CBD has recently been trending all over the world, and in the countries where it is legal, like here in the UK, it has been available to buy since the 1st of November of 2018. And since CBD is such a versatile substance, it can be presented in many different forms, all of which vary in taste, potency, and consumption method.
When it comes to CBD that can be taken orally, there is a variety of different products you can choose from, such as capsules and tablets, CBD oil, CBD paste, and CBD edibles (which can vary greatly in the presentation).
One of the most commonly asked questions pertaining to these types of CBD is “what does it taste like?”. Well, in this blog, we’ll go over what CBD tastes like, and how to make it taste better since it’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea.
But first of all, let’s go over exactly what CBD is, how it’s made, and why it tastes the way it does.
What is CBD and How is it Made?
CBD is scientifically known by the name cannabidiol. It is a cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp plants alongside 100+ other cannabinoids such as CBDa and CBG, and other substances such as flavonoids, terpenes, and essential nutrients (Omega-3&6, Vitamins A, B, and E, and minerals such as phosphorus, and zinc).
To obtain CBD, it is first necessary to grow hemp or cannabis plants -- specifically, high-CBD strains. Once the plants are full-grown, the seeds are taken and processed through what is called a cold-press, which is similar to the process necessary to make olive oil.
Then, the hemp/cannabis seed oil is further processed in order to isolate the CBD from other components found in the oil such as traces of THC, and certain terpenes and flavonoids. Once the CBD is fully isolated, it is made into whatever form will be sold -- edibles, tablets and capsules, oils, crystals, etc.
More times than not, there is not much done to the flavour of the CBD products, especially when it comes to CBD oil or drops, CBD paste, or CBD isolates. So the taste of the raw product is definitely prominent throughout these forms. But that’s not always the case!
What Does CBD Taste Like?
CBD is described as having a very interesting taste which can vary depending on the form in which it’s consumed. But overall, it is common to describe CBD as having an earthy taste, with notes of some terpenes (similar to the smell of pine trees or aromatic plants such as lavender).
Sometimes, depending on the type of form of CBD that you take, the taste can be much more bitter and earthy, such as when you take CBD paste, since it is a whole plant extract, and includes as well the taste of the plant itself.
But other forms of CBD are practically tasteless, such as some CBD oils made from CBD Isolates, CBD Crystals or Isolates, and CBD edibles. Therefore, it really depends on the form of CBD which you take, and there is always the option of switching to a more neutral-tasting form of CBD if the one you’re taking is too bitter.
If you tend to find the earthy taste of CBD to be overpowering, look for CBD products made from CBD Isolates as these are made with CBD that has been completely isolated. Meaning there are none of the terpenes and flavonoids that are found in full-spectrum or the raw extract that gives that earthy flavour.
But that’s not the only way to make sure your daily CBD dose tastes good! There is also the option of making your CBD taste better by making it into your own edibles, or making drinks with it! Below are some fun and simple ways to make your CBD dose tasty:
How to Make CBD Taste Better
- CBD Drinks. There are countless options when it comes to CBD drinks. You can add CBD crystals or CBD oil drops to practically any drinks - alcoholic or non-alcoholic. In fact, many people suggest taking CBD oil in a glass of your favourite juice for better flavour.
- CBD Foods. Just like there are countless dishes, there are also countless dishes you can add CBD to, from CBD pizza, to CBD ice cream. Adding CBD to your food is super easy, and usually completely masks the earthy flavour of CBD. Of course, it depends on the type of CBD you use, but if you cook with more mild-tasting CBD forms, you most likely won’t be able to taste it at all.
- CBD E-liquid. Vaping isn’t an option for everyone, but if you like vaping, or are looking at it as a nice form of your CBD, prepare for no earthy taste at all! Vaping CBD tastes only of the flavour of your CBD vape liquid, and not like CBD at all. You can even make your own CBD e-liquid!
- CBD Edibles. You might have seen that CBD comes in the form of edibles, usually candy such as gummies or chocolate. Well, these are another great way to make sure that your daily CBD dose will taste good every time. You can find a variety of different dosages and types of edibles, so it is well worth looking at the edible options!
Though CBD does tend to have a prominent earthy taste, it doesn’t always have to be that way. There are ways to make your CBD does taste better, as you read above, so there is no need to avoid taking CBD due to the taste.
You can always experiment with different CBD forms in order to find the most suitable for you; and there is always the option of taking CBD capsules or tablets, which are tasteless! Even further, if you simply can’t take the taste, you can get your daily dose through your skin by using CBD creams and lotions, or other topical CBD forms!
So, even if the taste is not for you, there are a plethora of different ways you can take CBD. Therefore, you should get out there, try some different forms of CBD, and see exactly which one is best for you before you rule out using it due to its taste. There is always going to be a form of CBD that is perfect for you :)