There are many things you need to decide on when purchasing your first CBD Oil: the producer, the type, the amount, the potency. But what people often overlook is the taste and flavor.
What comes as a surprise to many is the fact that CBD Oil is actually bursting with flavor. First-time users often expect it to either be tasteless or have a slight olive-oil flavor. It couldn’t be any further from the truth.
While you do not need to be in love with the taste of CBD oil, it is important to put some thought and consideration into this topic. It is especially important to think about it when purchasing CBD Oil for family members or friends who have no previous experience with any cannabis-related products. Many people might get very discouraged if their first experience is disappointing, especially if they have been skeptical about cannabis products from the very beginning. Considering that it takes some time before you can see the positive effects of CBD, taste alone is by default the only thing we can base our first impressions on. Remember that you will be doing it every day, and nothing ends good intentions quicker than a bad first impression.
Now that you know flavor actually matters, how do pick the one that is right for you.
Find the answer here.
CBD Isolate vs Full-Spectrum vs Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil
Depending on your local laws and regulations, as well as your personal preferences, you will be looking into one of three different types of CBD Oil: isolate, full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD Oil. What is the difference between the three and do they taste different?
CBD is one of countless cannabinoids that can be found in the cannabis plant. As the name suggests when you purchase CBD Isolate you are only getting CBD, without any of the other cannabinoids. This of course means that you will also not find any THC (the psychoactive ingredient that recreational cannabis is famous for) in it.
To create CBD Isolate, producers extract pure CBD from the cannabis plant, and then mix it with a natural oil which is used as a carrier, such as coconut, palm, olive, sesame, avocado, hemp seed, or grapeseed oil. So in essence, what you are buying is actually a plant-based oil with pure CBD added.
As you can imagine, the carrier oil has a major influence on how the CBD oil will taste. When buying your CBD Oil make sure to look at the label so you can choose a CBD Isolate based on the carrier oil you like the most.
In states or countries where THC (the psychoactive ingredient) is legal, it is possible to purchase a full-spectrum CBD oil. A full-spectrum CBD Oil contains all cannabinoids, not just CBD, providing you with the so-called “entourage effect”. It is believed that full-spectrum CBD can bring more health benefits than CBD isolate, as all the cannabinoids work best together. While the amount of THC is usually too low to provide any intoxicating effects, some people prefer to avoid it all together, so if you do not want any THC in your life, full-spectrum CBD is not for you.
Broad-spectrum CBD Oil is the answer to those who want to experience the “entourage effect”, but without any THC. Producers do this by extracting all cannabinoids and other supporting ingredients found in cannabis while still making sure to leave THC out. This is a good choice for anyone who wants to get the best of both worlds: experience the full health benefits of the plant without any of the psychoactive ingredients. From helping you feel calm to fighting memory loss, CBD oil can provide many health benefits you won’t get anyplace else.
What Does Natural CBD Oil Taste Like?
A natural CBD oil is often described as tasting earthy, grassy, and slightly bitter, like the bitterness you would find in a bar of chocolate with high cocoa content. Full-spectrum CBD Oil, containing more hemp-derived ingredients, will have the strongest and most pungent taste out of all the three types. As you can imagine, broad spectrum CBD Oil will have a little less intense flavor, while isolate CBD oil will be the most gentle on your pallet. While many people manage to get used to the natural flavor of CBD isolate quite quickly, a full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD Oil might be a bit more of a challenge. That is because in these two cases the carrier oil’s taste can be easily overwhelmed by the natural and heavy flavors coming from the cannabis plant.
If you are a fan of earthy, nutty and slightly truffle-like flavors then a natural CBD Oil is the right choice for you. If, on the other hand, you would rather avoid any bitter flavors, there are two things you should consider: purchasing CBD Oil with added artificial flavoring, or trying out some tricks that make consuming natural CBD Oil easier.
Flavored CBD Oil
If you can not imagine consuming an earthy-tasting liquid day after day, then flavored CBD oil is for you! CBD producers have come up with many alternatives, giving consumers an opportunity to buy CBD Oil with flavors such as peppermint, chocolate, blueberry, vanilla, orange, lemon, banana foster (my personal favorite), and many more.
While you should not expect your vanilla flavored CBD oil to taste anything like the vanilla muffin you had for breakfast, purchasing a flavored CBD at the beginning of your CBD journey might be a good idea, as it might significantly improve your overall experience of consuming CBD.
While the added flavor helps to mask the natural taste of CBD Oil, the slight earthy aftertaste remains, even in CBD isolates. However going for a flavor that you do not hate will certainly help you remain consistent and help you take the required dosage every single day.
How To Mask The Natural Taste Of CBD Oil?
If you do not want to buy CBD Oil with added flavors, there are a few tricks you can try at home before writing off CBD completely.
While you might want to follow your CBD Oil dose with a chaser, such as a fruit juice or a soft drink, you should know it is not a good idea. While it might help you mask the taste, it will also “wash out” the CBD Oil from under your tongue, making it counterproductive. Instead, try waiting at least one minute, and then drinking something with a strong taste, like orange juice, coffee or a strong tea.
Some people also find it helpful to brush their teeth just before consuming their daily dose of flavored CBD Oil. Freshly brushed teeth will carry the distinctive aftertaste of CBD for a much shorter period of time than unbrushed teeth, and the minty flavor in your mouth will mask the natural taste of CBD Oil.
Another important point to remember is to apply your CBD Oil correctly. If you place CBD Oil in your mouth carefully and avoid the top of your tongue, the taste should be way less noticeable than if you place it on any other part of your mouth. Most of our taste buds are located on the top and the sides of our tongue. If you place the oil exactly under your tongue, it should get absorbed quickly enough for you to, within seconds, forget you even took it.
Does Expired CBD Oil Taste Any Different?
The way you store your CBD Oil will have an impact not only on it’s properties, but also on how it tastes. You need to remember that expired CBD Oil will taste much, much worse than what it should. While good quality CBD Oil made by reliable producers and sold by respectable brands will last a long time, many off-brand products might contain toxins that can make it go off much quicker, making the taste unbearable.
If your CBD Oil starts smelling and tasting so intense you can’t stand it, chances are it is no longer good to consume.
How To Store CBD Oil?
To avoid spoiling your CBD Oil make sure to always store it in a dry and cool place, and to watch out for the expiration date! Note that if you store your CBD oil in the fridge it’s consistency might change, but it should return back to normal after being left at room temperature for a short period.
It is not easy to say what CBD Oil tastes like. It is actually quite hard. Describing the taste is very subjective and is dependent on many factors, such as whether it is a CBD isolate, a full-spectrum CBD Oil or a broad-spectrum CBD Oil. Another factor to take into consideration is whether you decide to buy flavored CBD Oil with added flavor or to go for the natural taste. It is also very important you store it properly to prevent it from getting spoilt (and tasting really bad). As with most things, quality is key. Buying your product from a reliable source will certainly improve your overall CBD experience.
In any case – no matter what you go for, the countless benefits of flavored CBD oil are worth putting up with the taste.