocktail combo.

2) CBD Cosmo

Cranberry vodkas, AKA the Cosmopolitan, went out of style for a while but it's set to come back. The CBD-infused version is a great new take on this favorite.

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. cranberry juice cocktail
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. Triple sec
  • 1/4 oz. CBD simple syrup

First, make your CBD simple syrup. The recipe calls for simmering one cup of water with one cup of sugar infused with one gram of CBD for 45 minutes.

Combine all ingredients like you usually would in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain, and garnish it with a twist of citrus.

3) Mint Julep CBD

You're off to the races with this refreshing CBD cocktail with a kick. Although this recipe calls for simple syrup, don't use the CBD-infused version from the previous recipe.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 15 mg CBD
  • Handful of mint leaves
  • 2 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

Muddle about two to six mint leaves with the simple syrup and CBD tincture. Reserve some of your mint leaves for garnish.

Pour in your bourbon, add some ice, and stir it together gently. Top off with your reserved mint leaves and serve chilled.

4) Green Margarita

This cocktail is green in more ways that one. With all the greens that are packed into this drink, you'll feel like you're being health-conscious.

  • 15 mg CBD
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce agave syrup
  • 1 ounce mezcal
  • 1 ounce aquavit
  • 1 ounce kale, celery, or other green juice
  • Pinch of sea salt

Combine all ingredients together along with some ice in a shaker. Shake until chilled, strain, and pour into a glass rimmed with salt.

5) CBD Sangria

It's not really a party until someone brings out a pitcher of sangria. Sangria is perfect for celebrating in a low-key way, and this recipe is perfect for a weekend dinner with friends.

  • 1 apple, lime, lemon, and orange
  • 3 cups red wine
  • ½ cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup of cranberry juice
  • 2 cups seltzer
  • 1 milliliter CBD

Cut the fruit into pieces, preferably into rounds so that it looks pretty in the pitcher. Mix everything together and add ice.

The beauty of sangria is that you can use a cheap wine and it ends up tasting great. Try to find a flavored CBD oil to take it to the next level (lemon, orange, or grape work well).

6) CBD Chai Tea

Sometimes, a cocktail is just a way for you to unwind after a long day at work. Not every drink is about going to a party or finding CBD bars.

The CBD chai cocktail is a great way to end a long day after work. It's a cozy, comfy evening in a mug -- and super easy to make.

  • 1 milliliter CBD
  • 1 cup hemp milk (any milk is fine, we're just sticking to a theme)
  • 2 tablespoons sweetener, like honey or agave syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ounce of Irish cream or Kahlua
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1 stick of cinnamon

Add everything except the liqueur and spices to a small saucepan. Whisk together until warm.

Add the shot of alcohol right at the end, then pour it into a mug. Top with a sprinkle of nutmeg and stir with a cinnamon stick.

Bottoms Up With Delicious CBD Cocktails!

Which one of our tasty CBD cocktails did you want to try first? It's hard to pick one, isn't it?

There's only one way to find your new favorite. You'll have to throw a CBD cocktail party, invite all of your friends, and try them all!

If you're looking for the perfect CBD oil to use or are curious about what other CBD products there are to try, you've got a lot of options. Our store offers tinctures, oils, salves, tablets, and more.

Start shopping and find your perfect CBD product today!

There's no limit to all the different ways you can enjoy CBD oil.

You can start your morning with a CBD-infused coffee/tea, casually vape an e-liquid throughout the day, and end the day with a CBD bath. You can apply lotions and essential oils mixed with CBD on your skin and buy CBD products for your pets, too.

But, one of the most interesting ways to use CBD is cooking it!

Bringing CBD oils into the kitchen gives you so much freedom to explore various flavor combinations and CBD amounts. It's your chance to make the foods you love even more enjoyable and to discover new methods of using a CBD oil in your daily life.

There are certain rules to follow when cooking with CBD oil though.

Here's everything you need to know about using CBD in the kitchen.

Keep an Eye on the Temperature

The most important rule of cooking with CBD oil is to never let it get over 200 degrees. This burns the oil. It can affect how much of a serving you're really getting and make the flavor more bitter, too.

