Why Put CBD Under Your Tongue?

Why Put CBD Under Your Tongue?
3 December, 2019

When using CBD orally you’re told to put it under your tongue and wait for around a minute. Why not just swallow it, spray on the roof of your mouth, or just on the tongue? Keep reading to find out…


In previous blogs we have talked about different methods of dosing, today will be focused on “Sublingual”.


What does it mean?

Something situated or administered under the tongue.


Why sublingual?

Medical professionals have been using this application for a long time in emergencies when drugs need to work immediately. One example of this would be during a heart attack as time is precious. Another reason being the bioavailability is higher, (the amount that gets into your bloodstream), this is because it skips the first-pass metabolism. Via this route it passes through your entire gastrointestinal tract. First stop, the stomach (with acid and bile), second the intestines (where most absorption takes place) and then to the liver, for some more filtering. And finally it’s delivered to where it’s needed.


How does it work? 

There are glands under your tongue fittingly named “sublingual glands” which is where the CBD is absorbed. When absorbed it goes into the sublingual artery and from there into the carotid artery. Once here CBD goes through bloodstream into the brain, heart and lungs, back to the heart and then spreading throughout the body. You can see why the sublingual method is so popular with CBD.


Tips to help absorption

At the end of the day the more CBD we absorb into our bodies the better.


-       We advise 60/90 seconds but truth be told, the longer you hold it, more will be absorbed.

-       Do not smoke for at least an hour before taking your CBD. Cigarette smoke constricts the blood vessels and mucous membranes in the mouth which will reduce the absorption level of the CBD.

-       Wait before drinking or rinsing your mouth. This will give the residual CBD chance to absorb fully into the mucous membranes. We know it doesn’t have a desirable taste which is why we stock different flavours, feel free to check them out.


We hope this helped give you a better understanding of sublingual administration, if you have any questions people pop them in the comments and we will be sure to answer.

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Until next time,

Matt P

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