If you haven’t tasted CBD oil before, you might be wondering what to expect. Is it fresh and herbal? Grassy and green? whispers Does it taste as bad as spirulina?
The fact is, not every CBD oil is going to taste the same. Finding a flavour you like comes down to how the CBD oil is made, and what ingredients are added in. This flavour is more important than you think; it makes that daily dropper something you look forward to, meaning you’re more likely to want to take it each morning (or night – whatever works for you).
So, here, we’re breaking down how you can find the best-tasting CBD oil for you – because your day-to-day self-care rituals should always be enjoyable.
The Taste of Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil vs. Crude Oil vs. CBD Isolate
Not all CBD oils are made the same. Because of this, they can taste very different, too, with broad-spectrum oil, crude oil and CBD isolate each boasting a unique flavour. Here’s what sets them apart…
Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil
A broad-spectrum CBD oil features a host of other compounds, such as terpenes and other cannabinoids, like cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabichromene (CBC). . These elements can alter the often-hempy taste of CBD. Depending on what terpenes are found in your oil, the flavour could range from slightly citrusy to earthy or herbal.
Crude CBD Oil
This is pure CBD in oil form, extracted from the plant and not yet processed. We’ll be honest with you: crude CBD oil doesn’t taste good – or, at least, it’s an acquired taste. Often thick, syrupy and dark green or brown in colour; it still contains terpenes and other cannabinoids, but hasn’t yet been filtered of waxes and chlorophyll. It’s no more beneficial than a broad-spectrum oil – it’s just a little more… unsavoury. So there are few pros (if any) of making crude oil your go-to CBD.
CBD isolate – as found in our CBD Oil Drops – is pure CBD in an isolated crystal or powder form. Unlike broad spectrum or crude formulas, it’s free of that less-than-pleasant earthy tinge, meaning you can easily add other flavours (like citrus or peppermint) for a delicious taste. It doesn’t tend to have a distinctive smell or taste – but it’s lacking in other areas, too. Unlike a broad-spectrum CBD, it’s been filtered free of other compounds, like those therapeutic terpenes. That’s why, often, the carrier oil teamed with CBD isolate is the most prominent taste.
How Carrier Oils Alter the Taste of CBD Oil
We use carrier oils in CBD oil because, well, they carry the compound into your bloodstream, allowing for increased absorbency and enhanced efficacy. Common carriers for CBD include olive oil, hemp seed oil and coconut oil; all of which alter the taste profile of your daily supplement. So which one should you look out for?
This is our carrier oil of choice, found in all of our CBD oils. Not only does its blend of fatty acids give an added health boost, but it tastes light, clean and fresh, too.
CBD oils infused with olive oil may remind you of the taste of cooking oil. They’re slightly nutty or grassy, with a relatively subtle flavour.
Hemp Seed Oil
Not only does hemp seed oil make your CBD oil look brown or dark green in colour; it also ups that hempy taste. Some say the flavour reminds them of walnuts or sunflower seeds.
Enhancing the Flavour of CBD Oil
The most palatable (read: the best) CBD oils are infused with sugar-free, natural flavours. This means the flavour doesn’t impact the health benefits, but you get a cleaner, more enjoyable taste.
We’ve mixed up our very own tasting notes for our hemp-charged CBD oils, from citrusy-sweet for day to minty-fresh for just before bed. Choose the Bright Days CBD Oil Drops for a burst of zesty lime and aromatic juniper with your coconut carrier oil. Then wind down with the Night Time CBD Oil Drops, infused with a hemp oil and peppermint blend.