I’m forever thinking of ways to dress up my CBD oil, from After Dinner Mints to Chocolate Fudge Spread, the options are endless. But, I am yet to explore the world of savoury CBD concoctions. That’s what prompted me to make a CBD infused Hot Sauce, that and after I read an article about how the compound capsaicin binds with a receptor found in the cells of the gut. These receptors cause the cells to create a chemical compound called anandamide which is chemically similar to a range of cannabinoids contained within marijuana = mind blown! Anandamide has been found to calm the gut and the immune system. So, for this reason, I thought it seemed like a no-brainer to combine CBD and chilli in a recipe.
…dosage is such a personal thing so be careful not to take too little or to take too much – CBD has bi-phasic properties, which means that low and high doses can actually produce opposite effects.
This CBD Hot Sauce is definitely hot! If you can’t handle your spice then maybe switch out the scotch bonnets for some regular red chillies, and you can always go one step further by removing the membranes and seeds – remember it’s the membrane that makes it hot and not the actual seeds. I’ve thrown in some Romano peppers and pineapple for added sweetness and roasting the chillies and garlic brings out some amazing depth of flavour. My favourite addition though has to be the fresh rosemary. Rosemary contains a compound called beta-caryophyllene (BCP) which has been found to interact positively with cannabinoid receptors. BCP helps to regulate immune function and inflammation and may even relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. So you can see why it works so well with CBD.
One question that keeps cropping up is how much CBD should you take? This is a pretty difficult question to answer – I guess it’s just not as black and white as taking your regular supplements. Some people only need a small dose of 5mg whilst others may feel nothing at all even after a large dose of 200mg. I know that small dosages really don’t work for me and I personally put this down to my cannabis use in the past. If you’ve never taken cannabis then you’ll probably find a small dose such as 5mg will work well, if you’ve dabbled a little then you may require something a little higher like 15mg. If you were a Cheech and Chong extra in your past life then you may want to start off with high doses from the bat – think 25-50mg. Everybody’s endocannabinoid system is different – if you want to know more about it check out my last post.
But, it’s not just about the dosage, for some, it can be the delivery method and the reason for taking in the first place. CBD is available in the following 5 forms:
- Capsules – Truth Naturals’ Capsules are a no fuss, convenient way to take CBD. They’re designed only to open once they’re inside your gut, where they’re absorbed into the bloodstream. The capsules come in 10mg and 25mg and contain other phytocannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, CBC, and over 40 naturally-present terpenes. Capsules can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to become active. I like to take these as a supplement to ensure I’m keeping my endocannabinoid system in check. Please note that the capsules are coated in gelatin and therefore not suitable for vegetarians or vegans.
- Oils/Tinctures – CBD oil is taken sublingually – meaning it is placed under the tongue and absorbed into the bloodstream. You usually have to wait around 1 minute before swallowing the oil. This helps to speed up the absorption rate. Truth Naturals Tinctures come in 250mg, 500mg, 1000mg, and 1500mg strengths. CBD oil can take anywhere from 5-20 minutes to become active. I find these are great for rapid relief from pain or anxiety. Suitable for vegans.
- Liposomes – The bioavailability of CBD is increased by using natural phospholipids (both water and fat soluble) that support cellular health and rapid delivery of CBD oil directly into cells. Each mg of liposomal CBD is 5-10 times stronger effectiveness. You can add to water, smoothies, hot drinks or just place under the tongue. Truth Naturals’ Liposomes come in 100mg and 300mg. I find this absorbs quickly just like the oil tinctures and I like to take them in my protein shake post-workout. Contains xanthan gum so if you’re sensitive to this ingredient you may want to give it a pass.
- Edibles – Edibles are obviously the most fun way to take CBD but they also take quite a while to swing into full effect, usually between 30 minutes and 2 hours as they are digested in the gut first before being absorbed into the bloodstream. Truth Naturals Gummies are infused with 10mg CDB per gummy and are not dipped or coated, so none of the nutrients are lost before they reach your gut. These are a great way to start out on CBD but also good for endurance athletes too. Not suitable for vegetarians or vegans.
- Topicals – Topicals are ointments, balms, or lotions that are applied to targeted areas for relief from pain and inflammation. They are great for athletes or those suffering from arthritis and injuries. Relief is typically felt within 10-20 minutes of application. Truth Naturals 125mg Soothing CBD Rescue Balm contains all natural ingredients and a whole host of delicious smelling essential oils. Suitable for vegans.
