For CBD oil softgel capsules, the cannabinoids are extracted in the same way from the plant. But instead of filling a tincture with CBD oil, the oils are placed into softgel capsules. To fill the capsule, CBD oil is often combined with other carriers, like hemp seed oil or olive oil, in order to help you absorb the CBD.
Like CBD oil, CBD capsules can come in two different ways: CBD isolate, which is a powder-like substance packed into a softgel capsule, or softgel capsules filled with CBD oil. This requires two different methods of extraction.
Because traditional CBD oil tinctures are taken under your tongue, it may take less time to feel the effects versus using a capsule. And with different flavors available, a natural, pleasant taste can outweigh any unwanted experiences. Therefore, it may be concluded that traditional tinctures are the preferred way to use CBD oil.
What is a CBD Capsule?
Like all CBD products, collecting CBD oil starts after plants are harvested. After collection from the fields, industrial hemp plants grown for their high concentration of cannabinoids go straight to the lab for CBD extraction. Using methods including CO2 extraction, the result is a liquid CBD oil that is full of cannabinoids.
If you find yourself debating CBD capsules versus CBD oil tinctures, you are not alone. Both have their pros and cons and come down to your personal preference and attitudes.
On the downside, CBD oil tinctures may come with a natural taste. Even with flavoring, many people describe the natural flavor as “wood-like” or “earthy.” If this flavor profile hits your palate wrong, it may be difficult to take a tincture. Another con of CBD oil tinctures is they don’t travel very well. If you take a CBD oil in your carry-on luggage, you may get additional questions about its contents. In this situation, you may want to consider flying with CBD capsules versus CBD oil.
One of the best things about CBD capsules is their discretion and ease of using. For those who prefer to use CBD during the day, a capsule can provide a quiet way to absorb cannabinoids without raising too much suspicion. And because they come in an easy-to-recognize form, you can take them with water and skip the natural flavors that come with CBD oil tinctures.
Our CBII CBD oils are higher in strength than our capsules and are also suitable for vegans (our capsules are not because they contain gelatine).
You may be a die-hard convert to one method, or prefer to try both before making up your mind.
Oils or tinctures delivered via drops under the tongue are also thought to be more readily and quickly absorbed by our bodies into the bloodstream as they aren’t processed via the digestive system like capsules are. This means it has what is called a higher bioavailability, so may be more effective in delivering all of the benefits of CBD.
How you choose to take your CBD comes down to personal preference. For example, you may dislike the taste of an oil and prefer to take a capsule, or perhaps you don’t like swallowing capsules so you prefer the dropper form. There is no right or wrong when it comes to CBD but there are a few differences between the two oral methods.
The best part about the oils as opposed to the capsules is that you can tailor the strength to suit you. Our oils come in a choice of three strengths: 100 mg, 200 mg and 500 mg and we also have additional high-strength CBD bundles for those who are confident taking CBD.
We’ve outlined the main differences between our CBII CBD oil and capsules in this handy table below. These differences just relate to CBII products, not capsules or tincture oils as a whole:
With the oils in the dropper bottle, you have the freedom to experiment with different dosages to find what works for you (just be sure not to exceed 70mg of CBD per day – the maximum amount as advised by the Food Standards Authority, unless recommended by a healthcare professional).