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CBD Capsules vs CBD Oil: Learn the Difference

Posted by Megan Tankersley on Jun 30th 2020

CBD Capsules vs CBD Oil: Learn the Difference

What's the best way to take CBD? The answer depends upon your specific needs. As you decide to add CBD to your daily routine, you may ask yourself: Which is better, CBD capsules vs CBD oil?

Many people prefer to take their daily dose of cannabidiol as CBD capsules. It’s a quick, convenient way to get the benefits of CBD without the taste of the sublingual CBD oil. But informed CBD consumers also know that taking CBD oil sublingually can be more effective.

If you’re interested in learning more about why some people choose CBD capsules and why others choose CBD oil, you came to the right place. We wrote this helpful blog post to give you the information you need.

At Cornbread Hemp, we offer a 25 mg CBD capsule in a 30-count amber glass bottle. Our customers love them. We also offer the strongest USDA certified organic CBD oils allowed by law. We offer our organic CBD oils in two formulas: Whole Plant and Distilled. Our customers tell us that our Whole Plant oil works best for evening use, and our Distilled works best for daytime.

What is CBD?

CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, a compound found in hemp. Scientists call these compounds “phytocannabinoids” because they are cannabinoids found in plants. As opposed to “endocannabinoids,” which are cannabinoids produced inside the body.

Every mammal has an endocannabinoid system, or ECS, a recently discovered network in your body. The ECS acts as a master regulator for many different functions, including inflammation and anxiety. CBD can interact with the ECS and work to keep the body in balance.

Many people associate cannabis with getting “high” from the phytocannabinoid known as THC. However, full spectrum CBD oil contains a very low dose of THC — not more than 0.3%. That’s not enough THC to get you high.

Some people are afraid of THC, and they worry about trying full spectrum CBD products as a result. Despite those concerns, Cornbread Hemp keeps a legal amount of THC in our CBD products. Studies show full spectrum works better than CBD isolate or “THC-free” broad spectrum.

Why Are You Taking CBD?

People from all walks of life come to cannabidiol (often abbreviated as “CBD”)1 because of news reports that reveal the potential efficacy of CBD in many different problems and conditions.2 These reports range from skincare to prescription medications approved by the FDA.3

The FDA recently approved a prescription cannabidiol medicine to treat specific types of childhood epilepsy.4 However, the research into other uses for CBD is considerably less advanced and often pre-clinical in nature. That means the studies involve animal test subjects instead of humans.

This is changing because cannabidiol may have many valuable uses for people. So it is being looked at in many conditions and for many symptoms such as anxiety, pain, asthma, and as an anti-inflammatory and anti-psychotic, just to name a few.

CBD has been used anecdotally for acne, arthritis pain, muscle spasticity, nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, insomnia, nerve-associated pain, PTSD, substance abuse disorders, stress related conditions, and others.

What does “anecdotally” mean? Anecdotal evidence lacks scientific certainty because it is collected in a casual manner and relies heavily on personal interpretation. With cannabidiol, this means that claims of positive outcomes in these situations depends mainly upon personal experiences.

Why Choose CBD Capsules vs CBD Oil?

Every CBD consumer needs to choose between CBD oil or a CBD capsule. This decision has a lot to do with why you are taking the CBD in the first place. Sublingual CBD oil is more bioavailable than CBD capsules. But there are still many reasons that people choose CBD capsules as the best wellness option for them. Here is a partial list:

1. Convenience

Many customers find CBD capsules are the most convenient way to take CBD. Their portability makes them perfect for people who are on-the-go. You don’t have to worry about a leaky bottle while traveling with capsules. Capsules are easy to take discreetly, much more so than taking a sublingual oil.

A single CBD softgel is easy to add to your daily regimen of supplements by including it in your pill organizer! Capsules are also great for people who don't like the feeling or the taste of oil in their mouth. CBD capsules make it easy to swallow and go, so it can do what it needs to do for your body while you go about your day.

2. Digestive Inflammation

Taking CBD orally as a capsule allows the CBD to travel farther down the digestive tract to address tissues deeper in the system. Many people believe that CBD capsules can help with their digestive inflammation without the side effects associated with some pharmaceutical medicines.

3. Anxiety

Researchers looking into CBD’s effects on anxiety often use CBD capsules as the delivery method in their clinical trials. Although more studies need to be done, many people claim that CBD has helped with their anxiety.

