Thanksgiving, for some, is a time of coming together with family and being grateful for every blessing. For others, it can be an anxiety-ridden day with entertaining and feeding extended family. But you can bring the holiday hysterics down a notch or two this Thanksgiving by experimenting with CBD oil and your favorite recipes. The chaos and run-amuckery may still take place, but odds are good that these adults-only dishes will help you enjoy your day with a little more ease.
How Do I Incorporate CBD Into My Holiday Recipes?
CBD oil has a naturally earthy, or nutty, taste that lends itself well to dishes containing carotenoids such as pumpkin, sweet potatoes, or winter squash. Using it in pies or puddings helps the flavor blend well and won’t ruin your dessert. But there are three hard-and-fast rules you should stick to before adding CBD to any dishes you’ll serve up this holiday:
- Calculate how much CBD you’ll add based on your own typical serving size. If you anticipate eating two helpings of a dish, alter the amount of CBD you use per serving to give you your regular dose through two servings.
- Inform everyone present that there is CBD in one or more of your dishes, so they have the option to choose whether to indulge.
- Limit ingestion of your CBD-infused foods to adults only.
What Are the Best CBD-Friendly Ingredients?
We’ve put together a short list of Thanksgiving-friendly ingredients that pair well with the flavor of CBD:
- Sweet Potato
- Peanut Butter
- Brown Sugar
This means you can whip up everything from cookies to CBD-infused smoothies this Thanksgiving without sacrificing flavor.
Should I Use Full-Spectrum or Pure CBD in My Thanksgiving Recipes?
Full-Spectrum CBD contains many plant cannabinoids (including trace amounts of THC), phytocannabinoids, and terpenes. Many feel that using full-spectrum CBD oil gives them more of a whole-health boost. Pure CBD oil does not contain any THC. Regardless, neither type of CBD should get you buzzed. Studies have suggested that CBD may be beneficial in reducing the symptoms of several types of anxiety disorders, including social anxiety, which is a big obstacle for many people as the holiday season approaches. For your holiday edibles, best practice is to use the type of CBD oil that you’re most comfortable taking.
CBD-Friendly Holiday Recipes
Pillsbury offers an easy pumpkin pie recipe that’s simple enough for any cook, and you can tweak it by adding your preferred amount of CBD.
Preheat oven to 425. Mix together 1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin, 3/4 c. sugar, 1&1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1&1/4 c. evaporated milk, 2 beaten eggs, and CBD. Pour into a ready-made pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees, then reduce heat to 350. Bake for 50 minutes more. Serve cold with whipped topping.
Grease a large cookie sheet.
Mix together 1 c. sugar and 1/2 c. light corn syrup. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Remove, stir, and microwave for another 2.5 minutes. Remove. Stir in 1/2 c. chopped pecans, 1/2 c. chopped cashews, 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1 tsp butter, 1/4 tsp, cayenne pepper, 1/8 tsp. salt, pinch of nutmeg.
Microwave for 2 more minutes. Remove and mix in 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp. rum extract, and CBD.
Pour into greased cookie sheet, and spread to a thin layer, using a metal spatula. Allow to cool, then break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
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