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CBD Oil vs CBD Capsules: Which is Better?   

Written By Ellese Symons Sep 1st 2023
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When you add CBD to your health and wellness routine, the cannabinoid interacts with multiple molecular targets. But It's CBD's impact on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) receptors that seems to get the most attention. With ECS signaling involved in nearly every aspect of physical, mental, and emotional well-being, researchers believe supporting ECS function with CBD helps promote homeostasis (Sallaberry & Astern, 2018). When internal or external influences threaten essential balance, it's the processes of homeostasis that restore equilibrium (Bergland, 2023). 

Based on the feedback of 1,900 respondents in a 2019 survey of CBDistillery customers, that can translate to an impressive number of possible benefits. Most survey respondents report positive results using their favorite products for relaxation, mild or temporary anxiety, discomfort after physical activity, and better sleep. But when you've just begun exploring your options, trying to determine which product could be the best fit for your needs, preferences, and lifestyle can be a challenge, especially if you're torn between starting with CBD oil or CBD capsules. While you'll probably be pleased with the results of either product, there are several key differences that could help you decide which popular option is the better choice for your needs.  

Product Origins: What Is CBD?   

CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-intoxicating plant element produced in cannabis. It's found in varying amounts in marijuana and consistently higher concentrations in hemp. When you choose hemp-derived CBD oil or capsules, the plant's natural 15-20:1 CBD to THC ratio ensures there's little risk of intoxication. CBD users who prefer avoiding the less than 0.3% THC in full spectrum hemp extract have the option of using products made with broad-spectrum CBD oil or CBD isolate powder. 

The best hemp-derived CBD products are sourced from non-GMO, naturally farmed crops. After the plants are harvested and dried, reputable manufacturers use food-safe extraction methods to separate the cannabinoid-rich oil from the plant's flowers. CO2 extraction is best for plant oils used to make full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD products (Lazarjani et al., 2021). Ethanol is the better choice for isolating individual cannabinoids.   

CBD Oil vs Capsules: Comparing Their Individual Advantages   

While it might seem like CBD is a relatively recent discovery, researchers have been investigating its health and wellness potential for decades. Eventually, they discovered that it interacts with the same receptors as similar substances produced in the body (Petrocellis & Marzo, 2009). Today, hemp-derived extract is used to make an impressive number of products with considerable health and wellness potential. CBD oil tinctures and capsules are among the most popular. 

But their similarities can make choosing between them a bit of a challenge. After all, both deliver the health and wellness potential of cannabidiol in a way that ensures system-wide utilization. Before finalizing a purchasing decision based on product reviews or the well-intention advice of family or friends, consider how their individual advantages set them apart. 

The Advantages of CBD Oil Tinctures 

CBD oil tinctures are made with hemp extract and a carrier oil. They're one of your best options if you want a versatile product that can be used in several ways. You can use a CBD oil tincture to add the cannabinoid to foods and beverages, for cooking and baking, or to add CBD to your favorite cream or lotion for topical application. But most CBD users hold the oil beneath their tongues for 45-60 seconds before swallowing. 

The Advantages of CBD Capsules  

CBD capsules deliver highly concentrated hemp-derived extract in an easy-to-swallow form. By definition, capsules are made with two sturdy pieces of vegetable cellulose molded to fit together. Softgels, on the other hand, are smooth and flexible because they're made with gelatin and glycerin. When you choose CBD capsules (or softgels), you'll have a no-fuss product that delivers a precise, pre-measured amount of cannabidiol in every serving. 

Other Factors to Consider When Choosing Between CBD Oil and CBD Capsules  

When you add CBD oil to foods and drinks or swallow a capsule, it can take up to two hours (or more) for the cannabinoids to clear your digestive system and begin circulating through your bloodstream. That's the main reason so many CBD users prefer oral delivery, something you can't do with capsules. But before choosing a product based solely on convenience or how long it could take the effects of a serving to peak, there are several other important differences you may want to factor into your decision. 

