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So which is the best? The method of cannabis consumption that suits your current needs.

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Oral ingestion of cannabinoids consistently delivers inconsistent results. Professionally prepared cannabinoid infused edibles should take effect or provide relief 1-2 hours after consumption. The slow release effects can last for 6-8 hours. A very trippy high is to be expected if you overdo it on the high-THC cookies.


Sublingual means under the tongue. By applying a few drops of cannabis tincture or CBD oil under the tongue, the user will experience the beneficial effects within about 20 minutes. In contrast, to simply swallowing the oil or tincture this method avoids the first pass effect of the liver.

Smoking and vaping are the most popular methods of cannabis consumption for recreational users. Inhaling cannabinoids directly through the lungs is efficient and increases bioavailability to 50% or above. The effects are felt rapidly, usually within tokes. The THC high can also last for an hour or more if your stash is potent bud.

Edibles tend to have the greatest variance in effects on the largest amount of cannabis users. Sometimes the high can be all waiting. A negligible high eventually hits you and moves on before too long. Other times it can creep up on you. A couple of hours after you scoffed a fistful of brownies and wham! You’re completely couchlocked.

Oral administration is preferred by many users due to ease and simplicity. CBD can be added to many different types of food and drink, making it extremely easy to dose throughout the day. It’s superior to smoking CBD-rich flowers for lung health, and edibles and oils can be made much more potent.

The availability and price of sublingual products vary from state to state. In order to provide the best advice to patients, inquire with local dispensaries as to the type and price of the sublingual products they sell. It’s also important to research the quality of the raw cannabis used, the solvents used to extract cannabinoids, the carrier solvents, and the testing done to determine cannabinoid content. As with any medical cannabis treatment, the goal is maximum symptom relief with minimal or acceptable intoxicating effects. Start treatment with a small dose, no more than 5 mg THC, and keep track of symptoms for two to three hours. If more relief is desired, patients should be advised to increase the dose by no more than 5 mg THC at a time.

Tablets or Lozenges
These are exactly what they sound like—small, usually round discs that patients put in their mouths. However, unlike other kinds of tablets or lozenges, they aren’t intended to be swallowed or sucked on. They slip under the tongue, where they dissolve quickly and deliver cannabis directly to the bloodstream. There’s no harm in swallowing or sucking on them, but symptom relief may be delayed by as much as two hours and the duration of action might be longer than desired.

1. U.S. cannabis market size, share & trends analysis report by cannabis type (medical, recreational), by product type (buds, oils, tincture), by medical application, (chronic pain, mental disorder, cancer), and segment forecasts, 2019–2025. Grand View Research website. Published July 2019. Accessed January 21, 2020.


By definition, a tincture is an herbal solution made with alcohol as the primary extraction solvent. In commercial cannabis products, the term tincture is often used to describe any concentrated liquid preparations that are meant to be applied topically or sublingually. Sublingual products prepared in alcohol can be absorbed through the mucosal membranes of the mouth quickly, providing symptom relief in as little as 15 minutes, while oil preparations may take up to 30 minutes for full onset of symptom relief.

Because this small amount is used to keep cannabinoid signaling constant (avoiding peaks and valleys), it’s important that microdoses be used consistently over time. For instance, in one patient using microdosing to control chronic low-level anxiety, a CBD:THC tincture (containing 2.5 mg CBD and 2.5 mg THC per half dropper) was administered every six hours during the day plus a dose before bed to control symptoms on a daily basis. It took 14 days to see maximum anxiety relief. When microdosing was discontinued, anxiety symptoms returned within two days.

Anecdotally, patients have successfully used sublingual cannabis products to treat occasional mild panic attacks because the fast-acting sublingual can mute the panic attack before it escalates into something that affects normal daily activities. When the panic attack has been averted and the effects of cannabis have worn off, patients can go on with their day. If the anxiety continues, precise doses can be administered to help control the physical and mental symptoms. This is superior to edibles, which may take too long to avert the panic attack and because the effects may last longer than necessary.

According to 2018 cannabis industry data, the medical segment made up $7.2 billion of cannabis revenue share, the largest share and growing.1 This growth is attributed to the increasing acceptance of cannabis as a treatment for chronic diseases such as pain, cancer, and mental disorders. Yet traditional methods of cannabis consumption are not among the top trends in medical applications. In April 2019, Forbes reported that cannabis-infused sublingual products were the fastest-growing cannabis product category in 2018, a trend also credited to the medical segment.2 The advantages of using sublingual products include avoiding smoke and other byproducts of combustion, known cannabinoid concentrations, accurate dose administration, the ability to titrate and track doses, and discretion.3

In general, CBD greatly benefits from the presence of lipids when being absorbed by the intestinal wall. According to CBD Guru in the UK, the cells of the intestinal membrane interact with these lipids which allows for the absorption of CBD. Oral ingestion will result in about 10% absorption of cannabidiol while sublingual will yield in up to 20% absorption.

Sublingual administration is convenient, discreet, and fast-acting. This delivery method may appeal to those who are looking for an alternative to edibles as studies have shown that though the effects kick in faster – the results are shorter lived and less intense. CBD oil and/or CBD/THC oil drops has a sublingual bioavailability of 13% to 19% and users will experience the beneficial effects within about 20 minutes.Because digestive system has to take time to break down the ingested substance, many compounds lose potential bioavailability and time to onset is delayed. With the sublingual dosing of CBD oil and/or CBD/THC oil drops, there is a faster onset.

Ultimately, experimentation is key in discovering the right dose as well as preferred delivery method for treatment.

These two delivery methods can affect the onset, duration, and intensity of the effects of CBD and cannabis. There are more than a few pharmaceutical drugs that are prescribed to be taken sublingually. For instance, some fast-acting benzodiazepines that are used to treat acute anxiety are delivered in this way. The area under the tongue is able to quickly absorb various active substances and deliver it directly into the bloodstream.

That said, when the liver absorbs THC it is actually converting it from Δ-9-THC into 11-hydroxy-THC which is more psychoactive. Thus, the effects of THC-infused CBD oil is more intense if taken orally. THC is associated with the “high” from Marijuana, causing some patients to feel euphoric. Non-THC CBD is not psychoactive and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. CBD can be added to a variety of ingestible food and drink, making it easy to dose. The other drawback to the longer until effect-onset is that making its way through the digestive tract, some CBD will degrade along the way.

CBD Oil drops and/or CBD/THC oil drops can be swallowed directly or delivered sublingually – meaning the drops are held under the tongue for approximately 60 seconds to then be absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

As an emerging therapy, CBD has been shown to provide potential health benefits that help with everything from inflammation to pain to anxiety. Research is also ongoing with regard to the most optimum way to consume CBD. Bioavailability lies at the heart of the “best” method when it comes to consuming CBD Oil into the body. Bioavailability is calculated as the proportion of the active substance that enters the body and how much of it goes on to have a viable and active effect.