As new laws around the sale and production of CBD continue to progress, researchers are finding all kinds of new ways this magical compound contributes to our health and well-being. Tinctures and edibles are two of the most popular methods of delivery, however, they differ in not only usage but also in effect.
How sublingual tinctures work
Sublingual tinctures are administered using a dropper. Users are instructed to place anywhere from 1/4 of a dropper to one full dropper of CBD oil underneath the tongue, where it's most quickly able to absorb into the bloodstream via mucous membranes. The effects are felt within 15-30 minutes and last for several hours.
Besides the speed of effect, sublingual tinctures are the ideal option for those who want to be in complete control of their own dosage per use. Dosage can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the amount of CBD oil in the administering dropper.
How edibles work
Edible CBD, such as the ever-popular infused gummy bears, differ in the sense that they contain a fixed amount of CBD per serving.
As for the user experience, this format is ideal for convenient use like when traveling or on the go. You can also find them in a variety of flavors and dosages according to your personal preference. However, because they're absorbed through your digestive system the effects can take longer to feel, anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours after consumption. Similarly to tinctures, effects will also last several hours.
The choice is yours to make
The main difference between sublingual tinctures and edibles/gummies is the speed of onset and the level of dosage control.
While tinctures give you precise dosage control and induce a faster impact, the effects from gummies can last a bit longer and are easier to take discreetly while out and about. Sublingual CBD gets straight to work by making a beeline for your ECS receptors, whereas gummies need time to metabolize first. Ultimately, the choice comes down to personal preference, individual needs, and lifestyle factors.