Taking CBD Under the Tongue

Holding CBD oil (or CBD isolate) under your tongue for 60 to 90 seconds before swallowing enables CBD to bypass the digestive system and reach the bloodstream more quickly.

If you want fast results, taking CBD under your tongue is the way to go.

You can choose from a myriad of CBD products — from CBD tinctures to topicals to edibles to isolate — and each type has its own benefits and dosage recommendations. One of the most popular methods of taking CBD is to place CBD drops or CBD isolate powder right under your tongue. This method is known as sublingual delivery or sublingual absorption of CBD. Why would you want to take CBD sublingually?

A Long Path to the Bloodstream

If you take CBD orally — in food, drink, or capsules — it has a long way to go before it reaches your bloodstream. And the enzymes of the digestive system can reduce the concentration of CBD during so-called first-pass metabolism.

Since CBD is partially broken down by the liver and the digestive tract, absorption is only partial, and it takes longer. Ingesting CBD orally is easy and pleasant, but it’s not the most efficient method.

The traditional oral method works well when you need a quick and effortless way to get your daily dose of CBD. CBD Gummies, for instance, are packed with flavor and are great to have on hand. Taking CBD with fatty foods is known to increase bioavailability (the amount of a substance that your body absorbs) so if you are consuming CBD orally, this will help enhance its efficacy.

But what if you want a more immediate impact from your CBD products?

How to Use CBD Sublingually

One way to increase bioavailability is to take CBD sublingually (under your tongue). Capillaries and a sublingual artery are under your tongue, so when CBD is placed there, it can cross the thin membrane to enter your bloodstream directly.

The most efficient sublingual method is to hold CBD drops under your tongue for 60 to 90 seconds — this ensures the CBD is absorbed into the mucous membranes — and avoid eating, drinking, or smoking just before or after consumption. When you follow this procedure, the CBD bypasses the liver, hitting your bloodstream almost immediately and without any digestive breakdown en route. By contrast, it can take up to two hours for your body to absorb CBD ingested in edible form.

One study, a comparison of sublingual and oral delivery performed using rabbits, determined that the CBD delivered sublingually showed significantly higher bioavailability than the CBD delivered orally.

Choosing the Right Potency and Dose of Your Sublingual CBD Drops

Crescent CBD Drops come in three regular strengths, 500 mg, 1000 mg, and 2000 mg; and in two high-potency CBD oils, 5000 mg Extra Strength and 9000 mg Max Strength, which is the strongest CBD oil on the market. All of our CBD products are small-batch crafted by extracting the highest quality of CBD isolate from organic, USA-grown hemp. And each product is independently tested for quality and potency, guaranteeing high-purity CBD without any impurities.

Learn more about which strength of CBD is right for you, or contact us for help selecting a product.

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