The most common complaint that we hear about CBD oil is the taste of the sublingual drops. While some actually like what is typically an “earthy” taste, others find the taste unbearable.
Luckily there are some things you can do to mask the taste of CBD oil. The purpose of this article is to summarize some of the ideas that we’ve heard from others in the CBD Oil Users Group on Facebook.
For starters though, let’s quickly review one of the golden rules of taking CBD oil drops. It’s important that you place the drops under your tongue and keep them there for at least 60-90 seconds before swallowing. This allows the CBD to absorb sublingually into your bloodstream. Allowing enough time for the drops to absorb under your tongue can improve effectiveness because the bioavailability of sublingual use is much higher than oral consumption. Click here for a more detailed explanation of bioavailability and different ways to take CBD oil.
Top 5 suggestions to mask the taste of CBD oil:
- Drop an Altoid, Tic Tac or other flavored mint under your tongue along with the drops
- Put a couple drops of honey under your tongue with the drops
- Eat a little peanut butter both before and after taking the drops
- Brush teeth your teeth or chew a strongly flavored gum right before you take the drops
- Add a couple drops of peppermint extract
Alternatively, there are also some reputable brands with pre-flavored CBD oil products. Highland Pharms offers full spectrum CBD oil drops in strawberry and mint flavors. Fab CBD offers their full spectrum CBD oil drops in citrus and mint flavors. Charlotte’s Web offers full spectrum CBD oil drops in chocolate mint flavor. And the 0% THC “Heal” drops from Kat’s Naturals are peppermint flavored. If you want to stick with the “natural” flavor, the drops of some brands taste better than others. NuLeaf Naturals is often mentioned as a brand whose drops taste better than other brands.
Adding CBD oil drops to coffee, juice or another beverage will effectively mask the taste but is not recommended. Neither is making your own capsules with the sublingual oil. Both of these options involve swallowing the CBD oil rather than allowing them to absorb sublingually. This results in the CBD having to go through your digestive tract which greatly reduces the bioavailability.
Do you have a favorite way to mask the taste of CBD oil? If so, please share it with us and others in the comments below.