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If you think back to your childhood, vitamins were given to you in chewable tablets, cold medicine was administered with a spoonful or capful of gag-reflex triggering purple liquid, pain issues were treated with fizzy water-soluble discs, and if you were lucky, maybe seasonal allergies were treated with a large soft gel capsule.

The common trend here? These are all forms of therapeutics or wellness products that have to bypass the harsh environment of the stomach to work their magic.

That means overcompensating by upping the dose, creating large tablets or capsules to cram every single active ingredient into it, and coping with dreadful-tasting spoonfuls of thick liquids. 

Today, we have nasal mists, powdered drink mixes, and sublingual tablets. The taste factor notwithstanding, we have vehicles to ensure easier, more efficient infusions of our vital wellness products. Among these? Tinctures.

And no product stands to benefit more from these sublingual oils than hemp-derived cannabis plant products, like THCV.

THCV’s most ideal vehicle is a sublingual form that works instantaneously, a significant benefit for those seeking THCV’s most therapeutic benefits like appetite suppression and energy. 

Therapeutic Effects of THCV

First, THCV is not exactly what it sounds. The V at the end is key; this is a variant of THC, one that is not nearly as psychoactive, with its own set of beneficial properties and positive side effects.

You know what the “munchies” are, right? Well, THC may be famous for that, but early research is showing that its sister, good old THCV manages to produce the opposite effect, having a marked quality of suppressing appetite instead of the almost overpowering sense of cravings one gets when consuming THC – in any form. 

Another added therapeutic benefit? The modulation of blood sugar levels. Some early studies have analyzed the effects of THCV on patients with Type-2 diabetes and found that fasting glucose was decreased over a few months, and improvement in pancreatic function was also observed (for more in-depth looks at these studies, check out our all-encompassing post about THCV here). 

Tinctures and Absorption

So, you may be wondering why I mentioned all those old-school ways of taking vitamins, medicinals, and supplements. What’s wrong with chewable vitamins, after all? 

The truth is that these are outdated ways to take your wellness products, and though they serve an important purpose (we are not telling you to throw away your multivitamin tablets here!), we simply think it is worth knowing how much more effective sublingual tinctures can be. 

A study found that sublingual methods have 3 to 10 times more efficacy in delivering their active ingredients versus classic ingestion in the stomach.

Stomach acids and the overall harsh environment of the human digestive system make these deliveries more difficult, and when individuals need a fast infusion of a supplement, nutrient, or drug, sublingual methods work quick enough to give the individual relief at the drop of a hat. 

Tinctures vs. Edibles 

Tinctures and edibles are both highly attractive ways to consume any form of hemp-derived cannabis products, mainly because the ease of use is too hard to resist. People generally do not like taking pills, and smoking with a vape simple is not for everyone. 

Tinctures: when delivered sublingually, they interact with the blood capillaries in the mouth, facilitating quick absorption. The pros we have already outlined, but the cons?

Not that there are too many tinctures, but the issues with eating, drinking, or smoking can immediately affect the absorption rate. Also, the possibility of delayed or extended-release (which can be highly beneficial and increase the longevity of a dose) is not a reality with sublingual remedies, which are instant. 

With edible gummies, you may be missing out on a majority of the dose thanks to stomach acids, but you may get the benefit of extended-release. 

Tinctures vs. Vapes

Fast delivery of the phytocannabinoids you need is not an issue with sublingual tinctures and a non-issue with vapes. You will get what you asked for quickly with both. 

Vaping, however, will get you the nutrients you need considerably faster, just via the method of consuming. Smoke will hit the lungs and bloodstream far quicker than a sublingual dose, it’s just the physiology of the situation – no arguments here.

However, there is a flipside to sublingual taking longer than vaping; that means the remaining oil that you swallow will be slowly absorbed by the digestive tract, creating a sort of “pseudo” extended-release effect.

This can be highly beneficial to those who suffer from pain or anxiety who need a steady flow of therapeutic effects in their daily routine n  to make it through their day. 

Our Take

So, what do we think? If you are asking this writer that question, my response is that I enjoy the quick, but easy method of sublingual tinctures; I get to experience the best of both rapid-release worlds with it, and my lungs get to have a rest.

That does not mean that a THCV tincture is inherently the highest quality thing you could take to get a good experience. But we encourage anyone reading this to try out different forms and see what works best for you.

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