What Does CBD Oil Taste Like?

What does CBD oil taste like, and does it vary from product to product?

Some people love what CBD oil can do for them, but hate the taste. Certain CBD oils can have a leafy, earthy, almost grassy taste to them, but not all. Keep reading to find out what different kinds of CBD oils taste like, and how you can "hack" your CBD oil to change its flavour and make it more appetising.

WHAT DOES CBD OIL TASTE LIKE?

Not all CBD oils are equal. Depending on what it’s been made with and how it’s been processed, one oil could taste very different from another. Most of the time, the flavour of a CBD oil will depend on the kind of extract it is, if it was filtered/purified, and the oil base used to carry it, such as olive oil or hemp seed oil. Most oils are described as tasting somewhat earthy, although some are much smoother and more palatable than others.

FULL SPECTRUM CBD OIL VS CRUDE OIL TASTE

Full-spectrum CBD has a more hemp-like taste to it than isolated CBD. This is because full-spectrum oils contain more than just one isolated cannabinoid. That said, high-quality full-spectrum CBD oils should not contain significant plant matter such as waxes or chlorophyll, but instead just the crucial chemical constituents such as terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids. Full-spectrum extracts are thoroughly filtered, then mixed with a carrier oil; the type of oil used will largely influence the taste of the final product. Moreover, these CBD oils should appear golden inconsistency—a major indicator that they’ve been properly filtered of excess plant matter.

This is in comparison to “crude”, unprocessed oils that contain various cannabinoids and terpenes, but also chlorophyll, waxes, and other ingredients that makes for a very unsavoury taste. These “black” oils, as they’re sometimes called, appear as a dark green or brown oil that has an extremely earthy taste and uneven consistency. Steer clear of these oils or risk encountering a very strong flavour.

 

WHAT ABOUT CBD ISOLATE?

CBD isolate, on the other hand, should not have any distinctive flavour. These crystals can be added to liquids or foods without altering their taste whatsoever. When vaped, it is fairly tasteless, although some people claim to taste a faint hint of cherry. CBD isolate can also be mixed with any number of oil bases including coconut and MCT oil to change its flavour for sublingual consumption.

OLIVE OIL AND HEMP SEED OIL

Olive oil and hemp seed oil are two of the most common base oils used in CBD oil. Each has its own unique flavour that can greatly influence the taste of the final product.

CBD oils that use an olive oil base will naturally taste a bit more like cooking oils, featuring smooth, grassy, and nutty tones. These oils are often described as having a more developed yet less intense flavour.

CBD oils that rely on a hemp seed oil base will taste quite a bit nuttier than other oils. Hemp seed oils are often described as tasting like walnuts or sunflower seeds. Because of this nutty flavour, hemp seed oil is sometimes used as a cooking ingredient.

A NOTE ON LIPOSOMAL OILS

Liposomes are essentially tiny lipid bubbles that protect CBD and other active ingredients from digestive enzymes once consumed. This type of CBD oil is highly bioavailable, and may differ in taste depending on how exactly it is produced and what exactly it contains. Liposomes themselves don’t have a notable flavour, and thus can be influenced by the other contents of the oil. For instance, some liposomal oils may contain vitamin C extracts that can significantly change the flavour.