Marijuana Delivery System – Oral Mucosal
You can smoke it, vape it, eat it, drop it under your tongue, drink it, rub it on and even bathe in it. Cannabis works on your body in so many ways! Each method for cannabis intake is referred to as a delivery system. Let’s take a look at the most common delivery systems and how they work.
Oral mucosal intake refers to the process of ingesting marijuana through the lining of your mouth, under your tongue, or on your tongue itself. THC can be absorbed into your blood stream through all three of these regions, although the fastest of the three is sublingual (under the tongue). You will start to feel high anywhere from between 15 minutes to an hour.
If you are used to smoking weed, ingesting weed is quite a different ball game. When you smoke, you reach your maximum high within 5 – 15 minutes, giving you a chance to check in with yourself and determine if you’d like to keep smoking or ride the wave your currently surfing on. With oral mucosal ingestion, you won’t really know how high you are until up to an hour post-ingestion. This means you’ve got to learn to be patient. Enjoy the slow ascension of your high and take additional doses only if you still want to intensify your experience after a careful assessment.
The most popular method of oral mucosal cannabis ingestion is through tinctures (alcohol extractions). Since THC, CBD and other cannabinoids are alcohol soluble, they can be transferred into a high potency alcohol solution when cannabis is ground and left to infuse in the alcohol. Marijuana Tinctures are taken by dropping 1-3 drops under the tongue. It’s not exactly a fun, ritualistic or social way to get high, so it’s popularity is mostly confined to medical marijuana users. Those who are unfortunate enough to have children who suffer from diseases such as epilepsy most commonly use tinctures as their delivery methods since placing a few drops under the tongue is perhaps the easiest way to deliver cannabis to their children.
You can, of course, pick up a marijuana tincture at your local dispensary, but if you are the DIY type, here’s a quick how-to:
- Add grain alcohol and ground cannabis to a glass jar at a ratio of 1-6 grams of completely dry cannabis to 35 mL of alcohol depending on your desired potency.
- Soak mixture for about 10 days, mixing it gently each day. Strain the plant matter out of the alcohol, pour carefully into a light proof bottle with a dropper and store in a cool dark place forever. Alcohol tinctures should never go rancid.