CBD Tinctures vs. Capsules: Which is better?

If you’re at all new to CBD products then you’re undoubtedly going to appreciate this article. There are so many different forms of CBD that it is actually quite difficult to know what is what, and what for of CBD is the best for you.

If you’re still wondering what CBD is, then you can click the link to find out, but today we are going to be discussing the differences between CBD capsules and tinctures (CBD oils – this is our list of the best). So let’s get into it: what are the main advantages and disadvantages, and how to choose the best option for your needs: CBD tinctures vs capsules


CBD Oils & Tinctures

CBD oils, in short,  are liquid extracts that contain a high percentage of CBD (and hopefully other cannabinoids). The CBD is usually suspended in a carrier oil like hemp seed oil, olive oil or MCT oil. They come in small glass bottles with a dropper for precise dosing. Tinctures are designed for sublingual use, meaning you place a few drops under your tongue, hold it there for about 30 seconds, and then swallow.

CBD Oil in dropper

Advantages of CBD Tinctures:

  1. Rapid Absorption: When administered sublingually, CBD can bypass the digestive system and enter the bloodstream directly, leading to faster effects compared to capsules. It also means that you benefit from the short-term benefits of quick-dose CBD, and long-term benefits of CBD absorbed via the digestive system.
  2. Flexible Dosage: Tinctures allow for easy adjustment of dosage, making it simple to find the right amount that works best for you. This is usually a process of increasing drops under your tongue regularly.
  3. Versatility: Besides sublingual use, tinctures can be mixed into beverages or food, providing versatility in consumption. They can also be used to make other types of CBD products such as CBD skincare.

Disadvantages of CBD Tinctures:

  1. Flavour and Taste: Some users find the natural taste of CBD tinctures to be earthy or bitter, which may not be appealing to everyone. Hemp contains terpenes which can have a strong taste and may feel like they burn the back of your throat. This is all part of CBD products and the taste can vary between different kinds of oils.
  2. Measuring Accuracy: While the dropper allows for precise dosing, it can still be challenging to measure exact quantities, especially for beginners. There is also a chance of missing accidentally but squeezing too much. This isn’t a problem, but it becomes hard if your ultimate goal is to be accurate in your dose.
  3. They create mess: It is a fact that CBD oils can be messy. They sometimes leak and it takes time to get accomplished at dropping the oil under your tongue.


CBD Capsules

CBD capsules are mostly pre-measured, encapsulated CBD oil or milled hemp, making them a convenient and tasteless option for CBD consumption. They resemble any regular supplement or medication and are swallowed whole with water. The ones below

4 CBD Capsules

Advantages of CBD Capsules:

  1. Tasteless and Odorless: Capsules are an ideal choice for those who dislike the taste of CBD oil, as they eliminate any earthy flavour. This may be good if you can’t stand the taste of the oil.
  2. Easy Dosage: Capsules come in pre-measured doses, simplifying the process and ensuring consistent usage. This means that you can very accurately judge your daily intake of CBD.
  3. Portability: Capsules are discreet and can be easily carried in a pocket or purse, allowing for on-the-go usage. Nobody will know what is in the capsules as they simply look like fish oil.

Disadvantages of CBD Capsules:

  1. Slower Absorption: Capsules must pass through the digestive system before CBD enters the bloodstream, which may result in a delayed onset of effects. To begin with, much of the CBD is also wasted in the digestive system but once the CBD gets into the bloodstream, the effects last for a long time.
  2. Fixed Dosage: Unlike tinctures, capsules have predetermined dosages, limiting the flexibility to adjust the amount based on individual needs.


CBD Oil VS Capsules:

The decision between CBD tinctures and capsules depends on you and your needs. To help push you in the right direction, we have compiled a few questions to ask yourself before making any firm decision on which. type of CBD product you’d like to buy.

  1. Onset Time: If you seek fast-acting relief, CBD tinctures may be a better option. However, if immediate effects are not a priority, capsules can be a great choice. It may be an idea to use both together.
  2. Taste Preferences: Are you usually quite picky about what you eat, and you’re sensitive to strong flavours? Well, avoiding oils may help you in the long run.
  3. Flexibility in Dosage: If you prefer the ability to adjust your dosage easily, tinctures offer the flexibility to do so. Capsules are easier to dose in a steady manner, but oils can be measured very fluidly.
  4. Convenience: Capsules are more convenient for those who are always on the move and need a hassle-free way to take CBD. If you take an oil, it is very difficult to use on the move or without a mirror. Capsules or a spray may be a better option.


CBD tinctures and capsules have their unique advantages and drawbacks which you can see above. CBD tinctures provide rapid absorption and dosage flexibility, while capsules provide convenience and are tasteless.

Ultimately, the choice between the two depends on individual preferences, lifestyle, and desired effects.

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Harry is the primary writer at CBD Bible. He has been writing about CBD for more than 5 years and has had his writing featured on a number of high-profile publications. Find him on Twitter @CBDBibleUK