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How Does CBD Oil Work? [Getting the Facts Straight] Understanding how CBD oil works is a very important step in helping to overcome fears or stereotypes associated with it. CBD oil is not the same as cannabis oil and does not contain any significant amounts of THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. CBD works by targeting the endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short. The receptors within this system receive and interpret signals from CBD and other cannabinoids found in CBD oil and react by producing an array of responses. Some of the responses that the endocannabinoid system can help regulate are: appetite, digestion, immune function, inflammation, mood, sleep, memory, pain, pleasure/reward – just to name a few. CBD oil is usually made from industrial hemp, which is a certain strain of hemp that is very low in THC and higher in other cannabinoids. If you get a high-quality CBD oil such as an organic full-spectrum oil, you are getting the most potent, natural, and effective CBD oil because there are no synthetics, pesticides, and fertilizers. In addition, you are getting the full range of vital components that CBD oils are supposed to contain, such as flavonoids, phytochemicals, terpenes, and other cannabinoids. When you ingest CBD oil, the endocannabinoid system starts breaking down the cannabinoids through enzymes located throughout the system, preparing them for use. Once they are ready to be used by the body, they will be received by the endocannabinoid receptors, which will receive signals which affect the different functions that the endocannabinoid system regulates (mentioned above).