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MaryAnn Stanger ND | 21 July, 2021


          
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What is CBD oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid that is one of 113 different cannabinoids extracted from the hemp plant. This cannabinoid makes up about 40% of the hemp plant's extract. CBD is desired for the amazing health and overall wellness benefits it can provide. The main benefits being assistance with pain, inflammation, stress, anxiety, and sleep.

CBD is best when extracted through a process called Co2 extraction. Co2 extraction works by pumping Co2 into a pressurized chamber. This process breaks down part of the plant matter, leaving behind CBD oil. This oil is then added to carrier oils to make CBD tinctures. That CBD oil can also be placed into capsules or mixed into edibles or topicals.

CBD oil tends to be generalized into three different groups Full spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate CBD oil. The main difference being the phytocannabinoid profile. To learn the difference, click here.

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How does CBD work?

It all starts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and understanding how it works. This simple version is that CBD works on a molecular level with our nervous system. Our ECS is tied to our nervous system, and they work together to send CBD to areas of need throughout our bodies. If receptors in our body notice an influx of pain and inflammation, our ECS will send CBD to assist it.

For further information on how CBD works, keep reading below.

What is the endocannabinoid system?

Most people may never have heard of the endocannabinoid system (or ECS for short), but it has always been a part of our bodies. This incredibly fascinating and complex system was recently discovered by scientists in 1988.

Potentially our largest endocrine system, the ECS, regulates a huge range of bodily processes like our appetite, discomfort, mood, memory, nervous system, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, stress, and more.

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Where is the endocannabinoid system?

The short answer is that our ECS occurs throughout our whole body. As an endocrine system, our ECS is part of our body's natural function. Endocannabinoids (and their receptors) can be found in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and cells… throughout our bodies.

What does our endocannabinoid system do?

Our brains, immune systems, organs, connective tissues, and glands all use our endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS handles other body functions, including the feelings of discomfort, mood, appetite, memory, digestion, respiration, and more.

A healthy endocannabinoid system means we sleep better, our moods are more regulated, our nervous system processes discomfort normally, our memory works clearly, and our digestive system functions properly.

How does your ECS work?

Our bodies produce more or fewer endocannabinoids based on what's needed to establish homeostasis. The ECS consists of three main parts: Endocannabinoids (ones produced by your own body) and two different endocannabinoid receptors. The two receptors are CB1 and CB2.

CB1 receptors are concentrated in our brains and nervous systems. Because they're mostly found in the brain, CB1 receptors are responsible for regulating your moods, emotions, bodily movement, appetite, memory, and much more.

CB2 receptors are found mostly in your immune system but also throughout your whole body. CB2 receptors are also found in major organs like your heart, liver, kidneys, blood vessels, bones, and reproductive organs, and they are responsible for various functions. When we think of discomfort due to an ECS imbalance, we're generally thinking of your CB2 receptors.

Why should you take CBD?

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CBD may work with our endocannabinoid system when it is out of balance. An out-of-balance ECS can cause many issues, including discomfort, digestive system problems, certain behavioral or mood issues, stress and anxiety, and even some motor and cognitive concerns.*

If you feel that your ECS is out of balance, CBD would be a great place to repair that balance. As mentioned above, CBD comes in a variety of different forms. You can apply it topically or take CBD orally. Studies have found that taking CBD orally to be the most effective as it can work with our ECS. Oral CBD products include Oil tinctures, Gummies, and Capsules.

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CBD capsules are a favorite for those who do not like the taste of CBD. CBD softgels offer a convenient way to take CBD. Each softgel contains a pre-measured amount of CBD with optimal bioavailability.

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CBD Gummies are a fun way to getting your daily dose of CBD. Each gummy contains a pre-measured dose of CBD. Our CBD gummies come in Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate CBD options.

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