1 – Choose a tincture if you want to take CBD under your tongue. To use CBD oil under your tongue, you’ll need a tincture, which is CBD dissolved in a carrier oil (such as sesame or coconut oil). Tinctures typically come in the form of drops or sprays.
- Tinctures in drop form usually go under your tongue, while sprays can go under your tongue or inside your cheeks.
2 – Avoid eating right before or after using the tincture. Eating immediately before or after you take the CBD can affect how consistently it absorbs into your bloodstream. Hold off on having anything to eat for 15-20 minutes after using the tincture, or wait a similar amount of time after eating before you take your dose.
- This doesn’t mean you should take CBD oil on an empty stomach. In fact, taking CBD while there’s food in your stomach can increase the level of CBD in your bloodstream.
- Brushing your teeth right before you use the tincture may also help it enter your bloodstream more effectively.
3 – Put the recommended number of drops under your tongue. Follow the dosing instructions on your product’s packaging or use your doctor’s recommended dosage. Measure out an appropriate dosage of the CBD tincture with the dropper and place the drops directly under your tongue.
- Don’t put the tincture on top of your tongue. It won’t absorb into your bloodstream as effectively, and you may accidentally swallow it too soon.
- If the tincture is in the form of a spray, spritz it under your tongue. The label on the product should tell you how much CBD is in each puff of the spray.
4 – Hold the drops in your mouth for 30 seconds before swallowing. Keep the CBD under your tongue for at least 30 seconds to give it time to enter your bloodstream and start working. You may experience a buildup of saliva in your mouth while you’re holding onto the drops, but try to resist the urge to swallow!
- If you’re using a spray, wait at least a minute before you swallow.
5 – Expect to feel results in 15-30 minutes. Putting CBD oil under your tongue is one of the most efficient ways to get it into your bloodstream. However, it’s not instantaneous. You should start to feel the effects of the CBD within half an hour of taking the dose.
- The effectiveness of the CBD should peak about 1 ½ hours after you take it, and you may continue to feel it for up to 8 hours.
6 – Ask your doctor if you can use CBD oil safely. While CBD is generally considered safe, it can interact poorly with certain medications, such as blood thinners. It can also cause unwanted side effects, like drowsiness, dry mouth, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. Before taking CBD oil, talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits.
- Give your doctor a full list of any medications or supplements you are currently taking.
- Let your doctor know if you are currently pregnant or nursing, or if you have any other health concerns.
- If you experience side effects while using CBD, stop taking it and consult your doctor.
7 – Talk to your doctor about what dose you should take. Since research on the medicinal uses of CBD oil is still in its early stages, there aren’t a lot of formal dosing guidelines available. However, your doctor should be able to give you some recommendations about what dose will be safe and effective for you.
- If you’re just taking CBD, 10 mg is a good starting dose. A common starting dose for sublingual CBD with THC is 2.5-5 mg.
- Until you know how the CBD will affect you, it’s a good idea to use a relatively low dose. Gradually increase your dosage until you get the desired effect.
8 – Pick a product that’s been third party verified. Since CBD products aren’t consistently regulated, it can be hard to know what you’re getting. CBD oil that’s low quality or contaminated won’t be as effective as a high-quality product, and it could even make you sick. Look for products that have been analyzed by reputable third party laboratories.
- When you buy CBD from a store or dispensary, ask to see the COA (certificate of analysis) for the product. The COA contains detailed information about how the product was tested. Don’t buy from retailers who can’t or won’t share testing information.
- Check the ANSI National Accreditation Board’s search database for information about accredited labs that test CBD products. Do a search for “cannabidiol” or “CBD”: http://search.anab.org/.
- The FDA also maintains a list of warning letters issued to companies that have released possibly unsafe CBD products.
9 – Choose a product that states how much CBD is in each dose. To ensure that you know how much CBD you’re getting, check the label on your product. It should state not only how much CBD is in the whole bottle, but also how much is in each individual dose, drop, or spray (e.g., 10 mg per 1 mL).
- Avoid products that list their total amount of “cannabinoids” rather than CBD or cannabidiol specifically. The term cannabinoids can refer to a wide variety of compounds, including THC.