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November 10, 2020

Why Does CBD Oil Taste Like Olive Oil?


CBDfx Staff

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If you’ve ever put a dropper of CBD oil under your tongue, you may have asked yourself, “why does CBD oil taste like olive oil?”—and you would be right.

If you spend much time cooking, it’s near impossible not to get olive oil on your hands at some point. And what better way to clean it up than to taste it?

Like CBD oil, olive oil has a distinct, earthy taste that comes from its polyphenols (aka antioxidants). These chemicals naturally occur in most oils and have a significant effect on how strong and potent the flavor may be.

However, there are other factors which influence oil flavor profiles, too.

In this blog, we’ll talk about why CBD oil tastes like olive oil and how you can use this knowledge to pick the highest quality supplements for you and your loved ones.

What Are Polyphenols?

CBD Dabs vs. CBD Shatter_ What's The Difference_Whenever you take medicine, eat food, smoke, or put anything else into your body, you kick start a chemical exchange. Your brain swaps nutrients for hormones and begins the process of making you feel different. This is part of why we experience euphoria after eating a delicious meal.

Polyphenols are kind of like the shipping envelope in CBD oil—they make it easy for the body to process CBD and make use of its benefits.

Because polyphenols are not psychoactive, they can help to slow down or eliminate some of the potential side effects of cannabis products like THC. This could explain why some people prefer edibles and oil tinctures over smoking or vaping—it’s easier for the body to process.

Don’t Settle for the Cheap Stuff

Just like olive oil, not all CBD oil is made with quality in mind. In fact, one study by UC Davis found that nearly half of the people they tested detected no problems with rancid olive oil, and well over half of those same people thought there was a problem with high-quality olive oil.

The same can be said of CBD oil. Unfortunately, far too many people opt for whatever’s cheap, leading them to buy products laden with synthetic fertilizer and pesticide residue. As you might expect, the CBD they bought tastes funny and isn’t very potent, so they walk away assuming that CBD is nothing more than a pointless fad.

This is why it’s important to get the right products. By purchasing high-quality, organic, broad-spectrum CBD tincture oils, you’ll be able to enjoy a more authentic flavored supplement that contains all the benefits it can offer.

How Terpenes Enhance Flavor

A hemp fieldUnlike olive oil which comes from a fruit (the olive), hemp products come from flowers and plant matter. CBD oil tastes very similar to the actual plant that it comes from, similar to how lavender and pine do.


Because of terpenes.

Most plant-based scents you can identify come from terpenes, which is why involving them in your CBD oils can have an effect on how they taste.

Terpenes don’t just affect smell—they can also influence the way your brain works. Limonene, for example, also comes from lemons and is a common terpene used in weight loss supplements. Many beer recipes call for different terpene profiles to enhance the scent and flavor of a good brew.

A high-quality CBD oil will not only contain effective cannabinoids, but also flavorful terpenes that can be used to enrich whatever you choose to put it in (read here for ideas about putting CBD in food).

What Influences CBD Oil Flavor?

When it comes to growing CBD, many different aspects can affect how it turns out. There’s a reason why wine tasters and oil tasters hang out in the same circles; common flavors notes show up in both wine and oil.

For this reason, it is important to buy high-quality CBD oil products. When grown with love and care, CBD oil will be more potent and less harsh on the taste buds. Well-grown hemp can have a unique flavor profile with all the complexity found in other farmed extracts.

Flavor notes can be influenced by how and where the plant was grown, cured, dried, stored, and what the weather was like during all those stages. There’s even a Hemp Cup devoted to judging the best CBD products. Hemp growers take pride in their plants’ unique traits.

How Do They Make CBD Oil?

How Much THC is in CBD Oil_Extracting CBD oil isn’t as complex as it might sound. By soaking the hemp plant in a solvent that is later evaporated, you are left with a hemp oil extract that contains all the flavors and scents Mother Nature provides.

In fact, making CBD oil on your own is easy: all you need is a rice cooker, some solvent, and a fire extinguisher at the ready (because the mixture is highly flammable… so actually, just buy some instead).

Things get tricky when you want to make large batches or isolate the CBD. These processes require much more precise refining techniques, and the necessary equipment can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Why is it so expensive?

Because while hemp farming and extraction are legal, many states don’t allow THC—the psychoactive compound in cannabis that gets people high—to be sold or distributed in any form. If CBD vendors want to sell their products legally, they need lab-grade equipment to do so.

This expensive machinery creates CBD isolate, allowing users to enjoy the benefits of cannabinoids without any fear that taking the supplement will make them fail a drug test.

Isolating CBD from Hemp Extract

The differences in flavor for CBD oil come from how the hemp is grown and treated. Improperly drying CBD flowers, for example, will wipe out nearly all the terpenes and result in a bland flavor. That’s why the expensive equipment listed above is so useful—it preserves all the flavors developed by the plant.

Once the extraction is complete, the product is separated in one of two ways: by silica filtering or by chromatography.

Silica acts as a water filter for the hemp extract. It keeps heavier compounds like THC separated from the CBD without losing the aromatic terpenes.

Chromatography, the other method, works by using light to detect the location of certain compounds in the extract, then separating them.

Both these methods allow CBD oil users to enjoy the full flavor of the hemp plant, rather than just the isolated chemical itself.

Comparing Olive Oil & CBD Oil

So why do these two oils taste so similar? Because oil is the extract of a plant’s entire flavor profile. Olive oil has an earthy, even bitter flavor, and so does high-quality CBD oil.

When you purchase a CBD oil tincture that doesn’t sacrifice on quality, you can develop a taste for its unique flavor and terpene profile. If you want to enjoy the benefits of cannabinoids, enjoying your CBD oil is key to making it a part of your daily routine.

Interested in finding organic, broad-spectrum CBD oils that don’t cut corners on quality?
Take a look at some of our CBD tincture oils by clicking here.

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