CBD Sublingual Absorption

Apr 30, 2020

Why Use Sublingual Absorption?

Sublingual absorption offers many advantages. Learn more as HempLucid dives into the science and application behind taking a supplement under the tongue.

We’re always looking for the latest and greatest supplements to help us improve our mood and vitality. The big question always seems to be which supplements to take, but how to take them is just as essential. The method of absorption determines how compounds enter your body and how fast. 

Sublingual absorption has become a widely popular method for good reason. Follow along, as we break down the science and benefits behind sublingual absorption. 

What Is Sublingual Absorption?

Sublingual absorption is a process of taking supplements under the tongue. Rather than absorbing a supplement through your digestive system (via swallowing), you let it dissolve and absorb through the mucosal membranes beneath your tongue. 

These mucosal membranes are dense with capillaries—small blood vessels that distribute oxygen and nutrients from our bloodstream to our tissues. Capillaries are a central component to our circulatory system, quickly transferring the supplement’s active ingredients into our bodies after being absorbed under the tongue.  

The Benefits of Sublingual Absorption

Why choose sublingual application over the traditional oral route? This method offers three main benefits: 

1. Speed

When we swallow a tablet, it goes through our mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines, and liver before going to where it needs to be. It’s a pretty long process when you think about it. 
So when you wonder why anyone would want to dissolve ingredients under their tongue, think speed. There are no roadblocks with sublingual absorption. The thinness and permeability of the mucosal membranes in your mouth deliver the compounds straight to your bloodstream. It’s approximately three to 10 times faster than the traditional oral or digestive route. 

2. Efficiency

Less is more! Because the sublingual method bypasses the digestive system and liver metabolization (which can weaken the potency of the supplement), you can take a little less to receive the full effects. Moreover, since there are fewer bodily routes involved, sublingual supplements don’t carry or need many additives and synthetic ingredients. This means you’re consuming cleaner and purer products for the complete benefits. 

3. Ease 

If you suffer from swallowing or digestive issues, sublingual absorption is ideal. Simply apply it under the tongue, sit back, and relax. No water or chewing is necessary. 

All Hemplucid tinctures and water-soluble products can be taken sublingually

How Do You Take Supplements Sublingually?

How to take sublingual supplements is pretty simple. Lift up your tongue and place the supplement on the floor of your mouth, or your frenulum, then lower your tongue on top of the supplement. 

A mucous membrane lies on the frenulum that extends from the floor of the mouth to the mid-underside of the tongue. Once the supplement is added, the membranes absorb and transfer the compounds into your bloodstream.  

How Long Do I Keep It Under My Tongue?

In order to actually reap the full benefits of sublingual absorption, you need to hold the supplement under your tongue and let the compounds do their magic. It’s typically recommended to keep it under your tongue for at least 30 seconds or until the substance fully dissolves. 

How Long Does Sublingual Absorption Take to Work?

Generally, it takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes for the effects to come through.

But the times can vary depending on several other factors, such as the supplement you’re taking, the amount, and your metabolism and body composition. 

Look After Yourself—Do Your Research

Compared to other orally administered forms, sublingual absorption is faster and more efficient. Not to mention, it’s easy! No chewing, swallowing, or extra resources are needed to sublingually take a supplement. So if you’re looking for a way to feel benefits quickly, sublingual application might just be the option for you. 

It’s important to keep in mind that if you do decide to pursue the sublingual route, ensure the supplement you’re taking is suitable for this method. Always do your research and educate yourself before making any final decisions. 

Learn More About Sublingual Products

Hemplucid offers three sublingual products: CBD Water Soluble, CBD in MCT Oil, and CBD in Hemp Seed Oil. By applying these under the tongue with a dropper, the compounds in these products quickly reach your endocannabinoid system, fueling balance in both mind and body. Be sure to learn more about our sublingual tinctures today, and educate yourself on lucid and quality hemp information.