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What is the Difference Between CBD Capsules and CBD Oil?

There are many forms of CBD that users may choose to take. Between tinctures, capsules, vape oils, and edibles, users have a lot of options when it comes to CBD consumption. The most common forms are capsules and tincture oils. Below we will explain the differences between the two and which form may be better for one user over another.


What are CBD Capsules?

CBD capsules are just like liquid-gel pills, but they have CBD oil in them instead of other medication. Consumers tend to enjoy taking CBD in this way because it’s most similar to other medications they may have taken in the past. Capsules contain exact measurements, so it’s easy for consumers to know exactly how much CBD they are ingesting each time. They are also easily transportable, and consumers can carry just a few around with them at a time.

However, since capsules must first pass through the digestive system before being fully absorbed by the body, a lot of the CBD degrades and is wasted. Some degrades in the stomach, more is degraded in the intestines, and even more is degraded in the liver. So, regular CBD capsules only have about a 5-15% efficiency rating. This means, a user must take more CBD to attain the desired results. Luckily, new nanotechnology has made bioavailability stronger in CBD capsules. This technology has made CBD capsules 20 times more efficient than regular capsules. If a user were going to take capsules, they would want to ensure the efficiency of the components used so they aren’t wasn’t product.


What is a CBD Tincture?

CBD oil can also come in a tincture form, which is basically just concentrated CBD oil in a bottle. Some users like this form of CBD because they can customize their CBD intake with each use. A CBD tincture is usually taken sublingually, which means under the tongue. The tincture is absorbed into the blood vessels there, which can cause almost immediate effects. Since the tincture is concentrated, and the CBD doesn’t have time to degrade as much before entering the blood stream, users only have to use a few drops at a time to feel the desired effects. Tinctures may not taste very good, and some users find it awkward to take. Therefore, they may use drops in a drink or food to ingest it in an easier way. However, these methods may cause degradation of the CBD in the stomach, negating the positives of tinctures.


Which One is Right for Me?

There are pros and cons to each CBD intake method, and one may work better for you than another. Tinctures allow for more flexibility when determining a dosage that works for you. Dosing can differ based on body type and ailment being treated. For instance, it may take more CBD to treat seizures and less to treat nausea. There are different strengths, or concentrations, of CBD tinctures, so it’s important for users to look carefully at the dosing information before taking. Tincture bottles may not be easily transported, and it’s difficult to extract single doses from the bottle for travel. Tinctures may also taste bitter to the user, requiring it be mixed with a drink or food.


Capsules, on the other hand, are encased in a gel capsule, so they have little to no taste and are fairly easy to swallow. Since all capsules are dosed with the same amount of CBD, it’s easy for the user to know exactly how much CBD they are getting with each pill. Traveling with single doses is also simple, as the user can just take a few pills with them if they don’t want to take the whole bottle. The downside to capsules is that users can only increase their dose by the amount of CBD contained in each capsule. So, it’s more difficult to find a sweet spot if one pill isn’t enough but two is too many. Some brands may offer CBD capsules with different doses to make it easier for consumers to personalize their daily intake.


No matter which form of CBD you decide, the most important points to consider are the source of the CBD and the extraction methods used. Not all CBD is extracted with the purest methods, so consumers will want to take care that their CBD is sourced from pesticide-free and non-GMO plants, as well as extracted using either CO2 or ethanol methods. These are generally regarded as safe for consumers.

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