As the cannabis market grows, consumption methods are expanding beyond bongs, joints, and edibles. Now you can put a tiny strip of cannabis film under your tongue.
Sublingual strips have quickly become a burgeoning part of the market because of their fast-acting effectiveness and discreetness. But how exactly do these tiny little film strips work?
Sublingual cannabis strips work by interacting with the body’s oral mucosa, the absorbent membranes under your tongue.
Those sublingual membranes are tough. They’re designed to withstand shearing and stretching from chewing, and to regenerate cells quickly. They have several functions, primarily to act as a barrier and protect the deep tissues and organs of the mouth from microorganisms introduced orally.
The membranes also play a part in providing sensation in the oral cavity (so you know what’s going on in there after you take a bite), as well as secreting saliva to keep the mouth moist and help break down any ingested food.
Sublingual membranes have also been long used as a way to dose humans with certain pharmaceuticals, because of the mucosa’s extraordinary degree of permeability. For instance, Subuxone, a prescription medicine meant to help treat those with an opioid dependency, is most often delivered through a thin film that dissolves under the tongue.