First, begin by assessing why you want to take CBD. Why are you interested in incorporating CBD into your lifestyle? If you’re aiming to incorporate CBD for the long haul in a way that doesn’t require second-guessing or precise measuring or need something portable, a capsule may be an excellent route.
Next, it’s important to decide which type of CBD extract you want. There are three main categories of CBD extracts: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. Full-spectrum hemp extract is unaltered directly from the plant, so it includes all the minor cannabinoids, terpenes, lipids, and other plant materials, including trace amounts of THC. Broad-spectrum is the same extract with the THC content further removed. CBD isolate is 99 percent pure CBD, with no other plant materials included. Our products at Prima are made with broad-spectrum phytocannabinoid- hemp extract.
Unless the CBD has been optimized for bioavailability in this way, CBD oils won’t be easily absorbed by the body and all the benefits may not be felt.
It’s harder to measure CBD oil
Let’s face it, oils are a little messy, and measuring out a precise amount from such a small bottle is not an easy task. The droppers are difficult to fill fully and accurately and if you’re not careful, it’s easy to take too little or too much. Plus, tinctures can be leak-prone when not closed all the way or if the cap malfunctions. Last, people often think the oil is meant to be added to a food or beverage, which won’t be absorbed well by the body. Capsules, on the other hand, leave nothing to chance when it comes to precise measurements, they won’t leak, are easier for travel and on-the-go living, and if they are developed with the right ingredient technology, can be more easily absorbed by the body.
First, we micronize our hemp extract, significantly decreasing the size of the particles so they are smaller and have more surface area. Then, we encapsulate it in a water soluble (i.e. water-loving) layer so the body absorbs it like water instead of an oil.
Picture it like making salad dressing (i.e. mixing water and oil). When first poured into a bottle, the two liquids are completely separate with the oil floating on top of the water. Shake it up and the oil turns into droplets dispersed through the water. Then, if you add an emulsifier, it will stay well mixed.
The term “CBD oil” and “tincture” are often used interchangeably, as most CBD oils are in a tincture format. However, CBD oil can also be placed into a capsule or softgel as well. A CBD oil tincture is a blend of hemp extract and a carrier oil (though some brands use isolate). Common carrier oils include olive oil, medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) from coconut, and hemp seed oil. These tinctures come in small dropper bottles, used to measure the CBD and then place it under your tongue. These bottles are small, typically containing 1 ounce of tincture.
Beyond being incompatible with water, oil molecules (in their natural state) are rather large and difficult for your body to absorb. To support maximum bioavailability, Prima uses an innovative and proprietary microencapsulation technology that allows the hemp extract with CBD to be water soluble and optimized for rapid absorption.
How to choose between a CBD oil tincture and CBD capsules
Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum formulations support what has been described as “the entourage effect,” which means that all plant compounds work synergistically for the best outcome. While this process is still being researched by scientists, you may wish to investigate how terpenes and minor cannabinoids may enhance your current wellness routine.
Selecting a CBD product is an individualized decision based on your overall wellness goals. Part of the decision-making process involves understanding how each CBD product type works before applying that process to your intended purpose for using CBD. Here, we’ll break down the difference between CBD oil tinctures and CBD capsules, two popular products taken orally but which work very differently once ingested.
As most of the oil is taken through the oral glands and sublingual blood vessels, CBD oils are thought to work quicker than capsules.
Capsules are made in solid form, with either a non-gelatinous or gel casing.
With CBD products becoming a habitual item on our supermarket shelves, many people are becoming curious about which type of product is best suited to them.
In addition, while capsules rarely offer a great choice in terms of potency, they can be more affordable than some CBD oils.
CBD Capsules vs. Oils: Appearance and Consumption
No matter which product you choose, always consider quality as your top priority. At Premium Jane, while our capsules and our oils may differ in appearance and use, they are both crafted to the same level of industry-leading standards.
CBD capsules and softgels are similar in many ways. First and foremost, they can both contain one of three types of CBD extract:
Cannabidiol (CBD) capsules have a solid shell made out of gelatin (an animal product) or cellulose (a vegan-friendly, plant product). This shell is made of two overlapping pieces that encapsulate the dry, powdered CBD.
CBD Capsules vs Softgels: The Similarities
You’ve probably seen companies offering both CBD capsules and softgels. Despite what you may think, these are not the same.
Both capsules and softgels are also made with the same shell ingredients, look similar, lack flavor, and are taken in the same way. They also start working after a similar period of time.
What are CBD Capsules?
So there you have it, that’s the difference between CBD softgels and capsules. Hopefully, you found this article useful. If you have any questions or feedback, please share below!