Cooking with cannabis has never been more mainstream, and it’s no longer limited to just THC. You can infuse food with CBD in the same way, and the cannabinoid’s accessibility and lack of psychoactive effects have made this a popular option.
Anyone who’s made edibles before knows that high fat content is key for maximum cannabinoid infusion, as cannabinoids bind to fat cells. One of the easiest, fattiest foods for creating edibles is peanut butter (or almond butter, cashew butter — or sunflower seed butter, if you’re allergic to peanuts). It infuses quickly and, unlike butter or vegetable oil, can be added to foods without further cooking.
To get started, you’ll need peanut butter and CBD isolate, which can be purchased online or at various head shops and specialty stores if the CBD is derived from hemp. A gram of CBD isolate usually ranges from $20 to $30, and will pack a little over 30 milligrams per tablespoon if mixed with a 16-ounce jar of peanut butter.
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There are two ways to make CBD peanut butter; one is a little easier but not quite as effective. We’re showing you both, with photos to help you through the process. (Side note: CBD peanut butter can also be given to dogs as a tasty treat and potential pain and anxiety relief.)
This path is a trickier, but it allows for better infusion. The recipe requires a rubber spatula, Tupperware and a double-boiler, which you can make out of two saucepans that fit on top of each other. You’ll also need a jar of natural peanut butter, with oil separated on top.
First, fill the bottom pan with about three inches of water, place on the stove at low-medium heat, and then top the first pan with the second pan. Pour the nut oil into the top pan, using a fork to keep any peanut butter debris from falling in. Then mix in the CBD isolate until the powder dissolves.
Cook for three to five minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the top pan, and let the oil cool for a few minutes. Pour the oil back in the peanut butter container, and carefully (but thoroughly) stir it back in. Refrigerate for thickness before first use.
This only requires one pan and has fewer steps. You don’t need to use separated peanut butter, either; you can use the cheap stuff. First, line your pan with a thin coat of olive oil or vegetable oil; it will keep the peanut butter from sticking to the pan and adds a little more fat for the CBD to grab on to. After pouring in the peanut butter, stir in the isolate, then simply put the mix in the oven at 300 degrees, or on top of the stovetop at low-medium heat.
Stir the peanut butter frequently to ensure that the bottom doesn’t stick to the pan or burn. Do this for about ten minutes, then remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes while still stirring. Pour into a container and refrigerate for thickness.
Once your peanut butter is the right consistency, slab that gooey stuff over a slice of bread, add some hemp-infused honey for sweetness, and bring on the jelly. Enjoy!