When most people purchase CBD oil, they may be unaware of the best way to get the most out of their product, but most instructions will highlight that they need to drop it under their tongue. But why? Well, this is called sublingual (meaning placing under the tongue) and it is mainly due to the greater absorption rate.
It should take 20 minutes before it works when placed under the tongue, whereas if you were to orally consume the oil then it will have to go through the digestive process. You can thank the mucous membranes beneath your tongue for this faster action. Oral consumption can leave it as anyone’s guess when it will kick in, with multiple variants at play, such as how much you have eaten that day. In general, you can expect an orally consumed CBD oil to take effect after 1-2 hours.
By using the dropper right under your tongue, it can enter the bloodstream quicker and is more likely to still hold its bioavailability. The jury is out whether orally consuming does damage the bioavailability during the digestion stage, but you rest more assured with sublingual consumption.
As with anything in the CBD industry, the research is minimal at best and we are all going on experts and scientists based on small reports and tests, however time will tell. All we do know is this is the generally recommended direction at the current point in time.
I tested this all myself predominantly with Love CBD oil, to great effect.
How Long Should I Hold It Under The Tongue
Most brands and experts will agree 2 minutes is the optimal time. I was guilty of giving up in the past after 30 seconds, however I have found the results were slightly enhanced when I waited the full stretch.
One little added benefit for those who don’t like the taste, by keeping it under your tongue you can’t taste it as much and by the time you are swallowing what ever is left in your mouth, the taste has subsided and is much more faded.
One Added Consideration
Something that is interesting is that people often used to take medicine under the tongue and use half the dosage, as it didn’t have to go through the digestion process, meaning more was utilised by the body and took much greater effect. For this reason, there is a consideration that by placing under your tongue you could potentially require less (a nice money saver considering the price) or you might potentially see a greater effect. Once again, this needs to be researched further for a definitive answer, but it seems the most logical option.
Obviously, as we have spoken about the sublingual type of consumption, I would therefore recommend opting for a product that includes a tincture. These will be measured to offer a precise quantity when full, meaning there is no confusion over whether you have taken the right amount. You may want to check out Uncle Bud’s CBD Oil or Love CBD.