Since CBD and other related products are finally becoming legal in most states, there’s a lot of buzz about what it can do. And one of the things people are wondering about is how CBD capsules and CBD oils are different. They also want to know which one is best.
The full answer is a little more complicated than a simple “yes” or “no”, but with a little more insight, you should be able to make the right choice.
What is CBD?
The first thing you need to know is exactly what CBD is. These initials are short for “cannabidiol”, which is one of the 400 substances found in the cannabis plant. And what some people don’t realize is that pure CBD contains zero THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the substance in marijuana that makes you high.
Both are derived from the same plant, but they’re completely different chemicals. So, while people are reportedly able to combat anxiety with CBD, it doesn’t have the psychoactive properties of THC that alter your mind.
How is CBD used?
Depending on the form in which your CBD is carried, you’ll either apply it, eat it, drink it, or swallow it. But unlike marijuana itself, you’ll probably never use it in a roor.
For example, you might buy supplements in capsule form that you’d take orally, or you can purchase creams that you can apply topically. But you can also buy drops, powders, or oils that can be added to edibles like gummies or drinks like coffee and shakes.
But you might still be wondering what it’s used for, which is a much broader question. There’s been some scientific research on CBD and its effect on certain conditions. It tends to have sedative, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotection properties, among others.
These properties make CBD an effective treatment for conditions like anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, chronic pain, anorexia, obesity, and many many more. And it does so with little to no known side effects.
When to use CBD oil
Choosing between CBD oil and capsules depends greatly on what you’ll be using it for because your body processes each product in different ways. CBD oil is, of course, what you would choose for topical treatment. So, if you have a condition like arthritis with localized pain and inflammation, this would probably be the best treatment for you.
Certain CBD oils are also fine for sublingual use, meaning you can place a drop under your tongue for a fast-acting effect. CBD oils are also extremely easy to find and much more concentrated than buying them mixed with creams which can dilute them.
When to use CBD capsules
Capsules are much easier to take than any other form, and they’re a better choice for people who don’t particularly like the taste of the oil. Not to mention, oil bottles have a tendency to leak or spill when not carefully sealed.
CBD capsules are also much more discreet than oils. Even though you’re using it legally, some people would rather use it without anyone around them knowing what it is. Another reason to use capsules is for the dosing. You don’t have to guess how much you’re supposed to take. The exact right amount is already measured out for you.
The main thing to remember, whether you choose CBD capsules or oil, is that the substance affects everyone a little differently. It can have a severely sedating effect on one person and only a mildly calming one on someone else.
For this reason, it’s best to make sure you are home or in a safe place when you take it for the first time. And keep in mind that you may have to lower or raise your doses to get the appropriate effect.