With recent changes in legislation, the production and use of hemp has experienced something of a renaissance. Naturally, that means that hemp-based products have also exploded in popularity. In particular, CBD oils are a hot product on the market today, finding its way into numerous products, including tinctures and softgels or capsules. But which product is better for you? Today, Anavii Market will explore the differences between CBD oil tinctures and CBD softgels.
CBD Oil Tinctures
CBD oil is most commonly found in a liquid form in a dropper that can be referred to as a tincture. Although it is called a tincture, these normally do not contain alcohol.
Bottle Size & Concentration of CBD Oil Tinctures:
Normally the CBD oil tinctures are found in a 10ml (1/3oz), 30ml (1oz), or 60ml (2oz) bottle and are a combination of both the carrier oil and cannabinoids, mainly the cannabinoid CBD. The concentration of cannabinoids in the entire bottle can usually be found on the front of the bottle, labeled as a numerical value in milligrams (mg).
Common Carriers in CBD Tinctures:
The job of carrier oil is literally what it sounds like, to help carry the CBD and other cannabinoids through the body to the endocannabinoid receptors found in the brain and central and peripheral nervous system.
Oftentimes, the carrier is MCT coconut oil or cold-pressed hemp seed oil (no CBD), but more recently other oils have entered into the mix as popular carrier oils, like:
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Black Cumin Seed Oil
- Frankincense Oil
There is a multitude of benefits of the varying carriers that we encourage you to investigate further, but in addition, the carrier oils can add a unique flavor to the CBD oil tinctures.
Common Flavors in CBD Tinctures:
Because the CBD oil is in a liquid form, your taste buds are sure to perk up when trying CBD oil tinctures. The cannabinoid-rich hemp extract, including CBD, can have a rather earthy or grassy flavor, that not everyone enjoys. To counteract this flavor, sometimes manufacturers mix CBD oil with other flavors. Some of the best flavor blends include:
But if you don’t want a flavor, you can always stick with all natural, or try CBD softgels!
Serving Size of CBD Oil Tinctures:
There are both benefits and pitfalls of CBD oil tinctures and both surround the serving size. One of the benefits of using a CBD oil tincture in a liquid form is that it is served in a dropper, allowing you to create your own serving size and determine how much CBD oil is right for you. This is particularly advantageous when first trying CBD oil. Everyone’s experience with CBD oil is different, so CBD oil tinctures are a fantastic way to adjust your serving size to determine the right concentration for you.
Although, a downside to CBD oil tinctures is that not all droppers have a graduated cylinder, meaning the volume of the dropper is not etched into the side of the dropper, so the exact volume and concentration of what is in the dropper can be unknown. The dropper of a 1oz bottle holds 1ml of liquid, but on many occasions, the droppers do not fill to a full 1ml. Normally, the droppers fill to around 3/4ml, so the serving size that is on the bottle is not quite what is extracted from the dropper and taken by you.
This may sound complicated, so here is an example of the concentration of CBD oil that may be found in a single serving of your CBD oil tincture.
- A 250mg 1oz (30ml) bottle contains approximately 8 mg per 1 ml.
- Depending on the dropper, some droppers only fills 3/4ths of the way full or approximately 0.75ml.
- That means the serving size you receive is only 6mg instead of 8mg.
This is important to consider when trying to understand how much CBD oil you are actually taking.
Also, it is important to note that you should always shake the CBD oil tincture well before use. After all, CBD oil is an oil mixed with other oils, so the compounds tend to separate. Shaking your CBD oil tincture well before use will ensure that you are distributing the CBD oil concentration throughout the tincture for the most effective use.
How to use CBD Tinctures:
For the most effective results:
- Shake the bottle well before use
- Fill your tincture dropper to your desired level
- Squirt CBD Oil tinctures under the tongue
- Hold under tongue for 20-30 seconds
After use, be sure to screw the lid back on tightly to avoid leakage. For best results, take with food. High-fat meals can increase bioavailability by 3-5 times the amount.
Bioavailability of CBD Oil Tinctures:
Rumor has it that CBD oil tinctures are better than CBD oil softgels because the CBD oil tinctures are ingested under the tongue and therefore enter your bloodstream more quickly. This rumor likely has some truth behind it, but more comparative research is really needed for assurance. In general, the carrier oil helps the gut absorb CBD oil and other cannabinoids, which is beneficial because 90% of your serotonin receptors are found in your gut and CBD acts on serotonin receptors.
CBD Oil Softgels and CBD Oil Capsules
Second to CBD oil tinctures, the most popular form of ingesting CBD oil is CBD oil softgels. Like tinctures, softgels come with their own pros and cons. This method provides ease of use and a consistent serving size but may have some downfalls.
Bottle Size & Concentration of CBD Oil Softgels or CBD Oil Capsules:
Normally, you will find that CBD oil softgels come in a bottle with 30 count or 60 count of softgels. The concentration of CBD within the softgel varies dependent on the manufacturer, but the most common concentrations are either 10mg of CBD oil or 15mg of CBD oil per softgel, ranging from 300mg to 600mg or 450mg to 900mg in concentration throughout the entire bottle. The concentration is also dependent on the quantity of softgels in the bottle. There are some instances where some CBD oil softgels contain 5mg or more per serving than the standard 15mg per serving, but these cases are rare.
When shopping be sure to understand the total number of CBD oil softgels in the bottle. You can then divide that by the total concentration to determine the concentration of CBD oil in each softgel or capsule. In some cases, you can also reference the nutritional or supplement facts panel for serving size.
Common Carriers in CBD Oil Softgels or CBD Oil Capsules:
CBD oil softgels are often blended with hemp seed oil, MCT oil or extra virgin olive oil, depending on the manufacturer. Each carrier brings added benefit to your health and wellness and we encourage you to find out more about which is best for you!
Common Flavors in CBD Oil Softgels or CBD Oil Capsules:
If you don’t want to taste the flavor of the CBD oil and its carriers, CBD oil softgels are definitely the choice for you. Softgels are swallowed whole, so there is no need to taste the earthy flavor of CBD oil and its carriers.
Serving Size of CBD Oil Softgels:
The best thing about CBD oil softgels is the added benefit of having a consistent serving size time and time again. There is no need to worry about shaking the bottle and measuring out a liquid in a dropper wondering if you got the right serving size of CBD oil. Instead, the CBD oil softgels are prepared for so that you can enjoy a consistent serving time and time again.
How to use CBD Oil Softgels:
Using CBD oil softgels is a fairly easy process:
- Remove desired quantity from bottle – remember to start low and take it slow.
- Swallow with water.
- For best results, consume after a meal.
What is the difference between CBD Oil Softgels and CBD Oil Capsules?
CBD oil softgels are made from a gelatin that is usually derived from livestock, mainly pig and cattle, meaning if you are seeking a vegetarian, vegan or kosher product, CBD softgels are likely not for you. Alternatively, two-piece capsules, like some CBD oil capsules, are vegetarian approved!
Bioavailability of CBD Oil Softgels and CBD Oil Capsules
Rumor has it that softgels are more bioavailable than capsules, but like tinctures, more research is needed to determine if that is accurate.
In general, it is likely that the softgels and capsules are less bioavailable than CBD oil tinctures; however, if you take the softgel or capsule with a high fat meal, then absorption will significantly increase by 3-5 times the rate.
With all of this in mind, you can make the decision about which form of CBD is best for you. Anavii Market carries a wide variety of high-quality CBD brands, each with their own CBD tinctures and softgels. We maintain the quality of our products by using a rigorous third-party verification process so that you’ll always enjoy a healthy and natural product. Order your CBD oil products today, or reach out to us with questions.