Serving Size Flexibility  

Most CBD brands print serving-size suggestions on product labels. But a serving size that's right for someone else could be quite different than the amount that's right for you. With capsules, you can double the amount you're using if needed, but you can't increase or decrease the amount of CBD you're using in small increments to determine your ideal serving size, the smallest amount you need to get the best results. In that respect, CBD oil tinctures are the better choice. 

Medication Interactions & Possible Side Effects  

CBD is generally well-tolerated and safe for most people. But side effects are possible. Most are usually mild, but can include dry mouth, fatigue, digestive distress, or changes in appetite (Bergamaschi et al., 2011). Using a tincture to start with a partial serving and increasing in small increments gradually could minimize the risk. But you'll need to consult your healthcare provider if you have medical concerns. CBD is not appropriate for people with certain conditions and can interact with over-the-counter and prescription medications. 

Taste and Texture Preferences  

Hemp has a distinctive flavor and aroma. If you find the taste too unpleasant, you'll probably prefer CBD capsules. Although CBD oil tinctures made with CBD isolate won't taste like hemp, you may still notice the flavor of the carrier oil (MCT oil). With the plant's extracts encased in a form that's easy to swallow, you won't taste it. Plus, you can take CBD capsules just about anywhere because you don't have to worry about carrying a bottle of liquid that could leak, crack, or break. 

Discover Why So Many CBD Users Recommend CBDistillery® CBD Oil Tinctures, Softgels, & Capsules  

Whether you ultimately decide to try a CBD oil tincture or capsules, you'll want to pay close attention to the quality of the products you select. When you choose CBDistillery® products, you don't have to worry. Our hemp-derived CBD is sourced from non-GMO, naturally farmed crops, we rely on the cleanest extraction methods available, and our products are rigorously tested, quality assured, and backed by a 60-day satisfaction guarantee. Now that you know why so many CBD users recommend our products to their family and friends, consider using the following descriptions to find the CBDistillery® product best suited to your needs, preferences, and lifestyle. 

CBDistillery® Full Spectrum CBD Oil & Softgels   

Full spectrum CBD oil tinctures and softgels give you all the additional cannabinoids and terpenes produced in the plant, including a small amount of THC. With full spectrum products, you benefit from the potency-maximizing potential the plant species is known for called an "entourage" effect (Nahler et al., 2019). CBDistillery® Full Spectrum CBD Softgels give you 30mg of CBD per serving. 

CBDistillery® Broad Spectrum CBD Oil & Softgels   

CBDistillery® Broad Spectrum CBD Oil Tinctures and softgels have many of the same minor cannabinoids and terpenes needed for the potency maximizing potential of an entourage effect, but their THC is reduced to non-detectable levels during extraction and processing, less than 0.01%. CBDistillery® Broad Spectrum CBD Softgels (and full spectrum softgels) are available in 30 or 60-count bottles. 

CBDistillery® THC-Free Pure CBD Oil Tinctures 

Not everyone appreciates the flavor or aroma of cannabis. If you're concerned about using a CBD oil tincture that tastes like hemp, try one of our  CBDistillery® THC-Free Pure CBD Oil Tinctures. They're made with a blend of flavorless, odorless CBD isolate powder and MCT oil and are available with 500mg, 1000mg, and 2500mg of CBD per bottle. They're great for adding CBD to snacks, beverages, and your favorite recipes because they won't interfere with your enjoyment. 

To Learn More, Visit CBDistillery®  

CBD Oil tinctures are known for their versatility and ability to deliver fast-acting results when used sublingually. CBD capsules and softgels are most often favored by CBD users who value convenience, consistency, and portability. Although you'll likely be pleased with the results of just about any of our high-quality hemp-derived CBD products, it's important to find the best fit for your needs, preferences, and lifestyle, something that fits your daily routine. 

If you're impressed with CBD's health and wellness potential but still not quite sure where to start, visit CBDistillery® to take our 3-minute CBD Product Quiz or schedule a personal consultation. Our products are made with 100% clean ingredients, and most of our survey respondents report achieving their best results within 7-14 days of consistent use 


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