CBD tinctures are usually taken sublingually and absorbed into the bloodstream by capillaries in the cheek, gums, and under the tongue. Tinctures should be rubbed into the tissue inside the mouth to promote absorption. Typically, the tincture is then swallowed, and the remainder is absorbed through the digestive system. CBD from the tincture then interacts with the endocannabinoid system possibly helping the body self-regulate and achieve homeostasis.
Remember that a tincture is likely to have a double onset. One very quickly for the CBD absorbed through the mouth, and one later for the swallowed CBD absorbed via the digestive tract.
How do CBD tinctures work?
Have a specific goal in mind that you want to achieve with CBD, as this will help you determine the best product and dose for your particular needs. Start with a low amount, and slowly work your way up to find the optimal dose. Your weight, body chemistry, and genetics all affect how CBD works on your system, so pay attention to what feels best to you.
Anyone is taking a medication with a “grapefruit warning label” it’s important to discuss CBD use with your doctor as CBD could alter how other medications are metabolized.
There’s also virtually zero cleanup involved with a tincture, even when taken with morning coffee or an afternoon tea. Photo by: (Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
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.
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.
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.
Some other benefits of taking CBD sublingually:
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.
Our sublingual glands absorb CBD faster than just about any other method (excluding smoking it). When ingested (in food or pill form), your stomach needs to break everything down before CBD is absorbed into the blood stream. Sublingual tinctures cut out the extra steps, introducing you to the benefits of CBD faster.
Though CBD oil can also be mixed into food (like smoothies), it’s best to have as much as possible absorbed sublingually. This will ensure cannabinoids are absorbed quicker. Those who choose to ingest a sublingual tincture will have to wait longer to experience the benefits and may not get the full effects of CBD at their intended dosage.
CBD oil in any form is a tincture—a concentrated liquid herbal extract. The ‘sublingual’ part of the equation is how it’s taken: Under the tongue. Sublingual tinctures are easy for anyone to use, since they don’t involve swallowing a pill or smoking anything. Many people prefer this method when they learn how to use CBD oil, since it’s so straightforward.
Sublingual tinctures should always be used as directed. Many people confuse these products with CBD vape oils, which are formulated differently, so that they’re more easily atomized. Only take sublingual tinctures under the tongue.
Sublingual tinctures are an effective way to take CBD because it’s absorbed quickly through our sublingual glands. These are located (you guessed it!) under the tongue. Holding a small amount of CBD oil under the tongue for 60 seconds allows it to quickly enter the bloodstream through these glands.
Specifically, retailers need to understand sublingual tinctures and why they’re so effective when it comes to taking CBD.