Summer is out, and winter is here…Boo!
Along with the dreary weather, Christmas is fast approaching (woo), with all its usual bells and whistles but this year’s slightly different.
Pop into your local artisan coffee shop, and you will might see a CBD shot feature in the menu as an optional add on in your espresso or cappuccino. So why can’t it be a part of your Christmas too?
Before we proceed, we’d like to add a small disclaimer: CBD is most effective when vaped or used as a sublingual oil due to differing bioavailability rates. Adding it to food as suggested in this post is some light-hearted fun, but it might help convince the sceptical that its associations with cannabis does not mean that CBD will get you high.
In the process maybe, just maybe you can even turn one of your distant relatives who you have nothing else in common with into a fellow hemp fan, all over some tasty CBD Christmas recipes…Fingers tightly crossed!
Are you ready for your CBD dinner to have everyone laying on the sofa all mellow?
The holidays can often be a time for all the family to get together and enjoy a Christmas meal. But in all honesty, it can also be quite stressful.
Never mind the challenge of having to figure out what Christmas presents you should get everyone, and struggling to find something they will use but don’t already have…Ahem full spectrum CBD oil Ahem!
Also, If you’re in charge of the days cooking, or the mess afterwards, it can be an uphill struggle with the hustle and bustle.
So why would you even consider having a CBD dinner?
Well, if you can’t control the madness, why don’t you try tame it?
Find peace in the hustle and take the tension down a notch. We all know that someone at the dinner table is going to be a pain to deal with, so why not brighten up the mood by cooking with CBD oil?
Thankfully CBD doesn’t need to be only used as drops under the tongue; it can be added to food and drink too!
Our favourite CBD meal approaches include:
If you live outside the EU (in the EU concentrates are only sold for vaping in line with the Novel Foods act), you can use CBD Isolate or another concentrate instead of oil.
Interest around water soluble CBD is starting to pick up pace too, as standard CBD oil doesn’t mix well with water. CBD molecules which undergo a unique encapsulation process to improve bioavailability and solubility, which then become water soluble, making the CBD useful for anything water-based and for edibles.
For these recipes, we will be cooking with CBD oil, but you can use CBD concentrate such as Isolate, crumble, wax…whatever concentrate you desire!
Note: the only exception are any which are considered raw, for example, CBD paste, but raw products are useless in cooking anyway as they have a strong earthy taste and need to be activated through heat.
In short – don’t use a CBD paste, and if you want to ensure a neutral taste stick with an MCT based CBD Oil derived from hemp distillate, for example, our 5% CBD Oil.
Concentrates which are ‘decarbed’, such as CBD crumble have no taste when they are not infused with terpenes, and you can pretty much add them to anything.
You can use crumble like a tasteless but calming seasoning and add it at the end of a dish! If you do decide to use concentrates, make sure you have a set of scales handy and your not just eyeballing it as you only need a tiny bit! CBD Isolate recipes are also quite popular in the states too, the same principle as crumble applies as CBD Isolate is tasteless too.
Remember, if you are cooking with Isolate or another high potency concentrate, the equivalent amount of CBD in concentrate is the same weight in milligrams (e.g. 120mg of CBD oil will be equal to near enough 120mg of CBD Isolate due to its 99%+ potency).
Let’s run through our CBD Christmas recipe ideas in more detail to help you plan!
Who doesn’t love some festive cheer through eggnog and a good old sing-along? Why not make CBD eggnog your go-to tipple for Christmas!
Traditional eggnog is a mix of beaten eggs, cream, and whisky or rum for a boozy kick. It’s served chilled, and often sprinkled with cinnamon.
The recipe below will serve eight, taking around 10 mins to prep and another 2-3 hours to chill.
Gravy with your Christmas meal? Yes please! Add some CBD, and you’ve got some chilled vibes spread all over your plate.
The recipe below will serve 8:
Yorkshire puds are a firm favourite across the board, regardless if you’re a fussy eater or not you likely enjoy them.
As there is usually never enough, creating a CBD Infused Yorkshire pudding means everyone will get some peace and quiet later, as they will be eaten up before you know it!
The recipe below will make eight giant puds.
We have outlined some additions to pre-existing Christmas favourites above, but our CBD vegan meal recipe below serves three and is a real treat, regardless of if you eat meat or not! P.S you can add rice to make it more wholesome and filling if you wish.
What you will need:
Save some space for this calming winter warmer! Traditional Christmas pudding to serve 10, with 15mg CBD per serving to have you on the sofa feeling mellow before you know it.
Butter and CBD Sauce:
Not everyone is a fan of Christmas pudding (we don’t blame you). Instead, we have put together a twist on a quintessential British recipe to serve 8 – Christmas trifle boosted with CBD whipped cream!
Lap it up and feel all mellow ready to get comfy on the sofa for Christmas TV!
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Nature & Bloom and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention for any disease. Nature & Bloom products have not been evaluated by the MHRA.