- Vape – My first experience with CBD oil was via the Medipen – a discreet vape that is roughly the same size as a pen, hence the name. The 1ml Medipen cartridge contains 150mg of cannabinoids suspended in coconut oil. It’s effective for panic attacks and pain relief, and it’s especially useful for when you’re on the go. It’s totally odourless and the vape is very smooth and not too hot so you won’t cough your guts up. Personally, I like to save this for emergencies or if I go on a night out (which is a rare thing). Vaping has been linked to numerous health issues and for this reason, I’d say let this be your last resort.
In a nutshell, the dosage is such a personal thing so be careful not to take too little or to take too much – CBD has bi-phasic properties, which means that low and high doses can actually produce opposite effects. This isn’t dangerous in any way but simply less efficient. Find the correct delivery method or at least one that fits in with your lifestyle and then take a few small doses over the course of the day rather than one large dose. Be sure to repeat the same amount, via the same method, and at the same time for several days before increasing again. If you’re thinking of buying from Truth Naturals be sure to use the code GEORGINA10 at the checkout for £10 off your order. All of their CBD is organic so you don’t have to worry about any nasties!
CBD Hot Sauce
Hot sauce is literally the easiest thing to make ever, but to make a hot sauce that’s packed full of both heat and flavour, not so much. Thankfully you guys don’t have to do the hard work because I’ve already done it for you. If you can roast some veggies and throw them into a blender then this recipe is definitely for you. I’d definitely recommend roasting your veggies in hemp oil as it lends a unique flavour to the sauce that compliments the CBD oil so well. I didn’t really think of using hemp oil until I recently bought a bottle of Good Hemp’s Hemp Oil and much to my surprise it had randomly come without a lid but was still sealed with foil. I jokingly popped a little picture on my Instagram story and Good Hemp got in touch to send me out another bottle plus some hemp hearts! I really wanted to give them a shout out and couldn’t think of anything better than popping them into this recipe. It turns out it was a really good choice of oil.
This CBD Hot Sauce will rock your world! Roasted red and Scotch bonnet chillies, garlic, and Romano peppers make this sauce super fragrant whilst pineapple and rosemary add an extra flavour layer that will blow your mind.
The roasting of the garlic, Romano peppers and chillies makes the sauce so much more aromatic, and the pineapple and rosemary add that extra layer of umami. It all just makes that flavour pop. I went through my whole batch of hot sauce in about 2 weeks and usually, I’m just not that into hot sauce at all. In fact, after having Anya I’ve struggled to be able to eat chillies without my tongue swelling up, this isn’t something I seem to experience with cayenne but with chilli always. I think the CBD thankfully has helped to counteract that so if you’re in the same boat you might find that you become a sudden hot sauce fan. In fact, you’ll find roughly 7.5mg of CBD per 15ml of hot sauce!
Anyway, enough of my jibber jabber – check out the recipe below!
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- 1 medium to large head garlic
- 100g Romano peppers (sliced in half lengthways)
- 120g red chillies
- 50g Scotch bonnet chillies
- ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp hemp or olive oil
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 250ml apple cider vinegar (with the mother)
- 100g tinned or fresh pineapple (drained weight)
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar/coconut nectar/maple syrup/raw honey
- Leaves of 1 sprig rosemary
- 250 mg Truth Naturals CBD oil tincture (I used 5ml of 1500mg strength tincture)
- Start by roasting your head of garlic. Pre-heat your oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4/150°C Fan. Cut the top ½" from your head of garlic then place onto a large square of tin foil, with the shiny side up. Pour over 2 tbsp hemp oil and sprinkle over an ample amount of sea salt. Close the foil to create a parcel and place onto a baking tray in the oven. Roast for 55 minutes.
- Whilst your garlic is roasting start preparing your chillies and Romano peppers. Line a baking tray with foil, shiny side up and place your chillies and Romano peppers on top. Drizzle over the remaining hemp oil and sprinkle over 1 tsp of sea salt.
- Once your garlic has roasted unwrap the foil and place back into the oven. Place your chillies into the oven and roast for 10 minutes before turning over and roasting for a further 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the scotch bonnets once softened and leave the rest to cook for another 5 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and pull out the stalks from the chillies and peel the garlic cloves. Pour the excess oil into a container and keep to drizzle over salads and roasted vegetables.
- Place the roasted chillies, Romano peppers, garlic, and remaining ingredients, except for the CBD oil, into a high powered blender and blend until well combined. Pour into a medium-sized heavy-bottomed pan and place on a medium to low heat. Simmer for 20 minutes then leave to cool before adding the CBD oil.
- Transfer to bottles using a funnel. If you prefer, you may return to the blender once more and pass through a sieve for a smooth sauce.
*All cup measurements used are UK cup measurements and so 1 cup = 250ml.
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