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The Palatability of Oral, Full-Spectrum CBD Products

Written by Derek Johnson

Although full-spectrum cannabidiol (CBD) can work wonders for your mind, body, and soul, some people perceive these products as having a “funky” flavor, which may discourage them from trying it. But there’s no reason to stay away from extracts packed full of beneficial phytochemicals–there are many ways you can enjoy these products without noticing the taste at all.

What is Full-Spectrum CBD?

Full-spectrum CBD is an extract that contains not only CBD but all other cannabinoids, terpenes, and other substances in plant matter, though this definition often differs across products (make sure to always check labels). It is minimally processed and differs from CBD isolates, which should contain only CBD (but not in every case).

What Does Full-Spectrum CBD Oil Taste Like?

Because full-spectrum CBD contains other cannabinoids, terpenes, and even chlorophyll, it has a much stronger taste than CBD isolates. It is often described as earthy or musty, which can be off-putting to some–although many people indeed enjoy this reminder that they are taking a product that provides the most from the plant.

There are many ways you can try to avoid the taste if you don’t enjoy it, such as with flavored products or using different methods, such as:

  • Tinctures or Capsules: Full-spectrum tinctures use alcohol or other oils as carrier liquids for extracts. Depending on the product, the taste of the full-spectrum CBD could be partially or completely avoided with added flavors. If you go with capsules, it’s just like taking a pill; you can swallow them without dealing with the taste.
  • Sprays: This method is great option for full-spectrum CBD as well. Sprays deliver droplets of CBD directly into your mouth, while avoiding the full body feel. You can find them in many different flavors like mint or chocolate.
  • Edibles: Full-spectrum CBD also comes in gummy bears, hard candy, chocolate, and even lollipops. Many are sweetened to cover the taste but you can also find sugar-free products.

How to Mask Taste

If you prefer to consume your CBD in its raw form and avoid the flavored candies, then fear not–there are a few other tricks you can try:

  • Some people brush their teeth before consuming the oil, as the minty freshness in some toothpaste can lessen the strong CBD taste
  • You can also try simple nose-plugging. Without the sense of smell, the taste of the CBD oil will be significantly reduced
  • Finally, you can chew a mint or some gum while taking your CBD. If you do choose this option, make sure to keep the CBD oil under your tongue (sublingual administration) long enough (for at least 30 seconds) to reap the full benefits instead of swallowing it immediately

If you haven’t tried full-spectrum CBD because of concerns over taste, try some of these tricks or alternative methods so you can the maximize synergistic benefits of all of those wonderful phytochemicals.

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