Under the Tongue: What to Know

Sublingual, or in laymen’s terms, under-the-tongue, is just one of many administration methods of taking CBD oil. It has been suggested to be the second-fastest and most efficient method to deliver a substance, including cannabinoids in hemp such as CBD, into the human body. 

Sublingual pathways are just a small part of the large worldly discussion of bioavailability, pharmacology, biochemistry, and metabolism. Be sure to check back soon to see what’s next on these topics. But for now, let’s stick to the goodness of CBD tinctures under the tongue. 

Like most practices and routines related to hemp, individuals have their own approaches to dosing and administration methods. It’s a personalized thing. 

How Does CBD Work Under Your Tongue?

CBD is most commonly taken via drops under your tongue or into your mouth. This works because your mouth is composed of and contains tons of membranes, both underneath the tongue and on the inside of your cheeks. These membranous sacs are full of blood vessels, whose role inside our bodies is to transport blood to and from the heart by way of veins, capillaries, and arteries. Thus, anything that can be absorbed by these membranes can enter the bloodstream directly to be absorbed, which may be around 30 seconds to a minute for most people.

Taking CBD oil via sublingual drops is different than edible forms such as gummies, sweets, or even CBD capsules that must you swallow in order to begin the path to absorption. In the instance of eating or swallowing something, the CBD must travel down through your gastrointestinal tract, aka your gut, and endures the full digestive process in order for absorption to occur. This could take longer than doing it under the tongue, taking up a half-hour to two hours to fully absorb. 

In order to better understand how CBD works when it hits the mucous membranes under your tongue, it’s important to know about the circulatory system and how it functions within our bodies. The circulatory system not only contains our blood vessels, heart, and lungs, but it is responsible for blood flow, carrying nutrients, and transporting oxygen to and from our cells. 

How Long is Enough for CBD Oil Under the Tongue?

Some individuals have reported holding it under their tongue for 5 seconds, while some have reported holding it for 90 seconds. It’s really up to you. 

A recent review article published in the International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences provided some guidelines and suggestions for absorption rates via sublingual methods. The sublingual administration approaches can peak blood levels anywhere from as early as 10 to 15 minutes. 

Do keep in mind though, that this article was mainly focused on opioid analgesics, anxiolytics, and antipsychotic oral absorption rates, so the effects and time frames for cannabinoids may be slightly different. Cannabinoids could indirectly affect the signaling pathways linked with these such drugs. Thus, different sublingual durations may lead to different outcomes, generally. 

As far as we know, maximizing the time that CBD oil is under your tongue may be helpful!

CBD Oil Tincture Drops 

There are new sublingual products coming out on a daily basis, taking a wide array of forms, such as tablets and lozenges, to tinctures and sprays, 

Users of sublingual CBD products have reported that they’re fast-acting, convenient, and mild enough to relieve anxiety and boost creativity without interrupting the workday - sounds stellar to me!

Let’s take a closer look at our most popular forms of sublingual CBD Oil Drops on the market today and get a quick rundown on how each one works.

Day Time CBD Oil 

Nanocraft’s Day Formula contains a proprietary blend of broad-spectrum CBD Oil, with natural and powerful ingredients, helping you power through the day. Combining a unique blend of cannabinoids, users can experience an “entourage effect” with CBD and CBN, assisting you into a realm of relaxation. 

In addition to the calming benefits of CBD and CBN, impressive levels of Vitamin B-12 come packed in this Day Formula, which may assist you in healthy cell functioning. Lion’s Mane is also a natural mushroom that may contain a number of health-promoting substances. Caffeine is also a clean, natural boost to this day blend, which may help improve your morning alertness as your day progresses.

Night Time CBD Oil for Sleep

With a taste of relaxing lavender, a blend of passionflower, a touch of melatonin, and a dream of CBN, this calming blend is the perfect way to prepare your mind and body for deep, restorative sleep. Our Night Time CBD Oil for Sleep formula includes the potential therapeutic benefits from a unique blend of CBN and melatonin, providing you a natural and non-psychoactive effect, preparing your mind and body for a good night’s sleep.

