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What does CBD oil taste like?

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So you are new to the CBD world and interested in trying CBD oil but are a little apprehensive because you may have heard that the taste is not great.

Well, first of all there is no need to worry. While CBD comes from the hemp plant, most associate it with the very strong smell of marijuana, similar to the spray a skunk shoots when frightened, CBD oil doesn’t taste like a smelly skunk.

In fact, CBD oil without any added ingredients doesn’t really taste like much, it’s actually quite bland and has an earthy taste.

Before we dig a little deeper into how CBD oil tastes, and ways to combat the taste if you like it, let’s first discuss what CBD oil is.

What is CBD oil?

Assuming you are relatively new to CBD, it is always a good idea to grab a quick CBD 101 lesson so you can build a strong foundation before continuing to explore CBD.

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of about 100 compounds, called cannabinoids, found in the cannabis plant. While THC is the most common form of cannabis, CBD is a close second these days, and while THC can give you that psychoactive “high” feeling, CBD doesn’t.

CBD actually gives a lot of people a sense of relaxation and has become a go-to when it comes to helping with sleep problems, feelings of anxiety, and other conditions.

What are terpenes and why are they important?

Terpenes are actually found in all plants, trees, and flowers. They are essential vegetable oils and there are about 200 individual terpenes found in hemp.

Terpenes are responsible for the aroma, taste and color of cannabis.

You may have heard of a CBD product Terpine Profile. Well, this profile is something that is given to the brand after they get a profile Third party lab test Which tests not only the terpene profile but also the cannabis profile, whether the product contains any traces of heavy metals, if the solvents used are organic, pesticides and biological contaminants.

If a brand’s CBD oil doesn’t add any natural or artificial flavors to its CBD oil, you’ll likely taste a hint of hemp terpenes.

Carrier oils make a difference

As you may have guessed, it’s the carrier oils that transfer CBD into your system. Every CBD oil, or CBD tincture, contains a carrier oil in which CBD is dissolved.

Bioavailability is important when it comes to consuming CBD. While CBD is fat soluble, allowing it to dissolve in oil, the presence of a carrier oil portion of the product and process adds to the bioavailability of CBD, meaning you’ll get a higher percentage of CBD absorbed into your bloodstream.

When a substance is fat-soluble it does not enter the bloodstream directly, unlike water-soluble substances which go directly into the bloodstream.

Instead, the fat-soluble substances make their way into adipose tissue which is distributed throughout the body via the lymphatic system or stored for later use in the liver or adipose tissue for later use.

So, why is all this important?

Well, since there are quite a few carrier oils that CBD brands use in their CBD oil, MCT Coconut OilOr olive oil or hemp seed oil.

Each of these carrier oils has its own flavor that can be tasted if the CBD oil does not contain any additional flavors to enhance or mask the taste.

What does CBD oil taste like?

Alone with just a carrier oil, which is how many brands sell their own CBD oil tinctures, CBD oil tastes nutty, with a hint of an earthy taste.

Some people do not enjoy the taste, while others accept the taste and think that the best way to consume CBD oil is by using the least amount of ingredients, so they are perfectly fine with this great taste.

The CBD industry has evolved to the point where brands are introducing new products that appear weekly, and different types of CBD flavors are something that brands usually offer fairly regularly.

Brands look for flavors and ingredients that resonate with their loyal customers, and when they find a suitable one, they put it into regularly scheduled productions.

Here are some of the popular flavors that you will see in the CBD market:

Mint, orange, lemon, lime, chocolate mint and mint

How to camouflage the taste of CBD oil

If you’re not really into the taste of simplified CBD oil, which means that CBD oil doesn’t contain any added flavors, but would rather not buy CBD oil that has added ingredients to mask the flavor, there are ways to consume CBD oil without tasting it.

Even though you won’t be under the tongue (putting a CBD oil tincture under your tongue and allowing it to absorb into the tissues under your tongue which then enters your bloodstream), the CBD runs.

One of the easiest ways to consume CBD oil is to add it to a smoothie. If you are making an individual drink for yourself, you can simply add the amount of CBD that works for you and add it to the smoothie before blending. The CBD tincture will take the taste of the other ingredients from the juice and the taste buds will have no evidence that CBD has been added.

Along the same lines of reasoning, you can add natural CBD oil for taste to a drink of your choice that has a flavor that you enjoy.

If adding CBD oil to a drink is not your type of thing, you can always look for a different way to consume CBD such as CBD gum, CBD capsules, or any other CBD product that will allow the taste to be masked.

How to administer CBD oil

If you still decide that a CBD oil tincture is the way to go for you, the best way to get CBD into your bloodstream is by administering it sublingually.

Fill the dropper with the right amount of CBD for you. Then place the tip of the dropper under your tongue and slowly squeeze the dropper until the CBD oil fills the pocket below you.

Let the CBD oil absorb into the tissues under your tongue without swallowing. This process usually takes about 30 seconds to a minute and a half.

CBD Products Alternative to CBD Oil

As mentioned above, CBD oil tincture is not the only way to consume CBD, there are actually many different products that allow you to take CBD. Below is a small list of additional CBD products that may interest you.

  • CBD Edibles This is one of the most popular categories in the CBD industry. Products include CBD chocolate, CBD gumCBD gum.
  • CBD drinks While still, specialized category CBD drinks are slowly growing to become more and more available. Some products include CBD coffee, CBD tea, and CBD water.
  • CBD Topics CBD topicals are a great way to target muscle pain that your body may be dealing with. There are ice/hot lotions, along with lotions and ointments that many people use to help with many different conditions.
  • CBD capsules CBD softgels or capsules are a great way to take Specific amount of CBDEspecially if you take your vitamins daily and are used to this kind of routine.
  • CBD / CBD flower concentrates – If you agree to inhale smoke CBD flowerCBD concentrates, and CBD cigarettes A great way to get CBD quickly into your bloodstream, along with receiving a higher bioavailability rate than CBD.


Consuming your CBD via CBD oil tinctures is a great way to receive the many benefits of CBD. It has a very good bioavailability if taken properly and sublingually, and it also allows CBD to give you effects for a relatively long time.

However, many people are a bit turned off by the earthy and natural taste of unflavored CBD oil. If you are one of those people, then perhaps buying a flavored CBD oil will make more sense for your taste buds.

There are also ways to mask the taste such as adding it to your favorite recipe.

Alternative CBD products are also a solution to the bland taste problem that many find when taking CBD oil.

Whatever solution you find most appealing, it’s great to research CBD and the potential health benefits it may provide, and that’s why you should be celebrated!


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