Gel Capsules vs. Oil Drops: How to Choose What is Best for You

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As medicinal cannabis becomes more popular, new CBD products are making their way into the market. Gel capsules, gummies, oils, creams, and roll-ons are just a sample of the vast number of products out there, and the choices can be overwhelming for new users. 

Two of the most popular and accessible CBD products on the market are gel capsules and oil drops/tinctures. Both provide an easy way to ingest CBD. However, these products work in different ways and have different intended uses. Choosing the right CBD product is a highly individualized process – read on to find out more about these products and how to choose the right one for you!


Timing: Oil drops are usually ingested sublingually with the help of an oil dropper. They can be flavored and are rapidly absorbed into your bloodstream. Effects are often felt within 10-20 minutes from ingestion. It often takes significantly longer to feel the effects of CBD when ingested by gel capsule – anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half.

Dosage: Oil drops offer more control in regard to potency and dosage. For example, a user may want a small dosage in the morning and a larger one at night. But a “large” and “small” dose differs from one user to the next. Oil drops are a great option for new users trying to figure out their ideal dose size and to curate a schedule for ingestion. Gel capsules are dosed out during production, and many are crafted in such a way that taking a partial capsule is not possible. 

Availability: Oils are more readily available than gel capsules, and often have much more variety in terms of flavors and potency.

Concealability: Gel capsules are often touted as a convenient and discreet way to ingest CBD. Simply pop a pill and you’re done! Oil drops are not that much more conspicuous, but users who fly a lot may want to consider opting for gel capsules in order to avoid the risk of answering additional questions.