How Long to Keep Hemp Oil Under Your Tongue | 15 tips (2024)


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Posted on October 12, 2020May 2, 2021 by joel

To our longtime partners, good friends, followers and anybody new to Green Lotus Hemp, “Welcome!” It’s a fine day, and the coffee smells fresh. We deal today with the often-discussed question, How long before swallowing?That is, more precisely,before swallowing Green LotusPremium Hemp Oil Tinctures?

Under the Tongue: Green Lotus Hemp Responds

Sublingual, or under-the-tongue, administration is the second fastest and efficient method to deliver a substance, including the cannabinoids in hemp oil tinctures, into the human circulatory system. (Only injection via hypodermic needle is faster.) [1] Sublingual pathways are part of a larger discussion of bioavailability, and we’ll be releasing a deep-dive blog post into bioavailability soon. There will be a lot of biochemistry and pharmacology. Keep checking in. For now, we’ll stick to good old, real-life advice.

Like most practices related to hemp oil, ordinary people have hashed out their own approaches todosing and administration. It’s a personal thing. Yesterday, we ambushed virtually every member of the Green Lotus Hemp team and asked the same question, “How long do you keep hemp oil tinctures under your tongue before you swallow?” Each member agreed to go on the record. These are their responses:

Carlos, CEO, Co-Founder: “15 to 45 seconds”

Kassie, Sales Advocate: “30 seconds!”

Adam, VP of Sales: “I try for…15 to 30 seconds.”

Brandon, Sales Advocate: “30 seconds or more. I try to forget about it. The longer the better. I usually have to talk at some point.”

Tim, Customer Advocate: “Five seconds. I swallow it, but because of the oil’s viscosity, there is still a coating under my tongue, on my tongue and even in the back of my throat.”

Alayna, Customer Advocate: “Basically until I can’t stand it. 45 seconds? Until I have talk to someone.”

Brad, Sales Advocate: “I try for 30 seconds. That’s what I read.”

Alex Frias, Co-Founder: “I hold it for 30 seconds. If I have a bad headache, I’ll hold it in for 30 minutes. As long as I can.”

Clay, Brand Manager: “3 to 4 seconds.”

Joel, Marketing Director: “At least 30 seconds. I figure, the longer the better. Then you get to the point where the saliva starts building up.”

Myles, Operations: “As long as possible. Sometimes shorter, because if someone calls.”

Warren, Account Advocate: “I give mine away,” he said. “to my grandmother.” (He gives his free full spectrum hemp oil to his grandmother. What a saint!) “If you call me a saint in that article,” whispered Warren as he moved closer, his two pupils dark as obsidian, “You’d better expect a bolt of lighting.” To reinforce his point, Mr. Warren gestured in a way to mimic the explosive effect of a single bolt of lightning. “Pffshaaww!” he shouted, in triumph.

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Analyzing the Results

Out of the 12 respondents, just two held in their tinctures for under 10 seconds, four held for between 10 and 30 seconds, and three held up to 45 seconds. A total of five respondents used similar phrases — “as long as possible,” “as long as I can” — to indicate a time much longer than 45 seconds.

The internet falls squarely on the side of the “greater than 45” group. Based on Google results, one minute is the ideal time, though it’s easy to imagine where a time like one minute comes from. It’s simple to remember and seems to make sense.

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A review article from International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences sets some boundaries. Different drugs absorb at different speeds. For example, Glyceryl trinitrate, a heart drug, becomes active after just 1 to 2 minutes when absorbed sublingually. The article concludes more broadly that, in most sublingually administered drugs, “peak blood levels are reached somewhere in the range of 10 to 15 minutes.”[2] Add this to the fact that the majority of the drugs mentioned in the Intl. Journal article are opioid analgesics, anxiolytics and antipsychotics, and that in some experimental models cannabinoids indirectly affect the signaling pathways linked with analgesic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic drugs, and we have some reason to think that different sublingual durations could lead to different outcomes. As far as we can tell, maximizing your “under tongue time” can only help.

Tincture-time: Sacred and Subversive

“Tincture-time” is your time; your time everyday to do something unexpected. It’s the part of your morning and evening routine where you set the agenda. Nothing is expected of you other than that which you expect of yourself. Inside tincture-time, you are free.

