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Sweet vs. Savory—Best CBD Oil Recipes to Try

If you’re already familiar with using cannabidiol (CBD) oil in your health regimen, you’re probably aware of the huge variety of products; they may vary in type and content, but they’re unified by this one, unique ingredient. CBD oil has become a very popular and mainstream supplement in the natural health world, thanks to a number of purported health benefits for the mind and body. 

Cooking with CBD oil puts a unique twist on incorporating CBD into your lifestyle, and inspires culinary creativity. Cannabidiol can be added to almost any type of dish and adapted to different diets, from paleo to gluten-free.  

Tips on what to buy and where to buy it 

The quality of cannabidiol is contingent on where the plant comes from, and how it’s processed. Be sure to buy from a reputable, reliable source who are transparent about the ingredients they use, the methods they use in manufacturing and where the cannabis or hemp plants which they use to make their product originate from. You should make sure that the CBD you buy is derived from cannabis plants that are grown organically, without pesticides, growth hormones, or any other unnatural additives. Full-spectrum CBD oil is ideal, because it contains all the cannabinoidsterpenes and flavonoids from the cannabis plant. (1) 

Digestion of CBD with food  

CBD is absorbed differently depending on how it’s administered, orally or topically. Customers have shared varying reports on the effects that they’ve gotten from consuming CBD gummies, tinctures, and other edibles. When it’s ingested via food, the CBD oil is absorbed more slowly into the body’s system, so the possible effects will consequently be more subtle. Depending on the dosage, you may not notice anything at all—especially if it’s your first experience with a CBD recipe. Give it some time before the potential effects start to set in. You can always increase the dosage in your recipes if you still don’t notice anything. (2) 

Here are some unique and easy recipe ideas for your cooking (and eating) pleasure:

Sweet recipes  

  • Strawberry CBD smoothie  

One of the most appealing things about smoothies is that you can customize the ingredients with whatever suits your fancy, and experiment with different combinations of flavors and textures. In this recipe, you combine fresh kale and basil leaves, fresh or frozen strawberries, avocado, dried fig, lime, salt, honey, ice cubes and, of course, a drop (or two) of premium CBD oil. You can adjust the measurements to taste as you like, and add as much or as little CBD oil as you wish. You can easily swap out one ingredient for another, or add extras such as chocolate chips or almond butter. (3)   

  • Blueberry yogurt parfait with CBD-infused honey  

By infusing CBD oil into common base ingredients like butter or honey, you can easily add it to various recipes that call for them. In this case, you create an aesthetically pleasing parfait with yogurt (whatever flavor you like), fresh blueberries, granola, a little salt and cinnamon, and CBD-infused honey. To prep the honey, all you have to do is heat it together with CBD oil in a double boiler pan until they’ve fully blended. With this recipe, you can make extra to have on hand for other sweet treats or beverages. (3) 

  • CBD-infused from-scratch holiday eggnog 

Just in time for the holidays, add CBD oil directly into your favorite eggnog, or make it from scratch by whisking together eggs, milk, whipping cream, vanilla extract, sugar, a little salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. CBD oil makes a wonderful addition to homemade eggnogalong with some rum, if you’re in the mood; a drop or two is all that’s needed per serving. (3)  

Savory recipes 

  • CBD-infused penne rosa 

If the occasion calls for a hearty, savory dish, pasta with delicious CBD-infused sauce can be extremely satisfying and comforting. There are several ways in which you can add CBD oil to your sauce. You could try olive oil or butter with it, or simply add the oil directly. For this recipe, you should mix it in well with plain Greek yogurt; add this mixture to some sauteed onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic, Italian herbs and seasoning, spinach and a jar of your favorite marinara sauce. When you combine this with your favorite pasta, you’ve got a stellar meal with a star ingredient, one that you won’t taste, but may leave you with a relaxed and uplifting sensation. (4)   

  • Parmesan potatoes mashed and infused with CBD oil  

Mashed potatoes are filling, delicious, easy and versatile. This recipe calls for all the traditional ingredients of creamy and savory mashed potatoes, plus a tiny bit of CBD oil (about 16 mg) to bring the dish to another level. Blend it in with butter, heavy cream, potatoes, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese until smooth, and then season to your liking. (4)   

  • CBD-infused Andalusian summer gazpacho 

If you’re in the mood for something savory and refreshing with some potential health benefits, you might enjoy this classic Spanish recipe with a subtle dose of CBD. It’s very easy—all you need to do is simply blend together fresh ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, bell peppers, garlic, salt, bread, sherry vinegar, and olive oil. As you’re blending, slowly drizzle in the olive oil with the CBD oil so that the soup emulsifies and thickens. It’s a wonderful recipe to have on hand for a hot day. It’s also adaptive to a wide range of diets, even paleo if you swap out the bread for ice cubes. (5) 


If you’re new to the concept of cooking with CBD oil or new to cooking in general, a good place to start is with basic no-fuss recipes, or ones that you’re already familiar with. You can even start by simply adding CBD oil to your coffee, or your other favorite beverage. It’s an extremely versatile and low-maintenance ingredient, offering plenty of opportunity for creativity and innovation. Just remember that a little bit goes a long way, and that it’s best to use a high-quality CBD oil as opposed to a substandard or mediocre brand. The sky’s the limit, so take your CBD oil and enjoy a culinary adventure. 

Disclaimer: This article is based on our independent research. While our team does everything in their power to provide accurate and current information from credible state-run websites and resources, we are not lawyers or legal experts. As such, none of the following information should be interpreted as legal advice. Content on these pages is provided for informational purposes only and those with legal concerns should consult experts within their state, such as the FDA. 



  1. “Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum vs CBD Isolate: The Difference Explained”, Source: https://medium.com/cbd-origin/full-spectrum-vs-broad-spectrum-vs-cbd-isolate-the-difference-explained-a09e415bf235  
  2. “Cooking with CBD Oil is great if you follow these 5 rules”, Source: https://www.wellandgood.com/cooking-with-cbd-oil/ 
  3. “Top 5 CBD Recipes”, Source: https://www.medicalmarijuanainc.com/top-5-cbd-recipes/ 
  4. “7 CBD Recipes You Can Prepare For Relaxing”, Source: https://totalfood.com/7-cbd-oil-recipes-you-can-prepare-for-relaxing/ 
  5. “CBD-Infused Andalusian Summer Gazpacho”, Source: https://www.cbddishes.com/cbd-infused-andalusian-summer-gazpacho 

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