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You may have noticed that the choices abound for CBD products and methods of ingestion. But you might find yourself wondering whether you should be taking CBD in a softgel, a capsule, or neat (as a tincture). Read on to learn about the differences in these methods.
A softgel or soft gel refers to a one-piece capsule which is made from gelatin mixed with glycerin or sorbitol. The gelatin used may be vegan or not, just depending on the company’s policies and manufacturing methods. Some common over the counter medicines that use softgels are gas relief products such as Phazyme or Gas-X, and fish oil supplements and omega oil softgels. Softgels themselves usually have a neutral flavor but are more expensive to manufacture when compared to capsules or tinctures.
The word capsule simply refers to any kind of small container, especially one that is round or cylindrical. It typically consists of two pieces that fit together (one overlapping the other at the open ends) to contain either a powder, jelly, or liquid inside, and the two external pieces may be the same color or contrasting colors. Capsules usually have a neutral flavor and may or may not be sealed at the edges. Probiotics are one common supplement you’ll often find in capsule form.
A tincture is a concentrated herbal extract. Many individuals take CBD in tincture form because it is easy to digest and has the benefit of high bioavailability. Full spectrum CBD oil in tincture form can be ingested directly, added to foods or beverages (like your morning smoothie or latte), or taken under the tongue.
Besides their specific format and composition, there are a few other differences between softgels and capsules.
Most individuals who use CBD on a regular basis prefer to use a tincture. It is generally believed that taking CBD sublingually (under the tongue) provides the fastest absorption rate, with ingestion as a close second. Softgels provide a viable alternative to those who are sensitive to tastes or prefer to mask the fresh, green taste of CBD/hemp oil.
It may take slightly longer to feel the beneficial effects of CBD when taken as a softgel (as compared to sublingually). Softgels also offer convenient, consistent, accurate, no-mess and no-waste dosing, and are easier to take with you when traveling or on the go.
Because each individual is different, we recommend taking CBD oil in the method that is most suited to you. Some individuals find softgels to be better for their body as compared to a CBD tincture. We encourage you to stick with the method that is best for you.