Since the two products exist as alternatives to each other, you might wonder "are CBD capsules better than oil?"
This partially depends on how you define "better." There are ways in which the capsules are "better" or offer some advantages over the oil and there are some ways in which the oil is "better" than the capsules.
For the most part, it comes down to which is better for you.
Before we go further, you should know that dosage is actually about the same between CBD capsules and oil, though the capsules can actually give you more CBD per unit.
A 250mg vial of CBD contains 250mg of CBD in total, meaning that a full dropper gives you around an 8mg dose of CBD. Low-strength CBD capsules are usually 10mg. The difference is slight, but is a little bit more.
A 500mg oil will give you a net dose of just over 18mg per dose, whereas many CBD capsules of higher strength are 25mg. So, therefore it could be said that 25mg capsules do give you slightly more CBD per sitting - meaning if taking only one dropper-full of 500mg CBD oil or one 25mg capsule - than oil.
However, there are also plenty of CBD oils with a strength of 750mg and 1000mg, so in the end it really doesn't matter. You can find a capsule or an oil with the dosage you want or need, but at the lower strengths, typical capsule strength yields a slight edge in dosage.
Whether that matters to you...is up to you.
The way in which CBD oil has an advantage over capsules is that you'll feel the effects a bit more quickly.
The reason has to do with the manner in which CBD tinctures and CBD oil is taken compared to how CBD capsules are taken. Obviously, the latter are simply swallowed like any pill you might take, but the former is held under the tongue for 60 seconds and THEN swallowed.
This is important, as the blood barrier in the mouth lining is very, very thin. This means that CBD hits the bloodstream pretty much right away, rather than having to be absorbed by the digestive system.
Given that advantage in bioavailability, you may absorb a little more CBD with the oil. You're also going to feel the effects a little more quickly.
However, the potential downside is that some users also report feeling some lethargy or sleepiness after taking oil. It's also the case that not everyone cares for the sensation or taste of CBD oil. Those, of course, are the reasons that some people prefer the capsules.
There are a few ways in which CBD capsules are going to be better - for you - than oil.
There is very little difference in efficacy, except that the capsules will take a little longer for you to feel the full effects. As a result, you may feel less lethargic after taking capsules compared to CBD oil.
Users don't really report diminished efficacy compared to oil.
Additionally, taking oil puts more CBD into the bloodstream to begin with. While more immediate bioavailability can be interpreted as an advantage, it's also the case that absorbing CBD through digestion alone also gives you a more steady release into the bloodstream and therefore the potential downsides - such as feeling sleepy or slow after taking the oil - is moderated by taking the capsules.
As mentioned, capsules do have a little bit more CBD per capsule than a dropper of CBD oil at the lower strengths, but since higher-strength oils also exist...how much that matters is debatable.
It's also the case that taking a CBD capsule is much more pleasant for some people than taking a dropper of oil, since you don't have to hold it under the tongue. It's faster and more convenient for many people.
So are CBD capsules better than oil? It sort of depends on what you mean by "better." It might be better for you.
but you can opt out at any time.