Smell (Irrelevant to effects)
The oil smells bright, citrusy, and clean, with a woodsy finish. We detected notes of lemon, rosemary, bergamot, lavender, pine needles, and cedar, likely owing to the different terpenes and flavonoids in the full spectrum hemp extract the product contains.
We enjoyed the scent of the oil very much — as cannabis enthusiasts, we appreciate the herb-forward profile and the evident terpene content, and we have high hopes for its effectiveness as well as its flavor.
Taste (Irrelevant to effects)
Because this oil is not flavored with any other ingredients aside from the full-spectrum CBD it contains, it tastes very, as one tester put it, “green,” and it’s pretty intense because of the high concentration of hemp extract in each dose.
We didn’t mind this — woodsy notes of cedar and pine mingled with brighter flavors of lemon and hops, mellowed by the smooth and earthy flavor of fresh green tea — but we could see how it could be too much for sensitive palates. The flavor is a lot of herbal notes without much of any sweetness, which can be too much for some consumers.
The overall profile of this particular oil is a sort of “tour de forest,” as one tester phrased it, and it was really rather enjoyable for those of us who enjoy things like IPAs, 85% dark chocolate, and black coffee. That said, if you’re not one for earthy flavors, this particular blend might be a bit intense.
The flavor doesn’t hang around long or turn up in burps afterward (gross), but if you’re really, really averse to the taste, you could try adding it to a snack like a handful of nuts, applesauce, or fresh fruit to minimize the taste and counteract the bitter notes.
This dosing strategy will mean that your dose will absorb through your digestive tract rather than the soft tissues of your mouth, so it may take longer for you to feel symptom relief.
That said, the effects of the oil may last a bit longer than when most of the CBD is absorbed sublingually, closer to 8 hours as opposed to 5-6. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide your preferred dosing method, and that may take a little experimentation.