One of the first questions newcomers to the CBD scene tend to ask concerns why tongue drops are so popular. After all, surely it would just be easier and more convenient to simply just pop down a capsule or enjoy an infused vape?
Surprisingly enough, sublingual (under the tongue) drops have been around for decades in the medical marijuana field. As CBD has exploded in popularity, it is no surprise to see that established trend also follow into this relatively new industry.
Experienced users generally vouch for the merits of sublingual ingestion ahead of any other method – and here’s why.
What Are They Used For?
CBD is believed to offer a huge variety of potential health benefits, ranging from reducing inflammation to improving emotional wellbeing.
Establishing an effective dose can be confusing as everyone’s body chemistry is different, and it can require a fair amount of patience. Despite a small minority of people believed to be naturally resistant to supplementing their endocannabinoid system, a greater proportion will hopefully feel at least a significant reduction in their symptoms.
These oils work by essentially reinforcing the dozens of cannabinoid receptors dotted around the body. While research is ongoing, it is thought that these play a key role in regulating a wide range of neurological and endocrine processes. Should they become weakened, they are less able to combat any ailments that may materialize. In a nutshell, just like we would take a vitamin pill to boost our body’s levels, so too can CBD reinforce and revitalize diminished cannabinoid receptors.
But Why Take Tongue Drops?
Oils offer a perfect ‘middle ground’. To understand this properly we need to quickly take a look at the other two main forms of ingestion:
- CBD Capsules: Easy to take, discreet, release slowly into the body and are always an exact dose. The downside is that they have to pass through the digestive tract and will be partially filtered by the liver. How far depends on who you believe. Estimates vary between a 15-70% loss of efficacy. We’d say from experience that it is realistically around 25%, so your 10mg capsule releases only 7.5mg.
- CBD E-Liquids: Without question the most effective way of delivering CBD directly into the bloodstream. Bypasses the digestive tract and is fast acting. The downside is that it only remains in the system for a comparatively short while, and vaping is difficult to accurately measure a precise dosage.
CBD tongue drops work quite differently. These are to be taken directly underneath the tongue and held in place as far as possible for around 90 seconds. Ingestion flows through the mucous membrane and thousands of tiny blood capillaries around this area straight into the bloodstream.
While the taste may take a little getting used to, after a little practice it will become second nature. Most good quality CBD tongue oils include a dropper to measure out a precise dose, and depending on preference are typically taken two or three times a day.
Drops have been so popular for good reason – they are probably the best way to take CBD.
An interesting recent trend among some of the more elite companies out there has been to release CBD mouth sprays. These incorporate the exact same oil but are more discreet, easier to measure and theoretically entirely leak proof. There is the downside that sprays are going to be slightly more prone to slipping down the back of the throat (and therefore into the digestive tract) but there’s a good chance this will become more mainstream sooner rather than later.
For now, tongue drops are used for good reason and offer the ideal way for taking CBD.