Anyone who has tried CBD for once in their lives knows what a nightmare choosing the right CBD product can be. Finding a reputable brand, which would guarantee not only the premium quality but also the safety of the product, is a rather demanding task. Then there is a challenge of having too many products to choose from. Markets nowadays offer a plethora of products tailored for different consumer tastes and preferences, and while it is great knowing that there is something for everyone, CBD users, especially those who are new to CBD, are often experiencing choice paralysis.
The first products to hit the market were CBD oil and CBD capsules, which is probably why they are enjoying high popularity among CBD users today. They are also the two products often considered by those who are using CBD for the first time. CBD oil and CBD capsules have some key similarities and differences which is what makes it difficult to choose between them. In this article, we are providing an overview of the qualities of each hoping that we can help you make an informed decision on which of the two products is the right one for you.
What to consider when choosing between CBD oil and CBD capsules?
There are several factors which should be given thought to when making a choice between CBD oil and CBD capsules. The first question you should ask yourself is why you are taking CBD in the first place. If the reason is to improve your overall physical and mental well-being, both CBD oil and CBD capsules can be equally effective.
Bioavailability, supplement’s ability to break down and absorb within the body, is another factor you should consider. When it comes to CBD, the bioavailability mostly depends on the method of consumption, and as you will read, CBD oil and CBD capsules are consumed differently.
Convenience is an important aspect of CBD experience for many CBD users. Some prefer taking a product which comes with a pre-measured dosage since it is simpler to consume than the products which require the dosage to be measured every time you take them. Others prefer taking a non-liquid product since these are easier to carry around, and especially convenient if you are traveling. It all comes down to personal preferences.
Something which is often considered with CBD products is how inconspicuous they are. While some do not mind the curious eyes of other people on them while they take their product sublingually, others prefer more subtle ways of taking CBD. Again, it comes down to what the consumer feels comfortable with.
CBD oil in a nutshell
CBD is extracted from the hemp-based cannabis plants in its purest form and then diluted with organic oil, such as coconut oil or hemp seed oil to make CBD oil. The dilution does not take away from its potency. It is often confused with the hemp oil. While CBD is extracted from the hemp of the cannabis plant, the hemp itself consists of other elements, namely THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is a psychoactive compound. This means that the two oils have different effects on the body and the mind.
How is CBD oil consumed?
One of the reasons CBD oil is the favorite product of many is the fact that it can be consumed in different ways. The most common method of consumption is sublingual. CBD oil comes in a bottle with a dropper. For sublingual application, the oil is gathered up into the dropper and a few drops of it are placed under the tongue and held there for 60 to 90 seconds. This allows the active ingredients in the oil to be absorbed by the mucous membranes under the tongue. This way, CBD bypasses metabolism and renders quicker results.
CBD oil can also be used as a cooking ingredient and added to foods and drinks. While this method is inconspicuous, it changes the bioavailability of the oil. It takes longer to see the effects of CBD because it needs to be digested. CBD oil is also suitable for topical application, whereby it is applied directly on the skin where it is absorbed.
What are the advantages of using CBD oil?
● CBD oil has higher bioavailability compared to capsules, and this is its biggest advantage. If consumed sublingually, CBD goes directly into the bloodstream. This method allows CBD to be absorbed more readily than is the case with ingesting CBD capsules.
● CBD oil offers a more flexible dosage. Depending on your needs, you can consume just a few drops of the oil or as many as 30 to achieve a stronger effect.
● CBD oil can easily be added to foods and drinks. It can be added to your breakfast, lunch or dinner food, your favorite and least favorite foods and drinks.
● CBD oil is easier to swallow than capsules. It is the perfect solution for those who find it rather challenging to consume capsules and softgels.
● The market offers a wide variety of CBD oils varying in potency. Whether you are looking for CBD oil with extremely low or very high potency, chances are you will find the product you are looking for.
What are the disadvantages of using CBD oil?
● CBD oil has a very distinct taste, which many users describe as earthy and raw. If you have a sensitive gag reflex, this might be too much to handle. The taste is not as prominent when added to foods and drinks, but as indicated above, this changes the bioavailability of the oil.
● CBD oil is not discreet if you are administering it sublingually.
● CBD oil might not be the best product for you if you like to carry it around in your bag, or when you are traveling. It can spill and create a mess.
CBD capsules in a nutshell
CBD capsules are made in a similar way to CBD oils. CBD is extracted from the hemp-based cannabis plant and then suspended inside a gel capsule. Before being suspended inside a gel capsule, CBD capsules are divided into equal doses. CBD capsules look much like any other supplement in your cabinet.
How are CBD capsules consumed?
CBD capsules are consumed like any other capsule or pill. You place a capsule or two in your mouth and swallow with water.
What are the advantages of using CBD capsules?
● CBD capsules come in more controlled dosage than CBD oil. Labels on the capsule bottles usually specify the amount of active ingredients per capsule. This reduces the risk of making an error when measuring out a precise dosage, which can happen when taking CBD oil.
● CBD capsules are convenient if you want to carry them around with you or when traveling. They will not spill and leave stains on surfaces or clothes. Additionally, you do not have to carry a whole bottle with you but can just take a few capsules.
● CBD capsules are inconspicuous because they look and are consumed like any other capsule. They are much less noticeable than CBD oils.
● CBD capsules are flavorless and odorless. This is an especially valuable quality for those who cannot handle the taste of CBD oils.
What are the disadvantages of using CBD oils?
● CBD capsules have a lower bioavailability than CBD oil. Because they have to be digested, it takes longer for CBD to enter your bloodstream than it does with oil when administered sublingually. Additionally, you may not be taking advantage of its full potential because of any losses which may occur through the digestive system.
● CBD capsules are not as widely available as CBD oils. You might encounter issues if you are looking for CBD capsules with the exact potency you need.
Which is better, CBD oil or CBD capsules?
We cannot make medical claims that one or the other is the better option. How you choose to ingest CBD will depend entirely on your personal preferences.
Compared to CBD capsules, CBD oils are more readily available. Their biggest advantage is that CBD enters your bloodstream more quickly, allowing you to see its positive effects sooner. If taken sublingually, CBD oil allows your body to uptake more of CBD’s potency than capsules. However, their taste might ruin the experience for you as well as the fact that taking CBD oil in public will draw some unwanted attention. CBD capsules are more convenient and inconspicuous for use, but might not be the right product for you if potency is the primary quality you are looking for.