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Choosing Wisely: The Superiority Of CBD Oils Over Capsules

28/12/2023
CBD Oils

At Down To Earth we’re often asked about the best way to consume CBD. It’s not a surprise, because consumers face many choices, each offering different advantages that set them apart from other CBD products.

Today, we’ll look at two popular CBD options: CBD oils and capsules. We’ll discuss their potential benefits, how they work, and why we believe CBD oils are the superior choice when you’re considering adding CBD products to your wellbeing routine.

Understanding CBD Oils And Capsules

CBD oils and capsules are both derived from cannabidiol, a substance found in the cannabis plant. CBD is believed to have many potential health and wellbeing benefits, such as helping alleviate the impacts of chronic pain, anxiety and depression, sleep disorders, arthritis and more.

CBD oils and CBD capsules both contain the same CBD oil. But the two products differ significantly in their form, how they’re consumed and how the body absorbs them.

CBD oils are liquid extracts suspended in carrier oils such as hemp seed oil or MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides, such as coconut oil), and are typically administered “sublingually” under the tongue, where they’re absorbed into the bloodstream.

Capsules, on the other hand, are typically made of CBD oil that’s encapsulated in an animal-based gelatin or a plant-based casing. They’re ingested like any other pill and absorbed by the stomach.

Bioavailability And Its Relationship To CBD Absorption

What do we mean when we discuss the concept of bioavailability and how it relates to CBD absorption?

Bioavailability influences the effectiveness of CBD products. It refers to the proportion of CBD that enters the bloodstream and produces the desired effects.

CBD oils generally have higher bioavailability compared to capsules. When the oil is administered sublingually, membranes under the tongue allow for direct absorption into the bloodstream.

Capsules pass through the digestive tract and are partly metabolised in the liver, where some CBD may be lost and bioavailability slightly reduced.

 

Ease Of Dosing And Customisation

One notable advantage of CBD oils is the ease of customising the dose. Oils often come with graduated droppers, allowing users to precisely measure their desired dosage. This level of control is particularly beneficial for individuals seeking specific CBD concentrations or adjusting their dosage based on their unique needs.

Capsules can be convenient for people on the go, such as those who travel frequently or are highly active. They can be taken in a single hit alongside other vitamin supplements, and packed into bags without risk of spilling. But, they offer less flexibility in customising the dose compared to oils, because capsules come in pre-measured doses.

A word of caution: some countries outside of Australia may have restrictions or laws preventing use of CBD products. Always check the laws of any international destination you’re heading to before you pack CBD products, no matter what form you use.

Quicker Onset Of Effects With CBD Oils

Now let’s talk about how oils provide a quicker onset of effects compared to capsules.

For those seeking rapid relief, the onset of effects is a crucial consideration. CBD oils typically offer a quicker onset compared to capsules. When administered sublingually, CBD enters the bloodstream more rapidly, with effects often felt in 20–30 minutes. This distinction is particularly relevant for those dealing with acute symptoms or looking for immediate relief.

In contrast, capsules must be digested before the CBD is absorbed. This means that the full effects may take up to two hours to be felt, but can have a more drawn-out effect.

 

Versatility In Usage

CBD oils also boast versatility in terms of administration. Besides sublingual application, CBD oils can be mixed into beverages or food, making them a great choice for those who prefer a different method of intake.

Capsules, while convenient and discreet, may lack this versatility.

 

Deciding What’s Best For You

We can also offer guidance on how to make an informed choice when selecting CBD oils. After all, we’re experts at Down To Earth!

When selecting between CBD oils and capsules, consider your individual preferences, lifestyle and the desired effects you want to experience. You could experiment with product options to discover the method that aligns best with your needs.

Always buy from reputable manufacturers who test their products independently with third party laboratories. We publish our lab reports right here so you can be assured that every Down To Earth product is of the highest quality and safe for your consumption.

We offer a range of premium CBD oils Australia-wide. Let’s look at three products:

Full Defence 3000 (FD3000)

Our Full Defence 3000 is what’s known as a “full-spectrum” CBD oil. It contains CBD, along with the full spectrum of beneficial compounds from the cannabis plant, such as terpenes, flavonoids and other cannabinoids including tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.

These compounds produce the “entourage effect” of working together in one beneficial hit. And, while THC is present, there’s only trace amounts – enough to facilitate the entourage effect but not cause the “high” feelings or cognitive impairment usually associated with THC.

Broad Spectrum 3000 (BS3000)

Our Broad Spectrum 3000 works similarly to FD3000. It contains the same beneficial compounds, minus the THC, so you’ll experience the entourage effect but without any risk of THC appearing in your system. It’s popular with customers who operate vehicles and machinery, or who may be drug tested on the job.

Isolate 2000 (ISO2000)

Finally, our Isolate 2000 has nothing but 2000mg of pure CBD and no other cannabis plant compounds. Our most popular product is a great choice for anyone looking for a strong, pure CBD oil.

 Your Choice

Choosing between oils and capsules is about personal preference and desired effects. While both options offer therapeutic benefits, we feel the superiority of CBD oils is evident in their higher bioavailability, ease of dosing, quicker onset of effects, and versatility.

As you consider your next CBD purchase, we hope you’re armed with a deeper understanding so you can make an informed choice that aligns with your wellness goals and lifestyle.

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