Written by Samuel Njoroge
When it comes to choosing between CBD capsules and gummies, most people are always at a loss. This is because while there is a clear distinction between for example vaping and smoking, gummies and capsules have a lot of similarities. For a start, they are both easy to carry, they are discrete and can be consumed on the go.
Because of these similarities, most people always ask questions such as which of the two is cheap? Which is readily available? Which will deliver results quickly? Which one should I buy?
Well, I wish I could take away all the trouble by giving you a direct answer. Unfortunately, there is no clear cut answer for this question since several factors such as personal preference and the effect you are looking for will determine your choice.
However, we will try to make things easy for you by telling you all there is to know about CBD gummies and capsules, how they work as well as their pros and cons. Read on and be able to make a quick decision the next time you visit your nearest CBD store!
What is CBD?
As you probably already know, CBD (short for Cannabidiol) is one of the over 120 chemical compounds popularly known as cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant. Unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), another naturally occurring chemical compound found in the marijuana plant, CBD is not psychoactive and hence won’t get you high.
According to a growing body of research, CBD can be used to treat many health conditions including but not limited to pain relief, anxiety and depression, and arthritis.
CBD exists in different forms and can be consumed in the following ways;
- Inhalation- Vaping, and smoking
- Sublingual application- Using CBD sprays
- Topical application- Direct application on the affected area, usually the skin.
- Oral Ingestion- Which brings us to the case of gummies and capsules.
What are CBD Edibles
To put it simply, edibles refers to consumable products infused with CBD. Edibles usually come in the form of brownies, gummies or chocolates but you can also make your own edibles by infusing CBD in teas, coffees, etc.
Remember the feeling when you used to run into the nearest candy shop as a kid, anxiously looking to see the yummy and colorful candies and gummies on the shelves? Well, CBD gummies just brought that feeling back!
CBD gummies come in different sizes, shapes, and flavors and are becoming very popular in marijuana users today.
Depending on the brand, most gummies are 100% all-natural and do not contain any traces of THC. This means that CBD gummies are legal in all the 50 US states.
Just like other CBD products, gummies have anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, anti-depressant and anti-consultant effects.
As aforementioned, CBD gummies come in a wide range of flavors and hence an ideal option for those people who wants to avoid the bitter tinge of CBD oils and capsules.
How Long Do CBD Gummies Take To Kick In?
CBD gummies, just like any other edible may take between 30-60 minutes before taking effect. This is because they must pass via the digestive tract before finding their way into the bloodstream. However, unlike in other forms of CBD consumption such as inhalation, gummies’ effect last longer.
Why People Prefer CBD Gummies
Most people (me included) prefer CBD gummies because of their aroma, texture, and taste.
They are easy to carry around
Since all you need is to dip them into your purse or pocket-Hence can be consumed on the go.
Gummies allow you to have consistent dosing since every piece has a specific amount of Cannabidiol.
Lacks the traditional taste of CBD oil
Most people don’t like the taste of CBD oil in their mouth, and so CBD gummies is an idol to them!
Cons of CBD Gummies
Unlike CBD capsules which have been in the market for long, CBD gummies have just been introduced recently and hence very un-regulated. From my experience, I have come across gummies with less or even with no traces of CBD as advertised. However, there are still some good companies who offer what they have promised.
Gummies go through intensive processing as compared to the capsules. This, coupled with the addition of flavors make them more expensive.
May contain additives
To improve their flavor and texture, some gummies may contain extra additives and ingredients. This may not augur well with some consumers.
What are CBD Capsules?
As we mentioned earlier, capsules or pills is another portable form of CBD. One of the best things about CBD capsules is that unlike CBD oil, the pills come in precise measurements, and hence you don’t have to measure the dose. Please note that CBD is just like any other drug and care should be taken to ensure that you only take the necessary amount of the compound. CBD capsules have really addressed this issue.
CBD capsules or pills come in a wide range of options with the most common one containing a mixture of CBD oil and MCT. MCT, which in most cases is coconut oil help in boosting the absorption of CBD to achieve the desired results.
Another common type of CBD capsules is the CBD Oil Isolate-Based Pills. Although very pricey, these pills are very powerful and useful.
Why People Prefer CBD Capsules?
Easy to incorporate into our daily routines
One of the main reasons why most people prefer CBD Capsules is that they easy to incorporate into their daily routines. This is because CBD capsules act just like an addition to their pills’ collection.
CBD pills come in precise measurement, and so users don’t have to worry of controlling their dosage. Because you don’t have to prep anything, which can be messy, CBD capsules prove an ideal option for those on the go.
CBD Capsules are more regulated
Having been in the industry for longer than CBD gummies, CBD capsules are more regulated. The various CBD capsule brands are improving their standards on a daily basis because of the stiff competition. This means that you are more likely to get high-quality CBD capsules than CBD gummies.
Just like the gummies, CBD capsules are discrete and so can be taken in public or even at the workplace!
They are not messy and hence easy to carry around.
Cons of CBD Capsules
Low level of bioavailability
Low bioavailability means that there is less Cannabidiol available and also takes longer to kick in. This, however, applies to any form of ingested CBD and not only capsules.
Hard to modify your dose
Some people don’t like the capsules route because it is hard to modify the dose. This is because each pill come with a certain amount of CBD and there is no way you can take half the amount in the capsule. However, you can take two or three pills if you want to increase your intake.
So What between CBD Gummies and Capsules?
Hope by now you have seen that there is no one-correct answer for this question for it will depend on what you are considering as well your personal preference. While some people would go for gummies because of their flavor, some people will go for pills because they are easy to incorporate into their daily routine.
It is more of a trial and error process until you find out what really works for you.