CBD Capsules vs CBD Oil: What's the Difference?

We get it, starting out in the world of CBD can be overwhelming, to say the least. It’s important to make sure that you know what you’re getting yourself into and how to use CBD products correctly. We’re going to breakdown the difference between CBD capsules and CBD oil so that you have a better understanding of the two and feel more confident implementing CBD into your wellness routine. 

What is CBD Oil?

CBD oil is often referred to as a CBD tincture. CBD tinctures consist of cannabinoid (CBD) extracts that have been suspended in an inert oil, such as MCT or coconut oil. Implementing CBD tinctures into your routine is fairly simple. Most bottles are designed with a dropper, you simply place a few drops under your tongue, and hold it there for 30-60 seconds. By doing this, the CBD can be absorbed quickly into your bloodstream and start working to improve your wellness. 

hemp plant next to cbd oil tincture

There are other ways that you can utilize CBD tinctures, such as adding them to your drinks or food, but keep in mind that this will affect the bioavailability of the oil. 

Pros and Cons


  • There is the perfect dosage out there for you. There are plenty of CBD oils out on the market with various dosages and flavors. We recommend that you start with a modest amount in regards to the serving size, and work your way up as you learn how your body responds to the oil.
  • Dropper bottles make it simple to craft the perfect serving for you.
  • As previously mentioned, the bioavailability is higher in tinctures than in other methods of ingestions, such as capsules. 
  • It is simple to implement in your daily routine. 


  • Some users dislike the taste of CBD oil. We recommend using a flavored oil to make it more enjoyable, such as A88CBD’s Oil Tinctures. 
  • If you are concerned about being discreet, oil tinctures make this a bit difficult. If you are wanting to go unnoticed, a different CBD ingestible method may be for you. 

What are CBD Capsules? 

CBD capsules have recently gained popularity by users because of its discreet, and simple method of use. Similar to CBD oils, CBD capsules are made by extracting hemp-derived CBD and putting the ingredients into a gel capsule. They can be consumed the same way any other pill would be, by swallowing and following with a glass of water. The simplicity and familiarity of capsules have helped gain popularity amongst users. 

gel capsules

Pros and Cons


  • CBD capsules are extremely easy to take, and are a great addition to the vitamins and supplements you may already take daily. 
  • Each capsule contains a consistent dosage, so you won’t need to worry about if you have taken too much or too little. 
  • CBD capsules are ideal for those who travel, you won’t need to worry about them leaking in your bag or causing extra stress while traveling!
  • They are more subtle than CBD oil, people will not know they are CBD unless you tell them. 
  • The capsules offer a smooth, tasteless option of ingesting CBD. 


  • Capsules are relatively new to the CBD space and not many companies offer then yet.
  • The bioavailability is lower in capsules compared to oils, meaning that the dose is less potent and you may not feel the effects as quickly as you would with CBD tinctures. 

Which One Should I Use? 

Ultimately, this is up to you! There are pros and cons to each method of use, so it comes down to what works best for you, and which one you are most comfortable using. As always, we recommend that you follow the directions of how to use the product, as well as adhere to the recommended dosage. 

A88CBD offers a wide variety of CBD products, and we are confident that there is one that is perfect for you! 


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