As such, you have to get creative when cooking CBD oil into high-temperature dishes like baking brownies or making stove-top sauces. You'll have to cook most things at a lower temperature for a longer period of time to get the results you're looking for. Don't be afraid to play with various temperatures and cook times until you get your CBD recipes just right.

Try Sweet and Savory Recipes

Keep in mind that edibles don't have to be sweets. There's more to making CBD-based recipes than mixing a bit of oil into a brownie mix or infusing gummies.

You can make CBD-infused pasta sauces, salad dressings, and spreads. You can mix a bit of CBD oil into a standard batter when frying your food. You can even splash a few drops of CBD oil into your post-workout smoothie for an easy, tasty CBD creation.

The possibilities are truly endless, so don't limit your CBD foods to simply sweets.

Learn the Difference Between Refined and Unrefined Oils

As you're playing with sweet and savory recipes, make sure you double check whether you're using refined or unrefined CBD oils.

Refined oils are better for sweet recipes. They're not as pungent or herb-like as their unrefined counterparts, which means you'll barely taste them when biting into a cookie or sipping your coffee.

Unrefined CBD oils are better to pair with things like rosemary, oregano, and other strong herbs. These spices carry the flavors of unrefined oils better; they create a nice flavor combination rather than a clash. Unrefined oils also tend to have more amino acids and vitamins in them.

Don't Add CBD to a Recipe at the Last Second

When you're cooking with CBD oils, remember to actually cook!

You don't want to drizzle CBD on top of your salad after you've already mixed the dressing. It's not smart to add it onto a plate of pasta or a bowl of oatmeal either.

The best flavor experience happens when you carefully mix the oils. You have to think about the carriers you're using in a recipe and how the taste of your CBD will blend with the spices and ingredients.

Measure and Store Your Oils Carefully

The final piece of advice to keep in mind when cooking with CBD oils is to measure and store everything carefully. The right measurements come down to two things: how much fat a recipe calls for normally and how much CBD oil you want to use.

Fatty foods are carriers for CBD.

They help CBD oil bind and mix with a recipe so that it's evenly dispersed, both in terms of flavor and effects. When cooking with CBD, you want to find the perfect ratio of a standard fat (olive oil, butter, milk, coconut oil) and CBD oil. You also want to take your time mixing the CBD and the fat.

If you're baking, for example, you don't want to use the entire recommended amount of vegetable oil or butter and then add CBD. Rather, you need to play with a 2:1 ratio, or something along those lines.

Your ratios won't be the same for each recipe. They vary depending on what you're making and how many people you're making it for, so it's best to use a "less is more" approach.

You can always add more oil to a salad dressing after tasting or make another batch of brownies that are a little stronger. But, it's hard to fix a recipe that's been overpowered by CBD.

As far as storing CBD goes, keep your oils in a cool, dark place. The fridge will do just fine, but the pantry isn't the best idea. Too much exposure to heat over time will alter the potency of the oil.

Cooking with CBD Oil Made Simple

Wondering what the best ratio is when making a CBD salad dressing? Not sure if you should mix your CBD with oil or butter to make a batch of brownies?

You won't know until you try!

The best way to think about cooking with CBD oil is to approach it like any other recipe-expect to do some tweaking until you get it down. Until then, you can enjoy a bunch of ready-made CBD treats to help spark your cooking inspiration and gauge the flavors/quantities you should be aiming for.

Click here to discover all the CBD edibles we have available.

Total American consumer sales of CBD in 2017 was 358 million dollars. By 2020, that number will surpass 1812 million.

The explosive sales growth of CBD has a lot to do with more and more research showing the health benefits of CBD.

As time goes on, people are finding new ways to benefit from and enjoy CBD while reducing negative side effects. One way is by combining CBD and caffeine.

Read on to learn all about the benefit of CBD and caffeine and get some cannabis coffee recipes to try.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD or cannabidiol is one of the parts of the cannabis plant. It is one of the ingredients in marijuana however, it is not psychoactive. Using CBD does not alter your state of mind. The oil is the extract from the cannabis plant.

CBD oil drops are cannabidiol extracts in liquid form. In recent years, a lot of research has been done to explore the many uses and health benefits of CBD. In the rest of this article, we will use the term CBD oil, but this can mean either the extract or the drops based upon your preference.

