After you have selected the CBD product you want to use, you have to think about how you’re going to administer it.

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There is a plethora of modes of administration for CBD. There are also “a million” of products on the market. I just saw a CBD infused pillowcase in my advertising on social media this morning. Some of these products are probably not going to be as effective in delivering the CBD that you think. Could inhalation while you’re sleeping on your pillow case work?

Great methods are available to get the product into your body and give you an opportunity to see if it will work for you. My favorite product for starting for anybody is a tincture, the CBD isolates, or full, or broad spectrum products can be infused into a healthy oil, an MCT oil, or an olive oil and then they can be made available in these tinctures so that you can give them a try.

The great thing about a tincture is that it’s so versatile. If you take it in your mouth and hold it in your mouth for a period of time, it crosses over the mucus membranes into the blood brain barrier very quickly. You’ll have a result and a decision on whether or not that particular serving size is working for you in a matter of just eight or nine minutes.

However, if you don’t really want to hold it in your mouth or if you find the taste a little off putting, you could swallow it. A tincture can behave like an edible. Taking it that way, you change the onset of action to more like 60 to 90 minutes. You may not get this immediate result in seeing if it’s working or not.

Many of my patients start using a tincture and hold it in their mouth initially just so they can get an idea of how the product works for them and what serving size is suitable for them. Then once they have all that figured out, they can start to use it as more of an edible and go ahead and swallow the product because they know what serving size is working for them and they can wait for that onset of action because they’re using it in more of a chronic way rather than a learning how to do it way.

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Starting with the tincture is such a great idea for getting started with your CBD. Tinctures are available in a variety of concentrations so that one dropper-full across the board does not in any way equal one dropper-full in another product. I’m going to spend more time in a future video talking about that, but most products are formulated so that a serving size is one dropper-full. It’s very reasonable, if you’re just getting started to think about using one half or one dropper-full of whatever tincture product you have made available to yourself.

I would personally recommend that you do not choose a product that has less than 1000 milligrams of CBD in the bottle unless it’s a very tiny bottle. But using a regular sized bottle that contains an ounce of product or more, a thousand milligrams is going to give you an adequate amount of product in half a dropper-full, in general, to give you some good starting data on how the product is working for you.

CBD infused pillowcaseThink about a tincture really as your best first source of trying CBD. Of course, don’t forget that you can always get the buds or the flowers from the hemp plant and use CBD in a cigarette or in a pipe in a similar way that one would use tobacco. You can use a rolling paper to roll up the CBD hemp product and smoke it like a cigarette or you can put it in a pipe.

There are also electronic vaping products where you can break up the flower or bud into very small pieces and then put it inside an electric type of device that will heat up and allow you to inhale the industrial hemp CBD product.


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Dr. Mary Clifton is an Internal Medicine doctor with 20 years of experience in both the hospital and private practice. She is a published researcher, national speaker on women’s health and osteoporosis, and author of four books, and two new soon-to-be-released books on CBD and Cannabis – what you need to know, how to use them and a COOKBOOK to support ease of use.