There are a number of CBD gel caps available on the market, but choosing the right product for you can be challenging. It’s important to make sure that the product you choose is made from organically-grown hemp and contains no added fillers or superfluous ingredients.
We like Ambary Gardens for a number of reasons: they use organic, non-GMO hemp to produce all their CBD products and extract their CBD using an organic ethanol wash, the safest and cleanest way to extract CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids. They pass our test for both production and product quality, and their CBD gel caps are no exception. Here, we’ll discuss the benefits of CBD softgels and what to expect from trying them.
Why CBD Softgel Capsules?
So, what sets CBD softgels apart from other forms of CBD, such as extracts, tinctures, or vape oil cartridges? For starters, they’re easier to consume than tinctures, as they’re easier to dose precisely and lack the flavor of CBD tinctures, which can be off-putting for some consumers.
The gelatin capsules themselves taste a bit sweet, but they don’t have a pronounced flavor of their own (the softgels from Ambary Gardens are unflavored, so you don’t have to worry about nasty synthetic additives). The herbal, earthy flavor of CBD oil isn’t detectable through the capsules (though they do give off a bit of the smell if you get up close and personal with the bottle).
The CBD softgels are available in two different dosage strengths (15mg or 25mg CBD), so you can fine-tune your dosage according to your needs. They’re also available in either 30 or 60-count bottles, so you’re able to buy the quantity that’s right for you.
Another perk of these CBD softgels is their high bioavailability, or ability to be absorbed by the body. This is important because, as a pure extract, CBD doesn’t work all that well when ingested. Unlike many of the water-soluble nutrients we normally consume in our food, CBD is lipid-soluble, which greatly affects its ability to be absorbed by the body.
CBD, like THC, is fat-soluble, so it needs to be dissolved into a carrier oil such as MCT oil in order to be effectively absorbed by the body (this is why you extract cannabis into butter or oil when making edibles, rather than simply adding the herb directly). The CBD molecules attach to the molecules of the oil when dissolved, creating a lipid “handle” for the body to grab onto, bringing the CBD with it.
MCT (or medium-chain triglyceride) oil in particular helps the body metabolize CBD more efficiently. This is due to the shorter length of the molecules in MCT, which are easier for the body to break down than their long-chain counterparts. MCT oil is used in the health and wellness community precisely for this reason; it’s possibly the healthiest carrier oil available.
Ambary Gardens’ CBD softgels are made from organically-grown, non-GMO hemp and extracted using an organic ethanol wash, the safest and cleanest way to extract beneficial cannabinoids from hemp. They’re Farm Bill-compliant and legal in all 50 states, so you don’t have to worry about having them shipped to you.
CBD softgels are a good addition to your regimen if you’re looking for long-lasting symptom relief, or are looking for a simple way to add CBD to your daily wellness routine. It should also be noted that, while CBD can be used for immediate relief for flare-ups, it is most effective when used consistently on a long-term basis. CBD softgels allow for easy, accurate dosing and palatable daily consumption
What to Use CBD Softgels For
CBD soft gel capsules are well-suited for treating chronic inflammation from a variety of diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes. They are also effective against migraines, anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep disorders, and pain. They can be used to treat seizures and muscle spasms, providing long-lasting symptom relief.
We’ve even used these softgels as a hangover remedy; really, they suit any situation in which you are trying to restore balance to your body. They can also counteract the psychoactive effects of THC, taking away that spacey, lethargic feeling and helping you feel more alert and upbeat while under the influence of cannabis. The next time you find yourself experiencing the dreaded “couch lock,” try some CBD! You can even take these softgels with your edibles to stave off any unwanted sleepiness.
Smell (Irrelevant to effects)
There isn’t much of an overwhelming smell to the CBD Softgels when you open the jar. The smell could be described as a mild, sweet, and slightly earthy. There is no flavor added to the product—hence the mild, natural smell. It kind of smells like you’re inside a GNC store.
Taste (Irrelevant to effects)
The taste of the gelatin capsule itself is sweet. We didn’t taste the CBD oil contained inside because they shouldn’t be chewed, but rather swallowed. That said, you shouldn’t taste the capsule for more than a few seconds on your tongue. It is worth noting that there is no flavor added to the oil in these capsules so there really isn’t much to taste even if you did crack one open and try it.
As the name would indicate, these capsules are your typical soft gelatin capsules. They have some give or squish to them and are very easy to swallow. About the size of an Advil (slightly larger) while still considerably smaller than a Nyquil capsule.
Effects (Onset, Duration, Intensity)
I would say they take a solid 45 minutes for onset but the relief lasts for 6-8+ hours. The effects are soothing with no impairment to everyday life—certainly no psychoactivity. Great for mood enhancement and relaxation—you may find yourself smiling for no reason.