Benefits and Side Effects of CBD

CBD oil has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help body and muscle stiffness and joint pain.

It also relieves headaches and decreases anxiety while promoting better REM sleep when taken consistently.

Some people find that taking a strong serving of CBD can cause them to feel sleepy and heavy. Usually, lowering the amount is the ticket to reduce that side effect.

Yet some people want more of the positive effects that are only possible with higher amounts and yet eliminate the negative effects of lethargy.

Caffeine is one way to eliminate any drowsiness from CBD. Adding CBD oil in coffee lets you enjoy the benefits of the oil without feeling drowsy.

Benefits and Side Effects of Caffeine

Research has shown that taking caffeine can result in a jump in people's stress hormone (cortisol). That is why people who suffer from anxiety often limit coffee intake.

The Benefit of CBD and Caffeine Together

When you combine CBD oil and caffeine you get the benefits of both and decrease any negative side effects.

Caffeine is readily available in capsule format as well as in energy drinks, energy bars and of course coffee. Yet, there are plenty of reasons why you should drink CBD-infused coffee.

The caffeine will increase your energy while the CBD oil will reduce your anxiety and stress.

Both CBD oil and caffeine increase your serotonin levels. That means they are great mood boosters. Put them together to feel on top of the world.

Coffee boosts your brain function. You are more alert, can react quicker and have better attention span when you drink coffee.

CBD oil works to protect the neurons in your brain from damage. By putting these two elements together, you get double the brain boost.

Coffee is a natural antioxidant that purges your cells of the waste it doesn't need. Sure, you get some from your leafy greens and fruit, but drinking a cup of coffee gives you an extra shot of immunity-boosting power.

Plus, the smell of coffee is a naturally calming scent that helps people relax and release stress.

Combining the benefits of CBD oil and coffee gives you double the benefits without the side effects. It's a dream combination that many people are embracing.

Precaution: Heat Affects CBD

One thing to keep in mind is that studies have shown that CBD is affected by temperature. The milligram amount of CBD changes when exposed to heat. So placing CBD oil in coffee will affect how much CBD you are actually ingesting.

If you are taking CBD for certain conditions like epilepsy you need to speak to your doctor about the best way to consume CBD for you. Because your serving needs to be precise, you will be safest to avoid mixing your oil in hot drinks.

In these situations, you may take your CBD and after 30 minutes drink a strong cup of coffee.

However, if you are taking CBD for the health benefits and not to treat specific conditions, the change in serving size shouldn't affect you at all.

Recipes for CBD-Infused Coffee

A cup of infused coffee is an easy, enjoyable way to start your morning. There are many recipes you can try to get the benefits of both CBD and caffeine and coffee. Here are our faves.

Peppermint CBD Latte

Just in time for the holidays is this minty infused coffee you'll be sure to love. Take 1/2 a dropper of CBD tincture and add it to 3/4 cup of hot coffee. Heat 1/4 cup of milk and then froth it to make it as luxurious as possible.

Add the milk (without the foam) to your mug and top with froth. Unwrap a York peppermint patty and crumble it on top of your mug.

Enjoy a delicious minty, frothy latte with the benefits of CBD oil.

Dairy-Free Cold Brew CBD-Infused Coffee

This recipe takes a little more prep time but you can make a big batch for the whole week ahead of time.

In a large mason jar mix 4 cups of water with 2 cups of ground coffee. Let this sit for 12-24 hours. Strain the coffee through a strainer and store any remainder in the fridge until you are ready to use.

In a blender, add 2 tablespoons of cold brew coffee concentration and 1 cup of boiling water. Add your usual amount of CBD oil, 1 teaspoon of liquid coconut oil and 3 tablespoons of coconut milk.

Blend until smooth. Serve immediately and sweeten with your choice of sweetener. Local honey is perfect for this brew.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for reading. We hope you learned everything you needed to know about CBD and caffeine in this post. CBD-infused coffee is a great way to jump start your morning without risk of anxiety or drowsiness. It's a win-win combination.

Visit Wellspring for the best source of CBD online.

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