Level Tablinguals: Calm (CBG)
I’m hoping you’ve already seen my first post about the Tablinguals series from Level, which is one of the products that inspired me to create mymilligram. (You haven’t read it? Okay, I can pause for a sec while you hop over to read that piece. Really, you should.) This SF-based company is steeped in the science of cannabinoids (click here for an explanation of what cannabinoids are) and how our bodies process them. Level has isolated six cannabinoids (THC, CBD, THCA, CBG, THCV, and delta-8 THC) and made each of them into a sublingual tablet, which you can try individually, and even combine together for different effects. (Level also just released their larger-dose/25mg ProTabs, but we’re all about microdosing here, so we’re sticking with the Tablinguals first.)
Today, we’re going to look at CBG, or cannabigerol, which is a lesser-known cannabinoid by consumers, but it has some very promising applications. Level has released a Tablingual called Calm, and that should give you an idea of one of CBG’s effects.
CBG is known as the mother cannabinoid since it’s actually the parent molecule for both THC and CBD, plus other cannabinoids (CBG converts into these other cannabinoids during the plant’s growth). CBG may help ease mental and physical stress, reduce anxiety, be antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. I've seen articles referencing CBG potentially helping with the side-effects of menopause, IBD (irritable bowel syndrome) and other digestive conditions, bladder dysfunction, psoriasis, glaucoma, muscle tension, and may even help alleviate skin cancer (read more about CBG in this article on HelloMD and on Leafly, and you can geek harder on Honest Marijuana Co.). Some studies have been on animals, but more on humans are forthcoming—you’ll find research results online if there’s something specific you’re looking into.
Like CBD, CBG shares many pain-relieving and calming qualities, and is also non-psychoactive, so it won’t get you high. You can also use it like CBD in case you’re feeling a little too high from THC (it can help curb/soften any strong THC headiness).
More on Tablinguals
Tablinguals are the ultimate microdosing product, because they offer a way for you to customize how you experience cannabis at a micro and measurable level. We all process cannabis differently in our bodies, and Tablinguals allow you to explore varying effects in a controlled, low-dose, and measured way. Each Tablingual is precisely measured (one tablet offers a low 3mg dose), so you always have consistent dosage and can dial in your MED (minimum effective dose).
The sublingual method is a highly effective delivery mechanism that happens via the mucous membranes in your mouth and then enters into your bloodstream (completely bypassing your liver). This is not an edible that’s processed and metabolized via your digestive system, which is a totally different method of consumption, and can be time-consuming and unpredictable based on how much food you have in your system (or not). You simply place the small tablet under your tongue and it dissolves in about a minute or so. (There are 15 Tablinguals per box.)
The box is superportable and easy to stash in a makeup bag. But since it’s childproof, it can be a little tricky. First, take the paper sleeve off. Then, if you’re a righty, you want to pinch the end that has the arrows on the side, and then slide the bottom tray to the left with your left hand. (The packaging will be rotated upside down.) Lift up the little rubber mat and you’ll reveal the Tablinguals. Voila! Each Tablingual is 3mg.
Make sure your mouth is well hydrated before you try one, or it may not dissolve as well. Just take a sip of water beforehand, swallow, and then place a Tablingual under your tongue. It has a light flavor of spearmint and will dissolve within a few minutes. You want to let it fully dissolve in your mouth; it’s not about swallowing it halfway, or swallowing it all, actually.
You can expect to feel something in 1–5 minutes, and the results can last for up to a couple of hours. You may feel some calm, or perhaps nothing at all. (It's good to try at home when you don't have to be anywhere.) You can try another one again the next evening and see if you notice anything. Maybe the third night, try two and see if that makes a difference. (This adjustment of dosage is called titrating.)
How I like to use CBG/Calm
I enjoy the Calm Tablinguals for their chillaxing properties. I actually keep a container on my bedside table, and some nights, when I could use a little extra nudge into sleepy time and turning the brain off, I find one (3mg) or two tabs (6mg total) can help drop me down and get me there.
I've also used them in case of occasional insomnia—if I wake up at 3am and find myself just laying there, you know, thinking about things, I'll take a sip of water and then pop one or two under my tongue, let them dissolve, and start edging back to the land of zzzzzzz. I appreciate the fact there's zero psychoactivity or grogginess—it's more of an overall chill vibe and slightly heavy feeling in my body.
Since you consume Tablinguals sublingually, onset can be as soon as 1–5 minutes—it’s a highly effective route of administration, requiring less of an overall dose (versus an edible).
You can also pair Calm with Soothe (delta-8) for additional sleep benefits, and with Remedy (CBD) for calming or potential anti-depression effects (both of those Tablinguals are in the mymilligram curated boxes, along with Elevate). Try Calm with Elevate (THC) and Remedy (CBD) for inflammation. Check out this wheel for more inspiration on how you can combine Tablinguals to create your own custom cannabis formulation—the “+” signs register the level of psychoactivity, from + to +++.
Disclaimer: The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product.