Pure CBD Oil 

Our Pure CBD Oil Formula may provide you tasty and therapeutic benefits. In addition to the invigorating and refreshing taste of ginger citrus, this broad-spectrum CBD oil is packed with anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties that encompass cannabidiol, while providing users with the potentials of the “entourage effects”. With CBD, CBC, CBG, and CBN blended seamlessly with MCT oil, users may benefit from the unique combination of terpenes, flavonoids, cannabinoids, and ginger citrus.

Gold Series CBD Oil Drops

Our 1000 mg, 2000 mg, and 3000 mg Gold Series Tinctures have been crafted to meet your gold standards for CBD. The combination of these cannabinoid compounds, including CBD, CBG, CBC, and CBN, work together to create unique effects, commonly referred to as the “entourage effect”. Each and every batch is third-party tested to ensure our product is natural, consistent, and potent. With a hearty dose of CBD and minor cannabinoids, the Gold Series Drops can be used everyday to help promote wellness and may assist with recovery throughout your entire body.

Gold Series 1000 MG CBD Oil Drops

Gold Series 2000 MG CBD Oil Drops

Gold Series 3000 MG CBD Oil Drops

What You Need to Know About Sublingual CBD Dosing

Unlike traditional edibles, topicals, or pills, sublingual CBD products need to be administered correctly in order to work as intended—and their effectiveness depends on how closely you follow the instructions. So before we go any further, let’s make sure we know what we’re doing.

First, you’ll want to swallow all the saliva you can before putting a sublingual dose in your mouth. This is because excess saliva can wash the product down your throat. If this happens, as a result, some of the CBD will get metabolized through your digestive system instead of your mouth’s mucous membranes—resulting in a potentially very different experience.

Second, and most importantly, you’ve got to try and keep these CBD products under your tongue until they absorb completely. This sometimes takes as long as 10 minutes, which can be an awkwardly long time to hold something under your tongue. 

As an alternative, users can hold CBD oil in their mouth (inside of the cheek) and experience potentially the same effects. Our cheeks may not be like chipmunks, but they can provide a nice route for CBD to enter our bloodstream. This phenomenon of absorption through the cheek is known as 'buccal' administration.”

The name of the game here, though, is to give your mouth’s membranes time to absorb the entire sublingual dose directly into your bloodstream, whether this is under the tongue or via cheek —not through other parts of your digestive system. That means it’s also a good idea to hold off on eating or drinking for another 10 minutes, just to make extra sure you’ve absorbed the dose as intended.

CBD Oil Under the Tongue: Final Thoughts

CBD tinctures are designed to be taken under the tongue and absorbed through the skin sublingually. Tinctures are less concentrated than CBD oils and as such, they are milder while still offering relief for whatever ailment you might have.

The droppers that come with tinctures allow you to experiment with different doses. These are a great way for CBD novices to start using the cannabinoid. If you're new to the world of CBD, tinctures might be a great place to start.

Although they are designed to be taken sublingually, tinctures can also be used to drop the formula into foods and beverages giving users plenty of versatility with their CBD. Tinctures are also very discreet, which is convenient when taking it in public. If you're feeling any anxiety or pain, tinctures can provide you with quick relief on the spot with a simple drop.

Kirsten Thornhill, MS

Nanocraft Sciences

Content Writer | Professor | Researcher

Kirsten Thornhill was born and raised in a small farm town in Stanislaus County, California. Kirsten graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from CSU Stanislaus and her Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. She is currently in pursuits of a PhD in Health Sciences: Human & Sport Performance at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Northern Utah, specializing in Cardiology and Human Performance. She is very passionate about human physiology and the metabolic and nutritional adaptations that occur during exercise in athletes. Kirsten enjoys educating and informing people about the importance of lifetime movement, plant-based eating, and health research and development. Her passion for natural, lifestyle medicine enables her to strive when promoting health and education.

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