Unflavored or natural CBD oil can have a bitter or grassy taste—it's not everyone's cup of tea, which is why flavored CBD oil drops exist.
The best way to get the benefits of CBD oil is to take it consistently to supplement the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to function at its best. Let's face it - you're not likely going to take your pure CBD regularly if you cringe at the taste of it.
Interestingly, natural flavorings can also add their own set of unique effects that compliment CBD— whether you're looking to get a good night's rest, support healthy digestion, elevate your mood, or energize you before a workout.
In this article, we'll discuss what CBD tastes like, common flavored CBD oil variants, effects, how companies add natural flavorings, and how you can make your own flavored hemp derived CBD drops at home.
What Does CBD Taste Like?
Cannabinoids like CBD don't have a flavor.
The floral or earthy flavor of hemp extract comes from the chlorophyll and terpene content.
Terpenes are a category of plant chemicals that contribute to the aroma, flavor, and color of cannabis flowers.
Without putting hemp buds under a microscope, the scent is a common distinguishing factor that helps us tell one cannabis strain from another. Researchers believe that there are over 100 terpenes in the cannabis plant—Some can smell like citrus, pine, skunky, or like berries.
Terpenes aren't unique to cannabis plants. They exist in many plants in the botanical world and in some insects. In the same way that lavender essential oils can help to support relaxation and sleep, terpenes play an influential role in the effect profile of a strain alongside the cannabinoids.
If you order an unflavored CBD oil made with full spectrum extract, you'll get the most natural aroma and flavoring of the hemp plant. This is because full spectrum CBD is the least processed extract type, maintaining the highest levels of cannabinoids and terpenes.
CBD products that contain nothing but CBD from the hemp plant are called CBD isolates. It's stripped from all other cannabinoids and terpenes, which means it's devoid of flavor as cannabinoids themselves don't have a taste or aroma profile.
How To Make CBD Oil Taste Better
Buy High-Quality Extracts & Flavored CBD Oil
It's not uncommon for first-time CBD users to drop CBD oil altogether because of the grassy taste.
The grassy, bitter flavor is likely due to poor hemp extraction and filtration methods, and a simple solution to this is purchasing CBD hemp extract tincture made from premium hemp crops — free from pesticides and heavy metals— and extracted using supercritical CO2.
Sloppy extraction methods could leave behind residual solvents with high levels of bitter-tasting chlorophyll and plant esters that can affect the flavor profile of the CBD product. While chlorophyll and other plant compounds aren't dangerous, solvents can be harmful and should be avoided at all costs.
Before purchase CBD oil from a brand, always reference independent lab reports to ensure that the product comes from a reliable hemp source and has been extracted using a clean and sustainable method, like supercritical CO2.
If you still don't like the flavor of clean, natural hemp extract, you can always opt for flavored CBD oil.
CBD manufacturers often use cold-pressed plant-derived natural flavorings to mix into the extracts like food-grade essential oils, which opens up a whole world of flavored CBD oils to suit a wide range of customer palettes.
Consider The Carrier Oil Of Your CBD Oil Drops
CBD oil typically consists of a CBD extract (isolate, full spectrum, or broad spectrum) and a carrier oil like MCT oil, hemp seed oil, or olive oil to make the concentrated hemp extract easier to work with and cheaper.
The choice of carrier oil can affect the flavor of your hemp derived CBD products too. For example, hemp seed oil has a nutty flavor, while refined coconut organic MCT oil is flavorless.
Neurogan Flavored CBD Oils
Over the years, our product formulation team at Neurogan experimented to find the best flavors for our customers and have arrived at natural flavor pairings that compliment hemp's natural terpenes.
We use premium hemp from the Pacific Coast for full spectrum and THC-free broad spectrum extractions. Using the supercritical CO2 extraction method, we're able to maintain the natural cannabinoid and terpene profile of the plant, without keeping the bitter aftertaste.
