CBD tinctures and capsules are two ways to take CBD, each having pros and cons. CBD tinctures effectively deliver CBD and promise high bioavailability and fast effects, but they are bitter and earthy. CBD caps are not as bioavailable as the tinctures, but they are great at masking CBD taste.

If you want to join the CBD regime, you may wonder which CBD product is better; CBD tinctures or capsules. There is no good or bad CBD product; each method has pros and cons that you must weigh before choosing which method to go for. CBD capsules mask the bitterness and earthiness of CBD; they are easy to move around with since they are less clumsy, and they also allow dosage precision. However, they are not bioavailable and may take time to digest before releasing CBD. CBD tinctures are bitter, earthy, and clumsy but are the best in fast CBD delivery. Here is how the two types of CBD products compare.


Before considering the two products people take to enjoy CBD benefits, you must know what CBD is. CBD has become part of the mainstream, and it keeps growing in demand and hype. Mascal et al. (2019) defined CBD as the non-psychoactive chemical compound in cannabis plants. Such compounds are also called cannabinoids, and CBD is one of the more than 100 cannabinoids in nature. According to Schlienz et al. (2018), THC is psychoactive in action and makes you feel high. However, this is different from CBD, which does not lead to the high effect, making more people attracted to it. Besides, Watt & Karl (2017) defined CBD as therapeutic, and many want to tap into this therapy, which is why CBD demand and hype will only keep growing.


Although many people may like CBD for its many benefits, human cells cannot directly take the cannabinoid into the body. Rather, it must be infused into compounds from which the body can benefit, resulting in CBD products. There are many CBD products in the hemp space, including;

  1. CBD oils and tinctures; are liquid forms of CBD having oils and high-proof alcohols as the base. They deliver CBD fast to the body but are bitter.
  2. CBD capsules are like any other caps and greatly mask the bitter taste of CBD oil. However, they are slow in CBD delivery since they need time to digest.
  • CBD edibles; including gummies and chocolates, mask the bitter taste of CBD and allow you to take CBD with taste, but they are slow in delivering CBD since they need time for digestion.
  1. CBD topicals; These are applied to the skin and not internally and are unique since they allow you to feel CBD effects without letting the cannabinoid interact with the blood system.
  2. CBD vapes are the fastest CBD products, taking only a few minutes to let CBD effects manifest.


The article discusses CBD capsules and tinctures and how they compare, helping you choose the best item. There is no better CBD product than the other, but you must look at the pros and cons of each method and choose what to deal with. For instance, CBD tinctures are bitter and earthy, allowing your tongue to interact with the taste. Meanwhile, CBD capsules are not the sweetest CBD products, but they greatly mask the earthiness of CBD. Thus, CBD caps are a better choice if you need CBD products that allow you to take CBD without bitterness.


The other thing you must look at when choosing the right CBD product to buy is delivery and effects. CBD oils and tinctures are the key ways to take CBD since they allow fast delivery. You can take them orally or add them to food, but sublingual intake in which you put the drops of CBD oil below the tongue is the most effective way to deliver CBD fast and experience the effects quickly. CBD capsules are only swallowed and have no other way to deliver CBD. Since they need time to digest first, they are not as fast as CBD oils in delivering CBD effects.


Bioavailability is the measure of the fraction and rate of the initial amount of a substance that successfully reaches the intended destination, which could be the point of action of the fluid from which the body takes it. It is critical in the CBD world and one of the many things you must consider while deciding which CBD product to go for. CBD tinctures encourage high bioavailability through sublingual; intake. However, since the CBD caps need time for digestion to make CBD effects manifest, they have lower bioavailability than what CBD tinctures can offer.


If you want to buy CBD products, the ease to dose the product is key, and you must consider it in choosing the product to buy. CBD oils and tinctures are difficult to dose with the dropper, and you can easily err around. However, CBD caps come with the cannabinoid masked inside. Are you looking for a CBD product that allows easy dosing of CBD? You’d better think of CBD caps.


If you are a travel bird and move around a lot, you must bug a CBD product that allows you convenience when moving. Comparing CBD tinctures and caps, the latter are the better. They are less clumsy and do not threaten to spill around as you move. Besides, caps are easy to dose and even in the far away land, they give you an easy time taking CBD. Moreover, CBD caps are discreet and look like any caps, meaning you can take them anywhere without drawing unnecessary attention to you. Meanwhile, CBD oils are clumsy and easily mess you around.


No CBD product is better than the other. Each method has pros and cons you must weigh to choose the right product. CBD tinctures deliver CBD fast, allowing fast effects and high bioavailability, all which are compromised in CBD caps. However, they are bitter and earthy, making them hard to swallow, and are also clumsy, making it challenging to dose or move around with them. CBD caps take time to deliver CBD effects and have compromised bioavailability. However, they mask the bitter taste of CBD oil, are easy to dose, and they give you convenience while traveling with CBD.


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Elena Ognivtseva
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Nutritionist, Cornell University, MS

I believe that nutrition science is a wonderful helper both for the preventive improvement of health and adjunctive therapy in treatment. My goal is to help people improve their health and well-being without torturing themselves with unnecessary dietary restrictions. I am a supporter of a healthy lifestyle – I play sports, cycle, and swim in the lake all year round. With my work, I have been featured in Vice, Country Living, Harrods magazine, Daily Telegraph, Grazia, Women's Health, and other media outlets.

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