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The Who’s Who of Hemp & CBD

Looking for more resources on hemp? Look no further! Here are eight great resources, from individuals who’ve made it their business to learn and disseminate everything about hemp to organizations and businesses providing community and resources to the hemp industry. If you’re curious about the folks who help make the hemp industry tick, be sure to check these out:

National Industrial Hemp Council

Overseen by a board of prestigious and experienced directors, the National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) was formed to provide networking and resources to members of the hemp at every stage within the industry. From consumers to processing plants, to farmers, NIHC works to educate and move the industry forward. NIHC works to provide fact-based information in support of high industry standards to ensure safety and quality for the consumer as organizations such as the FDA work to catch up to the boom in hemp production.

Ministry of Hemp​

Ministry of Hemp is a great all-around resource if you’re looking to get another perspective on hemp. Their goal is to educate consumers on the benefits of hemp and CBD and the Ministry of Hemp blog offers a great place to get caught up on all the latest news as well as fun historical articles about the role hemp has played historically. They also offer basic information about hemp and CBD such as the difference between CBD and THC, what Terpenes are, and the many uses for hemp, as well as reviews of CBD products.

Perhaps their most interesting offering is the Ministry of Hemp podcast available on their site. They’ve created a wide-ranging set of content in which they bring important players in the world of hemp to talk about fresh topics like sex & CBD, sustainable construction, industrial hemp products, and perspectives on farming hemp. With new content made available every week, it’s definitely worth checking back on a regular basis!

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Tak About Hemp

Tak About Hemp is a site run by Netaka White who has been developing his knowledge of hemp since 1988. He devotes himself to hemp business consulting, writing, and advocating for hemp in Vermont as well as running workshops on growing hemp at home. Tak About Hemp focuses on all aspects of the hemp industry from farming to hemp products, engaging topics such as artisanal hemp in Vermont and with a particular focus on the shift with regulations around hemp since the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Hemp Inc.

Established in 2008, Hemp Inc. is at the forefront of hemp processing and creating new hemp-based products, all with the foundation of reducing environmental impact and disseminating the incredible properties of hemp. As a sustainability-focused public company, they are working to create green solutions with hemp to replace petroleum-based products. Hemp Inc. focuses almost entirely on the valuable fibers and non-CBD properties of the industrial hemp plant.  The Hemp Inc. blog is a great place to insight into the world of hemp outside of cannabidiol products and learn about their process of growing a sustainable, hemp focused business. Hemp Inc. also offers consulting for anyone interested in venturing into hemp production!

CBD School

CBD School is another excellent educational resource for all things cannabis, from medical marijuana to CBD, along with some great information and comparisons on the differences between CBD and THC in practical everyday uses such as aiding sleep.

Like Ministry of Hemp, CBD School also hosts a long-running podcast (over 100 episodes to date) in which they discuss important hemp related topics with folks in the industry, interview members of the hemp & CBD community on all levels of the supply chain, and provide recaps of the latest news. With an aim to educate and help the community, CBD school provides tons of information on potential health benefits of CBD, times of days and ways to take it, as well as regularly updated reviews of hemp products and brands.

CBD Origin

CBD Origin is another great, in-depth education site that’s all about CBD. The site is chock full of well-researched information on hemp laws, news, reviews and more. One of its most unique offerings is the Library of Medical Studies which comprises a list of 50+ medical studies that have been or are currently being conducted on the effects of CBD on medical conditions. This extensive list of studies with links to research articles ranging from studies on CBD for anxiety to CBD for inflammation to CBD for sleep. The list is nearly exhaustive and an excellent resource for anyone hoping to learn more about cutting edge CBD research projects.

CBD Origin also features all the latest news on CBD including the ever-evolving laws and politics surrounding hemp & CBD, the industry as a whole, and culture.

CBD Woman

CBD Woman a.k.a Rachael has spent years researching CBD and shares her knowledge through her popular YouTube channel, Instagram, and Facebook. Rachael’s vlog explores a variety of topics, with a big focus on how CBD has personally helped her maintain her mental health. She uses a combination of research and experience to help guide viewers from a beginner’s intro to CBD and how it works, to how to calculate dosage for CBD, as well as recipes for homemade CBD edibles. Rachael’s channel is especially helpful for people just getting into hemp products who are curious to learn about someone’s first hand experience using it and the benefits she’s experienced.

