Every day more and more consumption methods and cannabis-infused products are making a splash at dispensaries all over California. In today’s world, we’re no longer limited to smoking joints and eating edibles to introduce cannabinoids to our bodies. These days you can enjoy products like tinctures and cannabis film by absorbing the products sublingually. Here’s everything you need to know about the sublingual delivery method and some sublingual cannabis products.

What are sublinguals?

Sublingual cannabis strips are a discreet, fast-acting and long-lasting way to introduce cannabinoids into your body in a safe, consistent way. Sublingual strips go under the tongue and dissolve completely in a few minutes. They contain consistent doses of THC, CBD or both in a specific ratio to help medical patients and recreational users enjoy the many possible health benefits associated with cannabis. After the sublingual strip dissolves, the cannabinoids are then absorbed through the mucus membranes under your tongue and introduced into the bloodstream, allowing you to feel the effects of the cannabinoids quickly.

How do sublinguals work?

Sublingual cannabis strips work by dissolving under the tongue, allowing you to absorb the cannabinoids through the mucus membranes found there. These mucus membranes are sturdy and protect the mouth from bacteria and other microorganisms introduced through the mouth. They also secrete saliva and are responsible for the way your mouth feels when you eat something.

Many prescription drugs are absorbed sublingually because these membranes are extremely permeable. Sublingual drugs work almost as quickly and efficiently as suppositories, which are absorbed in a similar way. For example, Suboxone, which is usually prescribed for opioid dependency, is often delivered orally in a sublingual strip for fast relief and long-lasting effects.

Who can use sublinguals?

The sublingual delivery method is ideal for medical patients and recreational cannabis consumers alike. Sublinguals are great because they are just as fast-acting as toking from a pipe or a vape, but allow you to avoid inhalation altogether. This is a great option if you have a condition like asthma that makes it difficult to inhale cannabis for relief.

On the other hand, sublinguals offer a much faster onset and a more stable, consistent effect than edibles which are easy to overdose and offer a different experience than inhaled cannabis. Edibles also run the risk of an extreme reaction when you eat too much. When you eat THC, your digestive enzymes may convert that THC into a more psychoactive form of 

THC that can cause anxiety and paranoia in a somewhat psychedelic effect. Sublinguals usually don’t cause any adverse reactions because they don’t metabolize through digestion, making them a great choice for people who need THC as medicine but are sensitive to the cerebral effects. Sublinguals also have the added benefit of being discreet, making them a great choice for medical patients on the go as well as adult consumers who don’t want to call any extra attention to themselves. Sublingual cannabis strips are about the size of a nickel and are as thin as a sheet of paper making it easy for you to store individual doses in a pocket or purse. Discretion is important, especially among older users.

TLDR: Sublinguals are great for

-  People with THC sensitivity

-  People with sensitivity to inhaled products

-  People who want to use cannabis discreetly

-  People who need multiple, consistent doses of cannabinoids per day

-  Medical patients

-  Recreational users

How to dose and use sublingual strips

Sublingual cannabis strips can be found in a ton of dispensaries in California. If you’re unsure whether or not your favorite store carries them, be sure to give them a call. Further, always check with your doctor before starting any health regimen, including medicating with cannabis. Your doctor will be able to help you determine if sublingual cannabis strips are right for you.

To find quality sublingual cannabis strips, be sure to check the packaging for a certificate of analysis and a clean bill of health without any harsh chemicals, additives, or metals. Once you have your strips, store them at room temperature and dose according to package instructions as needed.

Just remember, for sublingual cannabis strips to work, they must be placed under your tongue. While they do give off Listerine breath strips vibes, they won’t work if they’re placed on top of your tongue. They must be absorbed underneath.

Once you place the strip under your tongue, hold your mouth closed for 3-5 minutes until the strip dissolves. It should never move away from the underside of your tongue until it’s completely dissolved for the best results. You should begin feeling the effects in a few minutes.