How to Take CBD Tincture Oil Under TongueJosephine Gibney
There are so many CBD products available on the market these days. All sorts of ways to ingest or administer this beneficial cannabinoid. Fun tasty gummies, drinks, lollipops cookies, protein bars and the list goes on. Why is CBD oil under tongue still a popular way to take it?
So many tasty ways to take cannabidiol and yet CBD tinctures and oils are still some of the most popular products. The reason might have something to do with how these substances are typically taken.
Although there are many ways to consume cannabidiol; CBD taken under the tongue is one of the safest and most convenient. It’s widely believed to be one of the best ways to administer the compound. We’re going to find out why.
CBD Under the Tongue
CBD taken under the tongue is called sublingual administration. The mucous membrane under your tongue is a place that absorbs compounds easily into the body. It also ensures that what you take this way bypasses the digestive system.
This is a very common way of administering medication for a variety of reasons. It’s also become one of the most common ways people take CBD oils or tinctures. Let’s find out why people choose to take CBD in this manner.
Sublingual Administration Benefits
The enzymes in the digestive process take a long time to process CBD. If you ingest it; it could take 45 minutes to 2 hours until you begin to feel the effects. There’s also the fact that passing CBD through the digestive system diminishes its strength slightly.
For CBD to take effect, it has to reach the bloodstream. Technically, the quickest way for it to take effect would be by injecting it into your veins. This process—the method and speed a substance reaches the bloodstream—is called ‘bioavailability’.
The mucous membrane gives quicker and more direct access to the bloodstream than the digestive system. Thereby making CBD oil under the tongue a much quicker and oftentimes stronger way to take CBD.
How to Take CBD Tincture Under the Tongue
- Avoid food immediately before or after taking the tincture. Eating right before or right after taking CBD will influence how well it absorbs into your bloodstream. Wait 15-20 minutes after using the tincture before consuming something, or wait a similar period of time after eating before taking your dose.
- Pick the oil or tincture you want to take and place a dropper dose under your tongue and wait. (Tinctures or oils in drop form are typically placed under the tongue. Sprays may be placed under the tongue or within the cheeks.)
- You must leave the substance under your tongue for at least thirty seconds. Some people leave a compound under their tongue for much longer.
How Long to Hold CBD Oil Under Tongue
How long to hold tincture under the tongue is a hotly debated topic. We know you have to leave it there for a period of time to absorb. But how long is long enough? For sublingual administration to be effective, it must be held under the tongue for thirty seconds at an absolute minimum.
In our opinion, an even more effective minimum is sixty seconds. We have seen people recommend letting the oil or tincture rest under your tongue for between 2 and 4 minutes. However, we think a solid minute is more than enough time. It’s also achievable.
Hemp Oil Under Tongue
While there haven’t been huge amounts of research done on taking cannabis oil under the tongue as opposed to ingesting it, there has been some. And the majority of the literature supports the notion that CBD has greater bioavailability when ingested sublingually than orally.
We do have one word of advice though. MCT (oil commonly extracted from the coconut) oil-based tinctures are considered to have higher sublingual absorption than other types of oils or tinctures. People often take MCT CBD oil under the tongue.
But, once again, there’s no proof that this holds true for the CBD oil or tincture you have in your cabinet. Every formulation is different, as previously mentioned. However, small variations matter when it comes to bioavailability. Another alternative is to use a substance designed to be ingested sublingually. Most tinctures or oils should have guidance on the packaging on how it is meant to be taken.
Although, we also recommend consulting your doctor before using a CBD product. They can advise you on dosage and ensure it interacts well with other medication you might be on. Despite CBD being a very safe and effective supplement, it’s always best to ensure its suitability with your lifestyle and medication.
CBD is now seen as a viable way to help people and improve their well-being. Small wonder it’s become so popular and widely available. As this popularity grows, so too does the research backing up cannabidiol’s health benefits.
Now, more than ever, you can take CBD in a variety of exciting ways. Tasty CBD foods and treats are hard to resist. However, there’s solid evidence to show why CBD is taken under the tongue. It’s fast-acting, more potent and easy.
As more and more products flood the market, we predict that good old reliable sublingual administration isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. CBD is a wellness product and people enjoy taking it in one of the ways that best improves their wellbeing.