Project CBD​

Last but not least, Project CBD! A CBD-focused organization, Project CBD was established with a vision to change how the world sees hemp and cannabis, expanding its reach and ensuring that one day everyone can enjoy its benefits. They are a non-profit company with a focus on leading with truth and being an industry ally, providing workshops and education about CBD. They are also an excellent resource for information about CBD, including hemp. Their newsletter has articles on topics ranging from science to tech to product recommendations. They also have a great podcast and tons of videos.

Conclusion

It’s an exciting time for hemp and CBD and thanks to the internet, there’s really no shortage of information and knowledge to be gained about this fascinating industry. Given how new the industry is, it’s important to understand and vet where your information is coming from, and pay attention to who is disseminating it and why.

Synchronicity prides itself on providing the highest quality information on hemp on the web, but with the range of options out there we encourage you to broaden your horizons! Whether you’re a long time consumer of hemp products or relatively new to the game, there’s always more to learn and each of these resources provides a unique point of view, specialized knowledge, and/or enjoyable content all about their favorite subject: hemp and hemp oil!

How To Make Hemp Oil A Part Of Your Daily Routine

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Caring For Your Body: How To Make Hemp Oil Part Of Your Daily Routine

Hemp oil is easy to add to your daily routine and believe us, your body will thank you!

Its therapeutic effects, along with the numerous untold benefits it can hold for overall well-being, are among the many reasons that a growing number of people are turning to hemp oil products to improve their lifestyles with a sense of wellness and balance. Pure hemp oil is quickly becoming one of the most popular natural remedies on the market. An uncommonly versatile product, there are innumerable ways to incorporate hemp oil into a daily routine.

Here are a few ways to add hemp oil to your daily routine, we suggest giving a few of them a try, allowing you to choose what works best for your body and your lifestyle.

1. Add Hemp Oil To Your Meals

It turns out that adding hemp oil to a meal isn’t just an easy way to incorporate it into your daily routine, it might also make a major difference to how effective the hemp oil is for your body! A recent study by the University of Minnesota found that consuming cannabinoids with high fatty food quadrupled the concentration of cannabinoids in participants’ bloodstream as opposed to when taken on an empty stomach. That means your body may get even more benefits from pairing your daily dose of hemp oil with a meal.

Breakfast is an especially easy time to incorporate hemp – especially if you’re a fan of smoothies. You can add a dropper-full straight into the blender along with your protein powder, fruit, yogurt, etc., and not only look forward to absorbing extra amounts of those beneficial cannabinoids into your body but also an extra punch of flavonoids a.k.a powerful antioxidants that are also found in fruits and veggies. If you’re not a fan of smoothies you can always add it to your coffee (try subbing full-spectrum hemp oil for regular MCT oil in your butter coffee!) a glass of juice or your morning tea. Just make sure you eat something with it to help those cannabinoids absorb into your body!

If hemp oil in the morning isn’t your thing, you can easily incorporate hemp oil into any other meal throughout the day. Try adding it to salads instead of olive oil or mixing it into any other beverage throughout the day paired with a favorite snack. Or, if you’re not a fan of the unique taste of hemp oil, simply take a capsule before you eat to get the same benefits.

2. Pair Hemp Oil With Your Favorite Alcoholic Beverage​

There is a lot of speculation around mixing alcohol and cannabinoids (a.k.a full-spectrum hemp oil.) Some people think it’s an incredible combination that brings out the best qualities of both substances, while others see no effect or don’t like it. There is speculation that it may help prevent some of the negative side effects associated with alcohol, or that it might contribute to a more pleasant relaxed experience. Some folks also find that it helps in recovery from those nasty hangover symptoms.

