Everybody loves a good brownie. Brownies are one of the most popular homemade desserts in the nation! They are delicious and easy to make at home, making them an efficient and scrumptious choice for any baker. That’s also why brownies have often been a go-to option for CBD edible lovers. The decadent and rich flavor of a brownie mixed with the beneficial properties of CBD makes this snack even more appealing. If you are interested in creating this traditional dessert with a twist, you have come to the right place!
Benefits of CBD Edibles
CBD brownies, and other CBD edibles, give consumers a unique way to ingest this powerful cannabinoid. Other methods, such as CBD capsules or CBD oil often range from bland to flavorless. Not to mention, they don’t help pacify that sweet tooth appetite! There is no definitive “best” way to take CBD, it really all depends on the consumer’s specific needs or preference.
While vaping or sublingually ingesting CBD can result in faster effects, eating a CBD edible will provide the longest-lasting effects. This is because vaping and sublingual use bypass the digestive system and liver, offering the consumer a quicker and stronger effect. Meanwhile, edibles must travel through the digestive system. Subsequently, edibles take longer to kick in, but also provides a longer window of relief when it does begin to take effect.
CBD brownies can come in a variety of flavors, giving consumers a plethora of options. If you don’t like chocolate, you can get vanilla brownies! Get experimental and add fruit or cream to your CBD brownie mix, the options are endless. Although some vapes do offer flavors, a cloud of vapors could never compare to the luscious and mouthwatering taste of a warm brownie!
Cooking with CBD
Cooking with CBD can be exciting and is not relegated to just the brownie. CBD oil can be used when making cookies, pizza, candy, salad, sauces, and more. CBD oil mixes easily with dressings and creams as well, making it a great addition for dips and drizzles. Some consumers enjoy putting CBD oil on their homemade pizza, while others prefer placing a few drops on their ready-made delivered pizza.
It really depends on what you would like, although those using CBD oil in homemade recipes should be cautious of the heat. CBD will begin to evaporate and lose potency at levels of heat that are too extreme: make sure to keep your oven’s temperature lower than 340 degrees Fahrenheit.
How to Make Your Own CBD Brownies
An important part of making CBD brownies is deciding what type of CBD to use. When making this dessert, you may use CBD oil or CBD isolate. CBD oil can be full-spectrum or broad-spectrum.
Picking Your CBD for Brownies
To break them down simply, full-spectrum contains all of the compounds in the cannabis plant, including THC. On the other hand, broad-spectrum CBD oil contains all of the compounds in the cannabis plant, excluding the THC. For CBD to be federally legal, it must come from hemp that contains no more than 0.3% THC.
The negligible amount of THC in full-spectrum oil is not enough to get you high. Instead, it helps to improve the entourage effect. The entourage effect is when all of the compounds in cannabis work together to provide the highest form of benefit. As the name implies, CBD isolate contains only CBD.
If you are looking for the highest form of benefit, try full-spectrum CBD oil. If you are looking to still experience the entourage effect, but cannot indulge in even a minuscule amount of THC due to your career, broad-spectrum CBD oil is best. Lastly, if you just want the purest form of CBD and don’t mind missing the entourage effect, pick up some CBD isolate.
Ingredients for CBD Brownies:
Assuming that you are creating your own brownie batter, and not using a ready-to-bake recipe, here are the ingredients needed to make nine homemade CBD brownies. Please have measuring tools available!
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- If using CBD Oil: 10 ml of 300mg Cheef CBD Tincture for a regular dose
- OR 10ml of 600mg Cheef CBD Tincture for a strong dose
- If using CBD Isolate: 1/4 gram of Cheef CBD Isolate for a regular dose
- OR 1/2 grams of Cheef CBD Isolate for a strong dose
Directions for Baking CBD Brownies:
- Preheat your oven to 300°F
- Mix the vegetable oil, CBD oil, vanilla extract, and sugar together in a medium-sized bowl. Stir until blended
- Crack the two eggs and stir their contents into the bowl as well.
- In a separate bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt together. Stir until blended.
- Now, combine the content of both bowls into one.
- Stir well.
- Pour the newly made batter into a 9×9 sheet pan or baking tray. Make sure to grease the pan or tray to prevent sticking.
- Place the tray or pan into the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until the corners crisp to your personal satisfaction.
- Remove the pan or tray from the oven and allow the brownies to cool before cutting.
- Enjoy your CBD brownie one by one!
What Are the Effects of CBD Brownies?
A CBD brownie offers consumers the beneficial effects of cannabidiol. Cannabidiol interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS’ main function is to regulate the body and keep it in perfect balance. This is known as homeostasis.
For example, when you get cold your body shivers to force the skin to warm up. Or, when you are overheating, your body sweats to cool you down. These are examples of how homeostasis works in the body. The ECS helps to modulate digestion, inflammation, pain, mood, anxiety, stress, sleep, and more. All of these processes are integral in keeping your body top form.
Your ECS produces its own natural cannabinoids called endocannabinoids. Their main job is to help send and receive signals that alert your ECS on how to regulate your body. CBD interacts with these receptors and influences them to create more of their own natural endocannabinoids. In this way, CBD influences the overall health and functionality of the ECS. In order to balance pain, inflammation, sleep, anxiety, and much more, you must have an ECS that is functioning at its very best!
CBD is known to promote a sense of relaxing calm, or tranquility, in large doses. However, smaller doses of CBD have been discovered to influence a sense of acute attentiveness. Of course, you must try CBD to see how it affects your body specifically. Always start with a smaller dose before incrementally increasing it until you have reached the desired level of relief.
Are CBD Brownies Legal?
Yes, CBD brownies are legal. The Farm Bill of 2018 legalized hemp-derived CBD across the nation. As long as CBD is sourced from hemp, which contains no more than 0.3% THC, it is legal. However, different states may have further rules and regulations. For example, in California and Colorado, where THC is legal, CBD products may contain more than 0.3% THC. Please check your state’s specific regulations when it comes to CBD use before purchase.
CBD brownies make a delicious treat for those who are looking to combine the benefits of hemp with the taste of a decadent dessert. Make sure to have measuring tools so that your homemade recipe comes out to your exact preferences. Have some fun with our recipe, you may always add more vanilla or cocoa powder, or sprinkle in some fruits or nuts for an added twist. The only goal here is to have fun while making a healthy and nutritional dessert for your enjoyment!