CBD oil vs CBD capsules – what’s the difference and which one is best?
Two of the most popular ways to take CBD is as an oil either in a tincture that is delivered in drops under the tongue via a liquid dropper bottle or in capsule form.
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.
In this article, we’ll outline the main differences between CBD capsules and oils via tinctures, and then we’ll leave the choice up to you.
In this article we’ll cover:
CBD Capsules vs. oils – In a nutshell:
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:
Discussion: What are the main differences between CBD oil and capsules?
As there are some differences between CBD capsules and CBD oils taken via a dropper bottle, you can weigh up the differences between the two as well as consider what’s best for your individual lifestyle before making your choice.
You may be a die-hard convert to one method, or prefer to try both before making up your mind.
Why choose CBD oil?
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).
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).
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.
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.
Not sure where to start? Our Discovery Duo CBD starter kit includes a trial pack of our 2% and 5% oil strengths for just £19 – a great way to find your preferred strength before committing to full size.
See the below table for our CBD oil dosage guidelines:
CBD Per Drop (0.05mL)
Daily Recommended Intake
Max Daily Dose of CBD
Why choose CBD capsules?
CBD capsules tend to contain less CBD than the oils delivered under the tongue but they can be more convenient if you are already used to taking supplements.
If you prefer to know exactly how much you are taking, our CBD supplements contain a fixed amount of CBD per capsule so it’s much easier to take an exact dosage and keep track of exactly how much CBD you’re taking every single time.
Another difference between the capsules and the oils is the taste. CBD capsules have a neutral taste which is often an added bonus as although some people like the natural herbal taste of the oils, it isn’t always everyone’s cup of tea.
There’s also a bit more choice when it comes to our CBD capsules if you’re looking for other health benefits in addition to CBD. You can opt for pure, full spectrum CBD in capsule form, or choose capsules containing added nutrients to support your active lifestyle, a balanced body and mind, healthy hair, skin and nails, or the immune system.
We’ve provided a side by side comparison with our recommended intake in the table below. as well as the added benefit of each additional vitamin and nutrient.
CBD per capsule
Daily recommended intake
Max daily dose of CBD
Can I take CBD capsules and oils together?
Absolutely! You can take our oils and capsules as long as you don’t exceed the maximum daily dose of 70mg of CBD per day, unless recommended by a healthcare professional, as advised by the FSA.
To be safe, we recommend starting by taking the lower intake suggestion for both products and monitoring how you feel (e.g. 2 – 4 drops of the 200 mg oil with one capsule per day) before gradually increasing if needed. It can take a little bit of time to figure out the best strength for you so take your time and spend a few minutes each day observing how you’re feeling.
Conclusion: CBD oils or capsules – which is best?
If you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate CBD along with other vitamins and minerals into your daily routine, CBD capsules are a great choice.
However, if you’re looking to get a higher daily intake of CBD with some flexibility on your dose, or if you prefer how tinctures are absorbed by your body, then our CBD oils may be a better fit.
Which method is best for you really comes down to your own preference and what you’re looking to get out of CBD. Everyone is different. What’s your favourite?
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CBD Capsules vs. Oil: What are the Main Differences?
Author : Jessica Assaf
The Magazine: CBD Capsules vs. Oil: What are the Main Differences?
It seems like CBD is infused into everything now, from cocktails to face serums. But before bringing home a CBD product or ordering some in your morning coffee, it’s important to know that each CBD product type behaves differently once it makes its way through your skin or into your stomach.
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.
What are CBD capsules?
Capsules insert the CBD we’ve come to know well into an easy-to-swallow pill similar to a vitamin, so you don’t need to guess how much to take when measuring from a dropper as you might do with a CBD tincture. Typically, the capsule itself is gelatin-based, but there are vegetarian options available. Some brands, including ours, are vegan.
Some oil-based capsules contain phytocannabinoid hemp extract (which includes CBD) and others use CBD isolate, with some brands adding in ingredients designed to complement and amplify CBD’s effects. At Prima, our “The Daily” CBD capsule contains 15mg of CBD from broad spectrum hemp extract, enhanced by curcumin oil and clove bud oil and enhanced with a Bio-Terpene complex. This blend is designed to help improve CBD absorption and optimize its full body and mind benefits.
What is CBD oil?
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.
The main differences between CBD oil tinctures and CBD capsules
- Each method has varying bioavailability
The percentage of CBD your body absorbs is called bioavailability, a process impacted by the digestive system and the first pass effect. Ingredients that are water soluble have much better bioavailability than oils – our bodies are made up primarily of water and ingredients with water compatibility are most easily absorbed into our system. When CBD, terpenes, fatty acids, and other cannabinoids are extracted from hemp, the resulting material is an oil. That oil-based extract by itself is not easily absorbed by the body.
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.
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.
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.
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How to choose between a CBD oil tincture and CBD capsules
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.
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.
CBD oil vs. CBD capsules: the choice is yours
The smallest difference between CBD products can make a world of difference in your daily routine. Oil tinctures and capsules — as well as other products like face serums, lotions, drink mixes, and even bath products — all take different pathways through the body, determining how long they last and how much CBD your body absorbs. That being said, one product type isn’t necessarily better than the other. What’s best is wholly dependent on your personal goals.
Whether you’re trying to focus*, get some rest*, or just want some peace and relaxation*, our line of hemp CBD wellness products has you covered*. At Prima, our products contain bio-optimized CBD strategically paired complementary herbal extracts, scientifically-proven to improve your state of being*. Each formulation is produced under meticulous quality standards, and tested and verfied over 5 times – after harvest, after extraction, during production, and in the final product using 3rd party ISO/IEC-accredited labs. No matter which of our products you choose, all that matters is that your favorite product supports your own unique wellness journey.
Before bringing home a CBD product or ordering some in your morning coffee, it’s important to know that each CBD product type behaves differently.