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What are CBD Capsules?

Thanks to innovation and the creativity of those in the industry, CBD capsules are yet another way for consumers to get in their daily dose of CBD. Not only are they fast and easy to take, they’re also conveniently pre-dosed so you can take them with you pretty much anywhere while you’re on the go.

CBD Capsules: An In Depth Look

CBD capsules are like CBD pills that you take orally. Capsules can be made with a gelatin or a vegan casing that’s filled with a set dose of CBD. Along with CBD oil and gummies, these little gems are another excellent way that people can take their CBD. 

In fact, many brands have been getting creative with their CBD capsule formulations. While there are full-spectrum, broad spectrum, and CBD isolate capsules, the innovation can really be seen in the way that the full-spectrum variety is being formulated. We at FAB seized the opportunity to make a CBD capsule that contains a 1:1 ratio of different cannabinoids that include CBD, CBN, CBG, and CBC.

Why Use CBD Capsules?

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If you live a busy lifestyle or don’t want to have to worry about figuring out what your CBD oil “sweet spot” is, then CBD capsules are the way to go. Additionally, CBD capsules are also flavorless, which works out great for those who have issues with the natural earthy taste of hemp, and those who have trouble adjusting to the taste of flavored CBD products. 

And since the dose of CBD capsules has already been set by the brand, there won’t be any guesswork needed by the consumer. Furthermore, many people are already used to taking pills, so adding capsules into their routine should feel virtually seamless. In short, CBD capsules are perfect to take anytime, even when you’re on the go. 

How Long Does it Take for CBD Capsules to Work?

Just like gummies, CBD capsules also have to travel through your digestive system. So while you’ll quickly feel the effects of CBD oil, it can take longer for you to notice when your CBD capsules take effect. 

After you swallow your CBD capsules, they have to go through what’s called the first pass effect. This means that they will be partially broken down by the digestive system and the liver before the CBD can enter into your bloodstream to work with your body’s endocannabinoid system. And because everyone’s body is unique, some people may feel the effect from CBD capsules sooner than others, therefore, patience and consistency are key. 

Your metabolism, weight, and how full or empty your stomach is can also impact how long it will take for you to feel the effects of your CBD capsules, but most people typically feel them working after about an hour or two. Moreover, because CBD builds up in your body over time, it’s important to remain consistent with your dose by taking your CBD capsules around the same time(s) each and every day. 

Which Type of CBD Capsule is Right for You?

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There are two different kinds of CBD capsules: softgels and those with a hard casing. There are also capsules that are specifically formulated for nighttime use. Brands formulate and create their CBD capsules in a variety of different ways. It’s up to you to take the time to find one that works best for you.

In searching for a CBD capsule that will fit your unique needs, you should think about: 

  • Cannabinoid profile
  • The strength or potency of the capsules
  • The type of CBD: full-spectrum, broad spectrum, or CBD isolate
  • Any additional ingredients

You may also need to think about what the capsule is made of. For example, if you’re a vegetarian, then you’ll need to look for a capsule that’s vegan over one that has a gelatin casing. And if you have a hard time swallowing pills, then you may also want to opt for a softgel capsule over one with a hard casing. 

How to Figure Out the Right Dosage

Because everyone’s body is different, it may take a little time before you figure out the right dosage that works best for you- even with pre-dosed items like soft gels.  When taking CBD in general, it’s always best to start low and go up slowly. So while you should follow the directions listed on the product packaging, you can also begin by taking one capsule a day and then going up from there. 

After you’ve been on one CBD capsule for a week, you can increase to two capsules a day if you decide you need to bump up your dose. You may want to also keep a journal to log your experience. This can be a useful tool in helping you decide when and if you need to add more capsules into your regimen. 

You should also keep in mind that full-spectrum and broad spectrum varieties may feel more potent to you than CBD isolate capsules. You may also need to switch up to a higher potency over time. These are all adjustments that can be easily made when and if you need to make them. 

CBD Capsules vs CBD Oil

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Even with all of the innovation that’s happening in the CBD industry, oils are still one of the most popular products among consumers. However, CBD capsules are quickly gaining in popularity. So, you might want to think about the difference between CBD capsules vs CBD oil when selecting a product. 

While some people prefer CBD oil because of how quickly the effects can be felt, others love CBD capsules because they’re pre-dosed and easy to swallow when they're in softgel form. Also, CBD capsules are unflavored, so you won’t have to deal with the taste of a CBD oil if that’s an issue for you. 

One of the biggest differences between CBD oil and CBD capsules is that the effects of CBD oil can be felt a lot quicker than those of CBD capsules. Because oil is placed under the tongue, it can get into the bloodstream faster by entering in through the thin membranes in the mouth. CBD capsules, as we stated earlier, have to make their way through the digestive tract first before entering into the bloodstream. 

Side Effects of CBD Capsules

CBD capsules can have the same side effects as any other type of CBD product. The good news is that these side effects are minor and few. 

Some common side effects of CBD capsules can include:

  • Sleepiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in weight
  • Dry mouth

If you have concerns about CBD or its potential side effects, then don’t hesitate to reach out to your primary care doctor or medical specialist. 

Are CBD Capsules Legal?

Thanks to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived CBD capsules are legal across the United States. Marijuana-based CBD capsules are only legal in states that have medicinal and/or recreational marijuana laws on their books. 

This is why it’s important to carefully read product labels. If you want to avoid any potential trouble with the law, then you should only buy CBD capsules from trusted brands that craft their products out of industrial hemp that has 0.3% or less THC in them.

How to Shop for CBD Capsules

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In order to shop for CBD capsules, you need to take some time to research both products and brands. If you’re short on time, then some of the most important things you can look at are: 

  • Where the brand sources its hemp
  • If the brand uses a third-party lab to test its products for potency and purity
  • What the product ingredients are
  • If the brand uses the industry preferred CO2 extraction process
  • Verified customer reviews

Overall, the important thing is that you take as much time as you need to find a high quality product that will best suit your needs and goals. 

Summary on CBD Capsules

CBD capsules are an easy, quick, and convenient way to take your CBD each day. But while they may be the perfect product for those who don’t like the taste of CBD oils or those who live an “on the go” lifestyle,  their effects won’t be felt as quickly as if you were to drop CBD oil under your tongue. 

But even though it may take longer for you to feel your CBD capsules working, those effects may last a bit longer as well. Lastly, you’ll need to have some patience if you’re going to find your best dosage. Because everyone’s body is different, a dose that works great for you may not work that well for someone else. And if you have any questions or concerns about CBD capsules or CBD in general, then never hesitate to reach out to your primary care doctor or medical specialist.