What Does CBD Oil Taste Like?
With CBD becoming more mainstream, some tend to associate it with THC and therefore wonder what exactly it tastes like. This is common because with THC products having such a prominent taste, some are curious whether they could taste the same as cannabis. CBD is beginning to be used as a supplement to improve health and wellness for long-term positive health benefits. Because it is something that is incorporated into your daily routine, the curiosity of taste sometimes leaves one to be hesitant to try CBD products.
However, for others, the benefits of CBD tend to outweigh the importance of what CBD tastes like. And it is not to say that CBD tastes bad, but people will take a CBD product whether it tastes bad, just like taking oregano oil, for example. Oregano oil has a pungent taste but with its antibacterial properties it is beneficial in preventing the common cold and flu – and it works!
Being said, everyone has different preferences relating to taste, but you should always remember that some supplements don’t always taste the best but will have many positive benefits to offer. Let’s dig a little deeper into the factors that can affect the taste of CBD oil and what it will taste like. It is understandable that consumers will have different taste profiles when it comes to CBD oil. What someone may consider earthy, maybe a different experience for another. It comes down to one thing: you won’t know until you try. Depending on its carrier oil, some may comment that CBD oil can taste grass-like, nutty, and contain earthy flavours.
Do different types of CBD have different flavours?
To first understand why different types of CBD can have different flavours it is important to decipher the difference between the three. There are three different types of CBD extracts Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, and Pure CBD Isolate.
Full Spectrum CBD – is extracted from the entire hemp plant and contains a variety of cannabinoids, traces of THC, a terpene profile as well as other nutrients the hemp plant has to offer. Because of the wide range of chemical compounds found in this type of CBD, the taste of the raw extract itself can be strong, grass-like and earthy. There can also be a taste of cannabis or other flavours which can be derived from the terpenes.
Broad Spectrum CBD – is extracted from the leaves and stalks of the hemp plant, and it too has a variety of cannabinoids but does not contain THC, terpenes or other nutrients. It is a more refined version of full spectrum CBD but the raw extract will still have a nutty, earthy flavour to it without the cannabis taste.
Pure CBD Isolate – is extracted from the stalks of the hemp plant and contains only the cannabinoid CBD. There are no traces of other cannabinoids, terpenes or THC in a pure CBD isolate. It is in fact a pure crystalline substance that is virtually flavourless in its raw form.
Factors that affect the taste of your CBD oil
Type of CBD – as mentioned before, there are different types of CBD, and each CBD has its own distinct taste. Depending on the concentration will affect how strong the taste of the CBD comes through (the higher the concentration, the stronger the taste). Some may say that higher concentrations of the full spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD will have a bitter aftertaste, for example.
Carrier Oils – all CBD products are made differently and aside from the type of CBD it is made with, the carrier oil it is infused with can be different across the board. Some of the most common carrier oils are MCT oil and Hempseed oil.
MCT oil or Medium Chain Triglyceride is often derived from coconuts and is transparent to the eye and flavourless to taste. When using a product that is infused with MCT oil, you will find that you can taste CBD the most because the oil does not give much flavour.
Hempseed Oil is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant and has no CBD content. It is dark green in colour and has a prominent earthy, nutty flavour to it. When using a CBD product infused in hempseed oil, the first thing you will taste is the hempseed oil over the CBD.
Flavourings – some CBD products on the market have been infused with natural flavourings or essential oils for added health benefits. These flavourings can mask the taste of the carrier oil or CBD for a better-tasting experience. Using a CBD product with essential oils infused into it can help target issues such as sleep or pain relief. Flavoured CBD products are a great alternative for those who do not want to taste the earthy flavour of CBD.
How to use CBD oil
CBD oil is administered sublingually (put under the tongue) for optimal absorption. This is a common factor as to why the flavour of your CBD oil is important. For best results, putting the oil under the tongue and letting it sit there for 15-30 seconds will help the CBD oil to absorb into the bloodstream.
To conclude this topic, all CBD oils can taste different depending on how they are produced. For starters, using different types of CBD can affect the taste of your product such as a full spectrum CBD and a terpene profile. Other factors that will affect the taste of your CBD oil include its carrier and any flavourings added to it. At the end of the day, you don’t know what it tastes like until you try it. It is recommended to try out a variety of products to find what is best for you. CBD is not an instant fix and is something you need to commit to for you to see results so make sure you find something that tastes good so you can take it daily!