Although we think our full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD oil tincture taste great on their own, some customers still prefer adding natural flavorings to make their CBD experience more enjoyable.
Citrus Flavored CBD Oil
Many cannabis strains like Pineapple Express, Maui Citrus Punch, and Colorado Clementines have terpene profiles that are rich in limonene. Limonene is the same terpene that gives citrus fruits their characteristic bright aroma.
Citrus scents are used in aromatherapy to elevate mood, energize, and awaken the senses. Our natural citrus flavoring is match made in heaven with our full-bodied full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD oils.
Cinnamon Flavored CBD Oil
Cinnamon comes from the bark of several tree species from the genus, Cinnamomum. It has a distinct sweet and woody flavor with a spice reminiscent of cloves.
In Ayurvedic medicine, cinnamon is used to improve digestion and promote healthy blood circulation.
When combined with the natural terpenes in hemp, it's a balanced CBD oil flavor pairing that supports healthy stress levels and masks the strong terpenes of hemp. Artificially Flavored CBD Oils
Artificial flavorings are lab-made to have the same chemical compositions found in nature—they're shelf-stable and are much cheaper for manufacturers to work with. Contrary to myth, artificial flavors aren't any better or worse than natural flavorings. They don't have nutritional value since they're used in very small amounts.
Artificial flavorings can add a burst of flavor to your CBD oil like Cream Soda, Banana, or Wintergreen. Some ingredient lists may also contain stevia, which is derived from the Stevia rebaudiana leaves to sweeten CBD oil with less of a negative impact in comparison to refined sugar. Again, CBD oils are taken in such small quantities (0.5–1 mL) that even it doesn't register to have significant nutritional information.
If you're after a more natural way to enhance the flavor of your CBD oil drops, then terpene-enhanced CBD oil drops or CBD tincture combined with food-grade essential oils may be the better option for you.
Terpene Enhanced CBD Oils
Just as manufactures are able to isolate cannabinoids like CBD, THC, and CBG, you can isolate terpenes or terpenoids to add to formulations that change the taste of CBD products.
Terpenes are the natural compounds unaltered in the hemp extract, while terpenoids are chemically altered due to the curing and processing of the hemp plant. Terpenoids can alter the effect profile of your CBD oil. Some terpenes such as beta-Caryophyllene can support CBD's effects towards a healthy inflammatory response and relaxation. This is the same terpene found in allspice and black pepper.
Some brands will add terpenoid blends that are similar to popular cannabis strains, which can taste more pleasant than the natural hemp taste.
How to Mask the Taste of Hemp Oil
If you have no interest in adding flavor to hemp oil and would rather find a way to not have to taste it at all, there are plenty of ways to get around this too.
Here are some tips to mask the taste of hemp.
1. Be Prepared with a Drink
Right after you’ve swallowed the tincture, rinse down the taste with iced tea, water, or a smoothie of your choice.
2. Take It With Breath Mints
Our customers have told us that a breath mint or gum after taking CBD oil has helped them take their CBD more consistently.
This piece of advice from our customers led us to create our high-potency CBD breath mints! They're your on-the-go, real-life chill pills.
3. Try Another CBD Product
If you aren't crazy about the taste of hemp oil, it's easy to switch to a different form of CBD like capsules, gummy bears, mints, and more. Shop our large collection of CBD goods to find the right one for you
The Takeaway: Flavored CBD Oil Drops
Many people use CBD for a variety of reasons to enhance their wellness and lifestyles, which is why you'll find such an extensive range of flavors and products to shop for on the market.
Our philosophy at Neurogan is to produce hemp extracts to as close as nature intended them, alongside its naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpene for a balanced effect and flavor profile.
If you're not entirely happy with the CBD oil drops flavor you purchase with us, not a problem! We offer a 30-day Money-Back Guarantee, so you can try our full spectrum CBD oil or THC-Free broad spectrum oil risk free.
We wish you the best on your health journey. Contact our team for any further questions.