Because plants can be engineered for multiple purposes, CBD oils can be different in the bottle. Full spectrum CBD oils contain multiple cannabinoids while staying under the federal THC limit of 0.3%. Broad spectrum CBD oil also contains multiple cannabinoids, with only trace amounts of THC. CBD isolate oil contains only one cannabinoid: cannabidiol.
Do CBD oil tinctures provide a better experience than capsules? And for those who prefer the convenience of capsules: Do they provide the same amount of cannabinoids per use as other methods? If you’re trying to decide which is best, read on – as we explain the key differences between CBD oil tinctures and CBD capsules.
What is a CBD Oil Tincture?
Capsules filled with CBD isolate or CBD oil have to be broken down by your stomach before it can enter your body. As a result, you may not feel immediate relief with a capsule, which can be frustrating. In addition, because CBD capsules are filled with other agents (like hemp oil or extra virgin olive oil), the potential for unwanted side effects exists. Be sure to understand all the ingredients in your CBD oil before deciding to take one.
If you find yourself debating CBD capsules versus CBD oil tinctures, you are not alone. Both have their pros and cons and come down to your personal preference and attitudes.
In addition, droppers allow you to decide how much you want to take with every dose. If you don’t notice an effect of taking a CBD oil, you may increase the amount of your tincture serving. Conversely, if you don’t like the effects of a stronger CBD oil, you can reduce the tincture amount without buying a new bottle of CBD oil. This allows you to experiment until you find the right amount for you.
Oils or tinctures delivered via drops under the tongue are also thought to be more readily and quickly absorbed by our bodies into the bloodstream as they aren’t processed via the digestive system like capsules are. This means it has what is called a higher bioavailability, so may be more effective in delivering all of the benefits of CBD.
We’ve outlined the main differences between our CBII CBD oil and capsules in this handy table below. These differences just relate to CBII products, not capsules or tincture oils as a whole:
You may be a die-hard convert to one method, or prefer to try both before making up your mind.
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Two of the most popular ways to take CBD is as an oil either in a tincture that is delivered in drops under the tongue via a liquid dropper bottle or in capsule form.
Our CBII CBD oils are higher in strength than our capsules and are also suitable for vegans (our capsules are not because they contain gelatine).
With the oils in the dropper bottle, you have the freedom to experiment with different dosages to find what works for you (just be sure not to exceed 70mg of CBD per day – the maximum amount as advised by the Food Standards Authority, unless recommended by a healthcare professional).
Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum formulations support what has been described as “the entourage effect,” which means that all plant compounds work synergistically for the best outcome. While this process is still being researched by scientists, you may wish to investigate how terpenes and minor cannabinoids may enhance your current wellness routine.
The term “CBD oil” and “tincture” are often used interchangeably, as most CBD oils are in a tincture format. However, CBD oil can also be placed into a capsule or softgel as well. A CBD oil tincture is a blend of hemp extract and a carrier oil (though some brands use isolate). Common carrier oils include olive oil, medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) from coconut, and hemp seed oil. These tinctures come in small dropper bottles, used to measure the CBD and then place it under your tongue. These bottles are small, typically containing 1 ounce of tincture.
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How to choose between a CBD oil tincture and CBD capsules
Beyond being incompatible with water, oil molecules (in their natural state) are rather large and difficult for your body to absorb. To support maximum bioavailability, Prima uses an innovative and proprietary microencapsulation technology that allows the hemp extract with CBD to be water soluble and optimized for rapid absorption.
Selecting a CBD product is an individualized decision based on your overall wellness goals. Part of the decision-making process involves understanding how each CBD product type works before applying that process to your intended purpose for using CBD. Here, we’ll break down the difference between CBD oil tinctures and CBD capsules, two popular products taken orally but which work very differently once ingested.
Unless the CBD has been optimized for bioavailability in this way, CBD oils won’t be easily absorbed by the body and all the benefits may not be felt.
Next, it’s important to decide which type of CBD extract you want. There are three main categories of CBD extracts: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. Full-spectrum hemp extract is unaltered directly from the plant, so it includes all the minor cannabinoids, terpenes, lipids, and other plant materials, including trace amounts of THC. Broad-spectrum is the same extract with the THC content further removed. CBD isolate is 99 percent pure CBD, with no other plant materials included. Our products at Prima are made with broad-spectrum phytocannabinoid- hemp extract.