Ok so you have heard about CBD oil and you are interested in giving it a shot, but you are curious about what CBD oil tastes like. Don’t feel like you are the only person who is wondering what CBD oil tastes like. People often assume it tastes the way a hemp plant smells, with a strong, skunky odor that’s tough to swallow.

While there are unflavored CBD oils that can have an earthy taste, there are flavor options that can give CBD a quite pleasant flavor. You may be worried about spending your hard-earned dollars on a product that you can’t stand the taste of, and we get it. So, we’ve prepared this article to help you find something you like.

What Most CBD Oil Tastes Like

CBD Oil in an unflavored form can have a grassy or earthy flavor. If an earthy flavor or a flavor that has a bit more bite like dark chocolate doesn’t bother you than maybe unflavored CBD is for you. However, if those sorts of tastes aren’t for you that’s ok too.

Many of our customers will find unflavored CBD oil as something they can tolerate. However, this doesn’t mean that this is a flavor that they are seeking out either like their favorite food. There are some of our customers, though, that love earthy flavors, so they rave about the taste of unflavored CBD. This really comes down to personal preference.

Tips on Finding a CBD Oil You Like

So, how do you find a CBD oil that suits your taste profile? Here’s a basic rundown of the items to keep in mind:

  • Consider the carrier oil
  • Start with lower concentrations
  • Choose flavored CBD oil
  • Combine it with food or beverage items that you like
  • Opt for gummies or capsules

Carrier Oils

You are probably saying to yourself, what the heck is a carrier oil. Well it is called CBD oil for a reason. This is because it is made with a natural oil that helps deliver the CBD to you. These food-grade oils can often impact the flavor of the CBD, so it is important to know what the carrier oil is if you are looking for a particular flavor. The most common carrier oils for CBD are coconut oil, MCT oil, hemp seed oil, and olive oil. We will look at each to help you understand their unique flavor profiles.


MCT oil is perhaps the most popular oil to use as a carrier oil for CBD. This is because MCT oil has virtually no taste or smell, it’s what most of our brands use as their carrier oil. It also doesn’t conflict with mint or citrus flavors, which are often used to flavor CBD oils. And, MCT oil has been shown to have other beneficial properties such as helping with weight loss, promoting energy, it can fight yeast and bacterial growth, and more.

Coconut Oil

When coconut oil is refined, it has almost no flavor and serves as a neutral base. The natural flavor of the CBD oil takes the main stage.

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil can have a nutty flavor. Picture walnuts or sunflower seeds when you are thinking about hemp seed oil. If you enjoy nutty flavors than this might be the carrier oil for you. However, if you prefer sweet or fruity flavors than this may not be your preferred base.

Olive Oil

Olive oil has an earthy flavor all to itself. When you add it together with CBD you will most certainly have a strong earthy flavor and aroma. This flavor can be too intense for some customers, so proceed with caution when mixing olive oil and CBD together.

If you’re concerned about unnecessary or conflicting flavors in your CBD oil, look for brands that list MCT oil or coconut oil.

Flavored CBD Oil Taste

Many people will choose a flavored CBD oil to mask the earthy, natural taste of CBD. There are many different options when it comes to CBD oil, but there are a few basic choices.


Mint is a staple when it comes to CBD oil flavoring options. You are likely to find different variations of mint flavors as well. This could be a peppermint flavor, wintergreen flavor, spearmint flavor, or any other mint variation you can think of. Mint in general has a relatively strong flavor which can mask the underlying taste of CBD quite nicely.


Another common CBD oil flavoring option is a citrus flavor. You may see orange, lemon, lime, or other citrus flavoring options. Like mint, the citrus flavoring options are often very effective at masking the taste of the CBD. It is particularly effective when it is paired with a neutral carrier oil like an MCT oil.

Combine CBD Oil With Food Or Drinks

Another popular way to mask the flavor of CBD oil is to combine it with food and drinks. One way to consider may be with a mint or chewing gum. You can place the mint or gum in your mouth prior to placing the CBD under your tongue. The mint flavor of the gum or mint can help mask the CBD taste.

You may also want to try mixing CBD into a food item such as yogurt, a smoothie, or even oatmeal. This will help hide the taste, but it is important to note that consuming CBD as an edible like this as opposed to sublingually will slow down the absorption process of the CBD.

Finally, you could try having a drink after you take CBD. It’s similar to biting into a lemon or lime after a shot of tequila. You “chase” the CBD flavor out of your mouth and replace it with something you like. And, if none of these options work for you than you could try taking CBD in a different form. Other popular ways to take CBD include in a capsule or gummy form. In these consumption methods, the taste of CBD is definitely masked. However, since these forms must go through the digestive process it will not absorb as quickly as taking CBD sublingually.


By knowing what to expect in terms of flavor when you buy CBD oil, you are more likely to find a product you like. We do recommend trying both flavored and unflavored varieties to see which one you like best. You might surprise yourself!