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  • August 31, 2022 4 min read


    CBD pills and CBD capsules give accurate dosing because they are pre-measured. However, they have significant differences in the CBD products dispensed per consumption.

    CBD products come in different forms, giving the users various choices. Users who dislike the earthy CBD taste can utilize capsules. In contrast, CBD users unbothered by the earthy taste can ingest the pills to experience the same effects. Notably, CBD products come in different spectrums; they contain varying chemical contents, dispensing different cannabis derivatives in the body. Unlike other products, the capsules and pills come with pre-calculated doses that make them convenient for first-time users. Herein we discuss the differences between the pills and the capsules.


    What is CBD?

    CBD is a natural product derived from the hemp plant. Pure CBD is extracted by removing all the other components of the cannabis leaving 99% pure CBD (Millar, et al, 2020). The CBD products made in this manner does not cause euphoric effects due to the absence of THC.

    What are CBD pills?

    CBD pills are solid medicines infused with CBD. They are small round-shaped products taken orally (Smolev et al., 2021). The natural cannabinoids are suspended in fatty oil. Most CBD pills are made from isolate spectrums, implying that they have limited effects in the body.

    How to make CBD pills?


    • Cannabis concentrate of your choice
    • A liquid oil like coconut oil, olive oil, or vegetable oil
    • An mg measuring food scale
    • Oven
    • Slow cooker
    • Pot holders
    • 10cc syringe with blunt-tip needle
    • Cellulose capsules size 1


    • Measure your CBD to get the dose you will need to consume per day; people consume different doses of CBD per day according to their needs.
    • Based on how many pills you want to make, multiply your amount of medicine for the whole cooking process.
    • In an oven-safe pan lined with aluminum foil, bake the buds for twenty minutes to decarboxylate your cannabis. You should bake them at 225o
    • Grind the decarbxylated buds into fine powder and mixed with coconut oil, olive oil, or vegetable oil.
    • Heat the mixture for 3-6 hours in a slow cooker
    • Cool the liquid and inject it into pills using an oral syringe
    • You can store your CBD pills in a refrigerator for daily usage.

    What are CBD capsules?

    CBD capsules are small containers containing CBD oil in form of a liquid or powder. They are taken orally using drinks like water or your favorite beverages (Millar, et al, 2020). They can be used at any place because they are discreet. They dispense CBD benefits by getting digested then absorbed into the bloodstream. This makes them take long to show effects compared to CBD oil.

    Uses of CBD Pills and Capsules

    CBD pills and capsules are used for treating a variety of ailments and disorders like:

    Reducing pain and inflammation

    CBD interacts with vanilloid receptors found in a person's brain which are responsible for regulating pain perception and inflammation(Millar, et al, 2020). The vanilloid receptors are triggered by the CBD to suppress pain making it possible in treating fibromyalgia disorders.

    Protecting body and brain

    CBD has antioxidant properties which work to counteract the effects of free radicals. Ideally, the free radicals damage body and brain (Evans, 2020). Their buildup can contribute to neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.

    Suppressing nausea and stimulating appetite

    CBD helps stimulates appetite. Also, it suppresses nausea, preventing the body from losing calories through vomit.

    Reduces anxiety and depression

    CBD pills activate the adenosine receptors responsible for regulating anxiety and depression (Corroon & Felice, 2019).

    Side effects of both CBD pills and CBD capsules

    CBD pills and capsules have mild side effects. Beginners are advised to start with a low doses of CBD for few weeks and keep records of what they feel after using CBD (Millar, et al, 2020). They can change their dose after gauging their body reactions. People under other medications should seek medical advice before using CBD. Although the body is tolerant to CBD, it leads to some side effects when taken in high doses:

    • Diarrhea
    • Appetite decrease
    • Weight decrease
    • Fatigue
    • Drowsiness
    • Interacting with other medicines

    How to choose the best CBD pills and capsules?

    CBD source and type

    The best CBD products are extracted from organic producers in the U.S. Organic products have little chemical contaminants compared to inorganic.

    Third-party lab testing

    The quality product should offer third-party lab testing which assures the customers that the labels in the products are accurate (Smolev et al., 2021). Also, the third-party lab report tells the type of CBD used in the product; whether the isolate, full-spectrum or broad-spectrum.

    The THC percentage

    The product should indicate the THC percentage (the legal amount should be less than 0.3%)

    The best way to take CBD pills and capsules

    CBD pills and capsules are best consumed orally. The time to take your CBD pills and capsules depends on your desired needs. Some people prefer taking them after meals (Smolev et al., 2021). Also, depending on your desired expectations, you can take your CBD pills at any time. For instance CBD pills for improving sleeping should be taken hours before going to bed. Taking CBD with water increases its bioavailability.  In addition, taking CBD with food increases the rate of absorption.


    CBD pills and Capsules offer a simple and convenient way of taking CBD. Consumption involves popping a pill in your mouth and swallowing with water or any drink. Also, the capsules and pills have health benefits like reducing pain, inflammation, anxiety, and depression, among other health benefits. Notably, the pills and capsules contain measured doses and may show side effects like drowsiness, fatigue, or negative interaction with other medications. It is also very important to purchase quality products of CBD for the desired effects.


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    Evans, J. (2020). The Ultimate Guide to CBD: Explore the World of Cannabidiol. Fair Winds      Press.

    Millar, S. A., Maguire, R. F., Yates, A. S., & O’Sullivan, S. E. (2020). Towards Better Delivery of Cannabidiol (CBD). Pharmaceuticals, 13(9), 219. https://doi.org/10.3390/ph13090219

    Smolev, E. T., Rolf, L., Zhu, E., Buday, S. K., Brody, M., Brogan, D. M., & Dy, C. J. (2021). “Pill Pushers and CBD Oil”—A Thematic Analysis of Social Media Interactions About Pain After Traumatic Brachial Plexus Injury. Journal of Hand Surgery Global Online, 3(1), 36–40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhsg.2020.10.005