CBD has pretty much exploded on the market, and you can find it in an array of different forms, but probably the most common two forms in spite of that are CBD oil and CBD capsules. As a newcomer to trying CBD for the first time, the biggest question then becomes: What’s the difference between CBD oil and CBD capsules? Here’s the basic breakdown.

In general terms, both CBD oil and CBD capsules are the same product. CBD oil, which is often marketed as a tincture (tincture is defined as a concentrated liquid form of a herb or pharmaceutical), is sold in a bottle in a liquid state so you can simply drop a dose on or under the tongue. CBD capsules, on the other hand, are precisely measured dosages of CBD, either in liquid or powder form, that are encapsulated in an easy-to-swallow pill form.

The Advantages & Downfalls of CBD Oil

CBD in oil form is pretty great for people who are comfortable coming up with their own dosage levels. One of the recommendations a lot of people are given when they first start with a CBD product is to gradually adjust their intake levels until they feel a desirable outcome, or in other words, they are working to find an active dose. It is harder to do that with capsules because they have a predetermined dose of CBD in each one. The downfall of using CBD tincture or oil is there is a little more room for human error with dosing. You may not be able to get a precise dose without being super careful, for example.

The Advantages & Downfalls of CBD Capsules

The primary advantage of CBD in capsule form is it is super simple to get an accurate dose. For a first-timer who is just getting to know CBD, they will oftentimes feel more comfortable about taking a capsule because one, they know exactly what they are getting, and two, there’s little chance of human error causing them to take in more CBD than they intended. The biggest downfall to CBD capsules is they do take a little longer to kick in since capsules have to dissolve in the stomach and pass through the digestive system. Tinctures or oils can be placed under the tongue where the CBD is more rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.

Dosage Level Recommendations

Finding a proper dosage level for each patient is a personal journey. Using a chiropractic analogy to shed some light on the idea, when someone goes to a chiropractor for an adjustment, a wellness plan is built after that initial adjustment depending on how long the patient holds that adjustment. So one patient may be good to go with an adjustment a few times a year, while others may need an adjustment monthly. CBD dosing is kind of the same. An individual needs to take the lowest recommended dose, see how it affects them, and then adjust their dosage plan slightly according to that. A good starting point for most people is between 1 and 6 mg. of CBD for every 10 pounds of bodyweight.

Which Is Better? CBD Oil or Capsules?

The answer to this question is more of an individualized thing. New CBD users tend to opt for capsules, while more experienced users tend to go for oil and tinctures, but this is not some rule that should be followed. There are different attributes of each that make them more preferable for different people and their own personal circumstances. It is also worth noting that the reason for taking CBD can affect which works better. For instance, someone trying CBD for chronic pain may need a higher dose, so it may be easier for them to start out with a tincture, so they can quicker adjust their dosage according to pain levels.

Overall, both CBD capsules and CBD oil have their advantages for different reasons. For more FAQs, check out the information we have available on the Mahalo Wellness website.