CBD can be incorporated into all your dishes! Cannabinoids can easily be infused into almost any dish or drink. You can find delicious, high quality CBD-infused food served by restaurants, such as West Coast Ventures Corp. (OTC: WCVC)’s Illegal Burger. You can even prepare your food at home.
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has been extensively studied for its neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This cannabinoid is also consumed by recreational users to achieve feelings of serenity and relaxation without being high. The usual method of consuming CBD is to roll joints of CBD-rich grass, or spray oil or extracts. However, this cannabinoid can also be infused into edible products with a discreet and selective dose. People are already creating their own CBD dishes at home and restaurant companies like West Coast Ventures Corp. (OTC: WCVC)are looking to improve their own menu with a CBD twist.
Going out for CBD-infused food
CBD edibles are becoming popular and some companies noticed a huge business opportunity in this niche. You may have already heard of CBD snacks, such as gummies or chocolate, but where do you go for a whole CBD-infused meal?
One of the first companies in the US that recognized the potential of combining CBD and restaurant sectors is West Coast Ventures Corp. (OTC: WCVC). They started with two Illegal Burgerlocations in Denver, Colorado: the IB CitiSet which is already on pace to exceed $700,000 in sales during its first year of operations, and the IB Writer Square, located in Downtown Denver that is also on track to exceed $1 million in sales this year.
After the success of Illegal Burger, WCVC opened a new franchise Illegal Pizzain Lauderdale, Florida, and it is expected to reach $700,000 in sales by the end of the year.
CBD-infused burger and pizza are fixed positions on their menu, along with the famous Illegal Brands CBD water. After a series of tests, the company decided to use CBD sachets to infuse their food, instead of oil or sticks. This way, customers can choose exactly the amount of CBD in their portions.
However, you can pick from a variety of forms of CBD when incorporating it into your own food.
Cooking with CBD
CBD is fat-soluble and can therefore be easily added to a number of recipes when infused into fat such as butter or coconut oil. This cannabinoid can easily be incorporated into tasty dishes in the form of sauces, seasonings or marinades. It can also be brewed in great desserts such as cakes, brownies, and even drinks such as cocktails or fancy coffees.
No matter how you choose to use CBD, and no matter where you incorporate it, there are some guidelines you should follow to avoid making mistakes and potentially waste this precious cannabinoid. Below are some important tips to remember when cooking with CBD.
Decarboxylation is the key
Very often, we observe the preconceived idea that raw cannabis is psychoactive. Yes, of course, the herb is full of cannabinoids, but they are not present in their active form. Both THC and CBD exist in their acid form in raw cannabis under the names THCA and CBDA. To convert these two molecules into THC and CBD, it is necessary to carry out a decarboxylation process. This involves heating cannabis to a certain temperature in order to remove a carboxyl group from the molecules. Therefore, sprinkling raw cannabis on a salad or mixing it with a beverage will only provide the consumer with CBDA, but here it is CBD that interests us and not its non-decarboxylated homonym.
If you are a cannabis smoker, then you are constantly decarboxylating your herb without even realizing it. Smoking a joint works on the same principle: very high temperatures are used to instantly burn and decarboxylate cannabinoids in raw cannabis to induce effects. The temperatures of some hot dishes may be enough to decarboxylate raw flowers, but it is better to decarboxylate your grass completely beforehand so you don’t miss it.
To do this, simply grind your flowers and place them on a baking tray or a sheet of baking paper. Heat them for 1 hour at 110-120°C.
Grind your grass properly
It may be tempting to grind your cannabis flowers into a granular consistency in order to get the most out of them for cooking. And yet, although it makes sense to some degree, it can also affect or even degrade the taste of your dishes and turn your butter, sauces, and seasonings into something far too green. Grinding your herb into small pieces rather than powder will give you much more subtle flavors, colors, and textures – important details for chefs who want to optimize their tasty dishes for the onions.
Timing is vital
Making butters and cannabis oils requires patience as the ingredients will need to be brewed at relatively low temperatures for several hours. You will need to simmer your CBD infusion slightly in its fat at a temperature of 160-200°C. You can use a kitchen thermometer to help you do this. Your infusion will need to stay at this temperature for approximately 3 hours.
The addition of water will improve your oils and butters
It is strongly recommended to add equal amounts of water to your oils and butters when making your infusions in order to increase the quality and aesthetics of the final product. The water will evaporate during the process, and leave behind a result that will be less green and look cleaner and smoother. In addition, the water will prevent the infusion from burning and thus degrading the cannabinoids.
Once your raw plant material has been infused into an oil or butter base, it will be necessary to filter it with a cheesecloth. This process requires patience as the infused solution will gradually drip from the stamen to the container below. Do not give in to the temptation to press the stamen to speed up the process. Your patience will be put to the test, but giving in to the temptation could lead to plant matter passing through the container below.
Oils and concentrates can make things easier
If you do not want to go through the process of decarboxylation and grinding of your raw flowers, then you can always opt for the oils and concentrates already prepared. Many CBD oils exist to provide consumers with accurate dosage measurements, which greatly facilitates the dosage of the CBD you consume with each bite. Just read the information on the bottle label and add the drops according to your preferences.
The CBD isolate is an even simpler and more accurate option. CBD crystals can easily be added to almost any dish or drink. They can also be artistically sprinkled on cakes and brownies to improve their texture, or poured into fancy coffees in the same way as sugar.