• Jamie Evans

Enhance Your Next Brunch with CBD

Treat your guests to these four easy-to-make recipes featuring Papa & Barkley

(photo credit: Papa & Barkley at Buds, Brunch & Bliss event)

One of my favorite weekend traditions is indulging in a really great brunch. The typical dining experience begins with a Bloody Mary or mimosa, followed by a long list of delicious breakfast and lunch items that overflow the plate. There are no rules when it comes to what can be served at brunch - eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles, fried chicken, chilaquiles, chocolate desserts - bring it on.

What if there was a way to make brunch even better? Yes, this is possible. Step aside regular brunch because CBD brunch is here and it’s tastier than ever.

If you are new to CBD (also known as cannabidiol), it is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that is derived from hemp and cannabis. Unlike its counterpart, THC, CBD won’t give you the “high” that most people associate with herbal products. Instead, research is showing that CBD acts a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-stress, and relaxation agent, along with a long list of other benefits. Many people treat CBD like a vitamin because it doesn't have mind-altering cognitive effects, which means you can take it in the morning and still have a productive day.

Before incorporating CBD into brunch, it’s important to understand where this cannabinoid comes from. As I mentioned earlier, CBD can be found in both cannabis and hemp. In fact, these two are very similar; however, plants with only .3% THC or less are considered hemp. If the plant has a higher percentage of THC it's deemed cannabis. When it comes to either source, in order to receive the best healing benefits you must find a reliable product. Not all CBD oil is created equal, so be sure to know what practices your CBD supplier is using from soil to bottle.

Papa & Barkley is a brand that you can count on. The company’s products are 100% natural, triple lab tested, and made from only the finest hemp and cannabis plants. Papa & Barkley’s Essentials CBD line offers a hemp-derived Extra-Strength CBD Tincture that contains all-natural and active ingredients. No lab created isolates, distillates, chemicals, CO2, or butane is used. Only safe, reliable, and clean extracts - a perfect CBD addition to a variety of recipes.

The best thing about cooking with a tincture drop is the ease of the application and precise dosing. Papa & Barkley’s Extra-Strength Hemp CBD Tincture is available in both 15 ml and 30 ml bottles. The 15 ml bottle contains 450 mg of hemp-derived CBD (or 30 mg CBD per 1 ml) whereas the 30 ml bottle contains 900 mg of hemp-derived CBD (also 30 mg CBD per 1 ml).

(photo credit: Papa & Barkley at Buds, Brunch & Bliss event)

When serving CBD (and other cannabinoids) to others, it’s important to note that each person’s metabolism, body weight, endocannabinoid system, and previous medical conditions differ greatly. While CBD is generally considered safe to consume at high levels and is non-intoxicating, it is best to start on the low side of the dosage range and adjust upward over time until the desired effect is achieved. Always be sure to check in with your guests to see what their dosage preferences are. While there is no standard for dosing, research is showing compelling evidence that higher doses of CBD are necessary for it to be effective.For newbies, I’d recommend starting with a dose ranging between 5 mg - 20 mg of CBD and adjust upward when necessary.

If you are planning to serve multiple courses infused with CBD, the milligrams will add up. Be sure to keep track of the cumulative amount that will be served. It’s also crucial to have non-infused food options available in case someone does not want CBD. If you are setting up a buffet, be sure to label each dish clearly and state how many milligrams of CBD or THC are in each serving. Don’t forget this step!

Now for the fun part, brunch. There are many ways you can incorporate CBD into the dining experience such as mixing it into a drink or infusing it into a sauce or batter. In partnership with Papa & Barkley and Rachel Burkons of Altered Plates, we’ve developed four easy-to-make recipes for your next bruncheon. To keep things consistent, each food recipe contains 15 mg of CBD per serving, but you can adjust up or down as needed.

Altered Plates Terpene Highballs

featuring Papa and Barkley Hemp CBD Extract

Before brunch is served, greet your guests with a CBD-infused apéritif. Created by expert mixologist, Rachel Burkons of Altered Plates, these Terpene Highballs will set a blissful tone before fully indulging in food. A Terpene Highball is intended to be an easy way to incorporate CBD - like Papa & Barkley Essentials Whole Plant Extract - into your daily routine. With the basics being muddled fruit, fresh citrus juice, and a little bit of honey simple syrup. Once you have this basic ratio down, you can play with a variety of flavor combinations and come up with your favorite recipes. ​​

Limonene Highball

Ingredients: Juice of one lime 4-5 raspberries 1 oz. honey simple syrup* Papa & Barkley Whole Plant Extract (dosage of your choice)

Directions: Muddle raspberries, lime juice and simple syrup with Papa & Barkley tincture. Strain, top with sparkling water of your choice (recommendation: Topo Chico)

Pinene Highball


Juice of one lime 5-6 pieces of rosemary 4-5 blackberries 1 oz. honey simple syrup* Papa & Barkley Whole Plant Extract (dosage of your choice)

