Smell (Irrelevant to effects)
Upon opening the bottle, Joy Organic’s CBD Softgel Capsules smell subtly sweet, but beyond that, there isn’t much of an aroma to them. To smell anything at all, expect to get very up close and personal with the bottle.
Taste (Irrelevant to effects)
The product does have a sweet taste to it but doesn’t have much flavor otherwise. The taste is very typical of gelatin capsules and not unpleasant at all.
Each of the 30 softgel capsules within the bottle is compact enough for easy swallowing, measuring about half an inch in length and about a quarter of an inch across. The smooth, amber gelatin capsule is oblong and consists of two halves sealed together around the CBD oil within.
The CBD liquid inside the capsules doesn’t have much color to it aside from a warm tint. It smells faintly herbal (no surprises there) and contains MCT oil for fast, easy absorption by the digestive tract when consumed.
Additionally, Joy Organics processes their CBD with bioavailability in mind – they claim that their extract is substantially easier to absorb for the body than traditional oil-based methods. The smooth, glossy texture of the softgels makes for very easy swallowing, even if you sometimes have difficulty getting pills down.
Effects (Onset, Duration, Intensity)
Like most ingestible CBD products, it takes this one a little while to take effect: we felt relief about 30 minutes after consumption, but your personal mileage may vary here. Once the product kicks in, however, the effects last for a considerable length of time — we found relief for about 6-8 hours after ingestion (again, your personal mileage may vary).
After the effects set in, we felt relief from chronic pain in our muscles and joints. Problem muscle groups started to relax and release tension, we felt swelling and inflammation go down, and experienced a generally pleasant sense of physical relaxation.
This sensation was accompanied by a general feeling of wellbeing: we felt at ease, more able to focus, and just all around good. All of us felt better mentally and emotionally an hour after dosing, but the calming effects of CBD were most pronounced in those of us with anxiety issues.
At this dose (25 mg of full-spectrum CBD per softgel), our testers who struggle with anxiety felt relief from many symptoms like restlessness, racing thoughts, and that “general feeling of dread,” as one tester put it. The anxious among us also noticed a decrease (not a total cessation, but a notable decrease nonetheless) in behaviors like fidgeting and foot-tapping we tend to do in the background. We also noted a reduction in some of the gastrointestinal symptoms often associated with anxiety, especially with continued use of this product.
Best Used For
Because of the dosage strength and the full spectrum nature of the CBD extract within the softgels, we feel these little guys have potential to treat a wide variety of symptoms and illnesses, from aiding in athletic recovery and healing from injuries all the way to treating chronic pain and many types of neurological disorders.
Our testing has shown these softgels to be helpful in treating a diverse array of symptoms, from chronic joint and muscle pain to mood disorders. If the basis of your symptoms is in inflammation (and there’s a good chance it is), a systemic dose of full spectrum, THC-free cannabinoids might help improve your quality of life without unpleasant side effects.