CBD oil (or cannabidiol) has become hugely popular thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to alleviate a multitude of physical and mental ailments. Here, wellness expert Leah Vanderveldtdemystifies the science and offers over 50 plant-based recipes with CBD.
CBD oil (or cannabidiol) is receiving huge attention from mainstream media for its anti-inflammatory effects which may help to improve our brain health, alleviate anxiety, headaches, and arthritis. CBD comes from the cannabis plant, but unlike the stuff you smoke, CBD contains only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive chemical of the plant that gets you high. It has the relaxing, anti-inflammatory benefits of the cannabis plant without making you feel weird. Leah Vanderveldt has taken CBD oil for over a year and is convinced it has helped her with anxiety, pain and to improve sleep. Her easy recipes include smoothies, teas and coffees, snacks and desserts, light savory meals, and even mocktails and cocktails, plus CBD skin care such as an anti-inflammatory face mask and a coconut oil moisturiser.
Leah Vanderveldt is the food editor at health and wellness website, MindBodyGreen, where she writes and develops whole-food recipes and edits content about nutrition, health, and cultivating a positive relationship with food. She began her career in publishing at Condé Nast, working for both Vogue and Vanity Fair. When she moved to Sydney, Australia, Leah worked as a copy editor for lifestyle and design magazine Home Beautiful, where she focused on the entertaining and recipes sections. After teaching herself to cook through trial and error, Leah has managed to find clever ways to maximize flavour in dishes while focusing on plant-based whole foods. Her cooking inspiration ranges from her travels in Australia and Europe, to the more local flavours of her childhood home on Long Island, New York, and her dad’s fishing boat. She is certified in Culinary Nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City, where she learned to unite nutrition theory with practical techniques in the kitchen. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Fabian, who conveniently loves washing dishes.