There are a lot of ways to consume CBD. Its massive explosion in popularity over the past few years is matched only by the increase in the number of ways you’re able to ingest it. From CBD tinctures to gel capsules to sprays to vapes to pure CBD isolate to body lotion to face cream—we have never had more choice when it comes to consuming CBD.
Although choice is great because it allows us to experiment and find out which form of CBD is best for us individually, it can be a bit overwhelming when buying CBD for the first time. This issue is compounded by the fact that different forms of CBD have different specialties and benefits, meaning that different forms are better for different people and different situations. This makes it even more important to be aware of the different ways of consuming CBD.
CBD Tinctures vs. Capsules
At Urban Roots, our most popular products are our various CBD tinctures and capsules. They are also the most popular method of consumption across the board for the CBD industry. In this article, we’re going to discuss the benefits of both tinctures and capsules, as well as some of the features that differentiate them.
The important thing to remember is that whether you choose CBD tinctures or CBD capsules, one isn’t really “better” than the other; it all comes down to personal preference. The goal is to consume CBD in a way that works best for you so this cannabinoid can start working its magic in your body.
The Potential of CBD Tinctures and Capsules
Whether you choose tinctures or capsules, CBD has been reported to potentially have some far reaching health benefits. These possible benefits of CBD include such far reaching effects as the following:
- Join support and improved muscle function
- Help gaining a full night’s sleep
- Supporting a relaxed and tranquil mood
- Post workout recovery
- Healthy skin
- Anxiety and stress relief
- Help with neurological disorders or illnesses like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and autism
- Relief from arthritic pain
- Hangover relief
- And more!
CBD Tinctures vs Capsules: CBD Tinctures
A tincture is a liquid form of supplement or remedy. In the case of CBD, the oil is separated from hemp using a process like ethanol or CO2 extraction. This breaks open the trichomes and causes the hemp to secrete CBD (and other beneficial phytocannabinoids). This secreted CBD is then strained in order to give you a pure, CBD rich liquid.
Typically, the CBD tinctures you buy are small bottles of this concentrated CBD liquid with a dropper top that allow you to simply place drops of the tincture under your tongue where the liquid contents are directly absorbed into your bloodstream. The best way to consume CBD tinctures is to hold the liquid under your tongue for 30 to 60 seconds to allow for maximum absorption.
After 30 to 60 seconds, you can then swallow the remaining liquid that is under your tongue. Because with tinctures the majority of the CBD is absorbed directly into your blood stream, this method of consumption is typically more potent than other ingestion methods of CBD like edibles that have to first undergo digestion before entering the bloodstream.
Some of the primary benefits of CBD tinctures are that they are often flavored (if the taste of concentrated CBD is a little tough on your taste buds) and you can easily experiment with different dosages. They are also easy to transport and you can simply keep a tincture bottle in your desk or in your purse to use whenever you feel the need.
CBD Tinctures vs. Capsules: CBD Capsules
Similar to CBD tinctures, CBD capsules are a quick and easy way to get CBD into your body. Also similar to CBD tinctures, Capsules are made in a similar way to regular CBD oils, by extracting the ingredients from hemp and then suspending them in a gel capsule. They are popular because they are so reminiscent of any other pill we take.
CBD capsules are often a mixture of the CBD oil and another type of oil like, for example, MCT oil or coconut oil. As well as bulking up the capsule in terms of size, the MCT oil helps the CBD work faster and more effectively.
The primary benefits of CBD capsules is that it is easy to keep track of your dosage, they are easy to transport and consume on the fly, and you can experience long lasting relief. The dosage is easy to keep track of with CBD capsules because they will be a predetermined amount. For example, if the capsules are 25mg and you take two, then you know for a fact that the dosage was exactly 50mg.
Capsules are easy to take on the fly for the same reason that tinctures are—namely, because you can fit the bottle easily in your desk or purse. The long lasting relief of 5-8 hours comes from the fact that with this method of consumption, the CBD enters your bloodstream more gradually through your digestive system.
CBD Tinctures vs. CBD Capsules: Which One to Choose
When it comes to the “debate” of CBD tinctures vs CBD capsules, there isn’t really a debate at all. In fact, when compared to other methods of CBD consumption like vaping, edibles, and isolate, tinctures and capsules are actually pretty similar. Both methods allow for dosage experimentation as well as relative ease of dosage control. For the latter point, however, CBD capsules do come out ahead, but only because it removes the margin of error that accompanies a dropper.
Another point that may fall into CBD capsules’ favor is that it is not a liquid. This removes the risk of leaking if you are traveling often with your CBD. Popping a capsule may also be a bit easier if you are taking CBD at the office, if you feel uncomfortable dropping a liquid under your tongue with coworkers watching.
The point of this article is not to favor capsules, however, so where CBD tinctures shine is with onset of effects. As we discussed earlier, tinctures are administered sublingually and so the majority of the CBD goes right into your blood stream. This makes it the more efficient method of consumption. With tinctures, you can also easily add CBD to things like tea, baked goods, water, smoothies and soup. Keep in mind, this will increase the time it takes for the effects to kick in, however.
CBD Tinctures and Capsules, the Choice Is Yours
So at the end of the day, which is better? CBD tinctures or CBD capsules? The honest—if anticlimactic—answer is that it is all a matter of preference. If you want quick results, then CBD tinctures may be the best option. If you want the easiest way to measure dosage, then CBD capsules may be the best route to go for you.
The most important thing, no matter the method of consumption you choose, is that you are purchasing pure, high quality CBD (like in the CBD products you can buy from Urban Roots J). If you have health issues you think may be helped by CBD, then give any of our products a try. It all comes down to what you feel comfortable with and what you feel brings you the most relief.
Always remember, CBD has no known negative side effects, so you have nothing to lose by giving it a try for your pain or anxiety or other ailments.