What does CBD oil taste like?

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What does CBD oil taste like?

Full spectrum CBD oil extracted from the stalks, seeds and flower of hemp contains multiple cannabinoids and terpenes. If there are no flavorings or other additives, the primary flavor profile comes from the organic compounds of the terpenes. Many people report it to be earthy, rich, bitter, nutty, and grassy.

what does cbd oil taste like?
Hemp seeds and hemp oil

This website explores many relevant topics in and around CBD products. This post examines the main topic of what CBD oil tastes like

Comparing CBD taste across brands

I tested popular brands and listed the results below – these are all natural or unflavored –

CBD BrandFlavor Profile
Lazarus Naturals High Potency
43 CBD
NuLeaf Naturals
HempLand USA ECS5
Aspen Green
Veritas Farms
Joy OrganicsMild
Very Mild
Very Mild
CBD Living Nano-Tech
Mild to None
Lazarus Naturals Isolate

If there was a flavor option; I selected “Natural” to get a sense of the product in it’s most naturally flavorful state.

Compare CBD taste across brands
In order of strong to mild

Some brands don’t offer a natural or unflavored option. For those I picked either a multi-pack to try as many as possible or I picked the one that looked best. Afterall, I don’t just buy them to taste the product, I continue to use them until the bottle’s empty!

CBD BrandFlavor(s) TestedLiked?
SavagePink GrapefruitVery Much
MedterraCitrusVery Much
FOCLMint, Cherry, Orange CreamYes

Should CBD Oil have a Taste?

Pure CBD is odorless and tasteless; such as you would find in Isolates. Terpenes are responsible for the traditional flavor profile people experience – and they’re important because of what’s known as the “Entourage Effect”. CBD, Terpenes, and other compounds, all working together are supposed to give you greater benefit than CBD alone.

For that reason – CBD should have a flavor – because without those flavorful additives you don’t get the full benefits.

CBD in hemp oil

Hemp Oil
Hemp Oil

CBD oils are delivered in a carrier. There are some CBD products using olive or coconut oil, but the most common carrier-oil for CBD is hemp.

The full spectrum CBD oil from NuLeaf Naturals is delivered in 100% organic hemp. My personal experience with this product is that it was plant-like, rich, a little bitter, like a strong green tea with a pinch of grass clippings.

What does CBD taste like?

Does CBD oil taste like olive oil?

No. While CBD oil feels like olive oil and you can use olive oil as a carrier for CBD; it doesn’t taste the same as olive oil. The terpenes in CBD provide the flavor profile for full-spectrum CBD oils and terpenes have a distinct flavor profile with earthy and pungent tones.

Does CBD oil taste like olive oil?
Does CBD oil taste like olive oil?

There are several manufacturers adding CBD extract to extra virgin olive oils. The good news; olive oil has many health benefits. The bad news; it doesn’t taste like olive oil. The terpenes in CBD will overpower the mild olive oil flavors.

One benefit of using olive oil as the carrier for CBD is the great mouth feel or the way it coats your tongue.

CBD Concentrates

Concentrates are the purest form of cannabinoids. Some types of CBD concentrates include:

  • CBD Wax
  • CBD Slab
  • CBD Shatter (a type of wax)

All the concentrate types above are intended to be smoked or vaped; so the flavor is inhaled. There are many flavor profiles like Blueberry, Pineapple Express, Watermelon, Mint Chocolate, and even Girl Scout Cookies!

CBD Isolate

If you don’t, or think you won’t, enjoy earthy flavor and you are not inclined to use CBD capsules; try CBD Isolates. An isolate is flavorless, has no odor, and is intended to be used as an additive to food or or juice, or used as a tincture. Usually sold in the form of a powder or slab. You can use CBD Isolate to make homemade CBD products.

Do NOT take isolates by themselves – it must be mixed with something – food, drink, oils, etc.

Lazarus Naturals makes a CBD Isolate Tincture in Flavorless, Blood Orange (my favorite), Tropical Breeze and Wintermint.

CBD in a Vape Cartridge?

No more Vaping!
No more Vaping!

First, please don’t vape anything anymore! Consider trying sublingual ingestion of CBD instead, you can learn more about CBD oil here.

Vaping cartridges are designed to have a variety of flavors to enhance the vaping experience. Some of the CBD Vape flavors include orange cream, mints, vanilla, pineapple, gelato(?), fruit smoothie, strawberry, and many more.

CBD in a Tincture?

CBD Tinctures
CBD Tinctures

According to Wikipedia, A tincture is typically an extract of plant or animal material dissolved in ethanol (ethyl alcohol).

CBD tinctures typically contain alcohol, water, CBD, flavorings, and other additives. There are several flavor options available including natural, Cinnamint, and Grape Mint.

Choosing between CBD oil and CBD tinctures is a matter of personal preference; they are both ingested sublingually or added to food or drinks. Adding alcohol, flavorings, and other additives may help those who don’t appreciate the earthiness of CBD. While, purists may prefer a more natural option, free of alcohol and other additives.

How About CBD in Edibles?

CBD gummies
CBD Gummies

A recent trend in CBD consumption is Edibles. Edibles can be any product from beverages to mints to gummies; basically, anything you can eat, drink or chew.

Popular edibles include gummies, beverages, and chocolate. An interesting one is CDB peanut butter! I think I’d like to try that one…

Choose from Peppermint, Citrus, Mixed Berry, Lemon Lime, Coffee, Chocolate, and a large variety of other flavors.

CBD in Flower Form?

CBD flower is cannabis bud containing low levels of THC and is intended to be smoked or vaped. It’s generally considered to have an inhaled flavor similar to smoking normal THC bud.

Also, similar to traditional bud, varieties and quality will vary considerably.

what does cbd oil taste like
what does cbd flower taste like

In addition to offering the standard health advantages of CBD, CBD flower is often used to help bring people down from a THC high.

Does CBD oil affect taste buds?

The simple answer is, No – CBD oil doesn’t affect taste-buds. More specifically, the more you ingest anything, the more you acquire the taste. And, of course, in the short term after ingesting CBD oil your taste-buds may be effected as the flavors linger – but in the long term there are neither positive or negative effects.

The Taste Of CBD Oil

The bottom line is that you will either hate the taste of CBD or you will tolerate it – not many people love it!

For those of you who can tolerate it, the recommended option is Full-Spectrum CBD oil in a concentrated high potency formula, place drops under the tongue, hold, then swallow. For those who can’t stomach the earthy tones, try to see if you can ‘acquire’ the taste – it’s worth it.

As a last resort; go for flavored oil, flavorless isolates, capsules, transdermal patches, an edible or a tincture – vaping and smoking are not recommended.

ProReviews Tips

  • First, just taste CBD, you might even like it!
  • Absorption is best with sublingual application
  • CBD Capsules are an option to avoid tasting anything
  • CBD can be added to food or mix with drinks
  • There are many methods to mask the taste
  • Depending on you reason for wanting to purchase CBD; remember, it will be different for everyone.
  • Give suppliers your email address – they will send you specials and news – coupons, free shipping, etc.
  • Put one or more options in your cart and move forward – you won’t know until you know!

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