Tincture Hacks: How to Get The Most From Your CBD Oil

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Tincture Hacks: How to Get The Most From Your CBD Oil

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Let's face it— sublingually taking a CBD oil tincture isn't always the tastiest way to enjoy the benefits of CBD. If you're looking for a few ways to get the most out of your CBD tincture without holding it under your tongue the old-fashioned way, you've come to the right place. We're breaking down six of our favorite ways to enjoy CBD in these creative CBD Oil tincture hacks. 

1. Pair CBD tincture with a snack, or a chaser 

Sometimes a simple shot-and-chaser pairing is the best way to enjoy CBD. If you prefer to take your CBD sublingually, use a flavored tincture to mask that hempy, grassy flavor OR chase it down with something delicious, like your favorite soda or a sweet, salty snack. 

Make it part of your after-work routine. Sit down, pour some fizzy water if you’re feeling fancy, garnish with fruit and enjoy the refreshing benefits of full spectrum CBD tincture.

2. CBD tincture sauce and spread 

The coolest thing about tinctures is that they work in many oil-based recipes. Think about your favorite garlic spread, pesto, salad dressing, or cheese spread. Luckily, CBD oil can be added to all of them and typically doesn't alter the flavor in any way, shape, or form. So break out the veggie tray and the crispy bread! 

Drizzle a little flavorless CBD tincture on top of your favorite condiments and carbs, or add it to a savory goat cheese and herb spread. Serve it with your favorite salty crackers, olives, or meats, and share it with your friends.

3. Turn it into a salad dressing

While solubility and emulsification are typically tricky, adding CBD tincture to salad dressing is actually quite easy since oils mix quite well. You can add CBD to a big batch of your favorite salad dressing recipes and enjoy it as a topping on your favorite veggies at lunchtime for an added wellness boost during your day. Try this recipe for a balsamic vinaigrette featuring our Strawberry Lemonade CBD tincture.¹ We found that the little hints of strawberry and lemon complement this umami salad dressing perfectly. This dressing pairs well with pretty much any veggie so feel free to mix and match with whatever you have on hand!

4. Make DIY topicals or bath bombs with your favorite tincture

Find a DIY bath bomb recipe that works with your skin type, add a drop of Blood Orange CBD Tincture and mold it into your shape of choice. You'll be sighing deeply in no time.

CBD tinctures can also be used in your self-care routine by applying oil topically instead of consuming it. If you're partial to a nice warm bath or a soothing, moisturizing cream, you can make topicals out of your tincture with other skin-nourishing ingredients. 

We recommend using our CBG:CBD oil tinctures to make infused bath bombs using lavender essential oil for a soothing, relaxing experience. CBG is a lot like CBD, though evidence suggests that it also offers powerful anti-inflammatory effects that might help soothe sore muscles and help you unwind after a stressful day.² 

Feeling lazy? Our massage oil is a great after-bath way to nourish skin and combat muscle soreness, and if all else fails, you can always add a few drops of CBD oil directly to your bath water. 

5. Add to coffee or mocktails

Luckily, tinctures mix exceptionally well into all sorts of drinks. Whether you're looking for something warm and cozy, like a cup of coffee or a hot chocolate, or an added wellness boost to a cold and sweet drink in the summertime, all you have to do is mix in a few drops of your favorite tincture in your cup. 

We love the Chocolate Mint Full Spectrum tincture in a cup of hot chocolate or alongside your favorite creamer in your hot or iced coffee. If you’re craving something a little more exciting, opt for our strawberry lemonade CBD oil tincture for a refreshing summer mocktail. A recommendation: stir or muddle your tincture before adding ice or milk to incorporate the oil as much as possible.

6. Use it in recipes

When most people think about using CBD oil in recipes, the first thing that comes to mind is the typical gummy, cookie, or brownie recipes common with edibles. While those are standard, they're not always easy or practical. Luckily, there are plenty of beginner-friendly ways to go about it. For example, you can add our classic CBD oil to an herbal butter spread and bake it into a toasty grilled cheese sandwich. If you're not partial to the art of the grilled cheese, you can add your CBD oil to recipes that call for oil, like your standard brownies, or dips. Check out our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe with browned butter.

Recipe pro tips 

Take it from the pros— there are a few things to keep in mind before you try your hand at some of our suggestions above. 

CBD has a low smoke point

The CBD and the oil carrying it have a low smoke point. That means that it will start to smoke at a low temperature, burning away a ton of your CBD and leaving you with something that doesn't taste good and won't feel as potent. When you're cooking with CBD, you'll want to keep the temperature low and take it slow. 

You can cook and bake with CBD, but you should ensure that it's kept under 350 degrees. There's some discussion around the internal temperature of brownies and cookies being low enough to prevent the oil from burning off, but you can always add CBD to cookie dough after it's half-baked to be safe. You may also want to avoid cooking it in a hot pan for more than a few minutes. Low and slow is ideal.

You will need to emulsify it if you're adding CBD oil to another liquid

Emulsification is a process that takes oils and reduces them to tiny, protected droplets. You know how oil and water don’t mix all that well? If you add CBD oil tincture to a beverage, food, or topical, you'll notice that the oil will sit on top of it, which keeps it from spreading out and making the whole batch CBD infused. But, if you vigorously whisk, shake in a jar, or blend CBD oil with say, salad dressing ingredients (garlic, onions, nutritional yeast, etc.) you can break up oil into lots of tiny, nanodroplets of suspended oil. When that happens, you get a homogenous looking mixture without the floating mass of tincture on top. We recommend the salad dressing above as an introduction to the science of emulsification (lab coat not required). 

You can also use things like polysorbate 80 in a high-speed blender to make large batches of edibles, topicals, and beverages. Follow package instructions to find the ratio based on the amount of CBD tincture you'd like to use and the overall weight or volume of your recipe. 

Whip Something Up With Lazarus Naturals 

If you're ready to get started, we've got everything you need right here. From a huge repertoire of CBD-based recipes on our blog to how-to instructional videos and plenty of evidence-backed info, you can get cooking with confidence. Explore our massive selection of tasty, lab-tested CBD oil tinctures and all of the resources you need to make the most of them at Lazarus Naturals.