CBD Oil Under Tongue [The Most Effective Methods Explained]

Whether you’re a seasoned or novel CBD consumer, there is a lot to learn about using CBD oil under the tongue. Why put CBD oil under your tongue sublingually when you can just swallow it? Why does the application method even matter? It’s all CBD, isn’t it? These questions raise an important point. Not all CBD applications are created equal, and not all products will induce the same effects.

Since the market is saturated with so many CBD products, it’s not unusual for the average consumer to be confused. Oils, tablinguals, and capsules all claim to provide the same effects. However, there is little education regarding how each product works. Add in the fact that the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t provide standards for CBD dosing, and you end up with a real muddle of misinformation. So, let us step in and provide you with some CBD knowledge!

Taking CBD under the tongue, also known as a sublingual application, is actually one of the most efficient methods of taking CBD oil. Consequently, many companies produce CBD oils designed for sublingual use. This article will discuss why the sublingual method is the best, and how it compares to other oil application methods.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD oil is a liquid solution designed to deliver CBD quickly and efficiently to your system. It’s composed of a carrier oil that’s infused with either full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, or CBD isolate. The concentrations of CBD depends on the potency you choose. To ensure you get a high-quality CBD oil, always check the company’s website for the product’s certificate of analysis (COA). This report verifies what’s in the product. The ideal product contains a diverse profile of cannabinoids.

What Are the Different Ways to Take CBD Oil?

CBD oil can be applied in three different ways: topically, orally (swallowed), and sublingually. The bioavailability, onset of action, and duration of action vary between each method, providing unique experiences for the consumer. Your method of choice will depend on personal preference and/or the nature of the issues you are addressing.

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How do you take CBD oil via the sublingual route? You place the CBD oil underneath your tongue and hold it there for 60 to 90 seconds or until most or all of it absorbs. This is different than swallowing the oil. Although, both methods are technically “oral” methods of ingestion because they involve delivery via the mouth.

You can feel the effects of sublingual CBD administration in approximately 15-25 minutes. The effects last for 3-6 hours, although the time varies depending on the consumer’s body weight, metabolism, activity level, and health. The bioavailability of sublingually administered CBD is 20-30%.

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Ingesting CBD orally, specifically by swallowing the oil, provides a different experience for the consumer than sublingual delivery. Unlike the sublingual method, CBD that’s ingested orally passes through the digestive system before reaching the liver and then the bloodstream. This route is known as the “first-pass metabolism” and it results in lower bioavailability of the compound.

For the consumer, this means that the effects will take longer to kick in, and they won’t be as strong. However, because the gastrointestinal tract slows down the drug’s metabolism, the consumer will feel the effects for a longer period of time.

The average time to feel effects from orally ingested CBD is 45-90 minutes. However, the time can vary depending on the consumer’s age, health, body weight, activity level, and metabolism. The effects can last anywhere from 4-8 hours. The bioavailability of orally ingested CBD is 6-19%.


Applying CBD oil topically to your skin is the least common method of delivery, but it still has its place and purpose for some consumers. The endocannabinoid system can be activated through cannabinoid receptors on your skin. Applying CBD oils and creams to the dermis provides stimulating effects. CBD topicals are commonly used to ease soreness or soothe minor skin irritations. If you’re thinking about using CBD topically, try out a CBD lotion or CBD salve.

Applying CBD oil topically is the least efficient method. The bioavailability is unknown, but research suggests it is low. The good thing about topicals is that the CBD stays localized in the area of application. This means that you can target specific areas of soreness or discomfort.

The effects of topical CBD do not last as long as other applications. Effects set in within 10-25 minutes and peak around 90 minutes. Another good thing about topicals not entering the bloodstream is that you can apply them repeatedly with little chance of an adverse reaction.

What is the Best Way to Take CBD Oil?

Although each method has its own separate benefits, the sublingual route is the best way to take CBD oil. Putting the oil under your tongue has several advantages over topical and oral methods. It leads to the quickest and most efficient metabolism of CBD. Let’s break it down:

  • When you take CBD oil sublingually, the CBD enters your bloodstream through the mucous membranes and capillaries that lie beneath your tongue. This allows your sublingual glands to absorb cannabidiol. From there, it gets processed by your liver and dispersed through your entire vascular system.
  • Out of all the oil administration methods, sublingual provides the quickest onset of action because the CBD bypasses the gastrointestinal tract and goes straight to the bloodstream. This speeds up the metabolic process and gets the CBD into your bloodstream quicker than the oral or topical methods.
  • Taking CBD under the tongue also provides the highest bioavailability of the three methods for the same reason that it’s the quickest: the convenient detour of the gastrointestinal tract. The intestines and liver destroy a significant amount of CBD, but since CBD taken under the tongue doesn’t reach the intestines, more of the cannabinoids stay preserved. CBD taken under the tongue has a bioavailability of 20-30%, which means stronger effects for the consumer.

Sublingual CBD – How Long to Keep CBD oil under the tongue?

The optimal time for holding CBD oil under your tongue is 30-60 seconds. This will allow enough time for the product to be absorbed by your sublingual gland. Most formulas will absorb in this amount of time. If any is left over after this time, it’s safe to swallow. If the oil doesn’t make contact with the membranes under your tongue for at least 30 seconds then your body may not receive enough CBD to stimulate your endocannabinoid system and feel tangible effects.

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