Learn about the taste of CBD oil from those who have tried it and Soul CBD. Improve your experience with CBD oil and leave your taste buds happy. What does CBD oil taste like? Find out with Cannaray CBD’s guide, featuring tips on how the type of CBD, terpenes and the carrier oil all make a difference.
What Does CBD Oil Taste Like?
CBD oil is pretty amazing. In addition to all its benefits, it’s truly versatile in terms of how you take it. Whether you get your daily dose sublingually or by ingesting it, options are there. You can take it as is or add it to foods and beverages like your favorite coffee without any issue.
But all this begs the question “What does CBD oil taste like?” Well, raw CBD oil generally has a unique, earthy taste. But you’ll find many flavor profiles on the market. In addition, there are a few things that will affect CBD oil’s flavor, such as terpenes, carrier oils, and added flavorings. Let’s explore what CBD tastes like and what you might need to consider when consuming it!
Terpenes are natural compounds that create the unique flavor and aroma of hemp and other plants. You’ll often find the same terpenes in different plants, so that’s why sometimes specific flavor profiles might feel familiar to your taste buds, even if you’ve never had that particular food before. Terpenes have also been researched for their therapeutic benefits, such as aiding in sleep. They sometimes impart benefits when present in CBD drops .
Generally speaking, terpenes can be described as plant oils. Still, they’re actually tiny volatile organic molecules made from terpene alcohols and terpene acids, so it only takes a small amount of the compound to really change how you taste your CBD oil. There are a lot of terpenes in hemp. Some of the ones that may affect taste are :
Limonene: Citrus-like flavor and smell
Myrcene: Earthy and musky aroma and flavor
Pinene: Pine, fresh, woodsy scent and taste.
You’ll generally find terpenes in full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD products. These are CBD extracts that incorporate many of the terpenes, additional cannabinoids and other compounds found in hemp into the final CBD product. Full spectrum products will contain up to 0.3% THC, and broad spectrum will be THC-free. If you’re looking for pure CBD products, you’ll need to grab those made with CBD isolate. In these cases, you’re generally not getting any of the terpene flavorings, though. More on CBD isolate in a bit.
Carrier oils are used with CBD extract to create the tinctures that you buy in stores and online. Otherwise, the CBD extract would be too potent! Varying amounts of extract are combined with carrier oils, and that’s how you get different potencies. Carrier oils can impart a subtle flavor as opposed to terpenes, which can be powerful. Generally, carrier oils don’t have much taste themselves and the makers of CBD products like this. That’s because they don’t want to interfere with the CBD oil’s natural flavors by introducing anything too pungent, or they want their unique flavor combos to really shine through.
Popular carrier oils used for CBD products include hemp seed oil and MCT oil derived from coconuts. But pretty much every nut and seed oil works. For example, avocado oil, grape seed oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, almond oil, sesame oil, etc. As you can imagine, some of the other ones just mentioned would have a pretty strong taste if used. That’s why many manufacturers of CBD products keep it simple and stick to hemp seed and MCT oils.
Some CBD oils have added flavorings sourced from all natural fruits and vegetables. These are sometimes used to mask the natural hempy taste of full and broad spectrum products. Other times, they’re added to provide a flavor profile to CBD isolate products that are often relatively flavorless and dull.
These CBD oils can be delicious to take on their own and fun to use when cooking with CBD . The brilliant part about flavored CBD oil is it can easily be added to beverages such as tea, coffee or mocktails (cocktails if it’s been a super long day). You can also incorporate them into other things like salad dressings and sauces and smoothies.
Whenever you’re working on culinary creations with CBD oil, just be sure to not expose it to high temperatures. The reason for this is that the heat may affect the CBD negatively and diminish its effects.
A Flavorless CBD Experience
There are also those folks who might want a flavorless CBD experience. In this case, we recommend opting for CBD capsules instead of using oils. The added benefit is that various formulas exist that may offer extra help with sleep, immune system buffering and general relaxation. Whatever side you fall on when it comes to CBD flavors — natural, subtle, infused or flavorless — we know you’ll enjoy the benefits of your CBD products if you use them consistently.
This is What CBD Oil Really Tastes Like
There are various factors that affect the taste of CBD oil, but in its raw, unprocessed state, the flavour tends to be hempy, earthy and bitter. (Translation: not great.) However, when properly processed and mixed with delicious flavourings – like citrus or mint – it becomes the best part of your day (or night). Fresh, clean and bright.
With the above in mind, in this article, we reveal the taste of CBD oil for anyone who hasn’t tried it yet – including:
• The taste of broad-spectrum CBD oil vs. crude oil vs. CBD isolate
• How carrier oils can alter the taste of CBD oil
• The best-tasting CBD oils around
If you haven’t tasted CBD oil before, you might be wondering what to expect. Is it fresh and herbal? Grassy and green? whispers Does it taste as bad as spirulina?
The fact is, not every CBD oil is going to taste the same. Finding a flavour you like comes down to how the CBD oil is made, and what ingredients are added in. This flavour is more important than you think; it makes that daily dropper something you look forward to, meaning you’re more likely to want to take it each morning (or night – whatever works for you).
So, here, we’re breaking down how you can find the best-tasting CBD oil for you – because your day-to-day self-care rituals should always be enjoyable.
The Taste of Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil vs. Crude Oil vs. CBD Isolate
Not all CBD oils are made the same. Because of this, they can taste very different, too, with broad-spectrum oil, crude oil and CBD isolate each boasting a unique flavour. Here’s what sets them apart…
Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil
A broad-spectrum CBD oil features a host of other compounds, such as terpenes and other cannabinoids, like cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabichromene (CBC). . These elements can alter the often-hempy taste of CBD. Depending on what terpenes are found in your oil, the flavour could range from slightly citrusy to earthy or herbal.
Crude CBD Oil
This is pure CBD in oil form, extracted from the plant and not yet processed. We’ll be honest with you: crude CBD oil doesn’t taste good – or, at least, it’s an acquired taste. Often thick, syrupy and dark green or brown in colour; it still contains terpenes and other cannabinoids, but hasn’t yet been filtered of waxes and chlorophyll. It’s no more beneficial than a broad-spectrum oil – it’s just a little more… unsavoury. So there are few pros (if any) of making crude oil your go-to CBD.
CBD isolate – as found in our CBD Oil Drops – is pure CBD in an isolated crystal or powder form. Unlike broad spectrum or crude formulas, it’s free of that less-than-pleasant earthy tinge, meaning you can easily add other flavours (like citrus or peppermint) for a delicious taste. It doesn’t tend to have a distinctive smell or taste – but it’s lacking in other areas, too. Unlike a broad-spectrum CBD, it’s been filtered free of other compounds, like terpenes. That’s why, often, the carrier oil teamed with CBD isolate is the most prominent taste.
What Should CBD Oil Look Like?
The look of CBD oil is often determined by the carrier oil used; namely, the oil that carries CBD into your bloodstream, allowing for increased absorbency. Common carriers for CBD include olive oil, hemp seed oil and coconut oil; all of which alter the taste profile of your daily supplement, as well as how they look. So which one should you look out for?
This is our carrier oil of choice, found in all of our CBD oils. Not only does its blend of fatty acids give an added health boost, but it tastes light, clean and fresh, too.
CBD oils infused with olive oil may remind you of the taste of cooking oil. They’re slightly nutty or grassy, with a relatively subtle flavour.
Hemp Seed Oil
Not only does hemp seed oil make your CBD oil look brown or dark green in colour; it also ups that hempy taste. Some say the flavour reminds them of walnuts or sunflower seeds.