what does cbd taste like

What Does CBD Taste Like?

This is a common question for people new to CBD.

The expectations are pretty funny (in hindsight).

“Will it taste like weed?” is a common query.

It can. Just a hint. depending.

Think of wine where they say “a note of berry and oak”.

What most people don’t realize is that the taste of CBD can be quite different depending on the type of CBD you’re using.

There are other big differences besides just taste which we’ll get into.

A good 90% of the CBD available online is full-spectrum CBD which will have a very different taste.

This makes sense since much more of the hemp plant material in full-spectrum.

We’ll discuss why this has huge ramifications for people with histamine and allergy issues.

You know. just up to 40% of the population and 60% of women.

So that’s important.

Let’s look at what you can expect.

We’ll also look at an interesting little “burn” in the back of the throat like you get from good olive oil.

First. what about the taste?

CBD taste – full spectrum versus CBD isolate

We have to distinguish between the two basic types of CBD.

Full Spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum has a lot of hemp plant material in it.

This will obviously have much more of a hemp taste and smell.

In fact, it’s usually a green color.

It can be downright soupy green!

The full-spectrum taste can be very strong.

Some people have trouble with it.

It’s akin to wheatgrass but with a cannabis vibe.

This may be a deal-breaker for many people with full-spectrum CBD oil.

CBD Isolate Taste

As for CBD isolate, the taste will be much more muted.

In fact, you’re likely to pick up more of the base oil’s taste:

  • Coconut (MCT oil)
  • Olive oil
  • Hemp oil

The coconut oil has a hint of sweetness but is otherwise pretty devoid of taste.

Olive oil obviously has its own distinct taste.

Hemp oil tastes a lot like full-spectrum.

CBD itself (usually as a white crystal) has no real taste.

CBD isolate may have a slight note or hint of hemp.

It’s very slight.

This option is much easier for people who have strong reactions to wheat-grassy flavors!

There’s a host of other benefits for CBD isolate, especially for people with histamine and allergy issues.

Which is most of us!!

One other note. most people take the CBD with oil.

It may not be great in all situations to have a “hemp” smell on your breath.

For example, many people like to use CBD in a stressful situation such as a business meeting or first date.

You probably don’t want to smell like hemp in those situations!

Let’s look at the burn.

The CBD burn in the back of the throat

Some people will try CBD oil and feel a slight burn back where the tonsils are.

Interestingly, they may have reported this when they feel like they’re fighting something.

CBD is antibacterial and antiviral by itself.

You may have a low-level infection or inflammation around the tonsil area (prone to dealing with such microbes. hence the number of tonsillectomies).

These same people report that the burn eventually goes away after using CBD for a while.

Olive oil, if very high quality, has the same effect.

Bad olive oil won’t do this by the way.

Good olive oil will have this slight burn in the back of the throat all the time!

More importantly, mouth health and bacteria are being tied to many health issues including arteriosclerosis and heart disease.

We recommend keeping the CBD oil under the tongue for 30-60 seconds when taking CBD anyway.

The same antibacterial and antiviral effect would occur in the mouth as well.

As long as it doesn’t taste so bad that we spit it out!

That’s why we focus on CBD isolate.

CBD flavors

You will find CBD brands where they add in flavors and/or scents.

We want to avoid this.

They’re usually trying to cover up the strong hemp taste and smell for full- spectrum!

The bigger issue is that most flavors and scents are crafted in New Jersey factories (seriously. there’s a row of them there that dominate the industry).

They’re generally not good for you.

The whole point of why we’re taking CBD is to feel better!

It’s best to avoid additives like flavors and scents.

That’s why we have only CBD isolate and coconut oil extract in IndigoNaturals.

Just two ingredients in our oils.

It tastes pretty good as is.

It feels even better!

Always work with a doctor or naturopath with any supplement!

The information provided here is not intended to treat an illness or substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified healthcare provider.


Hey Denise…CBD isolate should not taste like salt! In fact, it doesn’t really have any taste if it’s pure CBD isolate like what we add to a coconut oil base. There’s so much bad stuff out there with bogus ingredients. They have to have 3rd party testing! Salt is the least of our concerns.

