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CBD Capsules vs. Softgels: What’s the Difference?

Written By Ellese Symons Jul 13th 2022
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When determining the best CBD product for your needs, it’s important to understand the differences among the many product types. For some CBD users, the targeted application of a CBD topical is the best option. Those who want the fastest possible results often prefer a CBD vape pen.

Although CBD topicals and vape products have a loyal following, those particular products are not right for everyone. Many people prefer a consistent, pre-dosed daily serving of CBD from an ingestible product.

While those who prefer ingestible CBD always have the option of selecting a CBD tincture or our flavorful gummies, CBD softgels or capsules are most often preferred by those looking for an easy, convenient, flavorless way to get their daily CBD. Knowing the differences between these popular products could help you make an informed selection.

The Advantages of CBD Softgels and Capsules

When selecting a CBD softgel or capsule, you have the advantage of knowing your preferred dose of CBD is available in a pre-measured form. You’ll never have to worry about shaking a bottle, measuring your serving, or answering the inevitable questions posed by curious onlookers. Your pre-measured serving of CBD is ready to take discreetly whenever you are ready to take it.

Softgels and capsules are not only convenient, these products may be ideal for those who don’t care for the natural flavor of hemp. When selecting between CBDistillery™ softgels and capsules, it’s the following differences between them that will help you determine the best product for your needs:

  • CBDistillery™ Softgels

    CBDistillery™ CBD Softgels contain 30 mg of hemp-derived CBD in a smooth gelatin shell. Gelatin is a flavorless, colorless food additive.1 Softgels are formed, filled, and sealed in a single operation that encapsulates your CBD liquid. Softgels dissolve within minutes of reaching your stomach. Our CBD Softgels are available in 30 or 60 count bottles.

  • CBDistillery™ Capsules

    CBDistillery™ CBD Capsules are 100% vegan and contain 25 mg of hemp-derived CBD. We use capsules crafted from vegetable cellulose (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose – HPMC), and purified water. HPMC capsules do not contain animal products, wheat, or gluten.2 Each bottle of our CBDistillery™ CBD Capsules contains 30 capsules.

When selecting between CBDistillery softgels and capsules, it’s important to note the differences in CBD content and the composition of the outer shell. While the CBD in our softgels and capsules is essentially the same, there is a 5mg per dose difference between the two products. Our 30mg CBD Softgels contain more CBD per dose, and our CBDistillery™ 25mg CBD Capsules are vegan-friendly.

Differentiating Between Softgel Options

Now that you know the significant differences between our softgels and capsules, it’s important to note that there is one more important distinction to be made before placing an order. If you have decided to purchase our CBD softgels, you will want to choose between full spectrum CBD softgels or isolate CBD softgels. The following information could help with your decision:

  • Full Spectrum CBD

    Full spectrum CBD contains all the cannabinoids and plant terpenes found in the original plant, including trace amounts of THC (0.3 percent or less). Those who prefer full spectrum CBD are often taking advantage of the Entourage Effect, a phenomenon that explains the ability of individual plant elements to enhance the effects of the others.

  • CBD Isolate

    CBD isolate does not contain anything other than 99+ percent pure CBD. All of the other plant components, including THC, are removed during extraction and processing. That means that CBD isolate is flavorless, odorless, and ideal for those looking for a 0% THC product.

A Convenient Daily Dose of CBD from CBDistillery™

When you’re looking for a convenient way to take your daily serving of CBD, it’s important to select a quality product. CBDistillery™ is a vertically integrated company. That means we have full control over product quality at every phase of product production, from the planting of our non-GMO hemp seeds to the packaging and distribution of our quality products.

For CBD softgels, full-spectrum capsules, CBD topicals, tinctures, and CBD pet products, visit CBDistillery™. CBDistillery™ uses industrial hemp grown in the U.S. using natural farming practices. Every product we offer is third-party tested to ensure consistency, potency, and purity. You can verify the quality of the products you select by viewing the test results on our site or scanning the QR code on your product label.


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  2. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. (2010 October) HPMC Capsules: Current Status and Future Prospects.