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In general, people have nothing but positive things to say about CBD oil—hence the high demand for CBD-rich hemp flower. However, there’s one feature about CBD oil that doesn’t get a ton of positive press: its taste. We’ll admit, if you’re not a fan of earthy flavors, then it might take a while to get used to full-spectrum CBD oil. However, there are some sneaky ways you could mask this extract’s aromatics while still enjoying CBD’s benefits.
Let’s take a closer look at why CBD oil has such a “unique” flavor and what to do if you don’t dig it.
So, What Does CBD Oil Taste Like?
Typically, users describe full-spectrum CBD oil’s taste as follows: “grassy,” “earthy,” and “bitter.” If you’re familiar with wheatgrass shots, then you have a general idea of what CBD oil tastes like. The amount of “earthiness” in your CBD oil depends on many factors, but lesser-refined oils tend to have the most astringent flavors. This is especially the case with tarry CBD crude oils.
Arguably, chlorophyll is the main contributor to CBD oil’s bitter taste. Although this green compound isn’t harmful to humans, it has a distinctly “grassy” taste many people have issues with. For this reason, hemp extractors try their best to limit the amount of chlorophyll in their final product.
At Organic CBD Nugs, we use both alcohol-based extraction and winterization to make our full-spectrum CBD oil. Combining these two techniques helps preserve the maximum quantity of delicate terpenes and cannabinoids while filtering out unnecessary plant compounds. Please find out more about our full-spectrum CBD oil on this link.
Full-Spectrum vs. Broad-Spectrum – Which CBD Oil Would Win A Taste Test?
Since full-spectrum CBD oils are less refined than broad-spectrum products, they tend to have a harsher flavor profile. However, there are cases where broad-spectrum oils are just as bitter as full-spectrum tinctures. This is especially true if companies start with trichome-depleted hemp buds or use intense solvents like butane.
Please don’t solely rely on the full-spectrum vs. broad-spectrum distinction when choosing your CBD oil. Instead, we recommend looking into a CBD company’s farming techniques, extraction technologies, and third-party lab results. After you put all of this data together, you should have a better sense of how your CBD oil will taste.
Could A Carrier Oil Affect CBD’s Taste?&
Like other cannabinoids, CBD is naturally hydrophilic. This means every CBD tincture needs to include a carrier oil to help deliver CBD into your bloodstream. While these carrier oils don’t often have a considerable effect, they could subtly influence your product’s flavor.
For instance, oils like sesame, olive, and almond are all non-flavor-neutral, and they could contribute to your CBD oil’s flavor. By contrast, our full-spectrum CBD oil uses the neutral-flavored (and keto-friendly!) MCT oil. Even though MCT comes from coconuts, we promise you won’t notice a “coconutty” flavor when you use our tincture.
How Could Terpenes Affect CBD Oil’s Flavor?
Whenever people talk about hemp’s flavor, it’s impossible not to mention terpenes. While these aromatic compounds aren’t unique to cannabis, they play a central role in determining each strain’s flavors. Interestingly, there’s even research that suggests terpenes could have physiological effects.
Knowing the basics of these terpenes could help you better determine your chosen CBD oil’s flavor. Here are a few of the most common terpenes you’ll run across in our catalog:
- Limonene: bright, sweet, and citrusy.
- Myrcene: fruity, musky, and hashy.
- Beta-caryophyllene: spicy, warm, and peppery.
- Linalool: floral, lavender, and herbal.
- Alpha-pinene: Earthy, woodsy, and pine.
- Humulene: hoppy, citrusy, and earthy.
How Could You Minimize CBD Oil’s “Grassy” Flavor?
If you’re taking our CBD oil sublingually, there’s no way to completely mask this tincture’s grassy flavor. However, there are a few “hacks” hemp fans have come up with in recent years to make this experience more palatable.
The simplest solution is to “chase” your CBD oil with a fruit-flavored juice. After holding the CBD oil under your tongue for at least 30 seconds, grab a glass of apple, orange, or pomegranate juice and chug! The sweet flavors from this juice should drive out any bitter taste associated with CBD oil.
If fruit juice isn’t your style, then you could pop a lozenge after downing your CBD oil. We’ve also heard of people chewing a few sticks of peppermint gum to remove any “earthy” aftertaste.
Another way you could minimize this tincture’s bitter flavors is by placing a dab of organic honey under your tongue before taking the CBD oil. If you’re into DIY projects, you could also make homemade CBD lozenges.
Is There A Flavorless Form Of CBD Oil?
If you love CBD’s effects but despise its taste, then you might want to look into CBD isolate. Typically sold as a powder, CBD isolate is the purest product available with close to 100 percent CBD content. Because this extract is ultra-purified, there’s zero chance you’ll taste terpenes, chlorophyll, or other plant materials. In fact, you won’t taste anything when you place a dollop of CBD isolate under your tongue.
Because CBD isolate is odorless and tasteless, it’s one of the most versatile CBD products in our catalog. You could easily take CBD isolate sublingually, sneak it into your edibles, or mix it into a cup of java. Plus, since CBD isolate is almost 100 percent CBD, it’s one of the easiest CBD products to dose.
The only downside with using CBD isolate is that you won’t experience the “entourage effect.” Since this powder doesn’t have any secondary cannabinoids or terpenes, there’s no way you could experience potential secondary benefits.
What Does Smokable Hemp Taste Like?
As hemp smoking becomes increasingly fashionable, many new customers ask whether our high-CBD buds taste similar to full-spectrum CBD oil. In brief, both of these products have predominately earthy and grassy flavors. However, there are significant flavor distinctions between different hemp flower strains.
Now that hemp cultivation is going mainstream, farmers are interested in producing dynamic hybrids. Depending on the terpene levels in your chosen strain, you may experience subtle hints of gasoline, citrus, cheese, or even tropical fruit.
To help customers find their ideal hemp flavor profile, we encourage everyone to look through the terpenes in their chosen hemp strain. You might also want to research online reviews to see what other people are saying about different strains.
If you’d like more info on how hemp flower tastes, we’d recommend reading through our previous post, “What Does Hemp Smell Like?”
Can’t Take CBD Oil’s Flavor? Organic CBD Nugs Has Got You Covered!
At Organic CBD Nugs, we understand not everyone has the same preferences or goals when shopping for CBD. That’s why we strive to offer the widest variety of high-quality hemp-derived products. So, if you can’t stomach our hemp flower or CBD oil, please don’t forget to check out other products like CBD e-juices, and CBD flower.