Due to its alleged ability to treat everything including anxiety, inflammation, and pain, CBD products are seemingly everywhere you turn, including beauty products like massage lotion and hair care. But one of the most popular uses of this wellness trend is internally, by way of vape pens, soft gel capsules, edibles, and tinctures. So what’s the advantage of the internal (vs. external) use of CBD? "In general, CBD provides a sense of overall calmness and well-being when consumed," explains Mills Miller, founder of Mineral, a line of full spectrum hemp products. And as for why you’d opt not to vape, the answer is two-fold. "Edibles and tinctures are much more discreet and have longer-lasting effects than vaping, and do not add stress and fatigue to the lungs," he says.
So once you do determine you’d like to try CBD in an ingestible form, how do you know which one to choose? One thing to consider is how quickly you want it to work. If you want to feel the effects ASAP, a tincture might be your best bet. As William McAuliffe, founder and CEO of Hemptivate, explains, "The sublingual tincture method is not subject to metabolic breakdown, and therefore more of the active CBD is available to reach the target destination in the body quicker. Typically, the effect from tincture taken under the tongue has an onset of around 15 minutes."
And while both gummies and tinctures are great as a first foray into the CBD world, those who want to start to experiment with lower, more controlled doses might find that gummies are better suited for their needs. "Gummies are not only convenient, but also the easiest way to know exactly how many milligrams of CBD you are taking in a serving. Once consumed, they are broken down by the digestive system, which takes time to metabolize through the liver," Mc Auliffe says. "Eventually, the active compounds are sent to your bloodstream and circulated to the rest of the body. Typically, the onset of effects from a gummy will be anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours."
Good news: Between meditation apps, dietary adjustments, and herbal remedies, these days, there are a ton of products and practices that promise to calm anxiety naturally. In terms of the latter of these, there’s probably nothing more buzz-worthy than CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, the non-addictive, non-psychoactive compound from the cannabis plant. And with so many variations of this new wellness star, it can be confusing to know which one is right for you. When it comes to CBD tinctures vs. gummies, you might be surprised to know that these products aren’t all created equally, and knowing their differences might help make your choice a bit more clear.
Besides this, some people just find gummies are a more approachable and tasty way to enjoy the use of CBD — but Miller argues that this method has not been proven to be more effective medically. "Many people like the taste of gummies over a tincture, but [they] do not have any medicinal advantages over a tincture," he says. "A tincture is definitely a more efficient way to ingest cannabis for a more precise and fast-acting experience."
If you follow the product directions well and hold drops of cannabidiol oil under your tongue before swallowing, the oil will take effect within a short period. It is, however, advisable to allow up to one hour after swallowing to assess the effect of the oil on you. This way you can estimate the right dosage to use afterward.
Cannabidiol oil is a bit more versatile when it comes to usage. You can take the oil sublingually; which refers to placing few drops of the product under your tongue for quick and easy absorption. You can also choose to put a few drops in a cup of tea or coffee, especially if it has a bitter taste and you want to mask the bitterness. And if you want, you can put some drops in your food, soup, or smoothie.
CBD products come in several forms. This can make it difficult for you to know which one to use and when to use it. Of the different forms available, CBD is commonly produced as oils or gummies. This leads people to wonder what the difference is between the two products.
Knowing the difference between CBD gummies and oils makes it easy to know which one will be right for you. You can make a choice based on the ease of use, dosage and potency, rate of absorption, and flavor or taste.
Meanwhile, edibles like gummies will take a while before they take effect. The fact that they are eaten means that the digestive system will be able to break down the cannabidiol properly. The liver also gets to break it further down before sending it into your bloodstream where it will start to take effect.
The pharmaceutical cannabinoid medicine Sativex is delivered sublingually via spray. Sprays, tinctures, and oils may also be absorbed orally if they are swallowed. Some people like to hold a product under the tongue and then swallow it for maximal effect.
When dosing cannabis sublingually, people usually use products intended for this route of administration, such as sprays, tinctures, oils, or sublingual strips. You could try holding a chewed up cookie under your tongue, but results may vary.
What is sublingual administration of cannabis?
When it comes to edibles, there are different ways to dose, and we’re not talking about cookies versus brownies. Edible cannabis products can be consumed orally, meaning they are swallowed, or sublingually, meaning they are held under the tongue to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
Sublingual administration is a convenient, discreet, fast-acting, and smokeless option for both recreational and medical cannabinoid use. Sublingual administration might appeal to someone who is looking for an alternative to edibles that is less intense, shorter, and that kicks in faster.
Traditional cannabis edibles—foods and drinks infused with cannabinoids—are usually consumed and processed orally. This means that a person swallows the cannabinoids, which are then absorbed in the intestine and processed by the liver.