Have you tried multiple brands of CBD hemp oil and noticed that sometimes, they taste different? You may even notice that one batch of CBD oil from the same company can have a more “earthy” taste and aroma than another.
So, why is there this difference? And should you be concerned with the varying tastes?
The Factors that Influence CBD Oil Taste
1. The Phytonutrient Composition
If you’ve ever smelled cannabis, you’ve likely noticed its distinctive odor. One strain may smell a bit fruity, another a bit sweeter, but all seem to smell, well, a bit “skunky.” While it’s easy to assume that this is what THC, the cannabinoid responsible for marijuana’s “high,” smells like, that’s not the case.
Cannabinoids like THC don’t actually have a distinctive taste or smell. Instead, this odor, and the related taste, comes largely from a class of compounds called terpenes. These volatile molecules are the same molecules responsible for the wonderful aroma and taste of herbs like peppermint, lavender, and rosemary.
The quantity and variety of terpenes and other healthful plant compounds can vary depending on the strain of hemp, where it was grown, and how it was grown. This natural variation results in every full spectrum CBD hemp oil having a unique taste and smell.
2. Chlorophyll Content
Terpenes are not the only compound found within hemp that can impact the taste of the final CBD product. Another notable contributor is chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants responsible for photosynthesis. Chlorophyll has a notably bitter taste.
If you are wanting a less bitter product, look for CBD oils that are a lighter color. Darker green products tend to have more chlorophyll in them, and thus a more bitter flavor profile.
3. Extraction Method
CBD oil must be extracted from the hemp plant. There are a variety of extraction techniques, and which one is used can influence the flavor of the final product.
Some techniques will filter out the chlorophyll and waxes, leaving a product with a less bitter tastes. Others will leave these plant compounds behind with the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other phytonutrients, leaving a stronger tasting, bitter oil
4. Carrier Oils and Added Flavors
When you purchase a CBD oil, it will be CBD hemp oil combined with a carrier oil. These oils can enhance CBD bioavailability and alter the taste of the CBD oil.
Popular carrier oils include MCT oil, coconut oil, olive oil, hemp seed oil, and avocado oil. While some of these, such as MCT oil, have very little noticeable flavor, others, like olive and avocado oils, will add a distinct flavor and aroma.
Additionally, companies will often use essential oils like peppermint to enhance the flavor of the CBD hemp oil.
What If I Don’t Like the Flavor of CBD Hemp Oil?
If you don’t enjoy the unique flavor of CBD hemp oil, you can instead opt for CBD oil capsules, vape pens, or edible versions of CBD. These will bypass the earthy flavor of traditional CBD hemp oils.
Every batch of full spectrum or broad spectrum CBD oil will have a different taste thanks primarily to the variable terpene and chlorophyll content, not the cannabinoid content. With further differences in hemp oil extraction, carrier oils, and oils used to enhance flavor, each CBD oil product will have a unique flavor profile.