Our mission at Kin Slips is to inspire trust in the science and benefits of cannabis. We encourage this growth through meaningful conversations and education at the community level.
Our goal here is to arm you with the best information available and help clarify why we believe that sublinguals simply work better.
The Digestive Tract's Dirty Secret
When you compare sublinguals to edibles, edibles are less predictable and consistent due to a chemical conversion occurring in your stomach and liver. We’re going to dive in, so put your thinking cap on. This part gets pretty science-y!
When you consume an edible, your body goes to work breaking it down in your digestive system and liver. This journey is known as First Pass Metabolism. Along the way some of the ∆9-THC is metabolized into 11-Hydroxy-THC, a psychoactive relative of ∆9-THC. 11-Hydroxy-THC has been shown to cause more psychoactive effects than ∆9-THC, which is why people become more uneasy from edibles than other consumption methods.
Additionally, the speed and efficacy of the digestive tract is based on numerous factors including diet and metabolic rate. Our varying metabolism means that edibles consumed one day can have a very different effect when ingested a day or two later.
Sublingual absorption bypasses the digestive tract thus avoiding First Pass Metabolism, making it one of the most efficient and reliable ways to consume cannabis.
UNDER NOT OVER
Sublingual slips are placed under the tongue, where they are rapidly absorbed by the body. The active ingredients are then carried directly through the mucosal membrane to the bloodstream. One can begin to feel the effects in as little as 15 minutes as it bypasses the digestive system and directly enters the bloodstream via capillaries under your tongue. This direct and highly efficient delivery method preserves the specific combination of cannabinoids and terpenes to give you a consistent experience.
Sublingual absorption is so quick, effective, and reliable that it’s used in traditional and alternative medical practices all over the world. Some of the more widely known sublingual medications are nitroglycerin tablets, B-12 strips, and lorazepam.
THE GANG'S ALL HERE
Terepenes are aromatic compounds produced by plants which give them each a unique smell and taste. In cannabis, terpenes have been known to compliment the effects of THC and CBD in very unique ways. Some terpenes increase energy (limonene) while others promote deep relaxation (linalool). Because of this, two plants with the same levels of THC and CBD can produce very different experiences. This combination of natural ingredients working together in synergy is called the Entourage Effect.
With this knowledge in mind we went to work identifying the flower strains that produced our favorite experiences. We then used the cannabinoid and terpene profiles of those strains as inspiration for our product blends. By absorbing these blends sublingually, you're more likely to have a consistent experience every time.
Wanna dive deeper?
Here are a few helpful sources:
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- Daneman, R; Prat, A (2015). "The Blood–Brain Barrier". Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology. 7 (1): a020412. doi:10.1101/cshperspect.a020412. PMC 4292164 Freely accessible. PMID 25561720.
- Sapiensoup Blog. (2016, December 21). Human Metabolism of THC [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://sapiensoup.com/human-metabolism-thc
- Pond, Susan M., and Thomas N. Tozer. “First-Pass Elimination.” Clinical Pharmacokinetics, vol. 9, no. 1, Feb. 1984, pp. 1–25., doi:10.2165/00003088-198409010-00001.