CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound derived from the cannabis plant. Along with THC, it’s one of the most abundant cannabinoids found in hemp. It’s non-psychoactive, so it won’t get you high when you use it, and it can provide many therapeutic benefits. You can use CBD tablets for sleep, for treating anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and many other physical and mental conditions.
CBD comes in many shapes and forms – oils, tinctures, oral drops, vape liquids, and of course, tablets. Different forms of CBD can affect your body in somewhat different ways, so let’s take a closer look at the tablets and see whether they’re the right form of CBD for you.
Types of CBD Pills
While CBD oils are currently the most popular form of this cannabinoid, tablets seem to be slowly taking over. Different types of CBD tablets are starting to fill the shelves of CBD shops across the US. So, let’s see what those types are.
CBD pills are exactly what their name suggests; Small, circular tablets that you can just pop in your mouth with some water then get on with your day.
Most tablets will contain about 12mg of pure CBD, so dosing is made easy. They’re convenient for use, virtually tasteless and odorless, and most have CBD only, no other cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids.
In tablet form, CBD will need about an hour to start taking effect since it has to pass through your digestive system before it enters your bloodstream.
CBD gel capsules are quite similar to the tablets, even though their appearance is pretty different. They’re made using liquid CBD extract that’s been solidified. This makes them soft and flexible, exceptionally easy to swallow – which is great if you tend to struggle with swallowing pills.
The gel capsules are more comfortable to digest, so they’ll start taking effect more quickly than traditional pills. They’ll still need to pass through your digestive system, however, so it’ll likely be around half an hour before you start noticing the effects.
Sublingual CBD tablets are a relatively new CBD product that’s been getting a lot of attention lately. They look like a regular pill, but instead of swallowing them immediately, you should hold them under your tongue until they dissolve.
This method of consumption will provide quick results. The skin under your tongue is quite thin, and the large dorsal lingual vein is located right there, so you can absorb CBD pretty quickly. You should be able to notice the effects within just a few minutes.
What Are CBD Pills Used for?
Regardless of the type of CBD pill you choose, they can all be used for treating the same conditions. CBD has many therapeutic properties that make it a powerful agent in treating both physical and mental conditions.
It’s suggested that CBD pills can help treat cancer symptoms, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, anxiety, depression, even sleep disorders.
There’s such a wide variety of conditions that CBD can help with because we’re primed to respond to it. All humans, and all mammals, for that matter, have a natural Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is responsible for managing functions and processes such as sleep, pain sensation, memory, mood, appetite, and more.
In order to moderate the ECS, your body releases compounds known as endocannabinoids. Their structure is very similar to that of CBD and other cannabinoids, so the ECS responds to both cannabinoids and endocannabinoids in the same ways.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Using CBD Pills
There’s such a wide variety of different CBD products because each is intended for different consumer types. Some CBD users prefer the fast-acting oral drops and vapes; others have a sweet tooth and prefer edibles like gummies. Others still need to ease muscle pain and stiff joints, so CBD creams and lotions work best for them.
Each CBD product has its pros and cons that make it (un)suitable for a specific consumer. So, here are the advantages and disadvantages of CBD pills.
- Familiar method of consumption
- Easy to use on the go
- Easy to dose
- Contain pure CBD
- Can target specific conditions with additives
- Have a milder effect
- Can be more expensive
The Bottom Line
Regardless of the form, CBD can prove to be very effective in the treatment of several mental and physical conditions. It has no severe side effects, and its therapeutic benefits are many. It’s easily available and legal across all 50 states.
However, it’s still essential to consult your doctor before using CBD pills, especially if you’re using other medication. Your doctor will help you determine whether CBD is the right treatment for you.