What Are The Differences Between CBD Oils, Capsules, and Edibles?

Posted on November 21, 2018
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If you’re just learning about CBD oil the first thing you notice is that you have some product options. The most popular methods of taking CBD oil among MedsBiotech CBD customers are CBD oil tinctures, CBD oil capsules, CBD-infused edibles. There are other popular methods such as vaping and creams, but setting those aside for this discussion, let’s discuss the differences between CBD oils, capsules, and edibles. Fortunately, deciding which one is right for your needs is not difficult. In this article, we’ll go over some guidelines that you can follow in order to choose wisely.

The most important factor in deciding which product is best for you is the reason that you’re using CBD oil products in the first place. There are a variety of reasons that people use CBD oil such as to relieve pain, reduce anxiety, improve sleep, and elevate moods. After that, two other important factors are where you use CBD oil — at home, at work or school, out and about, traveling, etc. — and when — in the morning, or evening, or throughout the day.

Even within one category products can vary greatly. For example, CBD oil, depending on the formulation, can range in potency from very little CBD to almost pure CBD. And edibles can contain microdoses of CBD or as much as 25 milligrams or more. It’s incumbent upon you to know what your ideal dosage is and to take heed of the manufacturer’s suggested serving size.

CBD Tinctures
CBD tinctures can also be administered sublingually (under the tongue) where they are absorbed directly into the bloodstream. This is a great option if you’re treating conditions such as chronic pain or anything to do with the brain.

CBD Oil Tinctures

If you only need to take CBD oil once or twice a day — such as morning and night — plain old CBD oil tinctures are a good option. If you’re taking CBD throughout the day, tinctures are not extremely convenient to carry around all day.

CBD tinctures can also be administered sublingually (under the tongue) where they are absorbed directly into the bloodstream. This is a great option if you’re treating conditions such as chronic pain or anything to do with the brain.

You can also use CBD oil externally for anything from rashes to sunburns by applying it directly to your skin. But be aware of the formulation. Some have flavors in them and you might not want to walk around all day smelling like sour apple.

CBD Oil Softgels

CBD oil softgels are made by filling a gelatin capsule with either CBD oil or an emulsion containing CBD oil. They’re made to swallow whole, however, if they contain only oil and not an emulsion they can also be punctured and used sublingually and topically. CBD softgels travel well (as long as their not stuck in someplace hot such as a glove compartment) and provide simple, mess-free, exact dosing. If you’re taking CBD at places like work or school, this is a better option than tinctures.

The fact that softgels contain a premeasured dosage of CBD takes the guesswork out of dosing. For example, if your desired dosage is 75 milligrams, a day, and the capsules are 25 milligrams each, then you know you need to take three of them.

If you are treating stomach-related issues softgels are a good choice because the capsule melts quickly and the oil is released directly into the stomach rather than being absorbed in the mouth and throat.

CBD Edibles
CBD edibles are favored by people who are using CBD to treat any kind of digestive or intestinal issues because they carry some of the CBD beyond the stomach into the intestines.

CBD Edibles

CBD edibles, such as CBD-infused gummy candies or baked goods are also very convenient, easy to use, and travel well while offering the added benefit of being more enjoyable to use. Edibles are favored by people who are using CBD to treat any kind of digestive or intestinal issues because they carry some of the CBD beyond the stomach into the intestines. However, if you’re using CBD to treat issues that come and go such as anxiety or pain, keep in mind that edibles will invariably take longer to take effect than oils or gelcaps.

CBD Rules of Thumb

Here are four rules of thumb to help you decide which CBD product is best for you:

  • If you take CBD only a couple times a day while at home for internal reasons, CBD oils and tinctures are probably ideal for you.

  • If you are treating stomach issues such as nausea or ulcers, CBD oil softgels would be your ideal choice.

  • If you’re treating digestive and intestinal issues, CBD-infused edibles are a good choice.

  • If you’re taking your CBD on the go, or at school or work, softgels and edibles travel well and are simple to use.

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