For about 6 months I swallowed my CBD without really thinking about it. It seems almost implied that the best way to use a CBD oil tincture is just to swallow it.
However, I quickly found out that was not the case. I found out that there was a better way.
It’s called the sublingual gland, and it’s under your tongue.
Don’t be surprised if you’ve not heard of it before – my high school anatomy class neglected to mention this to me as well.
The pair of sublingual glands you have in your mouth are major salivatory glands, although they provide only 3-5% of the mouth’s saliva. That isn’t the reason we’re interested in them though; we’re interested in the vessel rich tissue that lays below.
We’re interested in the fast, and precise uptake that the sublingual gland has to offer CBD users. Because of the thinness of the lining, the sublingual glands will intake CBD directly into the bloodstream.
This process dramatically increases how quickly you feel the effects from CBD, as the CBD quickly enters the bloodstream without having to first move through the GI tract.
Instead of swallowing your CBD oil immediately, you simply hold it under your tongue for 1 minute or longer, and then swallow the dose.
Besides the lessened time for effects, the same dose of CBD is more bioavailable when taken sublingually than if you just swallowed it. The more bioavailable your CBD is, the more juice you get from the same CBD, which translates into needing to buy less CBD.
At the end of the day, we all like saving money.
The sublingual method may be safer than vaporization or smoking and possess greater bioavailability than oral use. Sublingual usage also comes without having to inhale anything into your lungs, which is a concern for some, as smoking is known to tar the lungs. The potential health impacts of vaporization are also unclear.
Sublingual consumption is far more effective than simply consuming your CBD oil orally – which is why it makes sense to make it a part of your routine especially with MCT tinctures.
To use CBD sublingually:
- Take a dropper full of CBD oil and squirt it underneath your tongue.
- Allow the oil to sit under your tongue for at least a minute, with longer being better.
- Swallow the oil or wash it down with water or a drink of choice.
- Repeat as needed
Some other benefits of taking CBD sublingually:
- More options. With sublingual CBD, you can use regular CBD oil with increased bioavailability. This gives you the freedom to shop the much greater range of CBD oils, as many CBD vaporizers and vaporizer cartridges are either poor quality or difficult to get. It has been our experience as well that CBD oils are generally more consistent than vapes, as the manufacturing process is far simpler.
- No need to use extracts or smoke it. It’s also more reliable than edibles, or other methods of oral delivery which rely on a complex host of digestive factors to process your CBD. Plus, it saves you from the uncomfortable pain and stomach cramping that can occasionally accompany taking some CBD edible goods.
- Much easier to dose evenly every single time because the CBD enters the bloodstream directly, as opposed to going through the GI tract first and being subject to the “first-pass”.
- Cost Savings. Because you’re able to dose more effectively in an accurate and consistent manner you’ll maximize the impact of your CBD and end up using less overall. Depending on the amount of CBD you take daily, this could result in hundreds of dollars saved per year. CBD oil tinctures are often cheaper than vaporization as well, even when accounting for the differences in bioavailability.
- Low Profile. Although CBD is legal – discretion in how you use it can be best in order to avoid confusion. CBD is more discreet than vaporization and smoking and more convenient than edibles or just swallowing it.
Although I use water-soluble CBD now, which also works well for me, I’ve had great results while using the sublingual method with MCT tinctures. It really is a great way to make what you’ve already got more effective without really having to do much more than wait a little bit before you can swallow it.
All in all, if you’re already using CBD oil, give it a try for a week or two and see how it compares for you to traditional oral use. You might be surprised how you feel!