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How to Mask the Taste of CBD Oil

Not everyone is a fan of the distinctive CBD oil taste. Many of us have had our taste buds polluted by access to excess salt and sugar. Cannabidiol derived from the hemp plant with no additives does not offer a sweet or savory taste. As a result, several manufacturers provide flavored CBD oil. Users get a more pleasant mint taste, and an artificial sweetener satiates their sweet tooth.

Pure, unfiltered oil extracted from the seeds, stalks, and flowers of hemp, has a grassy or earthy taste. Its scent and flavor come from organic compounds in the plant, such as cannabinoids, terpenes, and chlorophyll. For most users, the bitter taste of CBD oil lingers on the palate. It can get to the point where you would rather skip your daily dose!

Bear in mind that CBD oil users are told to place the substance beneath their tongue for 30-90 seconds. The idea is to involve the sublingual gland and improve bioavailability. When you follow these instructions, you must ‘suffer’ the CBD oil taste for a little longer!

Obvious ways around this issue include capsules and flavored CBD oil. But what if you have spent $100 on a bottle of full-spectrum CBD oil with no sweetener? You can either not use it and waste your money, or follow one of these tips to mask the taste of CBD oil.

1 – Eat It with Something Sweet

The FDA recently announced that adding CBD to food or beverages was now an illegal act for sellers. Therefore, a café should technically not sell you a cannabidiol latte! It is also bad news for vendors offering edibles. However, you can add something edible to the mix from the safety of your home.

Your taste buds will get sweetness before any other flavor. Why do so many people add sugar or sweetener to coffee? For the most part, it is to disguise the immense bitterness of the coffee. One of the best methods is to consume the oil with a drop of honey. As well as diluting the taste of CBD oil, you feel less guilty since you used nature’s sweetener.

It isn’t necessarily a good idea to try the same tactic with sugar. There is a chance that the sugar goes into the oil. As a result, you only taste the ‘texture’ rather than sweetness.

2 – Brush Your Teeth Beforehand

Can you remember the last time you tried to eat or drink something directly after brushing your teeth? If so, you probably realize that it caused whatever food it was to taste wildly different. Toothpaste messes with your taste buds. There is a misconception that the fault lies with the mint flavor of the paste.

In reality, a chemical found in toothpaste called sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is the culprit. There are variants such as sodium laureth sulfate (SELS) that perform a similar role. These ‘surfactants’ are foaming agents that make it easier to spread the paste evenly when you brush.

These agents also impact the taste buds. Surfactants suppress receptors that pick up the sweetness in food and drink. They also enhance bitter flavor. In theory, this isn’t the ideal way to dilute the CBD oil taste! However, users report that the oil tastes less sharp after brushing their teeth. There is also a suggestion that cleaning your teeth immediately before using CBD oil improves absorption. We can’t speak to the veracity of this claim.

In case you were wondering, the effects of SLS don’t last long. Your saliva dilutes the leftover surfactants within 30 minutes. At this stage, your taste buds are back to normal.

3 – Hold Your Nose

Perhaps this brings back childhood memories of holding your nose when forced to taste nasty medicine. As silly as it sounds, there is real science behind it! Next time you want to avoid the full, bitter taste of CBD oil, hold your nose. Keep it pressed until you have held the oil beneath the tongue long enough.

A surprising number of people don’t realize just how vital our scent of smell is when tasting flavors. We often assume that our tongue is the most crucial aspect of taste. The tongue is a sensor with thousands of taste buds. These can sense bitter, sour, sweet, salty, and other flavors. However, the tongue picks up relatively few flavors overall. Without our nose, food would taste bland!

In contrast to the tongue, the nose senses over a thousand flavors. They are detected when they pass through the nasal cavity. The nose also detects flavors when they go from the back of the mouth into the oral cavity. Think back to the last time you had a head cold. How did food taste then?

When you are congested, you find it hard to savor the nuances of food and drink. Its flavors don’t get to the nose’s sensors. Therefore, when you hold your nose, you briefly reduce your ability to taste the CBD oil.

4 – A Hint of Mint

Chew a mint as you take the oil, or directly afterward. This process should help dilute the CBD oil taste. Options include traditional mints such as Tic-Tacs or chewing gum. In general, the strong flavor of the mint should reduce, or even eliminate, the bitter taste of the CBD oil.