4. Aches & Pains

CBD capsule users also claim, anecdotally, to experience less pain and inflammation when using CBD capsules consistently. While the pills are absorbed differently than the sublingual oil, this has little difference to the overall positive effects CBD has on the body.

How to Choose CBD Capsules and CBD Oil

With so many CBD companies saturating the market, it can be difficult to find a safe and reliable product that works. The Food and Drug Administration has yet to issue regulations for CBD products.

Therefore, to ensure your CBD products are made to a high standard of safety, always look for a QR code on the packaging. This QR code should link to a lab report. That lab report should test for more than just cannabinoid potency, like CBD and THC.

Some brands take a short-cut on lab testing and only test for THC potency. But that’s not good enough. A reputable CBD brand like Cornbread Hemp also tests for heavy metals, residual solvents, pesticides, bacteria, mold, and fungus.

If you see CBD products without a QR code that links to a robust lab report, then be very wary of that brand! Only trust CBD brands that conduct lab reports with QR codes.

When Can You Expect to Feel Results?

Whatever your reason for taking cannabidiol, you want it to act fast. Drug commercials are full of products that promise to “act quickly” or “go to work in minutes” and fix the problem right away. This is what we expect and often take for granted.

Unfortunately, medicines taken by mouth must dissolve, travel through the GI tract, and enter the bloodstream. This takes time. Natural products like cannabidiol do not come with a “time release formula” meant to start acting in your system right away. Not only does CBD need to enter your bloodstream in a natural way, it might also need to build up in your system over a few weeks before you realize it’s working.

CBD Bioavailability Chart by Cornbread Hemp

CBD Oil Bioavailability

The effects of hemp-derived CBD oil depend upon its bioavailability. “Bioavailability” means the amount of cannabidiol that you absorb into your bloodstream.5 The dosage form of the CBD can greatly affect its bioavailability.

Many folks take cannabidiol as an oil under the tongue, or sublingually. We call this “sublingual” because in Latin, “sub-“ means “under.” and “lingual” means “tongue.” When ingested in this way, capillaries in the mucus membrane absorb the cannabinoids directly into the bloodstream.

In this manner, the bioavailability should be between 20 to 30 percent, which means that 20 percent of the amount of cannabidiol in the dose actually absorbs into the bloodstream.6 In a 25 mg dose, you can expect at least 5 mg of actual CBD to enter your system.

CBD Capsule Bioavailability

The biggest difference between CBD oil and capsules is the bioavailability.

This is because CBD capsules taken orally are partially digested by the stomach and liver. Sublingual CBD oil bypasses this process by absorbing directly through the mucus membrane.

Therefore, the bioavailability of a swallowed CBD capsule7 is anywhere from 13% to 19%.8 That means from a 25 mg capsule, you can expect to receive between 3.25 mg and 4.75 mg of cannabidiol into your system.

Onset of Action

Whether you take CBD oil or capsules, you want to keep track of the onset of action, or the time it takes for it to start working. The onset of action for sublingual CBD oil can be anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.9 For capsules, the onset of action usually takes a full hour.10

Whether taken orally or sublingually, the effects of cannabidiol usually last about 6 hours.11 After that, most of the CBD has been metabolized or eliminated from the body.

How to Make Your CBD Oil More Bioavailable

As more people come to cannabidiol as a wellness option to treat certain conditions and symptoms, they want to ensure they are getting the most out of their CBD. And if not, what can they do to improve their response.

First, be mindful. The best way to ensure you get the most out of cannabidiol is to be mindful of a few things. CBD takes a few days to begin working, maybe even a few weeks depending on the person.

Therefore, keep a journal of your cannabidiol usage. That journal should include: the issues you are looking to help with the CBD, the dosage of CBD, the frequency of the dose, whether or not it contains THC, and what time of day you’re taking it. It may be difficult to tell when the cannabidiol starts working, so you will have to evaluate your symptoms over time.

If using it regularly, try to find a good oral regimen and take it consistently at the same time of day. Consistency is good,12 but sometimes you might also need to shake things up to get things moving.

Bio-hacking Your CBD

Here are eight tips for improving the bioavailability of cannabidiol to make it more effective. Please keep in mind that these tips are anecdotal, so your mileage may vary.

