This is What CBD Oil Really Tastes Like

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Zara Kenyon

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.

Broad Spectrum vs. Isolate CBD oils

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 – like the CBD Oil Drops – teams CBD with a host of other wellness heroes to enhance the effects of every drop. You have terpenes, which are aromatic compounds, boosted by therapeutic benefits. Then there are additional cannabinoids, like cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabichromene (CBC). Together, they’re believed to deliver an ‘entourage effect’ by heightening each other’s impact, while also altering the often-hempy taste of CBD. Depending on what terpenes are boosting your oil, the flavour could range from slightly citrusy to piney and fresh. These flavours can then be enhanced with a blend of tasting notes. (But more on that later.)

Pine Trees Terpenes

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

CBD isolate is CBD in isolated crystal or powder form. 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.

Coconut Oil MCT Carrier Oil for CBD | Cannaray CBD

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?

Coconut Oil

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.

Olive Oil

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.

CBD carrier oils hemp seed & olive | Cannaray CBD
CBD tinctures with common ingredients

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 broad-spectrum CBD oils, from citrusy-fresh for day to subtly-sweet for just before bed. Choose the CBD Oil Drops Bright Days for a little Juniper Lime with your coconut carrier oil. Then wind down with the CBD Oil Drops Night Time, infused with a Chamomile & Caramel blend.

Up next: Explore the benefits of CBD oil that scientists are most intrigued by. Plus, discover the unique relationship between CBD and sleep.

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