The truth is we don’t know a lot just yet about it because very few studies have been done. Since none of this has been proven, your body is going to be the best expert on whether this is the right way for you to enjoy consuming hemp oil. This is where experimentation comes in! And it’s a pretty fun experiment to conduct. There are great recipes out there for cocktails created to combine and bring out the extra special flavors of hemp oil with other liquors. Just be sure to be safe and not go overboard while trying them out!

3. Incorporate Hemp Oil Into Your Exercise Routines

Help your body out with a little hemp oil before or after exercising! More and more athletes are discovering the benefits of hemp oil for pain relief and performance improvement. From professional golfers to regular folks adding it to their yoga routine, hemp oil can be a great way to improve your exercise routine directly and indirectly for a range of reasons. We even wrote a blog post on it!

4. Rest & Relax With Hemp Oil​

If you’re looking to bring greater calm and relaxation into your life you might find that incorporating hemp into rituals around relaxation for your body is the way to go! Hemp oil pairs wonderfully with a relaxing yoga class, meditation, or taken before sliding into a warm bath. (Better yet, add some hemp oil directly to the bathtub!) Hemp oil is also a wonderful addition to bedtime routines to help your body get more and better sleep. This is also a great time to incorporate topical forms of hemp oil, such as a salve or a roll-on. In these forms, hemp oil can be rubbed into sore muscles, or anywhere that you feel tension in your body so you can slide into bed with a feeling of peace.

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5. Add Hemp To Your Body Care Routine

Hemp oil isn’t just good for your insides, it’s a nutrient-packed winner for your whole body! Try adding some hemp oil tincture to your existing body products such as lotion or serums and your body will thank you! We suggest adding a few drops to the palm of your hand and mixing it with whatever other product you want to pair it with to test how much you need to see the effects and to make sure your body likes it.

Another great method for adding hemp oil to your skincare routine is through face masks, you can either make your own or add a few drops to a store-bought mask. Between the cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes your face will get a powerful anti-inflammatory dose of antioxidants and nutrients. A topical salve can also be easily incorporated into an overall skincare routine either in addition to your existing products or as a special ointment for troublesome dry skin or other irritations.

Don’t forget about your hair! Hemp tincture can be added to your shampoo, condition, hair oils or really anything – it’s up to you and your body. Just make sure you are using a whole plant full-spectrum hemp oil so you are getting all of the benefits of the phytonutrients, and that it’s third-party tested and grown without lots of chemicals and pesticides.

Conclusion

Whether you take hemp oil as a tincture added to your morning smoothie, in capsules or use it topically via salves or roll-ons, hemp oil is easy to incorporate into your daily routine. For those looking to support an active lifestyle, hemp oil presents a risk-free and non-intoxicating enhancement, while others may find that hemp oil offers all the same benefits to their days as a way to decompress and relax. Because hemp oil provides a safe wellness experience, you are free to experiment and discover the routine that works best for you and your body!

Everything You Need To Know About Hemp And Hemp Oil: Past, Present, And Future

Hemp is an incredibly valuable plant with a complicated and shadowy history, a plant that has been grown by humans for thousands of years for its fibers, seeds, and medicinal properties. It has gone from being a medicine of emperors and queens to a dangerous narcotic in the eyes of the United States government, so how did it end up a ubiquitous ingredient in health foods available on the shelves of every grocery store across the country in 2019?

What Is Hemp?

Hemp, often referred to as industrial hemp, is a non-psychoactive varietal of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Hemp is rich in phytonutrients, including cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes.

Read below to find out more about its history, its properties, and the long road to legalization for this beneficial plant.

Cannabinoids – Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds that set Cannabis Sativa apart. A diverse class of chemical compounds, they are the naturally occurring counterpart to chemicals produced by a very important system in the human body, the Endogenous Cannabinoid System (named after the plant which led to its discovery.) “Endocannabinoid” refers to cannabinoids that occur naturally in the body, while “phytocannabinoid” refers to those that occur naturally in plants. CBD and THC are both cannabinoids.

Flavonoids – Flavonoids are phytonutrients found most commonly in fruits and vegetables. These powerful antioxidants support the immune system and have anti-inflammatory properties. Flavonoids are associated with the health benefits of diets rich in fruits and vegetables.

