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How to Take CBD Oil Sublingually

For recreational users, smoking and vaping are the preferred methods of consuming cannabis or CBD products. These methods allow cannabinoids to rush directly to the lungs. Smoking and vaping are very efficient methods and can increase bioavailability to 50% or above. Bioavailability determines the percentage of drugs or substances that becomes available to the target tissue after administration. This means that up to 50% of the cannabis content that you inhale when you smoke or vape is available for your body. In contrast, CBD edibles fall between 4-20% bioavailability rate.

However, smoking, and vaping are not everybody’s cup of tea. Some just don’t like the idea of smoking or vaping in general. There are also those who find it inconvenient since it limits their use to their homes. Although vaping, and smoking equipment are portable, some areas prohibit smoking and vaping in public places; both indoors and outdoors. In addition, there are also those with existing lung conditions who cannot smoke or vape.

Sublingually taking CBD oil is a convenient alternative to smoking or vaping. The word sublingual means under the tongue. In this method, the user applies a few drops of CBD oil or cannabis tincture under the tongue. This method is different from directly swallowing the tincture or oil.

What are the advantages of taking CBD Oil sublingually?

Better Bioavailability. Most users who take CBD oil sublingually experience the health benefits of CBD oil within 20 minutes?. This makes it the perfect method for those who use CBD products for pain relief of chronic pain. Those who suffer from neuropathic pain caused by arthritis will also benefit from the fast relief brought about by sublingually taking CBD oil. Arthritis-related pain can flare up any moment and although you can relieve it by using other CBD products, CBD oil through sublingual delivery is still the best method to deliver immediate relief.

Why is the effect so fast? This might be due to the fact that you’re not digesting the oil. Sublingual products don’t go through the digestive tract. When you swallow a CBD edible or capsules, it goes through your digestive system and it needs to undergo digestion before you can feel its effect. In contrast, CBD oil or cannabis tincture taken sublingually gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream. The increased bioavailability can also be attributed to the fact that sublingual consumption of CBD Oil bypasses the first-pass effect in the liver which happens when you digest edibles.

It is a discreet method. You can sublingually take CBD oil in a very discreet manner. Unlike smoking or vaping CBD, you can do it in a quiet corner without anybody noticing. It doesn’t emit any smoke or smell that can draw attention to one’s self. This method also doesn’t require any prep work on the user’s end. The dropper bottles used in this method are very small and you can easily conceal them in your purse or even your pocket. Although a vaporizer and a bottle of vape oil is easy to conceal, a bottle of CBD oil is still smaller in comparison

How do I take CBD oil sublingually?

Taking CBD Oil sublingually is a pretty straightforward process. You just need to use the dropper that usually comes with the CBD Oil to take a few drops of CBD. Put a few drops of your preferred CBD Oil under your tongue. You need to hold the oil under your tongue for at least a minute or two. This will ensure that the oil gets absorbed through your sublingual tissues so it can enter your bloodstream. You can then swallow any excess oil left behind.

Some users who take CBD Oil sublingually take an extra step before swallowing the oil. You can also swish the remaining oil around your mouth. This will distribute the oil to your cheek tissues or even into your gums. This method of taking CBD Oil through the cheek tissues is called Buccal. If you’ve tried oil-pulling before then this is something similar.

Although this is not a requirement, it increases the contact between the oil and the capillaries in your mouth. This means you also increase the chances of getting as much CBD oil to your bloodstream as possible. If there is still oil left after swishing the oil around your mouth, then you can just swallow the rest.

What kind of carrier oil is best for taking CBD oil sublingually?

Pure CBD oil by itself is easily absorbed by the human body. However, its absorbency by the body gets improved when you use it with a carrier oil. Hemp oil products like THC and CBD from the cannabis plant are fat-soluble. This means that they increase their bioavailability when you infuse them in saturated fat.

Hemp Seed Oil. Despite its name, Hemp Seed Oil doesn’t contain cannabinoids. Hemp seed oil is a product derived by cold-pressing hemp seeds and not the hemp plant. What’s great about hemp seed oil is it contains a unique 3:1 essential fatty acids ratio. Hemp seed oil is also tastier. It has a slightly nutty flavor which makes it more tolerable if you intend to take CBD oil sublingually.

Olive Oil. Olive oil is a very popular cooking ingredient. People drizzle it over salads, use in making pasta, or as a dip for pieces of bread. It has a vegetable flavor and is ideal for those who like the taste of Olive Oil. Olive Oil also contains LCTs or long-chain triglycerides. LCT translates into higher bioavailability compared to medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which makes it more efficient as a carrier oil.

Coconut Oil. This MCT oil has long been acknowledged for its health benefits. This is the perfect carrier oil for those who have heart conditions because coconut oil has high lipid content. The saturated fat content of coconut oil won’t clog up your arteries.

How much CBD Oil should I use?

