What is CBD: How CBD Oil Works

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Are you wondering, “how does CBD oil work?” You’re not the only one! As more and more people turn to CBD to support their health and wellness, the internet fills up with information about this incredible substance. But with increased information comes increased misinformation, and separating the truth about CBD from the BS can be hard. At EndoCoast, we believe that everyone deserves transparent, accurate information to make healthy choices. So we’re cutting through the junk to give it to you straight on what CBD is and what the best CBD products can do for you.

The Truth About CBD: Legal Cannabis Products

To put it simply, CBD is a compound extracted from the hemp plant. While CBD may seem like the exciting new thing in our global health industry, industrial hemp has been around the block a time or two. Recorded as an important agricultural product in China as early as 2800 BCE, hemp was used by our American forefathers as an essential building material and trading product.

While our ancestors may not have understood how CBD oil works or even been able to determine the presence of cannabis’s active chemical compounds, they knew there was something in cannabis that helped them feel better. For thousands of years, hemp has held a place as an important source of fibers, beneficial oils, and as a tool for better mental and physical wellness throughout the world.

Until recently, however, hemp was considered the same as marijuana and banned in much of the United States. In 2018, though, the industrial hemp plant was legalized and defined by the Farm Bill as Cannabis sativa L. plants -- or hemp plants with a THC concentration of 0.3% by dry weight or less. As a legal product in much of the United States, the 2018 Farm Bill allowed access to industrial hemp -- and the CBD that comes from it! -- that now helps us explore the potential wellness benefits of hemp without the intoxicating “high” of marijuana. These benefits are at the core of how high-quality CBD oil does its work in the body; it helps boost your wellness by giving your body’s endocannabinoid system the extra support it needs.

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The Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system is not well known, but it plays an important regulatory role in your body. It’s composed of your own naturally occurring endocannabinoids (similar in structure to several of the active compounds in cannabis), as well as cannabinoid receptor sites which endocannabinoid structures are meant to bind to. These receptors are located throughout your central and peripheral nervous system, where they can receive input from -- and have an effect on -- almost every part of your body.

As cannabinoids and your own endocannabinoids bind with these receptors, they release neurotransmitter chemicals or nerve impulses that carry information to other systems, eliciting a response. This system affects everything from how you manage pain to your appetite and even your mood. How CBD does its work is by supporting the endocannabinoid system function, and helping it to function optimally.

The truth about CBD is it does not directly bond with any cannabinoid receptors. Rather it promotes the production of your body’s endocannabinoids needed to bond with those receptors. By supporting the natural production of your own active compounds, you’re offering the gentle support your body needs to regulate itself naturally. Having the right endocannabinoid production means your body can maintain its balance easier and react more quickly to issues that may arise, like inflammation, nausea, or anxieties.

Another part of how CBD does its work is by directly bonding with some other receptors that aren’t part of the endocannabinoid system. For example, some studies have indicated that the body views CBD as an analog for serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain that’s responsible for our mood. In general, the more serotonin that’s available to your neurons, the better you feel. Since CBD is viewed as an analog, it’s believed the body treats it similar to serotonin and responds with an increase in the chemicals that make you feel more positive.

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A Full Spectrum Of Cannabinoids

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is only one of over one hundred active chemical compounds found in the industrial hemp plant. While CBD gets the lion’s share of the attention, many of these other botanical components also support wellness, either through direct bonding with cannabinoid receptor sites or bonding with other receptors in the body as CBD does. When you choose a broad or full-spectrum CBD product, these compounds remain intact, giving you the potential benefits of this “entourage effect.” This is how full-spectrum CBD often works better than a CBD isolate because there are more beneficial cannabinoids your body has access to.
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Creating A CBD Oil You Can Count On

The truth about CBD is that the care and quality that goes into your product’s preparation can ultimately decide the success you get from it. That’s why, at EndoCoast, we base our products on the latest cannabis science and nutraceutical research, so we can deliver a consistently premium product formulated with a single goal in mind: promoting your wellness.

When it comes to how we make our CBD, quality always comes first. We begin our CBD products with the best non-GMO hemp grown in rich, fertile soil without harsh chemicals like fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. The mature stalks, leaves, and flowers are then processed using a supercritical CO2 extraction process, where chilled and pressurized carbon dioxide is forced through the plant material, bringing the active compounds out in the form of an ultra-pure oil. This non-toxic extraction process leaves no residue and helps ensure a safe, potent high-quality CBD oil you can trust.

After lab testing for potency and potentially harmful ingredients, we use this fresh, powerful oil to formulate premium products that let you take advantage of how CBD works on the human body -- both internally and externally. Whether it’s one of our liquid tinctures with natural flavoring, vegan and organic gummies, or a topical preparation you rub into your skin, our CBD helps you get the endocannabinoid support you need.

If you have any questions about our products or want to learn more about the truth on CBD, contact our customer support team to get the information you need to make better decisions about the CBD you choose for your body. Take charge of your wellness and help your body find its preferred coast today with EndoCoast’s CBD.