The beautiful thing about CBD is that there are a variety of means by which you can enjoy its benefits. Two of the most popular (and convenient) ways to supplement with CBD are in capsule form and as tinctures.
CBD softgels and tinctures are both effective methods for receiving the benefits of CBD. Consumption via softgels and tinctures each ensure your body absorbs as many cannabinoids as possible in their own unique way. So what are the differences between these CBD products and which one is the best for your needs? Let’s take a look!
Benefits of CBD Softgels vs. Tinctures
Before pitting the two parties against one another, let’s explore the cause they are working together for…CBD.
Our bodies have developed a system, called the endocannabinoid system, or ECS, that helps regulate a number of body functions. This system consists of a network of receptors, and the human body produces many of its own cannabinoids to support itself.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over 100 phytocannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Amazingly, CBD interacts indirectly with some of the receptors in the endocannabinoid system and can be used to support your everyday wellness.
Natural CBD extract may help:
- Support joint and muscle function
- Support a good night’s sleep
- Promote healthy skin
- Support post-workout recovery
- Maintain a relaxed mood
Whether you are choosing to use a CBD softgel or CBD tincture, the end goal is the same — homeostasis.
What Is a CBD Softgel?
There are multiple reasons why 52% of people prefer softgels over tablets, caplets and chewables.
Research found that softgels:
- Won’t dissolve in your mouth while swallowing
- Are easier to swallow
- Don’t break up in the bottle
- Leave no bad aftertaste
What makes a softgel an easier way to supplement is what encapsulates it. In CBD products such as our CBD Softgels with Curcumin, phytocannabinoid-rich broad spectrum hemp oil is engulfed by gelatin.
This gelatin plays a role in preserving the integrity of your CBD products. By encapsulating the liquid in a gelatinous substance, phytocannabinoids won’t disperse as easily. The softgel holds your CBD captive so that there are more cannabinoids for your system to digest.
Benefits of a CBD Softgel
It’s no coincidence that subjects found softgels easier on the stomach than tablets and chewables. Gelatin is a natural substance that our body is familiar with. The gelatin in our CBD softgels is derived from bovines so the body can absorb the CBD products with more ease.
By using a substance compatible to our genetics like gelatin, it increases the bioavailability of all the fatty acids and phytocannabinoids encapsulated inside your softgels.
CBD Softgels Sealed for Bioavailability
CBD softgels are hermetically sealed. That means nothing’s getting in these things and nothing’s getting out. Creating an airtight environment keeps the phytocannabinoids safe from light and oxygen, which would otherwise corrupt the potency of your CBD products.
On top of the gelatin acting as a natural preservative, Joy Organics CBD softgels are specially formulated to increase bioavailability. Since our bodies are made up mostly of water, and as we know waste and oil don’t mix, we use cutting-edge nanoemulsion technology to create a water soluble CBD extract. This process involves sonicating CBD particles to reduce their size, and then encapsulates them in a hydrophilic shell. In other words, because of this nanoemulsion technology, our CBD products contain phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil particles as microscopic as 25 nanometers, which makes them much easier for the body to absorb.
What Is a CBD Tincture?
Now that you know the benefits of CBD softgels, let’s dive into CBD tinctures. Tinctures have been used in healing practices long before hospitals were up and operating. In fact, hemp tinctures were used in the 20th century prior to prohibition.
A tincture is a liquid form of supplement or remedy. In the case of CBD, the oil is separated from hemp using a process like ethanol or CO2 extraction. This breaks open the trichomes and causes the hemp to secrete CBD (and other beneficial phytocannabinoids).
From there, the hemp plants are strained from the product. In turn, you have a CBD-rich substance. On its own, CBD can be intense, so many CBD products add flavoring to their tinctures.
Best Flavoring for CBD Tinctures
What is used to flavor your CBD tincture is crucial to its potency. Some CBD products will use synthetic flavors to take away the pungency of a highly concentrated product.
