How Long to Hold CBD Oil Under Tongue


With so many different CBD products comes a variety of ways in which cannabidiol can be used. 

From vaping CBD, taking CBD capsules and CBD oil tinctures, consuming CBD candies and beverages, to treating your skin with CBD topicals it’s exceedingly difficult not to find the form of cannabidiol that suits your personal requirements. 

One of the most popular ways of taking CBD oil is the sublingual method. The application of cannabidiol under the tongue is chosen by a lot of consumers since it offers some advantages when compared to oral administration, which is another well-known way of taking CBD. 

When CBD oil is placed under the tongue it quickly gets transferred through the sublingual capillaries and vessels of the buccal tissue (the inner tissue of the cheeks) into the bloodstream. 

Once CBD gets in the blood it interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body, and consumers start feeling the effects of cannabidiol. Since CBD bypasses the digestive tract when it’s taken sublingually, the onset time is much shorter compared to capsules or CBD-infused foods and drinks. 

CBD bioavailability may also be higher with the sublingual administration (when compared to oral consumption), but more human research is needed to support this claim. 

Now that we’ve covered why some people prefer to take their CBD dose sublingually, it’s time to learn how long we should hold the oil under our tongue.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Drops of CBD oil should be held in the mouth between 60 and 90 seconds. 

During that time, as we mentioned earlier in the text, cannabidiol enters the blood.

The precise duration of time varies from consumer to consumer, but also from product to product. In other words, there is no universal time frame that works for every consumer or for all CBD oils that can be found on the market. 

For instance, many brands state exactly how long their CBD oil should be held under the tongue, and consumers can simply follow those recommendations. 

On the other hand, some people who don’t like the taste of CBD oil (or don’t feel comfortable holding the oil for too long in the mouth), usually wait for about 30 seconds and then swallow the oil.

The final decision is pretty much up to you and your preferences. Try different durations to find what works best for you.