There are two different ways to consume cannabis-infused edibles and they influence many factors. Usually, various foods that contain cannabis are consumed by oral ingestion, while different oils, tinctures, and sprays can be consumed both sublingually and by oral ingestion.

But, first, let’s see what is what. 

Oral ingestion means that edibles are consumed orally; in other words, by swallowing them. On the other hand, sublingual consumption means that the edibles are first held under one’s tongue, where they’re slowly (but steadily) ingested into the bloodstream. The way in which an individual consumes the edibles affects the onset, duration, and the overall effects of the cannabis in question.

For one, sublingual consumption induces a fast onset, but it also lowers the duration and the intensity of the cannabis-based product. In addition to that, it offers a smokeless and discrete experience. The reason why this method induces such a fast onset is due to the area under the tongue and cheeks which absorb substances much faster. This is similar to the inhaling method—there the substance enters one’s bloodstream through the lungs. Sublingual strips, oils, sprays, and tinctures are consumed this way. Some people even like to hold an edible under their tongue for a short while before eventually swallowing it for maximum effect.

To that end, oral ingestion is primarily used for cannabis-infused foods and beverages. After chewing and swallowing the edibles, the cannabis is processed by the intestine and liver. This means that it takes some time for the onset to occur, but the effects are more long-lasting than with the sublingual method, or inhalation. It’s usually tastier, too.

Each method has its own pros and cons. Sublingual consumption is fast and discreet, but it requires specialized products, and the effects don’t last for a very long time. Oral ingestion is a far simpler method, which also lasts longer, but it is not very fast, especially if you’ve just had a big dinner.

In the end, whichever method you chose, we’re sure you will enjoy it.