How can we incorporate Hemp Oil into our lifestyle in tastier and more flavorsome ways?
On its own, Hemp Oil has an earthy, musky, slightly bitter, grassy flavor. While the flavor appeals to some consumers, others are less than enthusiastic about it.
However, there are several smart ways to complement Hemp Oil’s natural aroma in a way that makes it palatable to one’s own preferences.
First, though, where does Hemp Oil take its characteristic taste from?
Where Does Hemp Oil’s Flavor Come from?
Hemp Oil products have different flavors, depending on the carrier oils used and the method and level of extraction.
Hemp Oil is extracted from Industrial Hemp, which is a plant. All of Hemp Oil’s aromas are natural aromas found in Hemp. Specifically, Hemp Oil is extracted from the flowers and leaves of Hemp. These are carefully picked and then dried and processed to extract Hemp Oil.
What Are Cannabinoids?
Besides CBD, Industrial Hemp contains dozens of other cannabinoids, including THC, CBC, CBDA, CBG, CBN, and more. Each of these adds its own characteristics and aromas.
Cannabinoids are being researched for their calming, relaxing potential. They also appear to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities. This could make them useful allies in the fight against inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and asthma. They may also help with fighting free radicals, which cause inflammation and chronic diseases.
So far, research suggests that cannabinoids, and CBD in particular, may help support people with anxiety, depression, muscle relaxation, insomnia, inflammation, pain management, and decreased appetite.
Research is also examining how CBD and all the other cannabinoids work together to improve each other’s potential and increase their efficiency when combined—the so-called entourage effect.
While research is often inconclusive at early stages, we do know that Industrial Hemp contains cannabinoids like CBD along with terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, essential oils, and fatty acids. These all give Hemp Oil its distinctive flavor.
What Are Terpenes?
Terpenes are aromatic compounds that give plants and flowers their characteristic aromas. You could say that terpenes are what make our lives aromatic. All flowers and plants that have a scent owe it to terpenes.
When plants first appeared, they evolved to include terpenes. These either protect them from predators or attract pollinators and help them propagate.
Terpenes are categorized according to their aroma. There are four broad categories of terpenes: sweet, sour, spicy, and bitter. Each category is divided into sub-categories depending on the particular scent of each terpene.
What Terpenes Does Hemp Oil Have?
There are over 100 terpenes found in Industrial Hemp. The most common and best-analyzed ones include beta-caryophyllene, limonene, myrcene, linalool, pinene, and terpinolene:
- If you’ve always thought that basil, cinnamon, and rosemary have a common undertone, you would be right. Their aroma comes from beta-caryophyllene, which is also found in Hemp.
- As its name suggests, limonene gives citruses, especially lemons, their characteristic, refreshing citrusy scent.
- Myrcene is found in eucalyptus, hops, bay leaves, and thyme. It has an earthy, musky aroma.
- Linalool is the refreshing, relaxing, calming scent of lavender.
- Pinene has the scent of conifers, especially pine trees. It is the most common terpene in the natural world.
- Finally, terpinolene is found in rosemary, sage, and other herbs.
All these terpenes work synergistically to give Hemp Oil its distinctive aroma.
What Do Terpenes Offer?
Although we have barely scratched the surface of terpenes and their potential, preliminary research suggests that terpenes, besides their distinctive aromas, also contribute to the therapeutic potential of Hemp Oil. Most terpenes have anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antiseptic, and antioxidant qualities. These may prove useful for future treatment of various conditions, ailments, and illnesses.
When you place a drop of Hemp Oil under your tongue, the distinctive taste and aromas you get come mostly from the terpenes naturally present in Hemp. Basically, you are tasting nature in its purest form.
What Else Gives Hemp Oil Products Their Flavor?
Apart from the terpenes found naturally in Hemp Oil, several other factors play a role in how it tastes and smells, including the carrier oils used, the extraction method, and how the Hemp Oil is then processed.
To understand what gives Hemp Oil its flavor, you must first understand how Hemp Oil is made.
The production of Hemp Oil requires the use of carrier oils.
When we consume a substance, only part of it reaches our bloodstream—the rest is discarded by the body. Bioavailability refers to the amount of the substance that does reach the bloodstream and has an effect. The higher a product’s bioavailability, the more effective it is.
Carrier oils improve the bioavailability of Hemp Oil because CBD is fat-soluble: this means it dissolves in fat rather than water. Placing CBD in a fatty substance makes it easier for the body to absorb and increases its potential.
Hemp Oil manufacturers typically use one of four main carrier oils: coconut oil, MCT, Hemp seed oil, and olive oil. MCT is a form of coconut oil. Hemp Seed Oil is produced from pressing Hemp seeds and extracting their oil. Olive oil is extracted from olives, usually to be used in our cooking.
Coconut oil and MCT contain beneficial fatty acids and are fairly odorless and flavorless. Hemp Seed Oil has a nutty, earthy aroma, akin to sunflower seed oil. As for olive oil, it’s earthy and fruity, with a slight bitterness to it.
When Hemp Oil producers use coconut oil or MCT, the original aromas of CBD and the Hemp terpenes are noticeable. When the carrier oil is olive oil or Hemp Seed Oil, then these oils add their own flavors to the mix and can mask the distinctive flavor of Hemp Oil.
Here at Synchronicity, we use our proprietary LipidTrans™ infusion process. We use coconut oil or MCT oil to absorb those cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and vitamins, thus infusing coconut oil with Whole-Plant Hemp goodness.
The Role of Extraction
As with every natural product, extraction and processing change the original, wholesome flavors of plants. The same stands for Hemp: the more it is processed, the more Hemp Oil loses its own distinctive aroma.
Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products are as close as it gets to the original Hemp. Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil contains all of the terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids found in Hemp, along with all the cannabinoids, including traces of THC—always under the legal threshold of 0.3%.
Broad-Spectrum Hemp Oil products have undergone an extra extraction process to remove all traces of THC while keeping as many cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids as possible.
Finally, CBD isolate has undergone the most extraction and contains only CBD. CBD isolate has the least, if any, flavor but also misses out on the entourage effect and the full potential of Hemp.
Many manufacturers use CO2 extraction or—even worse—solvents to extract CBD. These harsh extraction methods are hard on Hemp, stripping it of all its cannabinoids, phytonutrients, and terpenes. It is also expensive and requires a lot of maintenance, driving up the final price for the end-user.
Our patented LipidTrans™ Infusion Process uses just the right combination of pressure, heat, and time to add a “carrier” coconut or MCT oil to the raw CBDRx18 Hemp and allow it to gently become infused with all of the rich phytonutrients.
The Role of Processing and Filtering
When Hemp Oil manufacturers extract Hemp Oil from the dried flowers and leaves of industrial Hemp, they also filter out chlorophyll.
Just like all other plants, Hemp contains chlorophyll. Cows and goats love the grassy taste of chlorophyll. Many humans don’t.
That is why many Hemp Oil manufacturers remove chlorophyll from their products: while it’s not bad or dangerous for your health, it may put you off Hemp Oil.
However, chlorophyll is often credited with a range of benefits. For example, it may help support the immune system and detox the body.
If the Hemp Oil product you have bought is dark-green or dark-colored instead of transparent, then it probably includes chlorophyll. While many—ourselves included—feel that this increases the potential benefits, you will taste its grassy flavor with every Hemp Oil drop you take.
Flavored CBD Oil
Hemp Oil manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve their natural products. Many are aware that some consumers may not like the taste of Hemp Oil.
A common way to enhance Hemp Oil’s taste is to add popular flavorings that mask the earthy, grassy scent of Hemp. For example, some offer CBD oils and tinctures with added chocolate, peppermint, or berry lemonade.
Flavored CBD oils are particularly appealing to people taking CBD tinctures. With tinctures, the point is to keep it as long as possible under your tongue—usually around a minute. Tinctures offer increased bioavailability because they bypass the digestive system and enter the bloodstream directly through our tongue capillaries.
By choosing a flavored CBD oil or tincture, you will experience the potential effects of CBD without its musky taste. However, not all flavorings are natural. Also, flavored CBD oils are more processed than natural Hemp Oil and may have some phytonutrients removed.
Mixing with Food or Drink
If you prefer natural Hemp Oil with no added flavoring, you can always mask Hemp’s wholesome flavor by adding it to your food or drink. Here are a few suggestions on how to take CBD without tasting its natural aroma.
Mix It with Your Drink or Make a Smoothie
Mixing Hemp Oil with your coffee or hot chocolate or adding it to a fruit smoothie will hide its taste while letting you enjoy all the benefits.
Think of a strawberry, pineapple, or mango smoothie with a few drops of Hemp Oil. Likewise, milkshakes can help you mask the taste of CBD while taking plenty of nutritious milk and fruit.
As Hemp Oil is fat-soluble, you may find it easier to mix into drinks that include a fatty substance; for example, coffee with cream instead of black. If adding it to a smoothie, it will be easily dissolved in fatty fruit like avocado.
Food and Hemp Oil
If you wish to add Hemp Oil to your food, you may consider fatty food like peanut butter, yogurt, or guacamole, as this will increase the bioavailability of CBD. CBD will stay longer in your stomach and your body will make the most out of it.
You can also cook with Hemp Oil. Sprinkle it over a salad, add it to chocolates or cookies, or create your own recipe. Just keep in mind that fatty ingredients and Hemp Oil go well together, so think of recipes that include cheese, avocado, butter, milk, etc.
Sweet Always Wins
If you have a sweet tooth, you can always eat something sweet to mask the taste of CBD. Chocolate, jam, honey, or fresh fruit juice will work wonders for most people.
Chewing gum keeps our mouth fresh with its minty and refreshing flavor. There is no reason why the same isn’t true after taking a drop or two of Hemp Oil. Mint’s aroma is quite powerful and will remove the flavor of Hemp Oil.
Flavors and Tastes of CBD Oil
Hemp Oil is a natural, wholesome compound produced from Hemp. Its earthy, musky, slightly bitter taste is the taste of botanical purity.
Hemp Oil tastes the way it does because of the numerous terpenes it contains, which carry their own aromatic essential oils.
Hemp Oil products differ based on several factors, including the extraction method, the processing and chlorophyll extraction, and the carrier oils used. Carrier oils carry with them their own aromas and scents, while extraction processes can eliminate the natural flavors—but also Hemp Oil’s wholesomeness.
Many CBD producers have invested in flavored CBD products, adding natural or artificial flavorings such as peppermint, lemon, or berry. These flavorings eliminate the earthiness of Hemp Oil and make it more appetizing to people. However, they also add a further layer of processing to the product.
If you are still wondering how to take your Hemp Oil, several foods can help you mask its muskiness: yogurt, mint, chewing gum, honey, peanut butter, guacamole, and chocolate are excellent foods to take before, with, or after your drop of Hemp Oil.
Whatever your choice, it’s always best to buy natural Hemp Oil products from American producers who take pride in producing clean, safe, and quality products.
Here at Synchronicity, we guarantee your health by avoiding harsh CO2 extraction processes, using sustainable farming practices for all of our plants, and using our patented LipidTrans™ Infusion Process to oversee the gentle hand-pressing and coconut oil fusion of our products. We work with third-party testing facilities to ensure that everything we create is safe and reliable. Synchronicity—the passionate Hemp Oil producers.