As the CBD market grows so does the number of products containing CBD. You can buy everything from chocolate, coffee, beer, bath bombs and even candles! Whilst the jury is still out on the potency and effectiveness of some of these products there are two methods of taking CBD which have proven popular and these come in the form of Softgels and Tinctures. So, what is the difference?
A tincture is usually described as a medicine made by dissolving the active ingredient in alcohol and, although some CBD is extracted through this method (not ours), a CBD tincture is simply CBD in an oil form. In other words, a carrier oil is used to dissolve the CBD. To take a CBD tincture you place approximately 1ml of oil under your tongue and hold for 60 seconds as this is the quickest and most efficient way to absorb the CBD directly into your bloodstream where it can get to work with your endocannabinoid system.
CBD Oil – Pros
- CBD oil tinctures come in a variety of different strengths and flavours so when it comes to choosing an oil you have a wider selection of options to choose from, meaning you can find the correct oil to suit your needs and taste.
- Because of the different strengths it means that, when trying CBD oil for the first time, you can choose to start with a lower dose and work your way up if necessary.
- The oils usually come with a pipette that has the measurements along the side. This allows you to take a controlled amount each time.
CBD Oil – Cons
- Taking CBD oil is not subtle so some users find it awkward to take in public.
- Some people do not enjoy the taste or texture of oil in their mouth. Certain oils can have a very bitter and unpleasant taste making it difficult to take on a daily basis. Our oils are flavoured though so this is not an issue if you are taking Zoetic tinctures.
- Most CBD oils come in a glass container so carrying it around in a hand bag or pocket can be inconvenient as there are risks of it smashing or leaking.
Softgels are made in a very similar way to CBD tinctures but it’s just they are then suspended in a gel capsule. Softgels are popular to take as they are reminiscent of many other pills or tablets we take. If you are already taking a multi vitamin or other supplement, a CBD softgel is easy to add to your daily routine. To take a softgel you simply pop in to your mouth and swallow with a glass of water.
CBD softgel – Pros
- Capsules are very easy to take and far more discreet if taking in public.
- They come in an easy dissolvable coating so are very gentle on the stomach.
- Every capsule will contain the same amount of CBD, making it very easy to take a consistent dose every day.
- They are very handy to carry around as they will not leak or spill.
- As you simply swallow with a glass of water there are no terrible tastes or textures. Our softgels have a caramel taste so if you did decide to bite in to one you would not find an unpleasant taste.
CBD softgels – Cons
- Softgels are not as widely available and therefore you may not get the same variety of options when choosing to take them.
- They dissolve slower than taking a tincture under the tongue so the time taken for CBD to reach your bloodstream and organs is longer.
Whether taking either CBD tinctures or CBD softgels the price does not differ a great deal so it really comes down to your personal reasons behind why you are taking them. If you are looking for a fast-acting option with a larger selection of flavours and strengths then a CBD tincture is probably more suitable. If you are looking for more stability and convenience then you may prefer CBD softgels.
If you are looking for either of these products have a look on our website where you can find both CBD oils and CBD softgels.