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This article was co-authored by Aimée Shunney, ND. Dr. Aimée Gould Shunney is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor at Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine in Santa Cruz, California where she specializes in women’s health and hormone balancing. She also consults with various companies in the natural products industry including CV Sciences, makers of PlusCBD Oil. Dr. Aimée educates consumers, retailers, and healthcare providers about CBD oil through written articles, webinars, podcasts, and conferences nationwide. Her work has been featured at the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Conference, and on Fox News. She earned her ND from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2001.
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CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in hemp and marijuana plants. Unlike THC, the other active component in marijuana, CBD oil doesn’t cause a high. However, early research shows that it may have a variety of health benefits, such as reducing pain, anxiety, nausea, and insomnia.  X Trustworthy Source Harvard Medical School Harvard Medical School’s Educational Site for the Public Go to source While there are several ways to take CBD oil, one of the safest and most effective is to use a tincture that goes under your tongue.  X Trustworthy Source Consumer Reports Nonprofit organization dedicated to consumer advocacy and product testing Go to source Before using a CBD tincture, talk to your doctor about the best dosage and whether you can use it safely.
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.
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:
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.
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.
When you eat a CBD brownie or take pills, your body is dissolving what you took. Slowly, as your body metabolizes, the healing chemical makes its way into your bloodstream and spreads throughout doing its job. The food or pill you took also has to go through your liver, and this process against digestion takes away some of the potency of the drug. You still will get relief throughout the day, but you won’t have sudden halting changes that you would have if you smoked or dropped tinctures of CBD.
One of CBD’s most exceptional qualities is lowering high blood pressure. It also at the same time can cause an individual to develop hypotension, which is having blood pressure that is too low. When you start your dose and begin to raise your milligram intake, make a note of how light-headed or dizzy you feel. Talk to your doctor about other ways to administer medical cannabis for your particular ailment and your individual health concerns.
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Even though you are putting a liquid in your mouth, it can still cause dry mouth. If you are taking it because you need instant relief, many find that they actually salivate more when they use vape kits. If you see that you are having problems with salivation, switching to vaping might be the best option.
When you first start taking tinctures, you shouldn’t just drop ten drops into your mouth because you know how severe your anxiety or pain is and you need industrial strength to take it out. You should start small because you don’t know how you are going to react. Adverse reactions and side effects are far and few in between with CBD, but they do exist. Being aware is the best way to avoid any damage or discomfort.
There are several different ways to take cannabidiol (CBD) depending on what you are trying to get out of the medication. Similar to prescription pills, cannabis can work instantly or be released into your system over time. For blanketed relief throughout the day for ailments like depression or intestinal pain, you would want to look at edibles, pills, and suppositories. Tinctures are generally used for people who need instant relief because of the way you administer the medication.