Cannabidiol is a chemical compound with amazing potential properties, and its potential was neglected for a long time just because marijuana was a taboo plant.
However, we have finally reached the point where there are many studies on CBD and its effects.
The seal has been lifted from it, and people can finally get the benefits of this compound.
The problem is that when you start your search for a CBD product, you quickly realize that there are many different options available.
Which one to choose? It’s a difficult question.
All the products have their advantages and disadvantages.
If you narrowed it down to CBD softgels and tinctures, here are the five advantages softgels have.
What are CBD Softgels?
CBD softgels and CBD oils are very similar.
The ingredients are extracted directly out of hemp plants and inserted into savory gel capsules, whereas tinctures put the oil into glass bottles with droppers.
You can think of them as basically oil in capsules. They have an outer shell like regular capsules, and it’s usually made out of gelatin or even tapioca.
That's why they are also called gelatin capsules or “gelcaps”.
They are always filled with CBD oil, while some of them also include olive oil or MCT oil.
The capsules are soft and smooth. Typically, they have a translucent golden color.
What are CBD Tinctures?
CBD tinctures are made by extracting compounds out of hemp using a solvent free extraction, or leveraging solvents like ethanol, butane, or CO2.
Although these kinds of tinctures remove the negative effects of alcohol, they have less potency in general.
Tinctures are basically liquid extracts, and they are often added with additional ingredients like orange to give them a better taste and leverage a carrying oil like MCT oil or hemp seed oil.
They have a high concentration of CBD, meaning each dose is very concentrated.
Advantages of Softgels Over Tinctures
1) Tracking Doses/Servings is Very Simple
As we mentioned before, softgels are basically capsules.
Each of them has the same size and shape, they also have the same amount of CBD and any other ingredients that might be added.
This convenient production method also means that you always know how much CBD you've taken.
If the product description suggests a single capsule every 8 hours, then this is what you should do, especially if you've never used CBD before.
On the other hand, tinctures are a highly potent liquid, which usually requires a syringe or dropper to use.
2) Softgels Are Easier to Use
Everyone has used medicine or some sort of capsules.
We all know how to use capsules and softgels are no different.
You just put one in your mouth and swallow. To make the process easier, you can wash the capsule down with water.
With tinctures, you have to use a syringe to draw some of the extracts and drip a couple of drops in your mouth, under the tongue.
You would have to hold the liquid for 30-60 seconds until it gets absorbed.
In the end, you may be left a residual after taste of hemp extract that you simply may not enjoy.
However, this can be minimized through the use of a flavored CBD oil tincture such as the Wellicy Chocolate Mint Hemp & MCT Oil tincture!
3) Smokers Can Easily Use Softgels
Instead, they are put under your tongue so that the mucosal membrane can easily absorb them.
This sends the compound directly into the bloodstream using veins and capillaries.
With smokers, these absorptive mechanisms are disrupted.
Cigarette smoke damages salivary production and makes absorption more difficult.
Simply put, if a smoker uses tinctures, they can’t be sure that they’ve absorbed the exact dosage.
4) Softgels are Tasteless
Even though many producers try to add ingredients to make tinctures taste better, you may prefer to not taste anything.
The way of use also means that you will have to hold the liquid in your mouth for up to 60 seconds. Which if you don't want to taste anything, then this may not be for you.
On the other hand, softgels are completely tasteless, and you can swallow them instantly.
You can even drink them down with a soda or any other beverage.
5) Convenient to Carry Around
Softgels come in tiny bottles that you can carry around in your purse or even your pocket.
Tinctures are liquid, and they can easily spill even through a closed bottle or if you forget to screw the cap on tight enough (speaking from experience).
On top of that, you can use softgels anywhere without looking a bit suspicious.
Just take one capsule and swallow it. With tinctures, you will have to carry the bottle around and pull out the dropper to use which may draw more attention to yourself than you'd like.
These are the five major benefits of softgels over tinctures.
We aren’t saying that they are better overall, but if these things matter to you, then you should consider leveraging CBD softgels.
Author: Jessica Johnson