This is a question that many have asked. Unfortunately, there is no definite answer. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the government arm responsible for providing a Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) but they haven’t released an official RDI for daily CBD servings. If you don’t know what RDI is, it is the daily levels of a nutrient that meets the requirements of 97-98 percent of individuals in the United States. You usually find RDI information on any supplement you purchase.

So, how do you formulate a dosage for CBD oil? Treat CBD as you would any new supplement that you might take. Start with small doses. This way, you completely avoid going over the level that might be too much for you. Remember that it can take up to an hour for you to feel the effects of CBD oil taken sublingually so you need to be patient and wait for the effects to your body. Once you’ve felt the effects and they are not enough for you, then you can gradually increase the dosage of the following intake.

If you know someone else who takes CBD oil sublingually, do not assume that the dosage that works for them will also work for you. The effects of CBD are different for each individual. In the absence of an FDA RDI, it will be best to determine on your own the right dosage based on what works for you.

Another thing to take note of is the potency of the CBD oil that you’re taking. Different oils have different potencies. If you decide to switch to another CBD oil then you need to take potency into consideration. If you switch to a more potent oil, lower the dosage you are taking and then gradually increase it. If you’re switching to a less potent oil, go with the same dosage you’re previously using and work your way up.

This is not an exact science yet. However, until the FDA comes up with an RDI for cannabis products, these are sensible and the safest you can get.

Genetics and CBD Dosages

Genetics also play a huge role in how a user decides on an appropriate dosage. Some users have mutations on their CNR1 gene. If you have an issue with your CNR1 gene, it can result in a poorly functioning endocannabinoid system. For example, THC can increase the activity of CB1 receptors. On the other hand, alcohol can increase its expression. This means that smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol can increase the effects of CBD because of their interaction with cannabinoid receptors.

Can I overdose on CBD oil if I take it sublingually?

As of this writing, authorities haven’t determined yet a lethal dose of CBD. Even doses of up to 1500 mg per day are safe for humans?. However, it is also important to consult with your physician before taking CBD oil sublingually, or through any other method for that matter. However, there are still some slight risks associated with the use of CBD in high doses or for extended periods. These include:

  • Mild Low Blood Pressure
  • Dry Mouth
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sluggishness

These side effects are possible on worst case scenarios. The use of CBD and other hemp products are still safe.

Sublingual CBD oil provides greater bioavailability than most other methods of consumption. Place a few drops underneath your tongue to feel the effects.

The Complete Guide to Sublingual CBD

Sublingual CBD is one of the most effective methods to take CBD for rapid absorption and potency. However, the term itself is an unnatural and unusual method of taking something for most people. Even the word sublingual is not common language for many and has people scrambling for a secret dictionary lookup. Unless you have been on medication that was recommended for sublingual administration, you probably are wondering why you take CBD that way.

Given your investment in CBD and the importance to your health, it’s important to know how to use it properly. Let’s explore the reason for sublingual CBD, how to use it, and some basic guidelines for CBD dosage.

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What Does “Sublingual” Mean?

Sublingual has its roots in Latin and literally means “under the tongue”. In the context of CBD and the medical field, it is a method of taking medications by placing them under the tongue. This could be in the form of a tablet, spray, film or liquid. It is common practice in the medical field for those on cardiovascular medications, steroids, and other drugs to take them sublingually.

Why Take CBD Sublingually?

Two primary benefits of taking CBD sublingually are the speed of absorption and the level of potency achieved. There are other ways to take CBD effectively,

The speed of absorption is rapid under the tongue because the chemical is quickly absorbed by the mucous membrane. The tissue under the tongue has a huge number of capillaries to allow for the substance to diffuse directly into the bloodstream.

Higher levels of CBD are achieved when taking it sublingually. If you take CBD and swallow it directly, or use other oral methods like edibles or capsules, the CBD goes directly to your stomach. In those cases, there are a couple of main risks to the CBD that can cause degradation.

The first is your gastrointestinal tract, including your stomach. This path is filled with dangers from various enzymes, stomach acid and bile. They attack and reduce the potency of the CBD, which is of course, just a chemical compound.

The second risk is that anything absorbed in your gastrointestinal tract / stomach must be processed by the liver. The liver can significantly alter the CBD through what is known as the “first-pass effect” of drug metabolism.

Taking CBD sublingually avoids these risks and get the CBD into your bloodstream quickly and with maximum potency.

Sublingual CBD Absorption Time

Taking CBD sublingually creates maximum bloodstream levels between 30 minutes and 4-5 hours. The reason is may last even longer is that although some is absorbed in the tissues under your tongue, a lot is still swallowed and processed through your stomach and GI tract.

Hint: It is interesting that your absorption rates for taking CBD orally can increase dramatically if you have been eating. Chewing increases blood flow in the mouth and may improve your absorption rates.

