What does CBD oil taste like?
What does CBD Oil Taste Like?
Have you been itching to try CBD but are worried that you can’t handle the taste? You may have heard stories from other people saying that it tastes like dirt…
Well, I’m going to clarify for you what to expect in terms of taste and what you can possibly do to mask the taste if you don’t find it palatable.
So what does CBD oil really taste like?
The answer will depend on what type of CBD oil you will be using. There are two main types: full spectrum CBD oil and isolate CBD oils.
Full Spectrum CBD Oil
The taste of full-spectrum CBD oil can be described as earthy or grassy. It taste like a very concentrated form of green plants. The taste will be the result of the whole plant extract of cannabis as well as the carrier oil that’s mixed it.
For those that don’t know, CBD oil is made from a combination of cannabis extract and a carrier oil. The extract is a concentrated form of the plant broken down through an extraction process. A carrier oil dilutes the cannabis extract so you can use it as a tincture.
The taste of CBD oil that results is the intense flavor of the entire hemp plants and some of the carrier oil.
What gives a full spectrum extract its flavor?
If you’re curious in knowing what gives CBD extract its woody, grassy flavor, there are a couple of things to know.
Terpenes is a component of all many fruits and plants that give it its aroma. It gives lemons its citrus-y smell. It gives lavender its floral notes.
They also provide health benefits as well.
As many of you know, our taste is largely associated with our sense of smell. So terpenes, play a major role in the overall flavor profile of cannabis.
Some Common Terpenes
- Limonene: Found in citrus fruits. Good anti-oxidant
- Pinene: In pine, rosemary, sage. Boost energy and focus.
- Myrcene: Common in hops, lemongrass, mango. Relaxant.
- Linalool: In lavender, citrus, rosewood. Uplifts depressed moods. Anti-bacterial
- Caryophyllene: In pepper and cloves. Anti-inflammatory.
Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants that is involved in photosynthesis and providing plants energy.
This part of the plant has the bitter taste that is common in all green plants and vegetables.
This is also the reason why dark green vegetables like spinach are more bitter than light green vegetables like cabbage. The same goes for CBD oils. The darker the CBD oil the more bitter and leafy it will taste.
All this only applies to FULL-SPECTRUM CBD oils. While full-spectrum oils are made from an extract of the entire plant, an isolate-based CBD oil will taste quite different.
Isolate CBD Oil
The taste of CBD oil made from isolates is a mild, neutral flavor that takes on the flavor of its carrier oil.
If you are using a CBD oil that is made from isolate, a crystallized form of CBD, you won’t get a taste anything near the potency of a full spectrum product. CBD isolate is tasteless and lacks any flavor. So, it will taste more like the carrier oil that is used to make the tincture.
What are some common carrier oils for CBD you ask?
Common carriers oils used by manufacturers are hemp seed oil, coconut, MCT oil or olive oil. Each has its own flavor and host of benefits on top of those that come with CBD.
- Coconut and MCT oil: These oils are almost flavorless. MCT oil is commonly derived from coconuts so I place them in a similar category
- Hemp seed oil: This oil has a mild, earthy flavor.
- Olive oil: This is probably the strongest of the bunch. Mind you, this olive oil doesn’t taste like the olive oil used in cooking. They are different. This olive oil tastes more like olive leaves and not the olives themselves.
All CBD oils contain some form of CBD, either a full-spectrum extract or an isolate, and a carrier oil so the flavor of the carrier oil will always be apparent.
Take a look at the ingredients list to see which carrier oil your CBD oil uses and it will take on that flavor.
To sum it up, the taste of a full-spectrum oil will have an earthy, leafy taste that comes from the combination of the CBD extract and carrier oil. While the taste of an isolate based CBD oil will have a more mild taste reflecting the carrier oil. t’s true that some people do not enjoy the taste of CBD oil but it is tolerable to many. For those that really can’t put up with the taste or smell, we offer some solutions.
How to mask the CBD Oil Flavor
1. Add to your favorite drink
Instead of swallowing the CBD oil outright, you can mix some of the oil with your favorite beverage.
Adding it to tea or coffee is common. With tea, I find that adding it to tea with some honey really does a good job of covering up the musty, earthy flavor.
Looking for ideas?
Check Pinterest. I’ve found recipes like pumpkin spiced latte with CBD that looks delightful.
2. Use CBD oil in cooking
By cooking with CBD you can definitely mask the flavor. Using it in pastry cooking is a wonderful way to make getting your CBD tasty and enjoyable. I am partial to cupcakes or brownies myself.
Take a tablespoon of honey at the same time as your CBD oil. I find honey has a very strong flavor and aroma. I can hardly notice the CBD when I am combining it with plain honey.
4. Flavored CBD oil
There are some CBD oil products on the market that already have natural flavors added in order to make it easier to ingest. Even though most flavorings are pretty mild, it does help make things easier.
These are some of the most popular ways to cover up the taste of CBD oil if you really want to try CBD oil but can’t tolerate the taste.
If you’re not hell bent on using CBD oil and just want to try CBD then here are some other options that you can try where you won’t have to put up with the taste.
Other CBD Options
1. CBD Gummies
Gummies are perfect if you’re new to CBD. They’re easy to take. They’re discreet. Best of all, they taste great.
You will hardly taste any of the CBD. It’s just like taking a gummy vitamin. So, I consider it a great entry point into CBD.
2. CBD Capsules
Much like CBD gummies, capsules are simple and easy to take. Just pop a capsule or soft gel and swallow like you would any other medication. No taste at all. Flush it down with a glass of water to make it go down smoothly.
Another benefit is you know exactly how many mg of CBD is contained in each capsule. That’s crucial to know when you’re starting off and you have to keep track of how much you’re taking.
3. CBD Topicals
If you are looking for more localized relief then CBD topicals are a logical choice. Topicals come in creams, lotions, and balms. Just apply directly to where you need it. No need to swallow or taste anything.
These are just some of the many common options when taking CBD that avoids dealing with their unique taste. I’m sure there is something out there that will fit your specific needs and desires.
Head over to our home page to check out some of the products that we offer. I’m sure there is something out there that will fit your specific needs and desires. I hope this sheds some light on CBD oil and its various flavors. The taste isn’t all that bad when you get used to it. If not, there are many non-flavored or, dare I say, tasty options that you can try to get your much needed CBD.