Since you have to take hemp CBD oil by mouth – unless you’re using it topically – the taste is naturally something you might worry about. What DOES hemp CBD oil taste like?
Well, hemp CBD oil generally comes in two varieties: flavored and unflavored. You may want to try a couple of flavored oils and an unflavored oil and see which you prefer. But what does it taste like?
Natural Flavor Hemp CBD Oil
The taste of natural flavor hemp CBD oil generally depends on whom you buy it from, since it depends on how it's made. PURE CBD oil is typically referred to as CBD distillate - distillation is the process by which a liquid is heated to create a vapor and then condensed back into a liquid again in the purest form. CBD distillate is VERY earthy and thick - not really something you would want to ingest on its own.
So when we talk about what hemp CBD oil tastes like, we are typically referring to a tincture. How your tincture tastes will depend on what it's mixed with as a base to make it more easily consumable.
How tinctures/oils are made is by emulsifying the pure CBD oil from the hemp plant in a carrier oil of some sort. Emulsification is the process of dispersing two or more liquids together to form a stable mixture. A common / everyday example is balsamic vinaigrette - which is made by emulsifying balsamic vinegar in olive oil.
The flavor therefore depends on what oil base the manufacturer uses to make the tincture. At TribeTokes we use a cold pressed organic MCT oil. Customers find this coconut-derived ingredient has a gentle taste and goes great with our flavorless tinctures. Its important that we use MCT oil derived from coconuts, as some companies use MCT oil derived from palm oil to save money, but it's not as good for you.
Similar to our flavorless tincture, our full spectrum lemon tincture is made with lemon extract in addition to the MCT oil. Our consumer tests have determined that lemon and flavorless tinctures are the most popular flavors customers enjoy.
So...what does it taste like?
The flavor imparted by the CBD-rich oil tends to be grassy and herbal.
Full spectrum CBD distillate’s flavor is dependent on the oil in question, which - depending on the extraction method and how refined the oil is - can be dark or light in color, which affects the flavor. Dark hemp oil tends to be nutty, and light hemp seed oil tends to be a little more grassy in flavor.
Many people have said that natural hemp CBD tincture's flavor is a little grassy, with some chocolate or dark nutty notes to it as well. Typically, you won't taste the carrier oil too much, unless somebody used a particularly potent olive oil or other food oil to make it. We find MCT oil to be the superior carrier oil for tinctures. Remember MCT oil is healthy to ingest but unhealthy to smoke. This is why our vapes do not use any carrier oils whatsoever. However that’s for a different post: READ MORE HERE
Flavored CBD Tinctures
Flavored CBD Tinctures
However, there are also flavored CBD tinctures on the market as well. The exact flavor used depends on the manufacturer, so it really depends on whom you buy it from.
Typically, a flavored CBD tincture will also include a small amount of a sweetener. Sometimes it's sugar or a trace amount of a simple syrup (sugar water boiled down to a syrup) or other sweetener, such as Swerve or stevia leaf extract. Personally, we prefer our tinctures without a sweetener, and many people have very specific types of sweetener they prefer (some people love and some people hate Stevia for example, so we avoided that).
Many manufacturers will make their oil with an essential oil of some sort. Mint or peppermint is a popular flavor - since you hold a tincture under your tongue and mint is a nice refreshing aftertaste for your breath. Again, what flavor options are available depends on exactly whom you're getting your CBD oil from.
Our lemon flavored CBD tincture does not include sweeteners or any artificial ingredients so that the high-quality lemon extracts can shine through. We find this to be a very light, refreshing flavor that also leaves you with nice breath :)
However, if you prefer to not taste anything at all, our flavorless tinctures have always been the most popular “flavor.” You can also skip tinctures altogether and go straight for a healthy vape or CBD beauty or skincare product!