How to Take Sublingual CBD

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Typically, you will be using a dropper to take the CBD oil. Based on your desired dosage, place the liquid using the dropper, under your tongue. You should leave it in your mouth between one and two minutes. It’s recommended to swish it around your mouth a bit since you can get absorption in all the mouth’s tissues. This will distribute the oil to your cheek tissues or even your gums. Let it come to rest and sit under the tongue for a minute and then swallow it.

Depending on your taste, you can always choose one of the many flavors available or use just the non-flavored CBD oil or tincture. Simply put, a tincture is CBD dissolved in alcohol versus CBD Oil which is extracted CBD (or other cannabinoids as well) with an oil base. Both forms of CBD are commonly used sublingually for the same reasons we have described.

What does “Buccal” mean as a method to take CBD?

Another strange term used for taking medications or CBD orally is “buccal”. Buccal refers to absorbing it through the inside of the cheek. It has similar benefits to sublingual but obviously it’s a little harder to keep the liquid there. It is good to coat your mouth so you can get the benefits of buccal absorption, but the sublingual (under the tongue) is where the liquid should rest.

How much CBD should I take sublingually?

CBD dosage is dependent on several factors, and you can read more about dosing in our CBD Education center or our product category specific pages. The factors include bodyweight, body chemistry (tolerance) and what condition you are trying to treat. This last component is very important. Even if your weight is higher and your tolerance is low, knowing the “why” of using CBD is the most important piece to discovering the appropriate dosage. For example, are you using CBD just to add in to your daily health routine or are you dealing with severe pain in which you are looking to manage symptoms? This can be a wide range and affects the dosage widely.

We commonly recommend that individuals start with either a 500mg or 1000mg bottle of CBD Oil or Tincture. Taking 1ml a day to start, would be 17mg or 33mg respectively. Depending on how you feel the effects, increasing the dosage over time until you find the right fit seems to be a good rule of thumb.

As stated before, you should adjust in this zone depending on your weight, how it affects you, and the purpose of the CBD. Taking CBD for daily health is valuable and that level of dosage is something most people find effective. If you are dealing with more significant health issues, such as chronic pain or severe anxiety, you may want to use more until you get the desired effect.

Can I take too much CBD?

The various studies in 2011 and 2017 that have been conducted show that CBD is safe even in very high doses like 1500mg per day.

The issues with CBD are rare, but there are some cases where it can interfere with liver function and interact with specific medications. CBD can interact with some medications, such as those that forbid eating grapefruit. Grapefruit, like many other natural plants and fruits, contain other cannabinoids that get processed by the liver. If you’re on medication, it’s always good to ask your physician if it will interact with CBD poorly.

Are there side effects to CBD?

There are very few and rare side effects to CBD, but there are situations where it can cause fatigue, diarrhea, or changes in appetite or weight. Sometimes the side effects are not from the CBD itself, but from things like the carrier oils in CBD Oil.

Sublingual CBD Labeling and Dosing Calculations

Bottles of CBD Oil or tinctures range anywhere from 100mg to 3500 and up! They can come in various sizes – 30ml and 60ml bottles are the most common.

If you divide the total milligrams (mg) on the bottle by the size of the bottle (ml), then you know how many milligrams per milliliter. For those not math inclined, let’s keep it simple. If you have a 1000mg bottle of CBD and it’s a 30ml bottle, that means each 1ml is 1000/30, or 33mg. If that’s near your dosage, now determine how to get 1ml of liquid, which should be about 1 full dropper.

Don’t be intimidated, when your find you dosage and how many droppers it takes, life is simple from there. Just put that many droppers in your mouth once or twice a day, depending on how you want to dose.

How much CBD does a dropper hold?

A standard dropper produces 20 drops which typically equals 1 milliliter of liquid. You probably should test your dropper to check for size and how man drops you get out of it. But, find out what gives you 20 drops and then you know that’s 1 ml of the CBD liquid.

CBD Oil and CBD Tincture Product Quality

When selecting a CBD product for sublingual use, there are a few things to remember. It always goes back to the importance of trusting your CBD products and brands! You want a quality product and that means the ability to access the independent lab test results. These results will confirm the absence of other chemicals and validate the amount of CBD and other cannabinoids, and the levels of THC. THC must be less than 0.3% for CBD to be federally legal. All our products meet all these criteria and were selected based on trusted brand quality.

Types of Sublingual CBD Oil

CBD Isolate Oils – CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD (cannabidiol), being 99.9% pure. During processing, they extract CBD alone from all the other compounds and cannabinoids of the cannabis plant. By taking this sublingually, you get just CBD, no THC at all, and no other cannabinoids or terpenes. Many people prefer this to ensure no THC and it typically costs a bit less than the other types of CBD Oil.

An example of a CBD Isolate for sublingual use is Medterra’s line of top-quality CBD isolate tinctures:

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