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.
CBD Softgels vs. CBD Capsules
What is a Softgel?
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.
What is a Capsule?
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.
What is a Tincture?
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.
What is the Difference?
Besides their specific format and composition, there are a few other differences between softgels and capsules.
- Softgels have a smoother shape and contour as compared to regular capsules
- Capsules are less expensive to manufacture
- Many individuals find soft gels to be easier to swallow as compared to capsules
- Because softgels are sealed, they are airtight and therefore have a longer shelf life than capsules
- Softgels are the preferred choice for oils such as CBD as they provide better vitamin retention over capsules
- Consumers tend to prefer softgels over capsules as they are easier to take and mask any odor or strong taste of what’s inside
- Softgels are better for non-water-souble oils such as CBD
The Best Way to Take CBD
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 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.