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Why is sublingual a stellar CBD delivery method?
Is there a perfect tincture delivery method? Depends on who you ask. A coffee roaster might take it with cream and sugar. A fitness instructor might squeeze a drop or two in a protein shake.
For some out there – the minimalists, purists and straight-shooters – the answer lies in the definition of bioavailability. What is bioavailability? The extent and rate at which the substance (CBD in this case) enters systemic circulation, thereby activating its effects. It’s a clinical way of asking what’s both quick and effective.
And if you’re gunning for quick effectiveness, then sublingual CBD application could be your go-to method. To apply sublingually, drops of CBD tincture are placed under the tongue where they idle before being swallowed. While sublingual research as it relates to CBD tinctures is light, literature supports that this process could make CBD tinctures more bioavailable for two reasons.
It’s quicker. When certain substances are taken sublingually, they are absorbed directly into the bloodstream and shipped immediately to the body’s tissues. The process sidesteps the digestive process that edibles don’t, which is a much longer journey through the stomach, intestines, and finally the liver..
It’s stronger. When substances are routed through the digestive process, they’re broken down, absorbed and metabolized by multiple organs. It’s quite a trek that some compounds aren’t capable of making. However, when taken sublingually, it’s theorized that the cannabinoids retain their bioavailability powers.
Any way you drop it, just make sure the tincture is a quality product and enjoy.
CBD tinctures: magic potions or potent infusions?
Tinctures; much more than just a fun word to say out loud. As a delivery method for CBD, tinctures hold court as one of the more popular applications in the marketplace. With its miniature size and built-in dropper, there’s a holistic appearance to most bottles… they’d look right at home in a medicine cabinet or lining the shelves of your local wellness store.
But what’s inside, besides a potentially life-changing substance? A potent infusion. Tinctures are created by immersing cannabis isolates in a high-proof grain alcohol. After a lengthy spell of low-heat, the two become infused, the alcohol burns off, and what remains is a concentrated CBD liquid that delivers on effects with ease.
Looking for a CBD form that’s high on versatility and accessibility? Tinctures are a crowd pleaser. As a carefully measured concentration, they’re designed to be taken in small doses, drop by drop – an especially attractive feature for first-timers. They fit snugly in dop kits, pockets and pouches, which is perfect for people always on the go.
Many consumers prefer CBD in tincture form for its fast-acting response when applied under the tongue or its ability to be mixed into food and drink (for a more time-delayed experience). Coffee, tea, soup, spaghetti bolognese… anything on the menu is fair game.
For purists who prefer the sublingual approach, many emerging CBD tincture products feature an additional flavored oil or complementary ingredient to enhance its taste. As with other popular methods, finding the right dosage amount might take a bit of experimentation but remains a relatively simple process.
So, magic potion or potent infusion? There’s really no wrong answer here.
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