It is finally that time of the year again, and although we may all be celebrating it a little differently (Darn you Corona!), you can still make the most out of this festive time. Cinco de Mayo marks the day that the Mexican army defeated the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla i 1862. This day is usually filled with plenty of tequila drinking and taco eating, but if you are looking to add more fun to your festivities, we have some suggestions to make sure your holiday is memorable and safe.

In case you were wondering, CBD is the perfect addition to your revelry. Because CBD is such a unique compound, it can be utilized in many aspects of your merrymaking. CBD is non-psychoactive, so it will not get you high; it will help with stress and anxiety and provides symptom relief for various ailments without the mind-altering effects. With that being said, CBD is a great companion for you this holiday.

The usual CBD formulation is oil; however, CBD is also sold in many forms including flower, powder, extracts, tinctures, capsules, beverages, and gummies just to name a few. Because of the diversity of each product, CBD can be consumed by itself or incorporated into your Mexican-inspired dishes. You can use any form of the product for recipes that require low to no heat, such as sauces, blended beverages and dressings, however high heat applications require more stable products. Additionally, if you are looking to cook with CBD oil, make sure the product is crafted specifically for cooking so there is no loss of the aromatic compounds though heating. Tinctures are great for beverages because they more evenly disperse into the drink and do not separate like an oil-based product would. They also make the CBD more bio-available when compared to oil-based products. Flower is perfect for adding extra spice and garnish to foods and beverages that call for leafy herbs and vegetables. And finally, since we all know there can be no Cinco de Mayo without tequila, feel free to include CBD with your favorite margarita recipe! We are aware of the widespread controversy about the dangers of mixing alcohol with CBD, however there is no definitive research that suggests any increased risks or side effects.

The main point to note when incorporating CBD into your Cinco de Mayo plans is to play it safe. Start slow and small. Read the packaging labels for correct dosing. Experiment with existing recipes that include CBD products. Wait at least an hour after consumption for products to take their effect before ingesting additional amounts. And finally, get familiar with the products you are using and plan accordingly. CBD has a distinct flavor profile, and full spectrum products offer an even more noticeable taste. Remember that CBD is also fat soluble and may not work in most water-based dishes. However you decide to integrate this diverse product into your celebration, be creative and enjoy yourself. Happy Cinco de Hayo!