Here are 15 Sensible Recommendations For What To Do During Tincture-Time,that precious one to two minutes:

#1 – Buy a New Pillow. It’s hard to account for the reluctance, on the part of most of us, to purchase a superior pillow. We see the infomercials, we stare longingly at those fluffy beds in department stores, yet we refuse to take action. Log in to Amazon and buy the pillow with the best reviews. It should be expensive enough to make you feel guilty later.

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#2 – Make an Origami Cat

If the process ends up taking longer than one or two minutes, do not panic. If you take your time, you’re likely to produce a higher-quality paper cat, while simultaneously benefitting from an increased blood level concentration of naturally occurring cannabinoids.

#3 – Do Nothing. Think of Nothing. Keep Your Eyes Open. Breathe. Politely decline the invitation to worry.

#4 – Look up “Unlikely Animal Friends” on YouTube. You’re welcome!

#5 – Perform a Sock Purge/Replacement. Because the Purge will undoubtedly take longer than the Replacement, start with Replacement. Again, log on to your preferred online retailer and make a selection. When it comes to sock purchases, the familiar saying, “Over-buy for socks and pie,” is a good guiding principle. (Anticipate a much lengthier time investment for the first step, the Purge. You’ll need to hunt down all of your mismatched and old socks, just like Darth Vader hunted down the Jedi. Vader was realistic: he didn’t expect the final destruction of the Jedi Order to happen overnight, and neither should you.)

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#6Take a Shower. Add organic lavender soap, and the wellness is off the charts.

#7 – Be Intentionally Grateful. Try celebrating the small things. Can you breathe easily through your nose? How does the air taste?

#8 That thing shouldn’t be there. It belongs in the drawer, but it is not in the drawer. Put that thing in the drawer.

#9 – Think of an Invention – What’s due for an upgrade? The toilet. Think about it: a “Smart Toilet.” You might as well be on the cover of Forbes Magazine already: “Upstart Inventor Looking to Make a ‘Splash’ in the Sanitation Industry.”

#10Get Soil on Your Hands. Walk outside and put your hands in the soil or dirt. Scrub your hands with it. The scent of freshly cut grass and rich, minerally soil is unusually calming. Soil is like hand soap for stress.

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#11 – Delete Apps on your Phone. There are three different types of apps: Really, Maybe and Ideally.

  • Really – the applications we really use. Really applications can be functional( Messenger, email) or recreational; they can exert net-positive influences (keeping up with Grandma) or net-negative benefits (spending too much time playing video games). These are the applications you actually use, for better or worse.
  • Maybe – the applications we sometimes use, or used once. These apps may be useful in a future scenario, even if that scenario is unlikely to occur.
  • Ideally – the applications we will never use. Ideally apps populate the phone of an ideal version of ourselves who does not exist. “1000 PushUps Daily” “Latin Dictionary” “Advanced Life Organizer”

To declutter, delete at least three Maybe-apps. Delete all Ideally-apps. Sometimes, we aren’t ready to work toward one thousand pushups, learn latin or organize. Unused, Ideally-apps are demoralizing, and are more likely to keep us from our goals than help us attain them.

#12 – Rearrange Your Wallet. New is happy!

#13 – Pick a Random Contact on Your Phone Who You Don’t Recognize. Call That Person. Always remember: if anything about the conversation makes you feel unsafe, hang up immediately. There is a chance — a thin chance — that you might spill your tincture. No conversation is worth a spilled tincture.

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Spillage isn’t the only threat. It’s unfortunate, but true: some bad apples out there are known to become angry when contacted by a person who can’t really talk because they have hemp oil under their tongue. It reflects the sad state of our world when a person who is called in the middle of the business day can’t muster the courtesy to have just one civil conversation with an unknown caller who gurgles incomprehensibly for two minutes until terminating the call.

#14 – Take a Two Minute Nap (Standing of course)

#15 – Go to Wikipedia. Read about the life and legacy of Gandhi.

Have your own ideas about what to do for tincture-time? Think you have better recommendations? Well, you’re probably correct about that. Let us know what you do with your tincture-time in the comments. We’d love to hear from you, and we always respond to questions!

We wish you a great wellness journey!