Supposably I have CBD crystals and I put a little piece in my mouth and it tastes just like salt. Is in fact what I am tasting really salt and not CBD?

Please note, most companies won’t tell you, if you taste Plastic this oil is garbage!
I purchased some through a company that in its name says Pure ( not this company) it taste like PURE PLASTIC!

"Will it taste like weed?" is a common query. It can. Just a hint…depending. What Does CBD Taste Like?

Does CBD Taste Like Weed?

One of the questions we are asked most frequently is does CBD taste like weed?

However much you know about CBD, you are probably aware that it has something to do with weed. For many, that is the limit of their knowledge, partly due to the conflicting information that is available.

In this article, we shall discuss how CBD and THC (the main cannabinoid found in the weed you may or may not have tried before, we’re not here to ask) are similar, and, perhaps more importantly, what the differences are, before getting to the crux of the question, whether CBD and THC taste the same.


While CBD and THC are derived from the same plant, the two cannabinoids are not the same, and there are some differences it is important to know.

THC is normally extracted from marijuana plants, while CBD, as long as it is purchased from a legal and trusted source, is taken from industrial hemp plants, which contain no more than 0.2% THC, as stated by EU aw (laws in other countries may differ, but wherever CBD is legal, the maximum THC content doesn’t tend to rise above 0.3%).

The reason it is important to know that these two cannabinoids are different is that while THC is psychoactive, CBD is not, which means that CBD will not get you high.

Similarly to THC, there are numerous ways to consume CBD, although many of them differ from conventional THC methods.

For example, CBD can be used as a cream, which is something that is rare (but not unheard of) with THC.

What Does CBD Taste Like?

There is no specific taste to CBD, it can have a variety of different flavours depending on how it is processed, and the form you use it in.

While CBD is still not as common worldwide as THC, meaning there are not as any different strains and flavours of the former, but there is still a lot of choices available.

Many consider the natural taste of CBD to be a little strange, although this opinion is normally tied to natural tasting CBD oil.

However, if you use CBD isolate, which is CBD with everything else removed, there is no scent and no flavour. Meaning technically the most natural form of CBD doesn’t taste of anything at all.

Full-spectrum, or whole-plant CBD, which includes other cannabinoids (including trace amounts of THC, as mentioned above) as well as terpenes and other elements, can have an earthy flavour, but there are so many flavoured products, that this is easy to avoid.

Gummies, for example, taste like any other sweet, while flavoured oils taste, unsurprisingly, like whatever the flavour states they do.

Can CBD Taste Like Weed?

So, CBD doesn’t have to taste like weed, we’ve established that, but what if you want it to?

Here, you are best to look at CBD dry flower products, where strains have been developed which taste like some of the most popular weed strains.

The smell and taste of these CBD dry flower products are very similar, although not identical, to the matching weed strains, so if you are looking for a non-psychoactive alternative to these THC heavy strains, then this is a good place to look.

There may be less choice when it comes to CBD flavours than there are with THC, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a plethora of available options, and these will only increase.

As the focus on CBD continues to increase, as it has been doing for some time now, so too does the attention on creating new and exciting flavours and products.

We try our hardest to keep on top of all evolutions in the market, so be sure to pay attention to our product pages, as we are adding fresh CBD goodies all the time, so if the perfect CBD flavour for you hasn’t been created yet, be patient, it’s likely to be soon!

What’s your dream flavour of CBD product? Let us know in the comments, you never know, we might create it!


The products we sell do not have proven health benefits. While research is being carried out, these products are not, and should not, be considered to be medical products.

Any information we give in these articles is taken from scientific research, but should not be considered as a statement of fact. Links and information included in these articles do not reflect the opinion of Plant & Hemp. Any link to scientific studies is for information only, and not intended as a proof of any specific fact, or to validate any specific opinion.

We are simply bringing you the information needed to make an informed decision on what you want to use CBD for, and what you are comfortable using our products for.

CBD products should not be used as a replacement for any prescribed medication, under UK and International Law.

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