How to Take a Tincture Sublingually

what does sublingual mean

What does sublingual mean? Read on to understand how this method of ingestion could help you get the most out of your favorite CBD products.

by Carolyn Meers

While there are a few ways to ingest CBD products today—gummies, snacks, teas, capsules, topical creams—specially formulated tinctures that can be taken sublingually (or under the tongue) may be one of the most effective ways to get the most potent perks of your go-to CBD formula. 

But what does sublingual mean? And why is it so beneficial? Here, we explain everything you need to know about taking a tincture most effectively.

What Does “Sublingual” Mean?

Most simply, the term “sublingual” means “under the tongue.” It also refers to the gland and artery located under your chin behind your lower row of teeth. This area of the mouth — as well as the inside of the cheeks — is filled with small capillaries, which allow a tincture or dissolvable vitamin or supplement to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream quickly. This is why we advise all of our tinctures be dropped under your tongue instead of simply swallowed. 

How Can I Take a CBD Tincture Sublingually?

In order to reap the benefits of taking a tincture sublingually, proper technique is required. Here’s the best way to take a tincture sublingually:

  1. First, make sure the tincture is recommended for sublingual use.  
  2. Place the suggested dosage of the CBD tincture (usually a few drops) under your tongue. 
  3. Lower your tongue and let the tincture sit and absorb for at least 2 minutes before swallowing any excess. 

What Are the Benefits of Taking a Tincture Sublingually?

When drops of a tincture are placed under the tongue, they are absorbed directly into the bloodstream by the sublingual gland as well as the small capillaries that line the mouth and cheeks. This expedient rate of absorption has a few notable benefits. 

1. Faster Bloodstream Absorption

When a tincture or vitamin is designed to be taken sublingually, it bypasses the gastrointestinal system and processing through the liver.

Usually, when CBDis taken in pill form, it contains some fillers or protective shellacs meant to hold it together as it is digested in the stomach. The stomach is a highly acidic environment that can break down or destroy the beneficiary elements of some supplements in pill form before they can be released into the bloodstream. 

2. A More Straightforward Formula

Generally, a tincture is a more pared-down, purified formula that requires no extra casing, fillers or protective shells. Ingesting a tincture sublingually sidesteps two of the body’s most intense filtration systems (the stomach and the liver) and can increase a formula’s bioavailability — which refers to how much, and at what rate, something gets absorbed by your bloodstream. 

3. Quicker, Better Results

When taken sublingually, research has found that some specially formulated vitamins and supplements — either in dissolvable pill, liquid drop or spray form — can be absorbed into the bloodstream and deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.  This means that some CBD tinctures crafted to alleviate everyday aches, help with stress, improve focus or help you sleep can offer quicker relief when taken sublingually. 

Plus, ongoing research supports the idea that the benefits of CBD formulas are more bioavailable when taken sublingually. 

Why Take a CBD Tincture? 

With every wellness-focused daily ritual — from exercising to meditating — we are working towards better mind-body balance. Feeling more balanced helps us all stay centered as we take on the day’s challenges. 

Adding a few drops of an all-natural CBD tincture crafted by The Root of It All to your daily routine is another way to work towards this balance. Made with hemp extracts and pure essential oils specifically selected for their Ayurvedic, restorative benefits, The Root of It All’s potent plant-based remedies are carefully crafted to address a range of conditions — from stress relief to improved energy and deeper sleep. Each easy-to-use tincture is vegan, allergen free and also free of alcohol, glycerin and propylene glycol (additives often used to buffer cannabinoid delivery).

When it comes to balancing your mind and body, The Root of It All’s tailored sublingual CBD tinctures are a powerful addition to your daily wellness ritual. 

Carolyn Meers is an editor and copywriter based in Los Angeles. She has more than a decade of experience in the luxury lifestyle realm—specializing in health and wellness and home design—and has contributed to publications including CSQ, C Magazine, Robb Report, 805 Living and The Knot. 


Psychology Today: What You Need to Know about Sublingual Vitamins 

CBD Awareness Project

National Library of Medicine: Cannabidiol: An Overview of Some Pharmacological Aspects


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