When it comes to CBD , or cannabidiol—a non-psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant—there are a multitude of factors to keep in mind to ensure you're consuming genuine, quality products.
First and foremost, taking the time to research the product you're planning to incorporate into your regime is an importance that cannot be stressed enough. Ensuring that you're consuming high-quality CBD is essential, especially considering how the FDAhas not yet issued any approvals for products containing CBD (save for Epidiolex, a purified form of CBD used to treat rare and severe seizure disorders). With the FDA committed to learning more about CBD and how to guide users to safely use the product, how the market will be regulated in the future remains uncertain.
Once you've taken the proper steps in determining quality, the next step is to consider is the method of consumption, as this will play a direct role in the efficacy of the product. Through a regulatory system known as the Endocannabinoid System (or ECS), the body absorbs CBD through the bloodstream where it then interacts with the receptors found throughout our systems. Understanding how this biological system works is crucial in learning more about how CBD can be beneficial to our bodies, as well as how to best provide relief to specific ailments.
A 2017 clinical study found that taking CBD sublingually or through inhalation were the most effective. This is because these methods bring CBD right into the body. Comparatively, supplements or edibles have to be absorbed through the digestive tract, which may take longer and impact the potency of the desired effect as a result.
A 2017 clinical study found that taking CBD sublingually or through inhalation were the most effective.
To take CBD sublingually, through a tincture or CBD oil product, place a dropper-full of oil under your tongue. Next, try to hold it under your tongue as long as you can, usually 30 seconds to a minute will do the trick, before swallowing. Many experts recommend holding it under your tongue for at least a minute. The purpose of keeping the CBD oil under your tongue is to allow for it to be absorbed through the mouth's mucous membranes, thereby bypassing the digestive system and liver metabolization. In short, this allows the compounds to reach your body's bloodstream more quickly, so it can then begin interacting with the ECS accordingly.
Most CBD products have a guide regarding what dosage to use, but due to CBD being an experience best tailored to the individual user, it may take experimenting to land upon the perfect dose for you. The majority of CBD oil and tincture products have a dropper that is marked with different measurements to aid in dosing, such as .25, .50, .75 and 1ml. Because every product and its formation are different depending on the manufacturer, it is important to pay attention to the details, which can include dosage and product notes that suggest it’s specifically designed to be consumed sublingually.
While the versatility of CBD is part of its allure for many users in and of itself, taking CBD sublingually is a great way to yield its many benefits.