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Whether you're new to CBD or have been taking it for some time, one comment that always comes up is the taste of CBD oil. While some don't seem to mind it, many others don't enjoy it. But did you know there are different ways to consume CBD oil that mask, improve, or eliminate its taste? Read on to learn more.

It's been described as nutty or grassy, and while some like it, others don't. We're talking, of course, about the taste of CBD oil. In this article, we take a look at the facts behind the flavours of CBD oil, and what you can do to improve or mask the taste (depending on your preference).

We're confident we've found some ways to better your experience when taking CBD oil—some of which you may have already considered, and others that just might surprise you.

CBD Oil: How Does It Taste?

CBD Oil: How Does It Taste?

CBD oil can definitely be described as having an acquired taste, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that! Many things in life can be described as the same (beer, for example!). But why does CBD oil taste the way it does? It’s largely down to the all-natural components extracted from the stems, flowers, and leaves of the plant, which impart the signature earthy, nutty, and grassy flavours associated with CBD oil.

Terpenes also play a role. These aromatic molecules are located in the trichome glands of the cannabis plant, and vary depending on strain. Terpenes such as limonene produce more citrusy notes, whereas terpinolene has fruity flavours and myrcene provides an herbal taste. All add their own specific flavours to the equation, in turn impacting the final taste of the CBD oil

CBD Oil Carrier

Aside from the phytochemicals derived from cannabis itself, the carrier oil also plays a considerable role in the taste of CBD oil. In order to enhance bioavailability and ease of dosing, CBD extract is infused with a carrier oil before being bottled. The two most common carrier oils used are hemp seed and olive.

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CBD combined with hemp seed oil is often described as having a nutty flavour, similar to that which can be found in many dietary supplements and health food products. Whether used in the kitchen or elsewhere, olive oil has a more savoury and peppery taste that complements CBD's terpene-influenced flavours. Another oil seeing a rise in popularity is MCT (medium-chain triglycerides), an oil derived from coconut oil or palm oil that features various benefits to human health.

Full-Spectrum CBD vs CBD Isolate

Full-Spectrum CBD vs CBD Isolate

When looking to purchase CBD products, two terms you’ll often see are "full-spectrum" and "CBD isolate". Full-spectrum CBD contains all of the natural terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids found in the cannabis plant. This is responsible for the full-on flavours that are both enjoyed and disliked by consumers.

CBD isolate, on the other hand, is almost exactly as it sounds. CBD is extracted by itself, and the final product does not contain any of the terpenes or flavonoids associated with full-spectrum CBD. The result is a product with a much milder taste, preferred by those looking to benefit from CBD without any strong flavour.

While full-spectrum CBD oils even contain low levels of THC, CBD isolate has no THC whatsoever, making it a viable option for those looking to steer clear of the psychotropic cannabinoid.

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Don't Like the Taste of CBD Oil? No Problem!

For those that don't like the taste of CBD oil, there's no reason to worry! There are plenty of options to cater to every preference. Below, we delve into some ways in which you can improve or mask the taste of CBD oil for yourself.

Mix CBD Oil With Your Drink

Mix CBD Oil With Your Drink

While arguably the most common way people consume CBD oil is by administering it sublingually (under the tongue), this method will, by default, impart the full flavour of the oil. If this is something that bothers you, you can always add your CBD oil to juice, smoothies, or even yoghurt as another way of consuming. Simply add a few drops, and you're good to go. The fruity flavours will cover up any trace of the CBD taste.

Have a Snack Nearby

If you find the taste of CBD oil to be unpleasant, you can always keep a snack or two nearby to eat after consuming. Whether it's some fruit, a savoury snack, or some chocolate, the taste of CBD oil will be long gone as soon as you take a bite. Whilst CBD oil isn't designed for cooking, as the heat can have a detrimental effect on the carefully processed CBD, some users add a few drops to salad dressings or atop hot dishes.

Use CBD Capsules (Softgels)

Use CBD Capsules (Softgels)

Another way to consume CBD without experiencing the taste is by completely forgoing it! CBD oil can be readily purchased in capsule form; all you have to do is swallow them with water, and you can benefit from the same high-quality CBD oil, with no flavour. Taken as part of a morning vitamin or supplement routine, these softgel capsules are highly favoured for their ease, discretion, and lack of taste and odour. With consistent doses in each capsule, they are perfect for those keeping an eye on their daily CBD intake.

Take CBD Isolate

As mentioned, CBD isolate completely removes all of the terpenes that add to CBD oil's unique flavour. Those actively looking to avoid the taste of the oil will use CBD isolate as, while there is still some hint of flavour, it is nowhere near as rich as full-spectrum oils. Usually available in powdered form, CBD isolate is perfect for adding to smoothies and other food products to further mask the taste.

Eat CBD Edibles

Eat CBD Edibles

This last method should come as a shock to no one. The use of cannabis edibles is a well-documented intake option, and it's certainly no different for CBD-rich products. With plenty of tasty choices such as gummy bears, chewing gum, and flavoured tablets, all are designed as a way to remove the CBD oil taste and replace it with something much more palatable.

Enjoying CBD Oil—Without the Strong Taste!

As you can see, there are so many different options when it comes to masking or improving the taste of CBD oil. So, if you're getting into CBD but are not happy with the taste, you're certainly not alone. There are plenty of other ways you can enjoy it!

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Written by: Zamnesia
Zamnesia has spent years honing its products, ranges, and knowledge of all things psychedelic. Driven by the spirit of Zammi, Zamnesia strives to bring you accurate, factual, and informative content.

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