CBD is incredibly popular these days. Indeed, it seems as if everyone is trying it. In August 2019, a Gallup poll showed that 1 in 7 Americans had tried the compound, despite the fact that it had only been legal nationwide for less than a year. New surveys continue to show the product’s popularity, with a 2,000 person survey in April 2020 by a different group showing that number had increased to 1 out of every 3 Americans.
CBD is popular for many reasons, including its potential ability to help people deal with plenty of emotional and physical issues, as well as its versatility. CBD can be ingested in many ways, including as a cream, vaping juice, or via direct consumption. It is this ingestion method that has proved to be one of the most popular, as people can eat or drink CBD, or take it as a tincture directly under the tongue.
This last method has left an obvious question: Just what does CBD taste like?
What Gives CBD Its Taste?
CBD’s taste comes from some of the chemical components that are found within the plant. The two that have the greatest impact are its terpenes and flavonoids. Both of these are chemical compounds that are found within countless plants, including CBD. Their presence – and the interaction they have with each other – are responsible for CBD’s taste.
What Does CBD Taste Like In Its Natural Form?
The two most common types of CBD are Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum. Both of these types of CBD contain all naturally occurring products, including terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids. The main difference is the presence of THC. THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is a specific type of cannabinoid. It is probably the most well-known cannabinoid, as its pretense in marijuana is responsible for the intoxication that users feel when using the compound. Full Spectrum CBD contains trace amounts of THC. Broad Spectrum contains none.
Generally speaking, CBD has been described as having a taste that is described as “natural” or its relatives. Words like “woody,” or “earthy” are often used in the course of describing CBD’s taste. It can also taste bitter. These flavors, of course, are often not pleasant. However, there are ways of altering the taste and making it more enjoyable.
THC is not believed to have a major impact on the taste, as the taste is generally impacted only by the presence of other terpenes and flavonoids that are already in the compound. As such, there is not really a difference between the taste of Full & Broad Spectrum CBD.
Full and Broad Spectrum CBD are not the only types of the product. There is also CBD Isolate. This is CBD in its purest form, with virtually all other flavonoids, terpenes, and content removed from the product, leaving behind only the cannabinoid itself. CBD Isolate is typically available only in a white, powder-like form. Different reports have made different claims: Some say CBD isolate has no taste, while others note that the powder is deeply bitter, like a medicine capsule that has been opened. However, it’s important to note that CBD Isolate was never meant to be taken straight. Instead, many people use isolate by taking it sublingually or putting it into homemade CBD concoctions. Many have also used isolate as part of other recipes.
How CBD Flavoring Is Changed
The above only noted what CBD tastes like in its most natural form. This is not how you have to take CBD. Indeed, in many cases, flavoring is added to customize the taste and make it more pleasant for users.
The types of flavors run the gamut. They are available in a wide variety, including common flavors like vanilla, mint, berry, and many, many more. These flavors are typically added during the manufacturing process.
Furthermore, the method by which the CBD is extracted can alter the taste. Indeed, there are many methods of actually extracting CBD from the hemp plant, including by adding a carrier oil, winterizing the hemp plant, using alcohol, using carbon dioxide, and more. All of these methods obviously work differently. Some involve adding a substance, while some don’t.
The method of extraction is vitally important for its taste, not only because of the way that a specific extraction method will impact the product’s taste but because of the fact that poor quality extraction methods can dramatically and negatively impact the taste. Take winterization: With this process, CBD is soaked in alcohol, which is then burned away. If all of the alcohol is not properly removed, it can give the CBD an unnatural and unpleasant taste and even be dangerous.
CBD and Edibles
As noted above, the taste of CBD in its most natural form is not always something that people will enjoy. However, this has resulted in the popularity of many other forms of CBD, and specifically edibles.
Edibles are exactly what they sound like: CBD is infused into popular foods or drinks, then consumed. This allows someone to eat or drink the CBD that they crave while doing so in a more pleasant manner. This is a popular way of CBD use, but particularly for people who are just starting out using the compound.
One of the most common ways that CBD is consumed is in sweet snack treats. Gummies, in particular, have become a wildly popular way that people eat CBD snacks, and you can purchase CBD gummies in most major CBD realtors. However, many have also begun to use CBD gummies in chocolate treats, like brownies. Again, this is a great way of consuming CBD, but you have to use caution, as it can be very, very easy to inadvertently consume more CBD than you intended. While this is not dangerous, it may result in unpleasant side effects, particularly if you are not used to using CBD.
However, CBD snacks are not the only way that you can eat CBD at this point. Even a quick look on the internet reveals a wide array of food that you can eat CBD in. Some are snacks, including CBD chocolate, sour candies, gum, lollipops, other candy, and more. CBD is also now available in more and more consumable forms, including thin strips that dissolve under the tongue. CBD can also be found in some healthy foods, but these are still few and far between.
Something that is becoming more common is CBD-infused drinks. These drinks come in a variety of formats and flavors, including CBD-flavored water, sodas, and juices. There are also many celebrity-endorsed types of CBD drinks. For example, boxer and celebrity Mike Tyson has his own CBD drink line known as “Dwiink,” a play on his infamous lisp.
At the moment, there do not appear to be any commercially available CBD alcoholic drinks. This is probably a good thing, as there are real concerns about what happens if you combine the two products.
CBD and Cooking
As CBD has become more popular, so has the various methods by which it is used and the creativity that people are showing while using it. CBD cooking has become very popular, as people begin to incorporate CBD into their own mixes. This can work extremely well for some individuals, as it allows them to use CBD in a manner that is creative while still incorporating it into their diet.
However, cooking with CBD does present its own problems, as many people are unfamiliar with how to do so while still enhancing the flavor of their food or drink. Here are a few tips about how you can use CBD to make a positive impact on whatever you are cooking:
• Start with a low amount of CBD and a low amount of heat. Remember, less is more. You can always increase both the levels and the heat, but you can’t remove CBD or lower the heat once the product has already been added or cooked.
• If you do use heat, never add CBD directly to the heat source. Doing so will cause the CBD to evaporate. Instead, only use heat after adding the CBD to whatever you are cooking.
• When you first begin to cook with CBD, it may be easier to avoid a concoction that involves cooking. Instead, you can stick with adding CBD to a dip or salad dressing.
• Use unflavored CBD when cooking. Using a flavored CBD method may result in a strange taste after a recipe is completed. It is better to allow a food’s natural flavors to shine through, rather than to allow an artificial-flavored CBD to dominate a recipe.
You can also add CBD to drinks. In many cases, this is easier than adding CBD to a food recipe.
As you probably know now, CBD has no “set” taste. Indeed, that’s one of the things that makes CBD such a highly popular substance – you can make it taste like almost anything you want!
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