I am not a doctor, and none of what follows is medical advice! Consult your own doctor before using CBD.
I had a discussion with NuLeafNaturals today about how to best use CBD, here is a summary. Note that sublingually means under the tongue.
The dosage amount for CBD oil can vary greatly between people. Most people report between 5-10 drops (approx. 12-25mg) once or twice daily as their best regimen, which can be taken at any time, before or after a meal. (For reference, 10 drops is 25mg of CBD). We encourage everyone to research and experiment with serving size to find their best regimen. Some customers report using less, some report using more. Everyone's endocannabinoid system is different, so this is a good starting point to experiment with. I usually recommend starting with 10 drops a day, split throughout the day. Click here for a great article on CBD dosage.
The recommended form of ingestion is sublingually - we recommend dropping your dose under your tongue, and keeping it there for 30 seconds to a minute before swallowing it for the most optimal absorption. We also have customers report that they mix it into a drink/food for a more palatable taste - we encourage everyone to find the method of ingestion that works best for them. Click here for a great article on CBD bioavailability.
Our CBD oil is fully active, so it can be applied topically. When applying topically, you can just drop the desired dosage directly onto the affected area and rub it in. The area will be a little oily for a couple of minutes, and then it will fully absorb. Some customers also report mixing their dosage into their lotion or cream of choice, and applying it that way. Both methods work very well for localized pain. If you would like to apply the oil topically, I usually recommend continuing the daily oral dose and using topical application as an additional dosage.
According to what I’ve read, swallowing CBD reduces the bioavailability significantly because the digestive system and liver break down CBD. So it is best to keep it in the mouth rather than swallowing.
How much CBD?
My daughter who has a chronic health condition swears by 10 drops (25mg cannabinoids), which is the standard dosage. I seem to need somewhat more, 15 to 20 drops. A
A key point is that a lab-tested high quality product that consistently offers the same dosage is the only way to be sure of dosing (along with a consistent dosing approach). It is also important to make sure that there are no unwanted chemicals present—ask the vendor for lab analysis result.