Baking with CBD

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Ngaio Bealum is a Sacramento comedian, activist and marijuana expert. Email him questions at

I run a cake business, and I am really interested in playing around with weed, but mainly [cannibidioil], in my bakes. I know how to make infused weed products, but I’m confused about CBD. What is the best way to cook with CBD, and what type should I be using?

Hello! CBD is excellent for edibles. Quick refresher: CBD is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It is a known anti-inflammatory, so it’s good for aches and pains, and it has also shown promise as an antidepressant. We used to say that CBD is non-psychoactive, but if that were true, it wouldn’t be a very good antidepressant, would it? CBD is psychoactive, but it doesn’t get you high like THC does. CBD is also relatively legal (Thanks Farm Bill!), meaning that the Drug Enforcement Administration won’t raid your bakery, but if you make health claims while trying to sell someone a slice of CBD-infused cake, the Food and Drug Administration may want to have a word with you.

As to your question: CBD is fat soluble, so you can infuse it into butter or oil in the same way you would infuse THC. If you don’t want spend hours waiting for your crock-pot to work its magic, or don’t know where to get pure CBD distillate, there are internet sites that will sell you a bottle of CBD-infused olive oil, no problem. Use that for your cooking, and you should be good to go.

Quick note: while CBD will not show up on a drug test, some CBD oils (especially those labeled “full spectrum”) may contain trace amounts of THC. By law, CBD hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC. And while that is a very small amount of THC, we mustn’t forget that THC stays in the body for a while, so even if there is only a small amount in every CBD pill you take, it can build up enough for you to test THC positive. It’s rare, but people have definitely been fired. Stay woke.

I hear the feds may allow banks to accept money from weed businesses. Is this true?

It isn’t true yet. It is true that the House just passed the Secure And Fair Enforcement Banking Act, which would allow banks, credit unions and whatnot to accept money from legal canna-businesses. This is great for cannabis, mostly because clubs having to store stacks of cash in a dispensary is a robbery waiting to happen, but also because I can’t wait to use my credit card to buy weed. Seriously, frequent flier miles would take on a whole new meaning. However, the bill still has to make it through the Senate (good luck getting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to do anything that actually helps people) and also has to be signed by the president. Something tells me that the president probably has things other than cannabis on his mind right now, although I bet that if the bill allowed Russian banks to accept weed money, we would have it signed within a week.