CBD oil drops
The purest form of CBD oil is the full-spectrum, whole-plant, organic CBD extract. This oil contains CBD and over 400 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids (including CBDA, CBG or cannabigerol, BPC, CBDV), terpenes, phenols and flavonoids with a myriad of beneficial properties. These compounds work together to achieve what is called the entourage effect.
How long for CBD oil to work?
When you choose to take CBD oil orally, the effect can take between 30 minutes to 2 hours to take place but can last up to 8 hours. This is why CBD drops are the most popular way to take cannabidiol: it is convenient and the effect is longer than other methods of intake. Research (as we discussed on a previous blog) points to long-chain triglyceride fats such as MCT and other active ingredients like turmeric increasing the absorption of CBD when taken orally. Taking CBD under the tongue also increases its bioavailability (by up to 36%).
Taking CBD oil under the tongue
Full-spectrum CBD oil from whole-plant extract is normally thick and viscous and has an undiluted hemp flavour. When taking it sublingually*, you need to have the dropper quite close to your mouth to avoid any drops spilling off. Most regular droppers hold around 5-6 drops at most so it’s easy to take the right amount, especially if you do this in front of a mirror. Most of our customers take it right before meals with the advantage that this increases its absorption rate and lets you avoid any aftertaste. You can also mix the oil with food or inside a smoothie if you prefer.
*Sublingual application means taking desired amount under the tongue and holding it for 60 seconds or more before swallowing with a drink and following it with your meal. It ensures the fastest bioavailability (your body’s absorption of its active ingredients) because much of it will be absorbed through your mucous membranes directly into your bloodstream.