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Cannabis Delivery Method: The Sublingual Effect

KYND’s tinctures have always been a popular product, but sublingual products in general are enjoying a little more attention these days. Part of that relates to their varied forms — you’ve got tabs that dissolve, tinctures with droppers, even sprays that are spritzed. The theme is constant, in that these products are used sublingually, or under the tongue, for one of the fastest-acting intake methods around. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the sublingual effect.

Sublingual Cannabis Use

This cannabis delivery method has a lot going for it. It’s quick, convenient, precise, discreet, and easy to administer. It’s also absorbed into the bloodstream far faster than edibles, with effects typically kicking in somewhere around the 15-minute mark or less. Plus, those effects tend to be shorter in duration and more controllable than those experienced with smoking, vaping, or edibles. Re-dosing is just as simple, so people looking to manage anxiety or chronic pain issues often find sublinguals a great option.

A potential drawback for sublingual THC use in particular is that concentrations are often lower, comparably, and the body metabolizes sublingual cannabis differently than cannabis that’s been smoked or vaped. That can impact the psychoactive effects, which is worth keeping in mind, depending on your goals.

But if you’re eating cannabis or essentially swallowing cannabis, after holding it beneath your tongue for a good minute or two, what’s the difference? Why are effects from sublingual cannabis so different from edibles? Excellent question! It boils down to the fact that sublingual THC enters the bloodstream directly and bypasses the liver, which is where the delta-9-THC in your standard edible is largely converted to the ultra-potent (and wildly psychoactive) 11-Hydroxy-THC, which then dumps into your bloodstream. That’s why the standard high from an edible is nothing for a few hours, then a crazy, intense high that seems to come out of nowhere and lasts for ages.

With a sublingual, bypassing the liver and going straight to the bloodstream means a higher percentage of delta-9-THC, which is much milder. And for some folks, that’s exactly right. Close to ten years of scientific studies back up the fact that sublinguals deliver cannabinoids just as effectively as other forms of dosing, so enjoy that tincture!

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