Unlike when it was edgy and under-the-radar, CBD oil has now become part of the mainstream and part of people’s lifestyle routines. This follows the legalization of CBD oil in 2018 courtesy of the Farm Bill, making the product federally legal and decriminalized. With this comes many options of CBD oil to wade through, and CBD oil and gummies are among the popular forms in which people enjoy CBD. Yet, choosing the best item between CBD oil tinctures and gummies is hard. Is any product better than the other? Should you focus on one and leave the other? While there’s no intention of recommending CBD oil for treating, healing, or curing depression, pain, anxiety, insomnia or any health-related challenge, the blog gives a few things about CBD oil tinctures and gummies that one can use to compare the two products and choose the best option.

The Difference Between CBD Oil Tinctures Vs. CBD Gummies

CBD oil and gummies are both popular methods of enjoying CBD. CBD is a chemical compound among the many active compounds in the cannabis plant. While CBD oil can come from hemp and marijuana plants, most brands use hemp to manufacture their CBD products since the Farm Bill legalized hemp-derived CBD oil with less than 0.3% THC. CBD oil comprises CBD immersed in a base carrier, such as MCT coconut or hemp seed oil. CBD oil can also be taken as tinctures, where the base carrier is alcohol, although some brands also use vinegar and glycerin as the base carriers. What’s more, CBD oil also comes in vapes, to be taken as vape juices in cartridges and vape pens.

CBD gummies are yet another popular form of enjoying CBD oil. These are CBD-infused sweets taken orally that often feature CBD oil and natural ingredients. They come in various flavors and shapes, mostly natural fruity and vegetable ones that make them bearable. Besides, they are cruelty-free and come in discreet CBD doses. Most reputable companies ensure their CBD gummies contain no synthetic ingredients to maintain the all-natural standards.

CBD Oil Vs. CBD Gummies: Effect/Activation Time

While some people consume CBD products for fun and recreational purposes, the majority of CBD enthusiasts seek some remedy in these products, including pain reduction, stress management, better sleep, and improved focus, although there are not enough scientific studies to credit CBD oil for these benefits. As such, people look forward to feeling the effects of CBD products they take, whether oil or gummies.

The effect time describes how long a CBD product takes before the partaker can realize the benefits. The effect time of any CBD product depends on many factors, including the severity of the condition for which a person is taking the product, a person’s makeup or chemistry, the potency of the product on the question, and the type of CBD product one is taking. With the unknown about CBD oil, studies associate it with a lower effect time. This means that one needs a little time to realize CBD effects after taking its oil tinctures. Most CBD oils and tinctures are taken via sublingual administration, where CBD oil drops are placed below the tongue, and this seems to be the fastest method for CBD products. In fact, lozenges are also taken sublingually, because studies have found that the multiple blood vessels in the mucous membrane in the cheeks and below the tongue quickly sends CBD oil to the bloodstream, fastening the action. Yet, CBD gummies may prove more bioavailable than CBD oil vapes because the former feature concentrated CBD extract. As such, CBD oil tinctures might have a faster activation time than gummies which further have a faster effect time than CBD oil vapes.

The First Digestion Effect of CBD Oil Vs. CBD Gummies

Proponents of CBD oil claim that they are more absorbed because they do not require digestion. CBD edibles, including gummies, are subject to the first digestion effect, primarily because the body has to digest them before they can be absorbed into the bloodstream for the cannabinoids to exert an effect in the body. On the other hand, CBD oil comes in the ready-to-absorb form and requires no digestion. Besides, taking them sublingually adds to absorption.

Taste and Flavors of CBD Oil Vs. CBD Gummies

Many people like CBD gummies because of their diversity in taste and flavors. Well-established CBD brands typically offer more than one flavor and deal in a wide assortment of fruity and vegetable juice flavors. What’s more, even if you need gummies flavored with the addictive spirulina and turmeric, you will not miss out on them. On the other hand, CBD oils may not feature many flavors experienced in gummies. Instead, most feature natural flavors and concentrate the glassy, earthy, or nutty flavor of hemp plants, which many people find quite off-putting. Of course, some brands deal in fruity flavors, but they are not as diverse as in CBD gummies. What’s more, the flavored nature of gummies provides a convenient way to mask the bitter taste of CBD oil while still enjoying it.

The Dosage of CBD Oil Vs. CBD Gummies

The other factor to consider before settling for CBD oil or gummies is dosage. CBD gummies are more discreet in dosage, and most brands pack the gummies and indicate the potency in each piece. One may have no trouble measuring how much CBD oil to take. Contrarily, CBD oil is taken using droppers, creating room for dosage errors. Besides, one can easily get messy with CBD oil, especially when the oil spills on the surface and has to be cleaned.

CBD Oil Vs. CBD Gummies: The On-the-Go Ease

If you want something with which to set on the go, CBD gummies will easily tick the box. Pick the two or four gummies you need for the day or a whole jar if it’s ok. However, CBD oil makes one clumsy when carrying the entire bottle since it cannot be divided into a day’s portion. Besides, CBD gummies can be taken in public, but there are high chances of getting private before taking the oil tinctures.


CBD oil and gummies are produced in two ways. While one may seem better than the other, an individual’s choice will depend on what they are capitalizing on, whether it is diversity/variety, tastes, flavors, an option for an easy on-the-go move, dosage, and more. Stick to oil or gummies but you can always shift to the other if need be.

Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

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