Make sure that they are using plant-based flavorings when picking out quality CBD products. For instance, Joy Organics uses organic essential oils like mint and lemon for an all-natural (and delicious) tasting tincture.
Essential oils are an excellent choice for flavoring not just because they are natural, but also because they also work in unison with CBD. The science behind aromatherapy is deeply rooted in the terpenes of the plant that the oils come from.
Terpenes are the aromatic chemicals that give oranges their citrusy scent, roses their beautiful smell and lemongrass its bitter taste. These aromatic chemicals are also responsible for the soothing feeling people get from lavender essential oils and increased cognitive performance from rosemary essential oils.
When these chemical compounds come into contact with other terpenes and phytocannabinoids, it actually strengthens the benefits of the overall product. This is called the “entourage effect.” Therefore, a true high-quality CBD product will be flavored with a terpene-rich product such as organic essential oils
How to Use a CBD Tincture
Joy Organics CBD tinctures are USDA Certified Organic and easy to use. All you do is poke a dropper into the substance and draw it up into the shaft, then place the drops in your mouth. From there, the product is swallowed and digested similarly to a softgel. Since it’s a liquid, however, the process is a bit quicker. Even better, our CBD tinctures are available in broad and full spectrum options. Broad spectrum CBD oil has had unwanted cannabinoids (specifically THC) removed from the formula.
This means that consumers are able to experience the benefits of the entourage effect without needing to consume THC. On the other hand, full spectrum CBD oil has had zero cannabinoids removed, including intoxicating compounds like THC. However, most full spectrum CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC, which usually is not enough to elicit any psychoactive effects. Whichever option you choose, it’s impossible to go wrong –– there’s a reason our tinctures are our best-selling product category!
What’s Better? CBD Softgels vs. Tinctures
In terms of effectiveness, both CBD softgels and tinctures are equal. You will receive the benefits of CBD — it’s just the method and how fast you feel results that change.
When it comes to ease, it’s hard to deny that CBD softgels are more comfortable on the stomach. We all know how to swallow pills. Joy Organics CBD Softgels are formulated using nanoemulsion technology so they are easy to swallow and have second-to-none bioavailability.
Not to mention, the serving size for CBD softgels is already figured out. There’s no math or measurement. You just take the supplement. It’s no wonder that our CBD Softgels are our most re-ordered product!
Some might find a CBD tincture a little too strong for their taste buds. Placing a high concentration on such a sensitive area is a bit nerve-wracking. However, this process is quicker, so if you want the benefits of CBD immediately, a CBD tincture is the most efficient method.
Also, when made with quality ingredients, CBD tinctures can taste great. If you find placing it directly in your mouth is too strong, you are free to add CBD tinctures to things like tea, baked goods, water, smoothies and soup.
Keep in mind, the more organic matter you consume with the CBD tincture, the longer it will take for the effects to kick in. Your body needs to break down everything you eat and then divvy out the nutrients accordingly. The more food you add to the mix, the longer the CBD will take to absorb. While not instantaneous, you will still receive the benefits of CBD. They’ll just come in a timeframe more akin to that of CBD softgels.
So, which is better? CBD softgels or CBD tinctures? The answer honestly comes down to a matter of preference. For those in need of quick results, a CBD tincture will be the way to go. For an easier way to supplement with CBD, a CBD softgel may be the best option. No matter what you decide, both will provide you with high-quality CBD.
CBD Softgels vs. Tinctures: Both Are Available from Joy Organics
Are you looking for quality in your CBD softgels and tinctures? Order your CBD products online from Joy Organics (or contact us first with any of your questions).
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Joy Smith is Joy Organics Co-founder and visionary. After her own life-changing experience with CBD, Joy started Joy Organics to create a line of sustainable and premium CBD products consumers could trust. Before founding Joy Organics, Joy worked as an itinerant speaker, traveling to over four continents to empower women across the globe.