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  • by Nicola Boulton December 13, 2023 5 min read

    How To Take CBD Capsules

    CBD capsules are smooth and an alternative way to take CBD without the bitter earthyflavor. This article discusses CBD capsules, how to take them, the tips for taking them, and other methods of taking CBD.

    The popularity of CBD is growing every day, with more people realizing its therapeutic benefits, such as relieving body discomforts like stress, anxiety, pain, and inflammation. The Food Standard Agency (FSA) has approved the safety of using CBD products for public consumption as long as there are from authorized manufacturers. Therefore, cannabis industries have created various ways to take CBD, from applying directly to affected skin areas to simply swallowing CBD capsules. If you are familiar with regular pills or tablets, taking CBD capsules won't be challenging.

    What Is CBD?

    Cannabidiol (CBD) is a healthy compound existing naturally in the Cannabis Sativa plant with over 100s other cannabinoids. The compound is primarily extracted from hemp extract, where it is highly concentrated. In 2018, the UK government allowed the use of CBD products if only extracted from industrial Hemp containing less than 0.2% THC.  Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a famous compound associated with highness, tension, and paranoia among marijuana smokers. Boggs et al. (2018) explained that Contrary to the psychoactive compound, CBD has no mind-altering effects; instead, it is used to reduce the addiction triggered by smoking THC joints.

    What Are CBD Capsules?

    CBD capsules are pill-like products infused with a specific amount of dry CBD. They are made of casing that houses CBD products and dissolves immediately after taking them. There are many ways to take CBD, but the biggest roadblock is the bitter earthy flavor associated with cannabis products. CBD capsules contain a flavorlessgelatin casing and are made of raw vegetable materials, making them an ideal product for many CBD consumers. However, capsules are not the best option if you want a higher bioavailability way to take CBD. They must pass through digestive and metabolic synthesis before CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream.  Compared to vaping CBD, capsules may take an hour for you to feel the effects of CBD kicking in.

    How To Take CBD Capsules

    Newbies to CBD regime may not know where to start when taking CBD. However, consuming CBD capsules is easy if you are familiar with taking tablets or pills. Just swap down the capsule with small water and wait for the effects of CBD to start working. Most prescribed medications are taken in a specific timeframe depending on the doctor's guideline. There is no specific time to swallow your CBD capsule. It all depends on the problem being addressed. According to White et al. (2019), swallowing capsules in the morning will make you feel refreshed and energetic and have good mental clarity ready for the day. Liners et al. (2018) explained that taking CBD at night will make you feel relaxed and sleepy.

    Unlike CBD oil that might leak into your traveling bag or clothes, CBD capsules are easy to travel with. They are user-friendly and can be quickly taken without drawing public attention. CBD capsules are labeled with the exact amount of active ingredient present per capsule. It means that they are less susceptible to human error when dosing. However, they are handy and can be easily overdosed by CBD newbies. For instance, if the capsule contains 20Mg of THC-free CBD, you can't adjust the dose to 5 or 10Mg.

    Tips for Taking CBD Capsules

    According to Millar et al. (2020), when taking CBD capsules, the following are the tips to adhere to avoid overdosing or ineffectively harnessing the health benefits of CBD:

    • Start with a small dosage and gradually increase it as your body tolerance grows. Many side effects are triggered by overdosing on CBD; they include dizziness, diarrhea, hypotension, loss of appetite, and drowsiness.
    • Swallow one CBD capsule per intake to avoid overwhelming yourself. Give the capsule a few minutes to work; if you feel its effect has not reached your optimal result, add another.
    • Buy CBD capsules of low potency if you are joining a CBD regime for the first time
    • Take CBD capsules on an empty stomach to increase the absorption rate of the cannabinoid into the bloodstream. It might take a more extended period for the effects of CBD to manifest if you take it on a full stomach.
    • Drink a lot of water after swallowing the capsule to fasten CBD's breakdown and absorption rate into the bloodstream.
    • Before taking CBD capsules, consult your doctor for dosage clarification and health status to avoid allergic reactions.
    • Don't take CBD capsules with other medications. Some drugs like immunosuppressive, anti-depressants, and anti-platelets can negatively react with CBD triggering health risks and allergic reactions.
    • After taking CBD capsules, store them in a cool place away from sun radiation and children's reach.

    Other Ways To Take CBD

    There are various CBD products in the cannabis market, starting from CBD topicals, edibles, vapes, and concentrates. Each product category is taken differently from others. Apart from swallowing CBD capsules, the following are other ways to harness the therapeutic effects of CBD:

    Ingesting CBD Edibles

    Ingestion involves chewing and swallowing gummies, baked goods, sweets, and other edibles infused with CBD oil. Like CBD capsules, edibles may take 30 to 60 minutes before the effects of CBD manifest. The product must pass through digestion before the cannabinoid is metabolized and absorbed into the circulatory system.

    Vaping CBD E-Liquid

    You can quickly take CBD using electronic devices like vape pens. The device vaporizes CBD vape oil into vapor inhaled directly into the bloodstream through lung tissues. It might take 2 to 5 minutes before the effects kick in.


    It involves placing a few drops of CBD oil under the tongue using a dropper and holding it for a few seconds before swallowing. This allows enough time for the cannabinoid to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the soft mouth membranes. It might take 4 to 8 minutes before CBD starts working.


    It involves directly applying CBD oil to the affected skin area or using CBD topicals like cream, lotion, or bathing bombs. The cannabinoid will not penetrate the bloodstream, but interacting with skin receptors can help relieve skin discomfort within a few minutes.


    CBD capsules are the recent innovation of harnessing cannabinoid health benefits. There is no specific time to take the CBD capsule. It depends on the body discomfort being addressed. However, taking them in the morning is ideal if you want an energetic and refreshed daily. They will help you feel relaxed and sleepy for a night of quality sleep at night.  However, don't take CBD capsules with other medication without consulting your doctor. CBD is an active compound it can negatively interact with other medications. Taking CBD capsules involves swallowing a lot of water on an empty stomach to boost the absorption rate of CBD into the body.


    Boggs, D. L., Nguyen, J. D., Morgenson, D., Taffe, M. A., & Ranganathan, M. (2018). Clinical and preclinical evidence for functional interactions of cannabidiol and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Neuropsychopharmacology, 43(1), 142-154.

    Linares, I. M., Guimaraes, F. S., Eckeli, A., Crippa, A. C., Zuardi, A. W., Souza, J. D., ... &Crippa, J. A. (2018). No acute effects of cannabidiol on the sleep-wake cycle of healthy subjects: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study. Frontiers in pharmacology, 9, 315.

    Millar, S. A., Maguire, R. F., Yates, A. S., & O'Sullivan, S. E. (2020). Towards better delivery of cannabidiol (CBD). Pharmaceuticals, 13(9), 219.

    White, C. M. (2019). A review of human studies assessing cannabidiol's (CBD) therapeutic actions and potential. The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 59(7), 923-934.

    Nicola Boulton
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