Why is mint so useful? The cold taste helps, and it is due to menthol, a chemical in mint. What happens is that the menthol tricks the brain into thinking the area it was applied to is cold. Menthol binds with the skin’s cold-sensitive receptors. Within these receptors lie ion channels. The main one, in this instance, is called TRPM8.

The chemical makes the receptors much more sensitive than usual, so you feel a cold sensation. Peppermint has a high level of menthol, so it is especially effective for masking the taste of CBD oil.

5 – Consider CBD Coffee

You may find it hard to locate a café that offers CBD coffee these days. Although it hasn’t happened yet, there is a fear of an FDA crackdown due to its recent announcement. However, if CBD oil is legal in your state, no one is watching as you add it to your morning coffee at home!

Unless you drink very weak filter coffee, it should easily hide the CBD oil taste. Then again, if you object to CBD’s bitterness, you probably don’t like coffee! If you can make a sweeter coffee such as a latte, you should not get a CBD taste.

The practice of drinking CBD coffee is growing in popularity. This is why the FDA’s decision to prohibit the addition of cannabidiol to food and drink is such a blow. In any case, adding the compound to your morning cup of coffee is a good idea. It ensures that you get your daily dose early, and don’t forget about taking it!

Are There Any Other Quick Tips?

There are tons! However, their efficacy varies depending on who tells you the anecdote. Not many of these ideas are based on science. One tip is to keep a sweet or savory snack nearby. Grab it as soon as you finish swallowing the tincture. Bear in mind that this tactic doesn’t help with the initial taste of CBD oil! Options include flavored Greek yogurt or a healthy granola bar.

A smart option is to purchase empty capsules from your local pharmacy. You can add a few drops of CBD oil into them, and consume like you would with pills. The shell of the capsule ensures you don’t need to endure the CBD oil taste. However, consuming capsules orally offers a lower bioavailability rate than sublingual consumption. It is the same situation if you drink cannabidiol coffee.

If you hate the taste of CBD oil, another alternative is isolates. You don’t get all the advantages of full-spectrum products, but there isn’t much of a taste. You can add CBD isolate to food or drinks as well.

Final Thoughts on Masking the Taste of CBD Oil

If you hate the taste of CBD oil but love what it does for you, welcome to the club! High-quality CBD oils and tinctures have a potent earthy and bitter plant taste. There are flavored CBD oil products on the market that take the edge off. However, some users prefer to consume the compound as nature intended. It isn’t always easy, and help in hiding or diluting the taste is always welcome!

Taking your CBD with a sweet or savory food or beverage is always a popular option. It is quick and easy to do. Chewing on mint is another excellent way to grin and bear the flavor! Why do you think so many flavored CBD oils come in mint! Begin a morning routine by taking CBD straight after brushing your teeth. When all else fails, try the simple ‘hold your nose’ strategy. You will be surprised at how effective it is.

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gary lein

Why does the cbd oil with mct oil that I purchase have no smell or taste….


Yeah, the taste of CBD is unbearable, and worse…it lingers! But I discovered that eating peanut butter immediately after really disguises the taste a lot.

Stacey Burrell

Go for foods like ginger and garlic, as these could also help. I use cranberry sometimes and find that to be very effective too. Masking the taste of CBD will not affect its efficacy in any manner, so if you would like to go for something like this, then do not hesitate at all.


How long do I have to wait to brush my teeth after taking CBD?

Robert Boyd

Brush it before with some strong mint or cranberry paste, and you would not feel the yuck taste at all. But remember that brush immediately before, and then take your CBD at once.

Marilyn Sandidge

Masking the taste of CBD is not very difficult, it is just that it requires effort. Like vinegar itself can be stinky, and the nose breath may also still give some smell. But something is better than nothing, and so it is okay if one follows one or more tips from above.


Thanks for the tips! I just started cbd this past week for back pain, neck pain, anxiety, and insomnia. It seems to work pretty well, but I’ve had to resort to putting it over juice in a shot glass of orange or berry juice. The taste under my tongue is horrendous. I will try these tips to see if it helps, because cbd does work.