Full spectrum CBD oil vs. Full spectrum CBD gummies. What should I choose?

You’ve decided to give CBD a try. Maybe you’re dealing with discomfort, mood issues, or sleep problems, and you’ve heard CBD can help.

If you’ve already chosen to go with full spectrum CBD rather than broad spectrum or isolate, good for you. Full spectrum CBD includes not just CBD but all of the more than 100 cannabinoids that are available from the cannabis plant, including a small amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC. All of these cannabinoids, including THC, work together with the CBD in the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS).

Each cannabinoid helps other cannabinoids do their job. This is called the “entourage effect.” Just like it’s fine and good to go to a party alone, it’s always a better time if you bring your entourage. CBD alone works fine, but it works best if it comes to work with THC and other cannabinoids.

There’s still a choice that you have to make, though, and this one is very much a choice of personal preference — do you prefer to take your CBD in oil or gummy form? We can’t make the decision for you, but we can give you a rundown of the similarities and differences between the two.

Full spectrum CBD oil

Full spectrum CBD oil is a tincture of hemp extract and a carrier oil. The carrier oil helps distribute the CBD throughout the body. In most cases, the most successful CBD carrier oil is coconut MCT oil. In the best CBD oils, those would be the only two ingredients. CBD oils that need flavoring or other fillers to be palatable are low quality.

You take CBD oil sublingually, which means “under the tongue.” Fill the dropper with oil and squeeze it under your tongue. Hold it there for at least 60 seconds and then swish the remainder of the oil around your mouth. Use your tongue to spread it on your gums and inside of your cheeks.

The reason for taking CBD oil sublingually instead of just swallowing it or adding it to food or beverages (which you still can!) is that when the oil is held under your tongue, the tiny capillaries there absorb the oil directly into your bloodstream. When you swallow the oil, it must travel through your digestive system before it can enter your bloodstream. This means it takes longer to work, and it also means that there will be some loss of CBD when it passes through the liver.

CBD oil can also be used in food and beverages and is overall more versatile than CBD gummies. You can measure your dosage right to the very drop and increase and decrease the amount of your dose with no problem at all.

Full spectrum CBD gummies

Hemp-derived gummies with THC and CBD are very familiar. They’re small bite-sized snacks not unlike their gummy bear or gumdrop relatives. These gummies are usually sweet and fruit flavored.

Just like their candy cousins, you chew these gummies and swallow them. Just like swallowed oil, the gummies must then travel through your digestive system in order to get into your bloodstream. This method of taking CBD is slower than the sublingual oil, and there is some loss of CBD in the process.

The best part is that full spectrum CBD gummies are very easy to take. They taste great. And they’re inconspicuous. Most people would just assume that you’re eating a snack rather than taking CBD. You can carry them with you, even through airport security, so they’re portable and convenient.

Unlike full spectrum CBD oil, altering the dose of a gummy only amounts to being able to halve it. Splitting it up any further than in halves can mean that you might not get the full spectrum of cannabinoids in all of the pieces.

So, if you’re looking for convenience and taste, the gummy is your best choice. If you’re looking for power and speed, CBD oil is for you. Either way, you’ll benefit from their full spectrum CBD and THC content.