Are you looking for ways to infuse cannabis and its benefits into your meals? Hemp oil might be the secret ingredient your recipes need. It has little to no THC content which means that you can experience the therapeutic benefits of cannabis extracts without the high.
Hemp oil also has numerous health benefits, such as skin improvement, inducing relaxation, improved cardiovascular health, and pain relief.
What Is Hemp Oil?
Hemp Seed oil or hemp oil is harvested from hemp seed itself. The seed comes from hemp which is a cannabis plant like marijuana except that it does not contain THC. Instead, it contains CBD and other naturally occurring compounds in the plant.
One serving of hemp oil is equivalent to three tablespoons and it contains the following:
- Calories: 170 kcal
- Calories from fat: 108
- Total fat: 12 g
- Saturated fat: 1 g
- Trans fat: 0 g
- Cholesterol: 0 g
- Sodium: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 5 g
- Sugars: 1 g
- Protein: 10 g
Other nutrients, vitamins, and minerals include:
- Vitamin C
- B vitamins
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Gamma-linolenic acid
Hemp Oil Recipes To Try
Skip the traditional olive oil for salad dressings and try using hemp oil instead! Hemp oil is usually tasteless, with a slightly nutty flavor. This means that you can season it with some salt, pepper, and lime to arrive at the perfect dressing to pair with crunchy lettuce leaves. You may also turn the hemp oil into a delicious vinaigrette.
Hemp Oil Pesto Pasta
Our hemp oil pesto pasta recipe adds an excellent twist to the classic Italian sauce. The sweet, earthy, and nutty flavor of hemp oil makes it a perfect olive oil substitute that will surely elevate your pesto pasta. It also blends seamlessly with basil.
Toast 10 g of hemp seeds in a frying pan over low heat. Allow the toasted seeds to cool before grinding them into a fine powder with a mortar and pestle. Throw in a clove of garlic and a pinch of salt into the mortar and pestle. Add 50 g of basil and grind to a fine paste.
Heat the paste over low heat and add 60 g of grated parmesan cheese and 70 ml of hemp oil. Squeeze some fresh lemon and your sauce is done! Mix with some freshly cooked pasta and your vegetarian hemp oil pesto pasta is ready to be served.
Hemp Oil Salsa
Hemp oil salsa is a step up from the average salsa you usually eat during Taco Tuesdays. Mix two large tomatoes, half an onion, a handful of cilantro, and a teaspoon of lemon juice by chopping up the ingredients and mixing everything together. Add two teaspoons of hemp oil, two pinches of salt, 2 cloves of finely minced garlic, and three pinches of pepper.
Mix all of the ingredients together to make the hemp oil salsa. Eat this with chips, tacos, and virtually any dish you want. You may also store the homemade salsa in the refrigerator for up to three days.
A Note On Dosing
Hemp oil does not require strict dosing as normal cannabis products do. You can adjust the amount you consume depending on your needs and desired health benefits. One serving consists of three tablespoons, and taking this much per day meets your daily nutritional requirement for fatty acids.
If you are a first-time user, it is best to start with a lower dosage and then slowly work your way up. Start with half a tablespoon infused in your favorite recipes. Substitute normal oil like vegetable oil or olive oil to make up the rest of the required amount.