Directions: Muddle rosemary, blackberries, lime juice and simple syrup with Papa & Barkley tincture. Strain, top with sparkling water (recommendation: La Croix Curate Mure Pepino) Myrcene Highball

Ingredients: Juice of one lemon 4-5 chunks of RIPE mango 1 oz. honey simple syrup Papa & Barkley Whole Plant Extract (dosage of your choice)

Directions: Muddle mango, lemon juice and simple syrup with the Papa & Barkley tincture. Strain, top with ginger beer of your choice (recommendation: Bundaberg)

Avocado CBD Toast with Watermelon Radish

featuring Papa and Barkley Hemp CBD Extract

*recipe contains 15mg of CBD per serving

While it might seem cliche, avocado toast is always a fan favorite for brunch, especially if you live in California where we are blessed to have delicious avocado all year round. To liven up this all-time classic, add CBD.

Serves: 4


2 avocado, peeled, seeded & mashed

1 lemon or lime, juiced

1 watermelon radish, peeled

2 ml (2 droppers full) of Papa & Barkley Essentials Hemp CBD Drops

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

4 thick slices whole grain bread salt & pepper to taste

olive oil to taste


Place avocado into a small mixing bowl and begin to mash using a wire potato masher. Next, squeeze the lime (or lemon) and empty the juice into the bowl. Add 2 ml (or 2 droppers full) of Papa & Barkley Essentials Hemp CBD and red pepper flakes. Stir until blended well. Finally, spread the CBD avocado mix onto toast, top with 2-3 slices of watermelon radish, and season with salt and pepper. Add a drizzle of your favorite olive oil on top for an extra delicious touch.

Banana Blueberry CBD French Toast

featuring Papa and Barkley Hemp CBD Extract

*recipe contains 15mg of CBD per serving

It’s not brunch without an utterly delicious French toast. This recipe not only contains CBD, but also bananas, blueberries, and coconut milk. With just one bite, your guests will be in a state of total euphoria.

Serves: 4


1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 tablespoons sugar 4 tablespoons butter 4 eggs 1/4 cup coconut milk, vanilla flavor preferred 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 ml (2 droppers full) of Papa & Barkley Essentials Hemp CBD Drops 8 slices white bread

2 bananas, sliced

1.5 cups blueberries

1/2 cup maple syrup, warmed


Combine cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar in a small mixing bowl. Next, add the eggs, coconut milk, vanilla, and 2 ml (or 2 droppers full) Papa & Barkley Essentials Hemp CBD. Whisk together until blended well. Next, pour the mixture into a shallow container. Using a skillet, melt butter over low heat. Begin to dip each slice of bread into the CBD egg mixture and fry until golden brown. When cooking, remember to avoid high heat to best preserve the CBD that’s in the mixture. CBD will burn off if it gets too hot. Top the French toast with sliced banana, blueberries, maple syrup, and serve.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip CBD Pancakes

featuring Papa and Barkley Hemp CBD Extract

*recipe contains 15mg of CBD per serving

When serving brunch, it’s almost guaranteed that one of your guests will have a sweet tooth that can only be cured by chocolate. Combining the flavors of fresh strawberries, cocoa morsels, and buttermilk, these Strawberry Chocolate Chip CBD Pancakes are the perfect finish to a perfect brunch.

Serves: 4


1 1/2 cups flour 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoons baking soda

½ teaspoon salt 1 egg

1 cup buttermilk ¼ cup milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 ml (2 droppers full) of Papa & Barkley Essentials CBD Drops

1/2 cup chocolate chips 1 cup strawberries, sliced Whipped cream OR syrup, for serving


Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a small mixing bowl. Next, using a different bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, melted butter, buttermilk, milk, vanilla extract, and 2 ml (2 droppers full) of Papa & Barkley Essentials Hemp CBD. Mix together until blended well and then combine the two bowls by pouring the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Gently stir with a spoon and begin to fold in the chocolate chips. Begin to heat a large skillet with canola oil over low to medium heat. Using your CBD pancake batter, scoop a ¼ cup dollop onto the pan, leaving space for the pancakes to expand. Cook on both sides until golden brown. Top with sliced strawberries, whipped cream, or maple syrup.

Looking to learn more about Papa & Barkley’s new Essentials CBD line? Please click here to see a full listing of their 100% natural hemp products. To learn more about the benefits of using cannabis and CBD, please visit the Papa & Barkley Knowledge Center by clicking here or follow on social media @papaandbarkley.

Happy brunching!

Jamie Evans

Founder, The Herb Somm


Jamie Evans is the founder of The Herb Somm. She is an educator, host, and writer specializing in cannabis, food, recipes, wine, and the canna-culinary world. In addition to her work in the cannabis industry, Jamie has over ten years of wine industry experience. Having represented a wide array of organizations and wineries, she is best known for producing high-end events and developing top-notch public relations, marketing, and hospitality programs. She was also recently named as one of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers in 2018.

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