A pure CBD tincture is one of the most sought-after ways to experience the positive effects of CBD. To make a tincture, product engineers extract compounds from plants and convert them into liquid concentrates that can be taken with a dropper. In general, consuming a CBD tincture is an excellent method of delivery when the purpose is relief—whether from stress, feelings of anxiety, inflammation or chronic pain. This is because tinctures are fast-acting, especially when taken sublingually, or under the tongue.
Here are a few quick tips for starting your journey with CBD tinctures:
Step 1: Measure the Dosage into the Dropper and Take Directly by Mouth
The ease of consuming a tincture can’t be understated. It can be dropped into food or coffee, juice, soup, salad dressing, sorbet, or in a smoothie. A CBD tincture can also be absorbed through the skin, applied every six hours.
But the recommended method for those looking for fast-acting relief from a tincture is sublingually.
Here’s how it’s done: Hold the dropper so its contents can fall directly under your tongue. For correct dosage, follow the directions on the package.
Why under the tongue? When a supplement is taken sublingually, it goes straight into the capillaries and into the blood vessels, bypassing the digestive system. With this method of taking CBD, a little goes a long way—and quickly. The rapid effects of sublingual application can be evident in just 15–20 minutes. This is highly meaningful to people who suffer from acute stress or depend on a CBD tincture for relief from chronic pain.
Step 2: Tip Your Head at an Angle to Keep the Liquid in Place
If you find it hard to keep the liquid under your tongue, tip your head to make it easier.
Many people who are just starting out find it difficult to keep the oil under the tongue or even in the mouth for a minute or a minute and a half. That’s the time recommended to allow the CBD to be well absorbed into the bloodstream. If you’re like many people, you’ll generate saliva fairly quickly and will then impulsively swallow the tincture more promptly than you’d intended. But that’s perfectly OK. Over time, you’ll get used to the feeling of the tincture under your tongue. Your comfort with the application and, in turn, its effectiveness, will increase.
Meanwhile, here’s some good news for you: All is not lost if you swallowing the pure CBD tincture. Yes, it will enter the digestive tract and metabolize, meaning the effects will take somewhat longer to materialize, but it also means you’ll benefit from longer-lasting effects.
Step 3: Swallow the Tincture
After holding the liquid in your mouth—preferably under the tongue for 60–90 seconds—you can swallow the oil. This signals the CBD to begin interacting with the cannabinoid receptors throughout your gastrointestinal tract. The digestion of a CBD tincture takes quite a different path from the route taken by cannabinoids that reach the bloodstream before you swallow. When the tincture enters the gastrointestinal (“GI”) tract and passes through the liver, the effects of CBD will typically be longer lasting, yet some CBD will degrade as it moves through the GI tract. This is the main reason you’ll want to try to hold the oil under your tongue for at least a minute, if possible, and absorb all the CBD you possibly can into the bloodstream first. But swallowing any amount of the oil means you will continue to benefit from the effects over the course of your day-to-day dosages.
The Benefits of Taking CBD Tinctures Sublingually
Sublingually taking a CBD tincture is not only fast-acting, but it’s also perfect for maintaining a daily routine for wellness and self-care. Regular doses of a pure CBD tincture over the course of days and weeks will help to promote balance within your body by interacting with your endocannabinoid system.
Working optimally, the endocannabinoid system modulates the body’s functions, such as appetite, mood, sleep, responses to and experiences of pain, and even immune responses. Emerging scientific findings suggest that the effects of CBD can be helpful in addressing numerous disorders, and current research on CBD demonstrates its potential to provide effective relief for people suffering from inflammation, pain and stress. Indeed, lab-based studies of cannabinoids have been going on for years, with results pertinent to the “analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects of cannabinoids and Cannabis extracts.”
What to Know About Short-Term and Prolonged Relief
Some users of CBD tinctures feel the effects soon after their first application because CBD engages the endocannabinoid system within minutes of entering the bloodstream. Yet it’s also important to note that taking CBD as directed over extended periods of time may help to optimize the function of the body’s internal cannabinoid receptors, thus supporting overall wellness.
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Note: This piece is for informational purposes only and cannot substitute for medical advice upon a personal examination by a health professional. Any reliance you place on this information is at your own risk. Consult with your doctor and do your own independent research before deciding to take CBD and selecting a way to take it. If CBD tinctures or any other supplements irritate your mouth, contact your doctor. If any form of irritation occurs, discontinue the use of the supplement.