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Frequently Asked Questions About CBD Softgels

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Written by Sophie Smith
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CBD Softgels are just one of the many CBD formats saturating the market. So we’re here to ensure you’re making empowered choices, by answering your questions and queries on all things ‘softgel’ related.

There’s a sea of CBD products filling today’s market as more people wise up to the health benefits of this once misunderstood cannabinoid. Some of the more common formats like CBD oil, topicals and flowers are fairly well understood already due to their popularity. But what about CBD Softgels?

In fact, CBD softgels are one of the most convenient and easy ways to get your daily dose. Like many health supplements, it’s much easier to take a ready-to-go, measured dosage while you’re on the move. 

As CBD softgels are a relatively new format entering the market, it’s important for consumers to understand exactly how they work. There are some common myths and misconceptions regarding CBD Softgels – which is why CBD Testers are here to help. But first thing’s first – let’s get clear on exactly what they are. 

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What Are CBD Softgels?

CBD softgels are simple in essence. The clue is in the name: they’re soft, gel-like capsules which contain a measured dose of CBD (cannabidiol) oil. For example, with a 10ml bottle of CBD oil you’ll see a strength on the front like ‘1000mg’. But when a usual single dose is 30mg (depending on the person), some math work comes in when figuring out how many drops you’ll need. 

With CBD softgels, there’s less guesswork. CBD softgels are a super convenient way to use CBD oil because they come with a measured dosage per capsule. For example, ‘20mg’ per capsule. It means you can take one capsule without wasting precious time and effort on math sums at 7am before work (or whenever your preferred time of day is). 

So we’ve cleared up exactly what CBD softgels are. Now let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions regarding softgels. 

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FAQS on CBD Softgels. 

What’s the difference between CBD oil in softgels and recreational cannabis oil?

The CBD oil found in CBD products (including softgels) comes from the same plant family as typical recreational cannabis products. The difference is, CBD comes from the hemp plant as opposed to the marijuana plant. They’re pretty much cousins in the cannabis world.

However, CBD from the hemp plant is not psychoactive and contains trace amounts of the cannabinoids which are responsible for the ‘high’ associated with typical marijuana oil. 

So CBD softgels won’t give me a buzz? 

No. CBD oil is harvested from the non-psychoactive hemp plant and NOT its cousin, marijuana. Legal standards for CBD oil mean that it can only contain 0.3% maximum of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) – the cannabinoid which gives you a buzz. 

At most, CBD will give you overall feelings of relaxation and wellbeing. Many consumers of CBD oil report that this feeling of calm is extremely helpful in managing conditions like anxiety disorders and stress

What CBD Softgel Dose Is Right For Me?

It’s hard to say without knowing the individual. There are many factors which come into knowing which dose is right for you. These can include your weight and the severity of the condition you’re taking them for, amongst other factors. 

It can be a game of trial and error when it comes to figuring out what’s right for you. The general advice is to start with a lower dosage and increase steadily depending on how you feel. Once you find the perfect balance for you, that’s your dosage.

If you’ve purchased CBD softgels, it’s always recommended to check the manufacturers guidance on how many to take per day and which strength you should begin with. 

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Do CBD Softgels have Side Effects?

Generally speaking, CBD has no severe side effects. However, when taking large doses of CBD without regulating from smaller amounts first, some mild side effects have been reported. These include nausea, drowsiness and diarrhoea. 

As we’ve already said, when buying CBD products you should follow the manufacturer’s guidance when it comes to finding the appropriate dose for you. It’s always better to start small and build up from there. CBD is a widely legalized nutritional supplement with a ton of health benefits.

Are CBD softgels addictive? 

The simple answer is no. Typically, when people experience a dependency on marijuana (not hemp, where CBD comes from) it’s not because the plant is addictive. It’s because they become addicted to the psychoactive effects of THC. 

Regardless, you don’t get this issue with CBD products, including softgels, because they come from the hemp plant and contain only trace amounts of CBD. So nothing to worry about here!

Are CBD Softgels Vegetarian & Vegan friendly?

It’s entirely dependent on the brand. Many softgels are not vegetarian or vegan friendly, because the outer shell contains gelatine. Gelatine is usually derived from beef or pork. 

However, as demand increases to meet the neets of those who don’t eat meat, it’s also possible to get ‘veg caps’. These are softgels where the outer shell is made from vegetable byproducts. 

If you have specific needs like veganism or vegetarianism, it’s important for you to check each particular brand when purchasing CBD Softgels. 

Are CBD Softgels Legal?

In the USA, CBD is legal across the board. Last year, the 2018 Farm Bill was passed. This bill reclassified hemp to what’s called an “agricultural commodity.” Under these rules, CBD is still illegal if it is derived from high THC Cannabis, so the CBD needs to come from the Hemp plant and not Marijuana. It must also contain less than 0.3% THC. However, there are some exceptions to the rule on a state level, like in Colorado and California.

In the EU, CBD products have gained ‘novel food’ status. This means that only CBD oil which is extracted in a particular way and has gained approval from the EU can be sold for consumption. When it comes to growing hemp for CBD, the regulations are pretty much the same as we discussed before regarding the USA. You can read more about novel food status here.

Do you have any more burning questions regarding CBD softgels? We’d love to answer all of your queries! Leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to help. 

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About the author

Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith is a writer and natural health enthusiast. Founder of a green beauty blog, her knowledge of natural remedies and plant-based cosmetics has lead Sophie to become an advocate for the many benefits of cannabis as an alternative medicine. Her mission is to help combat the stigma associated with 'cannabis' by writing factual content that empowers your CBD choices.

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