CBD Oil and Edibles: Health Benefits Galore in Food, Cocktails and More
What is CBD oil? Is it good to eat?
CBD oil is produced from the cannabis plant. Without getting too technical, cannabis yields two main active chemical compounds (a.k.a. cannabinoids): THC and CBD.
- THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) = the most well-known chemical compound produced by cannabis that causes hallucinogenic effects; this is what gets you high
- CBD (cannabidiol) = the second most well-known chemical compound derived from cannabis that won’t get you high or “stoned”
Yes, CBD oil can be eaten and even comes in all kinds of flavors from strawberry to root beer. It’s a featured ingredient in many edibles (i.e. any food infused with cannabis). It provides significant health benefits due to its anti-anxiety, anti-seizure, anti-inflammation and anti-psychotic properties.
Are CBD edibles the same as weed edibles? Will they give me the munchies?
CBD edibles primarily contain CBD and have little to no THC. This means they won’t give you the mind-altering, hunger-inducing side effects that are usually associated with weed, which is high in THC. Be aware that some edibles contain a mix of both CBD and THC. So if you want to avoid getting high or getting the munchies, double check the CBD and THC content.
Weed edibles (a.k.a. cannabis-infused edibles, cannabis edibles, marijuana edibles, THC edibles, pot edibles, ganja edibles, etc.) is what people usually mean when they just say “edibles.” They primarily contain THC. The effects of ingestion are longer and stronger than smoking marijuana due to the difference in the metabolic processes. Unlike smoking, which causes the THC to travel directly to the brain, edibles force the THC to pass through the stomach and liver. As a result, it takes time to kick in (usually 30 mins – 2 hours), but effects can last several hours…This is why many medical marijuana patients tend to lean towards marijuana edibles versus smoking marijuana.
Tip: Don’t eat edibles on an empty stomach. Otherwise, you may experience feelings of paranoia or anxiety likely “due to the relatively low absorption of CBD compared to THC when you haven’t eaten.”
What kinds of CBD edibles and weed edibles are there?
There are many different types of publicly-available edibles that are infused with CBD and/or THC. These include: brownies, cookies, chocolates, taffy, hard candies, macaroons, lollipops, popsicles, ice cream, dried fruits, beef jerky, nuts, pizza sauce, juices and much more. Essentially, any type of food can be converted into an edible by infusing it with CBD or THC—the sky’s the limit.
Besides the obvious baked goods like brownies and cookies, some popular CBD edibles include: CBD gummies, CBD chocolate bars, CBD taffy. CBD juices and CBD water are also becoming more widespread. In addition, popular weed edibles include: cannabis caramels, cannabis macarons, weed jerky, and cannabis kombucha (cannbucha).
Wait, are CBD oil and CBD edibles even legal? What about weed edibles?
CBD oil and CBD edibles are legal in every state as long as it has less than 0.3-5% THC content, depending on the state. Weed edibles are legal for medical and/or recreational use in the states listed below.
Throughout most of modern history, cannabis (a.k.a. marijuana, pot, weed, ganja, grass, reefer, etc.) has been labeled an illegal drug, thus carrying with it a negative social stigma embodied by drug dealers and “stoners”…
But similar to alcohol post-prohibition in the mid 1930’s, this stigma of marijuana is slowly fading as its health benefits are brought to light and more states legalize it. As of January 1, 2018, marijuana is legal in these states:
- for medical & recreational use
- Washington D.C.**
Keep in mind that the use of marijuana is decriminalized in these states only for adults 21+. Also, the federal government still deems it illegal, so you can’t use it on federal land like national forests and parks. If you plan to use or ingest marijuana in any capacity, do it responsibly—like anything else reserved for adults (i.e. smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, gambling, etc.).
*legal measures approved, but not fully implemented
**Washington D.C. is the capital of the US and not a state…but you already knew that
You can find CBD oil here. If you’re looking for foods & drinks that contain cannabis, they can only be found in states that have legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use. Those who are connoisseurs of cannabis-infused foods & drinks, or “food cannasseurs,” would point you in the direction of these places that push the envelope.
(Note: These places primarily serve CBD cocktails, but more food locations will be added over time.)
Los Angeles, CA (West Hollywood): Gracias Madre
(CBD cocktails: Alternative Medicine, Rolled Fashioned, Sour T-iesel, Stoney Nedgroni)📷: Gracias Madre on Facebook
San Francisco, CA: Flore
(CBD cocktails & beer: Cinnamon Kissed Cherry, Tokeback Mountain) 📷: Flore on Facebook
Well, you can technically add cannabis, or solely the CBD oil to pretty much any sweet or savory food. Just do so responsibly by adding extremely small amounts at a time. If you need some inspiration, here’s a savory CBD recipe that is sure to please.
- 4 chicken breasts (with skin)
- 1 onion (sliced)
- 1 portobello mushroom (sliced)
- 1/2 cup olives (green or black)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 10 drops CBD oil for 500mg bottle (this is a suggested starting point, but can be adjusted as necessary)
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- First, rinse the chicken and pat dry. Add a thin layer of salt & pepper.
- Heat butter, olive oil and CBD oil in pan and mix.
- When butter is completely melted, add chicken breasts. Flip regularly until lightly browned on both sides…slightly lighter than this (since it’s going back in the pan):
- Set the chicken breasts aside on a plate.
- Cook the onions in the same pan on low heat until browned. Place the chicken breasts back in the pan and add the portobello mushrooms. Mix the ingredients until mushrooms have softened (approximately 4-6 minutes).
- Lastly, add the olives and mix everything in the pan. Place lid until ready to serve.