-Your friends at Green Lotus

Source: Pharmaceutical and Biological Evaluations

  1. Dev, A., Mundke, S., Pawar, P., & Mohanty, S. (2016). Critical aspects in sublingual route of drug delivery. Pharmaceutical and Biological Evaluations, 3(1), 42-49. Retrieved from

Source: International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

2. Narang, N., & Sharma, J. (2011) Sublingual mucosa as a route for systemic drug delivery. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 3(2). Retrieved from

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How Long to Keep Hemp Oil Under Your Tongue | 15 tips? ›

While there are many ways to take CBD oil, it depends on the strength of the oil. With our 250mg CBD Oils (a great starting point), you put five CBD oil drops under your tongue and hold them there for 30-60 seconds, and do that three times a day.

How long do you leave hemp oil under your tongue? ›

cbd can easily be absorbed underneath the tongue through the thin mucous membranes there. holding cbd oil drops under your tongue for at least 60 seconds before swallowing allows it to bypass digestion and become rapidly absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

How long do you leave sublingual under your tongue? ›

Hold the sublingual medication under the tongue for the prescribed length of time. Most medications should have a dissolve time of approximately one to three minutes.

Should you swallow hemp oil? ›

Yes. It's safe to swallow CBD oil when consuming it orally and sublingually — just as long as you let the oil sit under your tongue for a full minute before swallowing.

How long does CBD oil under tongue take to work for anxiety? ›

Upon consumption of CBD oil, CBD edibles, CBD oil tinctures, pouches or similar you should expect to feel them working within 30 minutes to two hours. "For CBD oil to work long-term against anxiety, it needs to be taken consistently and at the correct dosage."

Can you drink water after taking hemp oil? ›

Luckily, you can drink water after the CBD oil has been taken by your body, even if you've only consumed CBD oil sublingually. Water and food won't affect CBD, especially since sublingual intake works quickly and immediately absorbing CBD into the bloodstream.

Does hemp oil get you higher? ›

No, hemp oil is not psychoactive and will not get you high. Hemp oil is non-intoxicating and contains very low or no levels of THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana. Hemp oil is derived from the hemp plant and is used for a variety of purposes including cooking, skin care, and medicinal use.

Can you drink water after sublingual? ›

Limit the amount of fluids you drink from 1 hour before using this medicine and until 8 hours after. Also avoid drinks containing caffeine or alcohol before bedtime. Keep the tablet under your tongue until it has fully dissolved.

How long does it take for sublingual to hit? ›

Sublingual marijuana oil and other products can typically be felt within fifteen minutes and last up to three hours. This makes them much more like smoking or vaping than edibles that must pass through the digestive system.

Does sublingual go straight to bloodstream? ›

As discussed, sublingual medications get absorbed by the tissue under your tongue and pass directly into the bloodstream. This may be an advantage if you have any health conditions that affect your GI tract or liver. They generallystart working faster than traditional oral medications.

How long does hemp oil take to hit? ›

In general, CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream within 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on the method of delivery. Other variables like the dosage, full spectrum or THC-free, consistency, and quality can also play a role in how quickly you begin to feel the benefits of CBD.

Is hemp oil better morning or night? ›

People who find that CBD oil makes them feel energised, awake and clear-headed may prefer to take it in the mornings (or afternoons when they need a bit of a boost), while those who find that CBD oil helps them unwind and relax may prefer to take it in the evenings.

Does hemp oil absorb quickly? ›

In addition to its outstanding composition, hemp seed oil's unique texture imparts an excellent skin feel. It is non-greasy, has high fluidity and lubricity and is absorbed quickly and efficiently in the skin.

What does holding CBD oil under your tongue do? ›

Sublingual administration refers to when a person places a drug under their tongue, which allows the drug to absorb directly into the bloodstream. As such, this may allow the compounds of CBD to enter the bloodstream rapidly and directly because there are numerous blood vessels under the tongue.

Does hemp oil make you sleepy? ›


Hemp oil supplements can also sometimes cause drowsiness. This only makes sense as research has found that they can help improve sleep.

What are the side effects of CBD oil under the tongue? ›

Though it's often well-tolerated, CBD can cause side effects, such as dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness and fatigue. CBD can also interact with other medications you're taking, such as blood thinners. Another cause for concern is the unreliability of the purity and dosage of CBD in products.

What can you not mix with hemp oil? ›

CBD has been reported to interact with several anticonvulsants, including diazepam, lamotrigine, and phenytoin28,29; sedative drugs including barbiturates such as phenobarbital and hexobarbital30; and narcotics such as codeine and morphine.

