You cook up a delicious dinner, a perfect combination of flavor and presentation, but did you know you can transform your regular dinner party into something truly unique with a single ingredient? That ingredient is CBD. Pairing CBD with food not only enhances the taste but also leaves you with the soothing, calming effects of the cannabinoid. Matching flavors could be the key to throwing an unforgettable CBD dinner party. Learn more about our favorite CBD pairings for each course below.
Starter – Fresh Salad and Greens
Our recommended pairing
When you’re enjoying a fresh spring salad or another veggie-based starter, you want those natural, crisp flavors from every vegetable matched with some simple dressing and seasonings. Adding too much or going too strong with overbearing flavors can easily offset and overpower the vegetables, resulting in unbalanced aromas and unhappy taste buds.
Natural hemp oil offers a subtle, earthy flavor that can match well with brighter greens and vegetables. Tasty CBD Drops offer a natural flavor, along with berry, vanilla, and spearmint. Using the convenient dropper system, you can take your necessary hemp oil prior to your meal or place some drops in your salad dressing or directly on your greens.
Entree – Seafood/Fish
Our recommended pairing:
Good seafood offers a unique combination of light, delicate, and fatty flavors all at once. Adding some bright citrus can provide more balance and depth by canceling out any excessive, overpowering fishy aromas while accentuating the subtler flavors.
For vegan and vegetarian guests, citrus flavors pair well with just about any dish with rich flavors, like thick, creamy pasta.
We recommend Elixinol’s Pure CBD Tincture, which offers a uniquely refreshing citrus flavor that comes from a blend of natural fruit and herbal extracts, naturally sweetened with Stevia. A serving of about 5 drops of this tincture offers 5 mg of CBD.
Dessert – Peach Cobbler with Ice Cream
Our recommended pairing: Raw Relief Honey Chill Sticks from Colorado Hemp Honey
End your dinner party with a delicious sweet treat like a peach cobbler a la mode topped with raw honey from Colorado Hemp Honey. The tartness of the peaches and smooth ice cream should pair great with the rich sweetness and natural hemp flavors from the honey for a rustic dessert that doesn’t sacrifice elegance or taste. Each honey stick is made with a full-spectrum CBD hemp oil and raw Rocky Mountain honey.
Post-Dinner Drinks – Red Wine
Our recommended pairing:
End your dinner party on a positive note by pairing your favorite bottle of red wine with CBD chocolates from Tasty Hemp Oil. Wine often provides a variety of complex flavors that combine tart, sweet fruits with uniquely bitter tannins. Chocolate can help to mellow out some of the more bitter flavors while enhancing the sweeter, fruitier flavors throughout. At the same time, the wine can make that chocolate taste sweeter and smoother on the palate. It ultimately carries over some of the sweetness from your dessert course without cloying your guests’ taste buds.
There currently isn’t much research on mixing alcohol and CBD, though most experts agree that the combination shouldn’t result in any adverse effects. CBD may actually help to offset some of the effects of alcohol. For example, some animal studies show that CBD may protect against the neurodegeneration that comes with alcohol use, while another study suggests that CBD’s effects may protect the liver from damage caused by alcohol. As always, moderation is key. Drink responsibly.
General Tips for Pairing CBD and Food
Pairing foods and flavors is not an exact science, but some general tips to keep in mind:
Balance is the key to the perfect pairing, and that comes with considering the strength of flavors in the food. A rich, creamy pasta or grilled steak naturally offers flavors that are heavier on the palate. You want lighter flavors, like citrus, lemon, or mint, that can help to lift that weight and provide greater overall balance.
Consider your intent. Do you want to relax after a long day, or are you simply looking to relieve aches and pains? Pairing CBD with food is about creating a complete experience that satisfies your tongue and tummy and providing the natural healing properties of CBD.
If you’re not sure where to start, match similar flavors. For example, if you are enjoying a roast chicken with cherry sauce, consider a berry-flavored CBD oil.
Most importantly, there aren’t any hard and fast rules for CBD and food pairings. Try experimenting with different flavors and dishes. You may make some surprising culinary discoveries.