That is a multi-faceted question, but the simple answer is NO. We do not recommend putting vape juice under your tongue for sublingual use. Below, we will dive into the complexities of this question.
Since the 2018 Farm Bill passed, it seems like CBD is everywhere. Now that it is legal on a federal level, there are many consumers that want to take CBD. The debate is raging over which way to take CBD. The most effective way depends on what you’re looking for.
There are several CBD products, such as CBD oil, CBD vape juice, topical CBD like lotions, CBD flower, and CBD edibles. Because there are several products, and the CBD market is fairly new, sometimes consumers get confused. One prevalent question we hear is, “can you put CBD vape oil under your tongue?”
Taken orally, or ingested, CBD takes the longest time to kick in. On the other hand, the inhalation of CBD is the fastest way for consumers to feel effects. Because of this, vaping CBD has become one of the most popular methods of use. Although there are many CBD products on the market, we will focus on CBD vapes and CBD oil to help answer the question, “can you put CBD vape oil under your tongue?”
What is CBD Vape Oil?
It is important to note that there is no such thing as “Vape Oil.” You cannot inhale CBD oil, and never should. “Vape oil” is the wrong term. What is placed in vape pens is called CBD vape juice, e juice, or e liquid. Vape juice is typically made with propylene glycol, and/or glycerin.
These are safe to inhale liquids that serve the purpose of delivering CBD to the consumer through vapors. Vape juice is safe to vape but has no topical use.
CBD vape juice vs CBD oil
The important difference between CBD oil and CBD vape juice is their content. CBD oil is a mixture of extracted CBD and a carrier oil, which cannot be smoked.
On the other hand, CBD vape juice is made with propylene glycol, terpenes, and/or glycerin, which is safe to inhale.
Coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and hempseed oil are popular carrier oils used in CBD oil. Carrier oils are used with essential oils to make them easier to absorb into the body.
That is why they are called “carrier” oils, because they literally help carry the essential oil into the body in an easier manner, making it easier for the body to absorb. This makes it easy for consumers to rub CBD oil on topically, or ingest it.
Never smoke CBD oil. Carrier oils like coconut oil should not be vaped or inhaled. In fact, smoking carrier oils can lead to negative side effects.
CBD Vape Juice
CBD vape juice is made specifically for vaporizing. This e liquid and CBD mixture cannot be used topically and consumers should not ingest vape juice. Vape juice can also contain additives that aid with flavor.
The fewer additives the better, but some consumers enjoy getting different flavors and smell from their vape juice.
Ingredients in CBD Vape Juice
Although it cannot get you “high” like THC does, it does deliver many of the same benefits that THC is known for.
For example, I’m sure you have heard stories of people smoking cannabis and getting sleepy or hungry? These are effects exhibited after cannabinoids like THC or CBD interact with your endocannabinoid system (ECS). Every mammal has an ECS, which helps regulate the body.
The ECS helps to control sleep, appetite, mood, inflammation, soreness, anxiety, stress, digestion, and much more.
After CBD, the base ingredients used in most e liquids is propylene glycol, and/or glycerin.
According to Healthline, propylene glycol is a synthetic food additive that is in the same chemical group as alcohol.
Propylene glycol is odorless, colorless, and is somewhat syrupy. There is no distinct taste. Because it can dissolve various substances better than water can, it is used in many processed foods and drinks.
Do not confuse Propylene glycol with ethylene glycol. Ethylene glycol is highly toxic to humans.
Vegetable glycerin, also known as glycerol or glycerine, is also an ingredient used in CBD vape juice quite a bit. Much like propylene glycol, it is an odorless, colorless, and somewhat syrupy like liquid. It is usually made from coconut oil, palm oils, or soybean.
Vegetable glycerin is usually a little sweet. It serves the same purpose as propylene glycol, which is to help CBD dissolve or be absorbed into your lungs.
Flavoring & Additives
There are flavorings and other additives that can be in vape juice. Typically, the fewer additives the better. Although some companies, like Cheef Botanicals, use natural terpenes to flavor their vape juices. Terpenes not only add natural flavor they also add to the synergistic effect of cannabinoids. You want to use the purest product possible, without adding any unnecessary ingredients.
Still, some consumers are looking for fun flavors and smell to go along with their vape usage.
Can You Put CBD Vape Oil Under Your Tongue?
There are many ways to take CBD. Sublingual use is when the consumer places an oil under their tongue for absorption. We do not recommend putting CBD vape juice under your tongue.
E-liquid mixed with CBD can have an offensive taste, and if there are other additives the taste may be extra foul. Not to mention, there may be additives that are not safe to ingest.
For example, you can safely inhale scented incense or Febreeze in the air, but you should not drink or eat these products.
Now, there may be some organic or all-natural CBD vape juices that are safe to place under your tongue. It is always important to read the ingredients on the label.
If you are specifically looking for sublingual use CBD products, stick to CBD oil.
CBD Under the Tongue
Using CBD oil for sublingual use is very popular. Some consumers do not like smoking, and cannot wait for edibles to kick in. There is a rule of thumb in the cannabis world for intake: the quicker the product takes to work, the shorter the effect will last. Using CBD oil sublingual gives consumers are relatively quick turn around time for effect.
Consumers should start to feel the effects within 15 minutes after sublingual use. Because CBD oil taken sublingual works fast, the effects will not last as long as an edible.
Consumers using the sublingual method can expect effects to last for 3-6 hours.
Inhaling CBD vape juice works even faster than sublingual use. After inhaling CBD vape juice, consumers often feel the effects immediately. That is because sublingual use needs to absorb into the body through the tongue while inhalation delivers the CBD directly to the bloodstream through the lungs.
Because inhaling CBD vape juice works very quickly, the effects do not last very long. 1-3 hours is the average length for inhalation effects to last, depending on severe factors including diet, eating schedule, tolerance, and strength of the CBD.
CBD vape products are one of the most popular ways to use CBD. It is convenient and efficient. You should not put CBD vape juice under the tongue. CBD oil is the go to for under the tongue usage, it is safe for sublingual use.