How many times should I take hemp oil? ›

Generally, it is suggested that hemp oil be taken twice daily, with 8-12 hours between doses. If you are using hemp oil for a specific condition, it is best to speak to a medical professional to determine the best dosage schedule for your individual needs.

How many drops of hemp oil should I take a day? ›

Our Recommended Dose per Product
ProductServing sizeRecommended dose
250mg Natural CBD Oil5 drops = 6mg6mg, 3 times a day
1,000mg Natural CBD Oil3 drops = 15mg15mg, 3 times a day
2,000mg Natural CBD Oil2 drops = 20mg20mg, 3 times a day
*Do not exceed 70mg per day
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What do you feel when you take hemp oil? ›

It helps you stay centred and grounded and makes you feel more relaxed as you go about your day. CBD is known for its calming properties, and on top of that, it can help with pain relief (like period pain or muscle pain), inflammation, and concentration.

Which is stronger CBD or hemp oil? ›

“Hemp oil” is another way people can refer to CBD oil. However, some may also refer to hemp seed oil as hemp oil. CBD oil uses the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant in its production. These contain a higher concentration of CBD, which is a compound with numerous potential health benefits.

What does hemp oil do to the brain? ›

Boosts Brain Health The brain has specialized receptors. Cannabinoids in Hemp Oil help reduce anxiety and depression. Omega-3s also improve brain power and memory as well as reduce memory loss in old age.

What are the disadvantages of sublingual? ›

Disadvantages of the Sublingual Route
  • Most drugs are not available as sublingual formulations.
  • The taste of the sublingual dosage form may not be liked by the patient.
  • Placing the sublingual dosage form under the tongue until it dissolves may be considered inconvenient by some patients.
  • Irritation to the oral mucosa.
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How do you maximize sublingual absorption? ›

drink plenty of water, 10-15 minutes ahead of taking your allergy tablets or drops. avoid eating 5 minutes ahead of taking your tablets or drops. use a mirror to make sure tablets or drops are properly placed under your tongue. if you can, avoid swallowing for 2-3 minutes, allowing absorption to take place.

Is sublingual faster than oral? ›

In general, they produce faster onset of action compared to orally ingested drug formulations. Drug absorption is relatively faster across the sublingual mucosa compared to the buccal mucosa due to the thinner epithelium.

What does a sublingual high feel like? ›

It's a similar vibe to vaping, but with an often slightly heightened body high, though that varies by factors like dose and brand. Cannabis sublinguals allow for dosing control in addition to their speedy efficacy.

Does sublingual affect the liver? ›

Sublingual and oral

Absorption is very quick, and higher drug levels are achieved in the bloodstream by sublingual routes than by oral routes because (1) the sublingual route avoids first-pass metabolism by the liver (Fig. 1-2), and (2) the drug avoids destruction by gastric juices or complexation with foods.

What is the purpose of taking sublingual? ›

The sublingual route is one of the early modes of administration for systemic drug delivery. This route avoids first-pass metabolism and affords quick drug entry into the systemic circulation.

What part of the mouth absorbs the best? ›

Why is underneath the tongue the best place for nutrient absorption? The area underneath the tongue has a lot of capillaries, or tiny blood vessels. This means that drugs can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream, as opposed to going through the digestive system first.

What is the best way to use hemp oil? ›

Hemp oil:
  1. Take it as a daily supplement to promote a sense of calm. ...
  2. Massage it onto the skin to soothe aching muscles after a workout*
  3. Take it as a supplement before bed for a good night's sleep*
  4. Use it on your face to help manage inflammation and acne*
  5. Take as a dietary supplement to promote a healthy gut*
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Does hemp oil make you feel different? ›

It does change your consciousness. You may feel mellow, experience less pain, and be more comfortable. In addition, some CBD products do contain small amounts of THC. While CBD can come from marijuana, it can also be derived from hemp.

Can you leave hemp oil overnight? ›

Yes. It is safe to leave hemp seed oil in the hair overnight.

What happens if you swallow hemp oil? ›

If you swallow CBD, it travels through your digestive system and your body automatically starts to break it down. This process can be slowed down by mixing the active ingredients with other substances such as fat or using an MCT oil carrier , but the difference is relatively small.

What does hemp oil do when taken orally? ›

Ingesting hemp oil offers a range of health benefits. It is a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which helps to reduce inflammation, improve cardiovascular health and even reduce anxiety. It also contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.


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