2021 has been particularly baked, thankfully less so than 2020. Our Instagram and Facebook feeds filled up fast with recipes, photos and videos of home bakers, feverishly fixing up a pie, cake or some other comfort foods in an attempt to manage the Covid related stress. Trying out a new recipe is a great way to eat up time.
And, my word, did it ever ramp up during the “silly season”, with every Liz, Thabo and Sarie trying to out-do the other in a hard-nosed attempt to stay sane. Do we bake out of boredom? Or because brownies are delicious? Or both? It seems that the world is extra baked at the moment, but let’s face it: Anxiety baking, or any kind of baking, is really fulfilling.

Baking can be solitary or social, it can be a favourite pass-time or flaunted on special occasions. As with any hobby or activity, it’s always exciting to experiment, which you can do in baking by switching things up a bit with a little bit of imagination and an adventurous pallet..
It was wonderful to see what creative concoctions people presented during the festive season. The sheer volume of experimental CBD oils, sweeteners, tinctures into their cake mixes, muffin recipes, breads and more was astronomical.There has never been a time in living memory where the entire globe faced the same dilemma, united in our solitude and anxiety, yet moved toward a much more natural way of life and researching natural and plant-based stress remedies.

CBD interacts with the human endocannabinoid system to promote homeostasis, or balance in the body, which helps many people feel more relaxed and serene and less stressed out and anxious. This system has receptors throughout the nervous system, with concentrations in the brain and the stomach. CBD can be a powerful tool for fighting anxiety.
If you bake to ease your mind, swap out some of the oil the recipe calls for with CBD tincture. For example, if the recipe calls for half a teaspoon of coconut oil, a substitution of 2.5 millilitres of tincture should do the trick. Just pay attention to how many milligrams of CBD that is, so you can manage your dose responsibly.
Perhaps you just want a quick CBD-meets-chocolate fix without having to preheat the oven. CBD makes a great addition to dishes or drinks, due to its non-psychoactive properties that include helping to manage inflammation, sleep quality and anxiety. Hot chocolate and CBD offers a quick alternative to those who would rather not go so far as to "muffin n’ chillin’".
Simply start with a simmering a cup of unsweetened, plant-based milk, stir in a tablespoon each of raw cacao powder and maple syrup, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a pinch of Himalayan salt and any of your favourite seasonal toppings, such as mint or cinnamon mix together over medium heat. Whisk to avoid lumps, let it cool to warm and then add 1 full dropper of CBD oil to the concoction.

In short, an anti-anxiety hobby, such as baking, simply pairs well with an anti-anxiety agent, like CBD. Whether you’re making a plate of chocolate chip cookies for a 420-friendly neighbour or whipping up a fruit cake to wolf down by the slice as you wallow in these crazy times, CBD is guaranteed to add an extra level of relaxation to your anxiety baking.