CBD Capsules Versus CBD Tablets

CBD is quickly rising in popularity across the globe. Increasingly more CBD products are being introduced to the market day by day. This makes the industry potentially confusing to newcomers, as even the simplest of CBD formulations is not as straightforward as one would expect. 

CBD capsules versus tablets; what sets one part from the other? The following will help you understand the distinction.

What Is a Capsule?

Medicine.net defines a capsule as “a solid dosage form in which the drug is enclosed in a hard or soft soluble container, usually of a form of gelatin.” Sure enough, a CBD capsule is a formulation of CBD oil that is encased in a capsule which can be made of gelatin and can also be vegan. 

What Is a Tablet?

Wikipedia defines a tablet as “the solid unit dosage form of a medication prepared either by molding or by compression. It comprises active substances that have been pressed or compacted from a powder into a solid dose.” A CBD tablet will contain CBD isolate in powder form that has been compacted and compressed to form a tablet. 

What Is the Difference Between a CBD Capsule and a CBD Tablet?

First, let’s take a look at their appearances. A CBD capsule is cylindrical, while a CBD tablet is flat. Additionally, tablets can be split into two and capsules cannot. CBD capsules contain CBD oil while tablets contain CBD isolate in powder form. 

Because CBD tablets contain pure CBD, they are likely to contain higher concentrations of CBD. CBD capsules, on the other hand, may provide more powerful therapeutic benefits because they contain full-spectrum CBD oil. While tablets can be chewed, capsules should be swallowed whole. 

Let’s take a closer look at each. 

What Is a CBD Tablet?

CBD tablets are a form of CBD pills that are inexpensive, safe, and effective. They are made from compressed CBD isolate powder and contain a high amount of pure CBD. In addition, they have a smooth coating and they easily break down in the digestive tract. The active ingredient in CBD tablets is cannabidiol, which is released into the bloodstream once the tablet is broken down in the liver.

CBD tablets are usually round in shape, but they can also be disc-shaped. They tend to have a line at the center which makes it easy to split them into a half dosage for children. CBD tablets can also be chewable for those who have difficulty with swallowing tablets. 

Lastly, CBD tablets can also come in the form of orally dissolving tablets (ODT) that dissolve in saliva once they are put in the mouth. Once the CBD gets to the blood, it is transported to the liver and later distributed to different parts of the body. 

What Is a CBD Capsule? 

CBD capsules consist of a hard shell, which may be divided in two, that encapsulates CBD. Once swallowed, the capsule is transported to the stomach where it’s broken down, the CBD is released into the bloodstream, and finally the CBD is transported to the liver where the metabolism processes it.

There are two main types of CBD capsules: hard shelled and soft gel.

Hard-Shelled CBD Capsules

These are commonly referred to as CBD capsules, and they contain CBD oil or powder that is encapsulated in a hard shell. Hard-shelled CBD capsules can be split into two, and the contents may be poured into a drink.

Soft-Gel CBD Capsules

Soft-gel capsules have a gel-like consistency and contain  CBD oil that has been suspended in gelatin. Unlike hard-shelled CBD capsules, soft gels cannot be in the form of CBD powder. CBD soft gels are usually translucent in color, are pliable, and are also easily digestible. 

Pros and Cons of CBD Tablets 


  • Inexpensive
  • Durable and long-lasting 
  • Contain higher doses of CBD
  • Can be split into two to offer a smaller dose for children


  • More likely to irritate the gastrointestinal tract
  • May take longer to work
  • Lower absorption
  • Less palatable

Pros and Cons of CBD Capsules 


  • Fast acting and offer faster relief from symptoms than tablets
  • Less likely to have an unpleasant taste or odor
  • Higher absorption rate


  • Less stable in high humidity
  • Shorter shelf life
  • More expensive than tablets