Purchased a bottle of CBD oil but don't like the taste? Don't worry, here are a few easy hacks that'll improve (or at least neutralize) that bitter flavor. If you’re curious what CBD oil tastes like, here’s what you can expect. The taste of CBD is influenced by terpenes, the carrier oil, and added flavourings. What does CBD oil taste like? Not sure if you'll like the taste? NuLeaf Naturals explains what to expect from our oil and others out there on the market.
How to Mask the Taste of CBD Oil
A lot of people look forward to their regular daily dose (or doses) of CBD. It provides a routine source of comfort for many, and helps thousands of folks relax after (or before) a long, stressful day.
Many people, however, are not too fond of that distinctive CBD oil taste. CBD comes from hemp – a plant – and guess what? Plants grow in dirt. ‘Natural’ as it may be, dirt does not fall within the bearable spectrum of many people’s palate.
But not to fret. In this article, we discuss several simple ways you can mask the taste of CBD oil, without affecting quality.
First, though, let’s try and describe what hemp extract actually tastes like.
What Does CBD Oil Taste Like?
To mask CBD oil flavors properly, it helps to first identify the specific tastes that don’t agree with your palate.
Most newcomers don’t realize that hemp CBD extract tastes very similar to other varieties of cannabis. If you were to take an oil extract of high-THC marijuana, for instance, and compare it with the flavor of a CBD oil extract from hemp, the tastes would be very similar.
In other words, the “earthy” taste of hemp extract is largely irrespective of THC or CBD content.
Rather, what the flavor profile of hemp oil mostly comes down to is terpene content. Terpenes are naturally occurring compounds that exist in all varieties of cannabis. Unlike THC and CBD (which are cannabinoids), terpenes provide a very distinctive taste and aroma profile. In fact, terpenes are what give cannabis – and hemp – its immediately identifiable flavor.
If you’re using a full-spectrum hemp extract, there is no getting around that earthy, musky, bitter taste. That is, unless you are opting for a flavored CBD oil. Full-spectrum CBD can come in a variety of flavors, and this will most certainly help mask the naturally earthy profile.
Another thing to note is that CBD capsules are entirely void of any flavor whatsoever. This is because the CBD is inside a softgel sheath; when you swallow it, nothing actually touches the taste buds on your tongue.
For this reason, capsules are a good option for those that may find the taste and texture of oil unbearable.
This actually brings up another point altogether. Many people try to avoid touching their tongue to their CBD oil, for fear of having to deal with the oil’s taste. But, as discussed below, this entirely defeats the purpose of consuming sublingual (below the tongue) CBD oils.
Why Do You Put CBD Oil Under Your Tongue?
Most products on the market come with instructions that say something like: ‘place CBD oil under tongue, wait 30 seconds, swallow.’ But is this really necessary?
In a word, yes. There is a high prevalence of blood vessels under the tongue – far more than in other areas of your mouth. When you let the CBD oil sit there for 30 or 60 seconds (or longer), the cannabidiol absorbs directly into the bloodstream. Scientifically, this is known as sublingual administration.
While sublingual CBD consumption is efficient at maximizing the amount of CBD that makes it into your cells, it doesn’t really do anything to help cover up taste. In fact, even the sides and bottom of your tongue are loaded with taste buds. With sublingual consumption, you will inevitably get the full flavor profile of whichever CBD oil you’re using.
So what can you do to try and hide this overwhelming taste?
How to Mask the Taste of CBD Oil
Aside from simply buying a flavored CBD oil, there are several things you can do to help deal with the earthy taste of hemp. Here are a few of our favorite hacks for covering up that CBD oil taste:
#1: Eat something sweet when you take your oil (maybe CBD gummies?)
One very simple trick to avoid CBD oil flavor is to eat something sweet alongside it. For example, you could take a spoonful of honey at the same time you administer the drops below your tongue. You could even take a swig of juice or soda and hold it in your mouth while the CBD is absorbing sublingually.
Of course, the problem with this is you’re diluting the CBD oil, meaning your body will probably receive less of the active compound. The same amount of CBD oil will eventually enter your system, but because some of it will enter the digestive system, it won’t absorb into the blood at the same time.
One way to counter this (and help cover up the taste at the same time) is to try a CBD gummy. There are dozens of different types of CBD gummies, and some of them are truly amazing in flavor. Most are sweet and delicious, and they’ll deliver a supplemental boost of CBD along with your sublingual consumption.
#2: Use CBD capsules instead of oil
CBD capsules (not to be confused with CBD isolate) are a sure-fire way to mask the taste of full-spectrum hemp extract. Capsules are convenient and tasteless, and they allow you to swallow your CBD just like a regular pill. They also allow you to avoid any of the oil’s unpleasant flavors.
Unfortunately, for some people, capsules simply aren’t an option. Whether they physically cannot swallow tablets for whatever reason, or just have a hard time with capsules in general, this option isn’t for everyone.
#3: Brush Your Teeth Just Before
To understand this one correctly, try and think back to a time when you drank orange juice or ate any citrus fruit just after brushing your teeth. Most likely, it was the most unpleasant flavor experience of your life.
This is because toothpaste nullifies your tongue’s ability to taste certain flavors. So, when you eat something, it tastes totally different despite the food itself not having changed.
This can also work with CBD oil. Simply brush your teeth just prior, then apply the CBD oil directly under your tongue. Though it will still taste bitter, you won’t notice its flavor as much as if you had taken it as usual.
You can also combine this with the ever-popular trick of holding your nose. Many people are familiar with holding their noses to cope with an awful taste on their tongue. And the truth is, it actually works.
By blocking your sense of smell, you lose almost half of your ability to taste. This can make it a lot easier to swallow something with an “unpleasant” taste — like raw CBD oils.
