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Hemp is one of the original American crops, and the Declaration of Independence was reportedly written on hemp paper. So, what better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than to incorporate hemp’s by-product, cannabidiol (CBD), into your 4th of July celebrations? CBD is a healthy and beneficial addition to food and beverages — and it’s legal to do at home. Read on to learn how to incorporate this supplement into your celebration snacks.
Benefits of CBD
Cannabidiol is continually being studied for its health effects. So far, there’s a lot of evidence that it helps reduce anxiety and induce feelings of relaxation. If you’re looking to kick back during your 4th of July celebration, you can add CBD to your food and drinks for a natural boost. CBD is available as an isolate (powder), oil, or tincture, each of which is ideal for a specific use in food preparation.
CBD: The Secret Ingredient
From “mocktails” and kombucha to honeys and butters, there are many delicious ways to incorporate CBD into your food and beverage. Even a small amount of CBD can have a relaxing effect, yet the substance blends seamlessly into everything from coffee to chocolate. However, you don’t have to be a master chef to incorporate cannabidiol into your cooking or mixing.
The key to using CBD in your food and beverage is to choose a high-quality product that can be easily measured and blended into a base ingredient. CBD isolate is a powder that can be mixed into butters or sauces, oils can be blended with other plant-based oils, and tinctures can be added to cocktails for a bit of earthy flavor. These are some basic uses, but the sky’s the limit. As long as you don’t heat the CBD beyond 350 degrees, you can effectively add it to almost any dish or drink.
Things to Keep In Mind
If you’re not a regular CBD user, take it easy. You should always consult with your doctor before adding CBD to your routine. For an event like your 4th of July celebration, start with small doses. Don’t consume more than 2-3 milligrams at a time. For that reason, you should add CBD on a single-serving basis rather than trying to make a big batch of something.
CBD products are also not meant to be cooked at a high temperature. Heating CBD causes it to degrade and lose its potency. That’s why CBD butters, dressings, and infusions are preferable. Because CBD is fat soluble, it’s a good idea to blend CBD isolate or oil into healthy fats, such as avocado oil, coconut oil, or peanut butter. Then, add these mixtures to your salads, sandwiches, pastas, and other yummy dishes.
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Best Recipes to Try This Weekend
Summer is the perfect time for lush salads, refreshing beverages, and hearty barbecue, and you can add CBD to any of these! Check out our recipe recommendations for your 4th of July celebration.
1. Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing with CBD Oil
Make this fresh, sweet, CBD-infused dressing for your favorite salad. CBD oil’s light flavor and anxiety-relieving benefits will make your salad both satisfying and relaxing!
Servings Makes enough for 4 salads
- 1 Cup Strawberries
- 2 TBSP. Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
- 3 TBSP. Olive Oil
- 1/2 Dropper Plus+CBD oil
Puree all ingredients in a blender. It’s that simple! We recommend tossing this dressing with baby arugula, goat cheese, and sliced strawberries for a salad that everyone will love.
2. CBD Mint Julep
If you’re looking to enhance this classic summer cocktail for the ultimate relaxation, add CBD tincture to the mix. This drink is just as delicious with a non-alcoholic bourbon option.
- 2 1/2 ounces bourbon
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 8 mint leaves + extra for garnish
- 15 mg CBD tincture
- Muddle the leaves with the simple syrup in the bottom of a julep cup (a highball glass works as well).
- Pour in the bourbon and CBD tincture.
- Top with pebbled or crushed ice.
- Gently stir, then garnish with 3 mint leaves.
- Want to add some cannabis to this blend? Swap out half of the mint for cannabis leaves.
3. CBD Apricot BBQ Ribs
Nothing says 4th of July barbecue like some smoked ribs. If you’re a big fan of BBQ sauce, you’ll love this CBD-infused option. Here’s how to do it.
- ribs of choice
- dry rub of choice
- BBQ sauce
- CBD tincture
- 3 tbsp. Butter
- 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of honey
Square up the ribs by cutting up the excess fat. Remove any skin under the underside of the ribs. Meanwhile, start preheating your smoker to 225 degrees.
Season the rack:
Rub your CBD tincture on the ribs and all surfaces of the rack. Then, add your dry rub. Let the tincture serve as a sticky base for your seasoning, then let the rub soak in for 15 minutes. Repeat on the other side.
Place ribs directly on the grill and smoke with the lid closed for 3 hours. Next, mix the butter, sugar, and honey, and drizzle the ribs with it. Wrap the ribs in butcher paper or aluminum foil and smoke for another 2 hours. Then, unwrap the ribs and place them back on the rack.
Heat your BBQ sauce in a saucepan or skillet, and add 2 full droppers of the CBD tincture. Let the flavors blend, then drizzle the sauce onto the ribs every 15 minutes for 1 hour.
We hope you enjoy these delicious CBD-infused recipes for your 4th of July celebration. Remember to start with small doses, and focus on blending CBD into single-serving drinks or in sauces/dressings to start. Once you improve as a CBD home chef, you can start experimenting with CBD in other forms of cooking and food prep. Have a relaxing Independence Day!
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