You’ve got that bottle of CBD oil just sitting there, right on the shelf that you always grab stuff from, every day on the dot. Yet, for some unknowable reason, you haven’t been taking your oil like you want to. It’s okay! We’ve all been there.
Creating new habits for ourselves has always been a challenge for humanity since time immemorial. Habit creation is infamously difficult. So difficult that multiple think pieces, lectures, and even game systems have been developed to develop different habits. It’s somewhat bizarre. But lo, we are creatures of habit — specifically old habits.
One of the most popular methods of establishing new habits that people have discovered is a simple concept: whatever habit you want to create, do it in conjunction with an old habit. So, for instance, if you want to make a habit out of brushing your teeth every night, it might be a good idea to do it after eating that midnight snack, turning off your phone, or anything else you do every night. That way, your brain correlates the two actions. Then, suddenly, one is as easy to do as the other, and it burrows into the subconscious way, way faster.
So, what can you do to make taking CBD oil more of a habit? Well, the answer is pretty fun: Put it in your food!
It might feel a bit too clinical to have that bottle in your medicine cabinet. It’s a little bit too out of the way, even if you just love being in your bathroom. So why not put it in your spice cabinet instead?
But how do you administer this stuff to your food? Do you just drizzle it on anything you want or splash the CBD on top of your meatloaf and call it a day?
Yes and no. Yes, because you could technically do that, and mostly it’d be fine. But no, because you may not get the effect you desire.
Inefficiency and Diminishing Returns
To make a long story short, using your actual CBD oil is as doable as expensive. It’s not exactly made for cooking; even though it does not harm the meal, it still can dilute in whatever you put the CBD in. With the only option being to put more of the stuff in, you’re looking at a project that will cost you a pretty penny.
There are two solutions to this. The first option is to select smaller foods to put the oil into. Most baked products are perfect for this, like cookies and muffins, and the like. However, the only way for the CBD to work its magic once eaten is if it’s infused into the pastry after it’s been baked and once it’s cooled off. It is extremely important because heat is the number one facet of the process that will diffuse and dilute your cannabinoids the most. So don’t add your CBD to the batter if you’re making these desserts from scratch.
The Job It’s Made For
The second option you have is not using your CBD oil at all. At least, not those little bottles of the stuff. Instead, it’s probably a better and more efficient option to buy cooking ingredients that are pre-infused with CBD!
The best and most reliable one out there is CBD olive oil. If you’re unsure how much of it you should be drizzling, there are usually serving sizes on the bottle itself. That should give you a good jumping-off point. All in all, it’s just a good idea to be using stuff like this instead of the tinctures because it’s designed to optimize the effectiveness of the CBD.
However, on top of all of that, there’s one extra little thing you can do to make the most out of your culinary adventures.
It turns out that you can make your CBD foods even more potent if you mix the oil in with foods with a good amount of fats in them. CBD is fat-soluble, which in general terms means that it gets into your blood faster if it’s ingested with fat. In addition, more of the CBD will get into your bloodstream, and the effects will last longer.
Other than that, that’s about it! Have fun, and don’t be afraid to experiment.