What CBD oil tastes like

Newcomers to CBD oil products often wonder how does it taste. Mostly their fears are caused by complaints that CBD oil has unpleasant, almost intolerable, earthy taste. Few people couldn’t bear it and had to refuse from the supplement.

Does CBD taste so bad, and why?

CBD oil is made from ingredients that come from the cannabis plant. Usually, it is relatively tasteless, but if you use CBD rich extract, it may have a unique taste. It is so because the extract comes from stems, leaves, and flowers of the plant, and it preserves its all-natural compounds that create the original flavor.

If you taste CBD oil earthy, nutty, or grass-like, this is down to the fact the product is natural, safe, and non-toxic. The more pleasant flavor the oil has, it can be a sign the product includes some artificial flavoring agents.

Are terpenes responsible for taste?

Terpenes are aromatic oils secreted in the same glands that produce cannabinoids. They add to distinctive cannabis flavors. According to scientific findings, there are hundreds of different terpenes, each of which possesses unique medicinal properties. Some terpenes, in combination with CBD oil, might promote relaxation and stress-relief, others have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects1.

Considering each terpene has its specific flavor, they play a crucial role in differentiating the effects of various cannabis strains. Consumers may also benefit from this quality since they learn how to recognize a unique terpene type.

For example, myrcene terpene has an herbal taste. Pinene terpene tastes like pine, caryophyllene – pepper, limonene – citrus, terpinolene – fruity. Myrcene2 and pinene1 terpenes have a calming effect. Limonene3 and terpinolene1 terpenes show significant energizing properties.

How to mask CBD oil taste?

The taste can vary depending on the person’s own unique taste buds/preferences. Many people enjoy the unique taste of CBD, but others tend to have problems and cannot tolerate it at all. If you want to mask CBD oil taste, follow these tips:

  • If you use CBD oil as a pain relief supplement, think of CBD topicals like gels or balms. You may rub them directly on the skin that can be equally effective against skin problems, muscles, and joints pain.
  • Try out CBD capsules instead of oil tincture or drops. It is a great way to ingest CBD without tasting the hemp at all. Also, capsules are comfortable when you need a small concentration of the product over a more extended period.
  • Have some food after taking CBD dose to hide the taste of the oil. The most popular foods people use with CBD are dark chocolate, peanut butter, yogurt, and ice cream.
  • Blend your CBD oil serving into your morning fruit or milk smoothie. The fruits like strawberries and pineapple can easily mask the earthy taste.
  • Hold the oil under your tongue for at least a minute, and then have a drink to wash away the hemp taste. Another good option is to take fruit juice or lemon water with CBD oil.
  • Brush your teeth just before use, and it’s mint flavor will help you to mask CBD taste.

And remember that taste is not always the most important thing to worry about. Find a reputable manufacturer and experiment around until you find the product that gives you the best results.


  1. Booth JK, Page JE, Bohlmann J. Terpene synthases from Cannabis sativa. PLOS ONE. 2017;12(3):e0173911. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0173911
  2. Myrcene. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/31253. Accessed November 12, 2019.
  3. Sun J. D-Limonene: safety and clinical applications. Altern Med Rev J Clin Ther. 2007;12(3):259-264.


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