Final Thoughts on How to Mask the Taste of CBD Oil
It is a bit unfortunate to have to mask the flavor of a product as useful as CBD oil. However, this is a reality for many with sensitive palates.
That said, there is still one technique for dealing with the taste of CBD that we haven’t yet discussed: simply getting used to the flavor.
Remember when you were a kid and you couldn’t stand the taste of black coffee or unsweetened tea? In a similar sense, CBD is no doubt an acquired taste. If you consume it often enough, your taste buds might just evolve to appreciate the flavor profile, rather than try and avoid it.
What Does CBD Oil Taste Like?
On its own, pure CBD tastes earthy and a bit grass-like which you’ll pick up, however CBD oils are mainly made up of a carrier oil which you’ll also be able to taste. We use extra virgin hemp seed oil as we find its light nuttiness offsets the bitterness of CBD. It’s not surprising that the two go well together considering they’re from the same plant – CBD is extracted directly from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, whereas the hemp seed oil is made from hemp seed hearts.
Flavoured CBD oils , however, contain chemical or natural flavourings that mask the taste of pure CBD oil. If you’re not sure if you’re up for the full hemp-like experience the first time around, a flavoured version of CBD oil might take your preference.
We’ve taken the time to explore the different types and tastes of this all-natural compound, so you can reap the benefits without wincing every time you take a gulp of your oil-infused coffee.
Different Types, Different Tastes
If you’re experiencing those earthy tones we mentioned above, this means the product is natural and non-toxic – if the oil tastes sweeter or a bit chemical, this can be a sign of artificial flavouring, which we’ll talk more about later.
There are different elements that affect the taste of CBD oil:
- The carrier oil
- Added flavourings
Terpenes are a class of aromatic compounds responsible for the characteristic scent of a plant or herb, such as cannabis, pine, and lavender. So far, scientists have identified over 20,000 different types of terpenes, with our favourite hemp plant containing 200 of them. These are responsible for giving CBD its bitter, grassy taste – however are only present in broad and full-spectrum CBD oils. As our range is made up of CBD isolate only, you won’t be getting the terpenes and therefore less of the grassy taste.
The Carrier Oil
The carrier oil that’s used in a CBD oil greatly influences its taste and flavour, too. Hemp seed oil , which Good Hemp’s CBD oil is based on, has light and nutty notes. It also happens to be super rich in omega 3 and contains 40% less saturated fats than olive oil – good for your heart and arteries!
Other carrier oils that can be infused with CBD include coconut oil, which has a subtle tropical taste; avocado oil, which is slightly grassy with a mild avocado flavour; and olive oil, which we’re sure you know the taste of already!
Some CBD oils contain added flavourings to make them more palpable to the untrained taste buds. And while some flavouring agents are natural and not harmful to your health, others are artificial and could lead to health issues such as allergic reactions, abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting. Make sure to read the small print on the packaging before your first purchase!
Good Hemp: Champions Of Naturally Flavoured CBD Oil
You may have stumbled across our range of flavoured CBD oils and are now wondering what’s in our zesty citrus and peppermint products. The good news is: our flavoured CBD oils are pure, lab-tested and totally free of preservatives. Any flavourings we add are 100% natural to ensure that you’re spared the aches and pains that can come as a result of artificial flavouring agents. It’s simply another reason why we believe our CBD oil is the best on the planet ; but we’re not biased, really.
Making Your CBD Oil Taste Yummy
Want to give it a whirl? If deliciously-flavoured, all-natural CBD drops aren’t enough, you can also explore a whole host of creative options for taking CBD oil . Don’t want to drop it like it’s hot? P op a CBD capsule instead, or hey, if it’s been a long week (or even if it’s only Tuesday), why not mix a few drops into your favourite tasty mocktail? Now that’s sure to spruce things up a little.
What Does CBD Oil Do and Taste Like?
Are you using CBD, or have you procrastinated over trying it because you weren’t certain whether you’d like the way it tastes? If so, read on for an honest description of what CBD tastes like and how you can best harness its healing aspects.
What is CBD, Anyway?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, a healing extract from the industrial hemp plant. But CBD differs from medical marijuana in that CBD contains only trace amounts (<0.3%) THC, which means CBD cannot get you high.
Can You Eat CBD?
Yes, you can! Full spectrum CBD is derived from the cannabis sativa plant’s leaves, stalks, and flowers, and then blended with organic CBD hemp oil, which is pressed from hemp seeds. The hemp oil serves as a carrier to increase the absorption of CBD by the body.
If you had to guess, what would you expect CBD to taste like? You might be inclined to say “weed,” but you’d only be close. CBD has a very verdant, earthy green taste, not unlike wheatgrass juice or fresh-cut grass or microgreens. Many people find the taste to be quite pleasant, but if you find it a bit strong, you’ll be happy to know CBD blends well with all sorts of foods, beverages, sauces, and dressings, so you can mix CBD into your favorite food or drink.
If You Love the Taste of CBD
If you enjoy the taste of CBD (as many people do), try blending it into salad dressings and herbaceous sauces like chimichurri, or drizzle it over a salad or flavorful fish. You can also take it neat by dispensing the desired amount directly into your mouth or take it sublingually under your tongue for rapid absorption.
If you prefer to mask the fresh, green taste of CBD, try blending it into your morning smoothie, add it to your bulletproof coffee or latte, mix it into a cocktail, or whip it into peanut butter. You can also apply CBD topically, either in liberal amounts from the bottle, or mixed into your favorite scented lotion.
Where to Buy CBD Oil
You owe it to yourself to experience the healing potential of CBD oil, and there’s no better company than NuLeaf Naturals for pure, organic, full spectrum CBD oil. Click here to access our interactive map to locate a retailer near you, or click here to buy directly online.