CBD Capsules UK
Shop our range of CBD capsules from world-leading CBD manufacturers. All our products are tested by a third-party lab for quality assurance. Need help choosing the right product? Try our CBD capsules guide.
Looking to buy CBD capsules?
There are many factors to keep in mind when choosing the best CBD capsules for you. Most notably, you’ll want to make sure you’re buying a safe, high-quality product that matches your CBD dosage requirements and other preferences.
We put together a quick buyer’s guide to help you choose the best CBD capsules.
What are CBD capsules?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound found in cannabis. It’s one of over 133 cannabinoids, which are the main active ingredients in the plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid most people are familiar with, CBD is non-intoxicating.
CBD capsules are made by extracting cannabidiol from hemp, a variety of cannabis with low THC levels. This extract can contain pure CBD or a blend of CBD and other beneficial hemp compounds, including other cannabinoids and terpenes.
The extract is then dissolved in a carrier oil such as olive oil to improve its absorption and encapsulated in a shell made out of gelatin or vegetarian-friendly plant cellulose.
What types of CBD capsules are there?
CBD capsules come in various types including regular capsules, tablets, pills & softgels. Like all CBD products, they’re available in three possible formulas: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate.
Full-Spectrum CBD capsules
Full-spectrum hemp extract contains not only CBD but all of hemp’s cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, and other beneficial natural compounds. This includes a small amount of THC (less than 1mg maximum in the UK).
All of these compounds work together in synergy (the “entourage effect”), which is why full-spectrum CBD capsules are more effective than those containing pure CBD on its lonesome.
Broad-Spectrum CBD Capsules
Broad-spectrum hemp extract is the same as full-spectrum, but with one key difference: all traces of THC are completely removed.
This whole-plant extract allows you to reap all the benefits of full-spectrum CBD but without any THC. It’s ideal for people who want to avoid THC completely due to drug testing or other reasons.
CBD Isolate Capsules
CBD isolate is a powder that contains >99% pure cannabidiol and nothing else. It’s made by removing all other compounds from whole-plant hemp extract.
CBD isolate products do not benefit from the entourage effect because they’re missing all of the additional cannabinoids and other hemp phytochemicals. However, they’re easier to formulate and can be used in a wider range of products.
Capsules vs softgels
Regular capsules have a hard shell and contain dry ingredients, whereas softgels have a soft shell and contain liquid ingredients.
Most CBD products come in softgel form because this allows the CBD to be dissolved in oil, which improves its absorption. For this reason, it’s best to choose softgels over regular capsules.
What strength CBD capsules should I take?
CBD strength refers to the concentration of CBD in your capsules. Better known as potency, this number is usually expressed in milligrams (mg) per capsule. CBD potencies can be roughly divided into low (1–10 mg), medium (11–30 mg), and high (30+ mg).
There isn’t currently enough medical evidence to suggest the ideal dosage for capsules or any other CBD product, especially because it depends on many factors, such as your body weight, tolerance, and the type of product you’re using.
The only official recommendation comes from the FSA, which suggests a maximum daily intake of 70mg CBD. We’re not aware of any risks from exceeding this limit.
However, if you’re new to CBD, it’s always best to start as low as possible, assess how you feel, and gradually increase the dosage if needed until you begin to experience the desired effects.
Are you vegan or vegetarian?
Most CBD capsule shells are made out of gelatin, which is an animal product. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, look for products made out of plant cellulose.
Do you want the entourage effect?
As we noted above, full and broad-spectrum hemp products are said to be more effective to those made with pure, isolated CBD because of the entourage effect. If you want to get the most benefits out of CBD capsules, you should choose products made with these whole-plant extracts.
Important factors to consider for safety & quality
The UK’s CBD industry is largely unregulated and there are many low-quality products. That’s why we consulted with medical cannabis expert Prof. Michael Barnes to create our quality assessment criteria which we use to source all products.
Here are the key factors we look for in a top CBD product:
📊 Lab reports
First and foremost, a reputable CBD brand will always have its products tested by a third-party lab. These tests confirm that the product contains the correct levels of CBD and other cannabinoids and is free of pesticides and other contaminants.
Third-party tests should be readily available on the company’s website. They’re the only way to confirm that you’re getting what you paid for.
🌱 Organic hemp
Since CBD comes from hemp, the quality of the source plants is also important. That’s why we only offer products made from organically grown plants cultivated in highly-regulated jurisdictions.
The capsules in our list come from brands that have direct relationships with their farmers and can validate the hemp is grown in an organic environment.
🔬 Extraction method
The quality of CBD capsules is also influenced by the way CBD is extracted from hemp. The two best methods of hemp extraction are ethanol and CO2.
🏭 Manufacturing standards
We only work with brands certified by international bodies such as ISO and GMP. This verifies that their CBD products are manufactured according to industry standards for quality and consistency.
⭐ Customer satisfaction
Customer feedback is another important factor that separates an okay brand from a great one. That’s why we examine customer reviews of CBD brands, particularly on independent review sites such as Trustpilot, to find reputable companies with satisfied customers.
Another great sign of a high-quality CBD brand is partnerships with cannabis authorities such as industry associations, researchers & doctors. This highlights that a company is taking additional steps to protect customers and raise the industry’s quality standards.
Although the price of CBD products varies, it’s also an important point to consider. The easiest way to compare prices between brands is to figure out the average price per 10mg serving of CBD.
For example, capsules that cost £36.99 for a total of 500 mg CBD cost £36.99 / 50 = £0.73 per 10 MG serving of CBD. The acceptable market range in the UK averages between £0.60 – £1.1 per 10 MG serving of CBD, and you can expect to pay the higher end for better-quality products.
CBD Capsules vs Oil
The major difference between CBD oil and capsules is in how they’re absorbed. Whereas CBD oil is absorbed directly into the bloodstream through blood vessels under the tongue, capsules have to pass through the digestive system and liver.
As a result, CBD oil has higher bioavailability (the proportion of a substance you take that is absorbed into the blood) than capsules and also takes less time to kick in.
However, capsules are more convenient: they’re tasteless, easy to take, and can be used anywhere, anytime. Plus, many people already take vitamins and other supplements in pill form, so it’s easy to add CBD to your daily regimen.
Are CBD capsules legal in the UK?
Yes, CBD capsules are legal in the UK as long as they contain no more than 1 mg of THC per container.
THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid that’s largely responsible for the “high” experienced by cannabis users. The small amount of THC present in finished CBD products is not enough to cause intoxication.
If you’re looking for high-quality CBD capsules, we’re sure you’ll find something in our store that suits your needs. However, here are some important tips to keep in mind.
Although CBD is considered safe, it’s always best to consult with your doctor before taking it, especially if:
- You’re pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have a serious medical condition
- Take any medications
It’s also crucial to remember that CBD and medical cannabis are not the same thing. Medical cannabis can only be prescribed by licensed doctors for the treatment of specific symptoms and health conditions.