CBD capsules are a pill-like product you consume orally. The capsules consist of a casing, often made with gelatin (or a vegan or vegetarian substitute), and filling containing a specific amount of CBD.
CBD capsules are one of the many ways people can consume CBD, including oil tinctures, gummies and other edibles, and smoke or vapor inhalation.
What Are CBD Capsules Used for?
CBD capsules are popular for a few main reasons, according to Nick Jackowetz and Cam MacNeil, the chief scientific officer and chief commercial officer of Cirona Labs, which manufactures and processes cannabinoid ingredients.
“Capsules are flavorless, which can be a pleasant experience for a novice CBD user,” says Jackowetz. “They also contain a precise dose that doesn’t require any expertise to use and takes the guesswork out for the consumer.”
Many people are already used to taking pills, and most capsules are small, making them easy to add to your routine even when on the go.
How Do CBD Capsules Compare to CBD Oils?
CBD capsules are handy if you want to take a specific dose each time. However, you are limited to the dosage of the product. For example, if one capsule contains 20 milligrams of CBD, you can’t adjust your dosage by 5 milligrams. You can only go up or down by 20 milligrams.
CBD oil tinctures, which come in bottles with a dropper, make it easier to find a middle-of-the-road dose. However, you also face greater variability in how much CBD you measure and ultimately consume with the dropper.
Time to Take Effect
CBD capsules take a bit longer to take effect than CBD oil tinctures. “With capsules, the CBD must travel through the stomach into the liver and gut to be metabolized,” says Laura Fuentes, a licensed compounding pharmacist and chief officer of science and innovation at Green Roads, a CBD company. “[On the other hand], if you hold CBD oil in your mouth for 30 to 40 seconds before swallowing, some of the CBD is absorbed through the oral mucosa (the membrane lining of the mouth) straight into the bloodstream.” However, more research into this mechanism is needed.
How Do CBD Capsules Compare to CBD Gummies?
CBD capsules and CBD gummies both go through first-pass digestion before taking effect, and more research is required regarding how long effects might be delayed or blunted by this process. However, while gummies often contain additional flavors and ingredients, capsules usually have a shorter ingredient list, containing only CBD and the vegan, vegetarian or regular gelatin casing of the capsule.
An individual’s personal preferences determine whether the taste and aftertaste of a CBD gummy is palatable. For those who prefer flavorless options, capsules may be a more appealing choice. CBD capsules and gummies are often available in similar potencies and types.