Sublingual CBD oil: what is the difference with other modes of intake?

Taking CBD oil sublingually

Modified on: 30/10/2023

Cbd oil: why taking it sublingually is considered more effective than other methods

If you have decided to open this article, it means that you are part of that group of curious people who would like to know more about the benefits of CBD taken sublingually.

However, if you have already done some research on the subject, you will have noticed that there are not many comprehensive explanations.

So, the real question is: is sublingual intake one of the most effective?

To give you a (finally) comprehensive answer, in the following article we have compiled some information that all oral Cannabidiol users should know.

How to take cbd oil sublingually

How to take CBD oil correctly under the tongue

Although the method of taking CBD sublingually is very specific, it is also incredibly simple.

CBD oil must be placed under the tongue and held for at least 60 seconds without swallowing to give the molecules enough time to diffuse into the body through the epithelial cells.

It is important to note that the substance must be held under the tongue, as different areas of the mouth have different cell types and not all of them may be permeable enough for diffusion into the bloodstream.

This method remains the same whether one takes CBD oils or tinctures, or different dosages.

There is no correct dosage or the best time to do it, as it varies depending on the person and the condition being treated.

Furthermore, it is recommended not to take CBD during or immediately after a meal, as some of the oil may be absorbed by food particles and not by the bloodstream.

So, how often should CBD oil be taken under the tongue?

The frequency of Cannabidiol oil intake depends on the individual and is related to various factors, such as body weight and the severity of the disease.

Although it varies, most people take CBD oil sublingually once or twice a day, in the morning or a few hours before going to bed.

Consulting a qualified nutritionist can help you understand when it is best to take CBD oil, depending on the benefits you want to bring to your body.

But what makes sublingual intake so special compared to other methods?

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3 benefits of taking CBD oil under the tongue (which make this method better than others)

1. Increased bioavailability

Since sublingual application bypasses the metabolic process of digestion, the possibility of ‘losing raw CBD’ is minimized.

The term bioavailability refers to the amount of a substance that can be utilized by the body, along with the degree and speed with which it reaches the systemic circulation.

As far as CBD products are concerned, the only method with higher bioavailability than sublingual is inhalation.

2. Faster effect

Similar to the higher bioavailability, bypassing the slow digestion process means that the effect of CBD tinctures taken sublingually can be felt much more quickly.

While it can take more than 30 minutes to benefit from oral CBD consumption, taking CBD oil sublingually can yield results within minutes.

3. Ease of use

As there is no need to prepare the product or inhale smoke (hashish or inflorescences) and vapour, the sublingual application is easier.

Just put a few drops under your tongue, do not swallow for about a minute, and let your body do the rest.

Is cbd oil under the tongue safe?

Is holding CBD oil under the tongue safe?

The answer is yes.

CBD oil is considered safe compared to most substances.

In other words, taking CBD oils sublingually does not increase the risk of CBD-related side effects compared to oral consumption.

Furthermore, CBD oil has no psychoactive effects and does not impart the so-called ‘high’ feeling, unless it contains THC. If you take a certified CBD oil product that does not contain THC, you will not experience the side effects commonly associated with THC, such as:

  • anxiety;
  • increased heart rate;
  • slowed reaction time;
  • memory loss.

On the other hand, CBD oil alone can help you relax, sleep more deeply and unwind.

Nevertheless, as a matter of ethics, possible side effects of the sublingual application of CBD oil should be considered. It must be said that these are mild and infrequent, but should be mentioned.

Here are the main ones:

  • slight numbness under the tongue
  • aversion to the consistency of CBD oil;
  • aversion to the taste of CBD tinctures.

Read also: CBD: everything there is to know


In this article, we have seen how the sublingual intake of CBD oil differs from other methods.

We have listed its main benefits and mentioned some (albeit rare) side effects. But to benefit from the effects of CBD, what you need to do is choose a quality product like ours.

The JustBob CBD shop offers a wide range of products suitable for all consumers of superior quality and, above all, in full compliance with Italian regulations.

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