When you don’t want to get baked but want to enjoy a good edible, there are hemp-derived CBD alternatives to all the popular edibles in dispensaries. They are now appearing online across the United States and the number of choices is becoming increasingly overwhelming. However, there are a few tricks to help you narrow down which CBD-infused baked good you will enjoy the most. After all, you aren’t just having a delicious baked good, you are also looking for the potentially delightful effects of CBD.
There are a few obvious factors that you should consider when choosing a CBD-infused baked good, and a few less than obvious factors as well. You should, of course, consider the flavor of the baked good and if it fits your preferences. There are a lot of options available now and you don’t have to settle for the standard brownie edible. Some edibles taste so great these days that you almost forget that there is hemp plant extract in them as well. Hemp tends to carry a hearty, earthy plant taste, but CBD edible manufacturers are finding better ways to cover that taste in today’s edibles.
After you consider the flavor of the CBD edible, you should then take a look at the ingredients list. Make sure that the ingredients fit within your dietary restrictions and preferences. You will also want to look into the kind of hemp CBD extract that is included in the edible. Most hemp-derived CBD extract is either CBD isolate or broad-spectrum extract. However, if you are looking for “whole-plant medicine” then you will want to find edibles with full-spectrum CBD extract instead. This type of extract will not only include the cannabinoid CBD, but also additional cannabinoids and compounds, like terpenes.
In order to know exactly what is included in your CBD edible, you should look up the lab analysis for the product. Reputable manufacturers will always have their products tested by a third-party laboratory. This lab analysis will determine what cannabinoids made it into the edible and in what ratios. If a manufacturer does not offer third-party test results, then it might be best to investigate the next edible that sparks your interest instead. If you don’t know what you are consuming, it's best to not eat it in the first place.
A brand that offers third-party testing will also typically offer complete transparency into its edible-making process. They should also share how and where the hemp is grown so that you know if it was done in the most responsible way possible. Hemp can soak up toxins from the soil it grows in. So. hemp grown with organic farming practices can provide some peace of mind. If you are still left with questions after looking the label over though, reach out to the brand for some answers!
Once you have all the details you were looking for on the label, it is time to consider what dose of CBD will be best for you. It can be nerve-racking when you take a CBD edible for the first time since you don’t know how your body will react. Because of that, it is best to start low and go slow when finding the right dose. CBD edibles can contain an entire dose of CBD in one bite or in the entire product, depending on what it is. For example, a CBD-infused cookie might have 50 milligrams of CBD total in it. But a bag of CBD truffles might contain 50 milligrams of CBD total, but 5 milligrams of CBD per truffle. If the edible allows you to break it down into smaller, accurate doses of CBD then it can be easier to try different doses and see which one fits you best.
There are few trends when it comes to the common dose of CBD in an edible. Some allow for micro dosing, which will range from one to five milligrams of CBD per piece. Micro dosing is becoming incredibly popular because it allows users to have mild effects of CBD throughout the day versus taking a large dose all at once. Average CBD users will probably opt for a medium dose of CBD though, which ranges from five milligrams to ten milligrams of CBD per edible. But consistent users of CBD will most likely shoot for a macrodose of CBD, which is anything above ten milligrams of CBD per edible. Tracking what dose and what edible you are taking can help determine what your sweet spot is without overdoing it.
There are a few different popular baked goods that are emerging as CBD-infused edibles. Although you might expect to see brownies in the lineup, there are some unusual flavor alternatives for these classic baked goods.
By far, the most popular CBD-infused baked goods made today are cookies. This is in part because this treat can be easily packaged and last longer than other baked goods. Although the classic chocolate chip cookie can be found in most CBD edible lineups, there are more flavor options emerging to please the masses. There are peanut butter cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate crinkle cookies, and snickerdoodle cookies now available online and in your local shops. If you’re looking for someplace to get started, give the classic CBD cookies made by CBD American Shaman a try. There are just 10 milligrams of CBD per cookie, but you can buy a six-pack online for a total of 60 milligrams of CBD.
Stereotypically, when you think of edibles you think of brownies first. The strong chocolate flavor does wonders at covering the plant-extract taste in the edible. CBD American Shaman also offers terpene-rich brownies with hemp CBD extract. They recommend eating each brownie in two doses of 30 milligrams of CBD each, since the entire bar contains 60 milligrams of CBD. But if you're burnt out on brownies, many manufacturers are also making CBD-infused sweet bars, such as magic bars, salted caramel bars, and cereal marshmallow treats.
Since CBD gummies and candies are so popular to make, you might not see your favorite baked treat infused with CBD quite yet. However, the good news is that CBD can be infused into butter and used to make your own homemade baked goods. You can either make your own CBD-infused butter or purchase pre-made butter instead. If you like your baked goods vegan, then you can make CBD-infused coconut oil too. Or if you prefer to bake out of a box, there are even CBD brownie mixes available online, to help keep the process simple and easy.
No matter what CBD-infused baked treat you choose to enjoy at the end of a long day, you can bet that it will most likely be a relaxing experience. However, you can relax more into your experience with a little bit of due diligence and research to see exactly how the treat you are consuming was made.