  1. Break-through dosing — In addition to your daily dose, you can give yourself an additional dose when experiencing an acute episode. This is called a break-through dose.
  2. Smaller doses — Instead of taking a full dropper in the morning, try taking half a dropper twice a day.
  3. Clean your mouth — Brushing your teeth before taking a sublingual dose may improve the bioavailability.
  4. A longer resting period — You may decide to hold a sublingual dose in your mouth for a longer period of time — as much as 60 to 90 seconds. Try swishing it all through your mouth to increase surface contact with the mucus membrane. The more surface contact, the more capillaries to absorb the CBD into your system.
  5. Buccal dosing — You can choose to hold the dose between your cheek and lower gums. This is called a “buccal” dose.This may be an easier method for some people whose gag reflex might be triggered by trying to hold oil under the tongue for too long.
  6. Fats are good — Take CBD with a high fat meal or snack. One study demonstrated that the bioavailability was increased 14 times by taking the dose this way.13
  7. Be consistent — Keep your choice of snack or meal consistent so the absorption will be similar with each dose. Choose healthy fats and complex carbohydrates.
  8. A spoonful of oil — Some people say that taking your dose with an added spoonful of coconut MCT can actually help the CBD bypass metabolism in the liver. Therefore the amount of cannabidiol is not reduced by liver metabolism.

So, What is the Best Way to Take CBD?

Whether you’re taking cannabidiol as an oil or capsule, these two simple steps can help you determine the best way to take CBD for you:

  1. Monitor — Keep track of your reason for taking cannabidiol. Consider keeping a journal of your daily dosage, including time of day, amount taken, and how you feel. Evaluate your symptoms over time.
  2. Adjust — If you are not seeing the results you expect, change the dose, how often you take the dose, and/or the time of day of your dose. If you doubt that CBD is helping, stop taking it for a few days to see if symptoms return.

Final Thoughts on Taking CBD the Best Way

Choose wisely. Buy a reputable brand. Some of the cheaper brands are contaminated with solvents, heavy metals, and pesticides. Where the hemp is grown is important: American-grown hemp is good; Kentucky-grown hemp is considered better by many. Always make sure that there is a third party lab report on the product proving its safety.

Also, the consensus is that full spectrum CBD products are more effective than THC-free CBD, as long as you don’t have a drug test hanging over your head.

Furthermore, off-brand CBD products might be diluted or filled with synthetic cannabinoids. To avoid this, look for a CBD brand that offers USDA certified organic CBD products.

Why Choose Cornbread Hemp?

Cornbread Hemp represents the finest in Kentucky hemp traditions. Kentucky has the best hemp growing conditions in the world, with hemp farming traditions spanning the past 250 years. Cornbread Hemp works with Kentucky farmers to produce high quality hemp-derived CBD oil with an emphasis on choosing strains that could help best with pain and anxiety.

This family-owned business listens to their customers’ feedback to provide optimum customer service along with making the highest quality CBD oil possible. Cornbread Hemp guarantees every product’s safety and potency with third-party lab testing. Full reports are available and easy to access on the company’s website and via QR codes on every bottle of Cornbread Hemp! We even teach you how to read our COA!

Each Cornbread Hemp full spectrum CBD capsule has the same 25 mg dose of CBD as one full dropper of CBD oil. One gelatin softgel contains full spectrum hemp extract and premium MCT oil. Cornbread Hemp packages all of their products in a recyclable dark amber glass bottle to protect the oil from UV light damage and preserving its quality for so our customers can enjoy its maximum potency.

Conclusions

CBD is rapidly becoming a staple in American medicine cabinets. It is important to know that there are many different ways to supplement with CBD, and to discover which way is best for you!

CBD capsules are a super convenient option for people to incorporate into their busy lives and can be taken anywhere privately without the awkwardness of using a dropper. Easy to swallow and tasteless, CBD capsules have been said to help you sleep better, relieve pain and anxiety, and help with gastrointestinal issues. Cornbread Hemp’s CBD capsules are filled with full spectrum Kentucky-sourced hemp-derived CBD oil that fully lab-tested by a third party for safety and purity.

Each bottle of Cornbread Hemp CBD capsules has 30 softgels with 25 mg of full spectrum CBD oil per capsule. For a 155 discount, our subscription service makes it even more convenient to stay stocked with your monthly supply of CBD capsules!

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