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How to flavor CBD oil—and is it a good idea?

How to flavor CBD oil—and is it a good idea?

CBD oil has an earthy taste that not everyone enjoys. Can you flavor it? Sure. But whether you should is a different story altogether. That’s what we’re going to explore today.

What is CBD oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the main compounds present in the cannabis sativa plant. It’s a safe, non-addictive substance and its therapeutic benefits have been confirmed by scientists around the world.

CBD comprises more than a hundred “phytocannabinoids,” which are similar to the cannabinoids our own bodies produce. CBD works by interacting with our endocannabinoid system (ECS), behaving like our own cannabinoids and encouraging the body to provide relief from pain, inflammation, anxiety, stress, and other complications. Our endocannabinoid system plays an important role in regulating many of the processes that keep the body functioning every day: blood pressure, mood, energy production, immune function, glucose metabolism, appetite, pain management, and more.

Unlike THC, the other well-known cannabinoid, CBD won’t make you feel high or intoxicated. This is because CBD and THC have different effects on the endocannabinoid receptors in the brain and body.

CBD oil: the taste

If you’re new to CBD, you may be wondering if the taste is similar to its smell. Cannabis has a distinctive, grassy smell that isn’t to everyone’s taste—literally! When you talk to regular users of CBD, you’ll hear a huge variety of descriptions for how it tastes. Some might say it tastes a little nutty, some say that it’s like grass and dirt, while others describe it as similar to raw green fruits or vegetables… with a hint of cheap white wine on the side.

The taste has a lot to do with the presence of chlorophyll in the extract. The flavonoids and terpenes also play a part in the taste, depending on whether they’ve been included in your particular CBD product. 

Some strains or products will have a strong earthy flavor, while others may have little or no taste at all. In general, the higher the quality of the CBD oils or tinctures, the more potent, bitter and plant-like the taste will be. 

Though most users will eventually find the taste of CBD tolerable, you won’t often hear people say it’s delicious. Of course, it all comes down to personal preference. What most people will agree is that unflavored, high-concentration CBD oil can be quite bitter. If you’re taking oral CBD, you’ll need to keep it under your tongue for a few minutes while your body absorbs the medicinal properties. Obviously, this can be unpleasant if you hate how it tastes. 

Can you add flavor to CBD oil?

If you’ve forked out a heap of cash for a CBD product and find that you really can’t stand the taste, you might be wondering if you’ve wasted your money. Never fear: there are plenty of expert opinions on how to add flavor to CBD oil. Before you go mixing things up in the kitchen, though, remember that some manufacturers do offer flavored versions of their CBD oil. Citrus-flavored or mint-flavored products are especially popular.  

Again, flavoring is purely about personal preference. Some people advocate using CBD in its natural form rather than covering up the taste. It’s also important to note that adding different substances to CBD may change the speed at which it’s absorbed by your body. For example, some foods or artificial sweeteners are slower to be broken down in the body. 

How to make CBD oil taste better 

In general, it’s best to avoid adding other substances to your CBD oil whenever possible. Thankfully, there are some tricks you can use to help mask the taste!

Take it with water

If you’re taking sublingual drops, try drinking a glass of water after you’ve allowed the drops to absorb. This can help dilute the aftertaste of the CBD. A flavored drink may be even better!  

Add it to a smoothie

Combine your usual dose of CBD oil with a smoothie and you’ll never know the difference! Be sure to blend for an extra 10–15 seconds to ensure it's mixed in. Just remember that taking CBD in food means it will have to be broken down by your digestive system, so it will take much longer for you to feel the effects. 

Pop a sweet

A Tic Tac, mint, or piece of candy can help to mitigate the taste of the CBD and make it a little more tolerable. Your tastebuds will pick up the sweetness before the CBD. Some users advise putting the candy in your mouth after the drops have absorbed rather than at the same time, as the sugar may affect the uptake of the oil. 

Hold your nose

You might feel silly doing this, but it’s backed by science! Believe it or not, your nose plays a major role in what you can taste. Your nose can detect over a thousand different flavors as they pass through the back of the mouth into the oral cavity. This is why you can’t taste things as well when you have a cold! 

Drop it in your coffee

Coffee does a great job of masking the CBD oil taste. A sweeter coffee, such as a latte, will be even more effective. Many users now say they add CBD to their morning cup of coffee as a way of getting their dose without tasting it. 

Final words

While you certainly can add flavoring to your CBD oil, it’s probably not recommended. Not only will it dilute the oil, but it may change how your body absorbs it. If you really need flavored oil, some manufacturers offer them. Otherwise, you’ll likely find that the tips above mask the flavor enough that you can get your dose without suffering too much!

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