Terpenes – Terpenes have anti-inflammatory properties, and behave very similarly to cannabinoids in the body. They are also responsible for the distinct smell that hemp and other cannabis plants have. 

When contained in full-spectrum hemp oil, terpenes contribute to a compounding nutritional effect called ‘true entourage effect™’, in which the benefits provided by the cannabinoids are increased by the presence of other nutrients contained in the plant.

Hemp is differentiated from the psychoactive form of cannabis, marijuana, by its very low levels of THC. To be considered industrial hemp, a plant must contain less than .3% of the cannabinoid THC. Also a varietal of Cannabis Sativa, marijuana generally contains the same number of cannabinoids as hemp but is grown for the psychoactive properties of THC and has no specified limit or quantity of THC.

What Is Hemp Used For?

Hemp is an incredibly diverse plant that is used to make anything from food, to textiles, to rope, to dietary supplements, to body care.

Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil – Full-spectrum hemp oil (not to be confused with hemp seed oil) is a tincture made from the stems and leaves of the hemp plant, capturing hemp’s valuable cannabinoids and phytonutrients. While some hemp oils are made with the primary purpose of capturing cannabinoids (specifically CBD) whole plant full-spectrum oil is made using the entire hemp plant and contains all of its phytonutrients including flavonoids and terpenes as well as cannabinoids. The result is a tincture with a powerhouse of phytonutrients.

Food – Hemp seeds have been used as a food source for thousands of years. They are an excellent source of protein, rich in omegas and high in unsaturated fatty acids and can be found in many health food products. From hemp milk to hemp cereal, to hulled hemp seeds, hemp is on the rise.

Clothing – Fibers from hemp have been used to make cloth and rope for millennia, and in the 21st century even big clothing companies have begun to sell clothing made from hemp. Hemp cloth is very similar to linen, with the added benefit of being hypoallergenic and non-irritating to the skin. It is also an environmentally friendly cloth, as hemp production takes significantly less water than other crops grown for textiles such as cotton.

Body Care – Hemp (mainly hemp seed oil) can be found in a range of body products from lotions to shampoos to soap. Hemp seed oil is used for its ability to moisturize and replenish the skin due to its high concentrations of essential fatty acids, including a balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6. Cannabinoids derived from hemp are also sometimes added to lotions and other body products for their soothing effect.

Plastic – Hemp is prolific and easy to grow which makes it a great option for producing bioplastics. Plastic made from hemp is recyclable, biodegradable, and has the potential to absorb carbon reducing the greenhouse effect. All in all a great alternative to petrochemical plastics.

Where Does Hemp Come From?

China is currently the top producer of hemp worldwide, growing nearly 70% of the world’s hemp as of 2019. However, since the United States legalized hemp cultivation in 2018, domestic hemp production has skyrocketed. The United States now ranks as the third-biggest producer of hemp in the world, just below Canada and above France and Chile. The vast majority of hemp in the United States is grown for the production of CBD, however, as hemp production increases we can expect to see more hemp grown for textiles and other purposes.

Historically hemp has been grown all over the world for nearly as long as humans have been farming and is even thought to have been what is known as a ‘camp follower’ during the period that humans were nomadic. Hemp was a valuable plant for early humans because it was easy to grow and the entire plant was usable. It is also adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions and climate and is very easy to grow with a high yield per acre.

Why Did Hemp Become Illegal In The United States?

To understand why hemp was criminalized in the United States it is essential to understand the history of THC heavy strains of Cannabis Sativa and the racially motivated policies surrounding its reputation. During prohibition in the United States, strains of cannabis high in THC began to be used recreationally, taking the place of alcohol. This, coupled with the fact that cannabis tinctures often contained opium or cocaine as well as cannabis, began to give cannabis a negative reputation as a narcotic.

When prohibition ended in 1930, the director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics Harry J. Anslinger began a campaign targeting cannabis as just that – a narcotic. Films such as Reefer Madness were produced to influence public opinion and gain support for “anti-marijuana” laws. Anslinger was also responsible for popularizing the designation “marijuana” as opposed to hemp or cannabis, as a part of his campaign, with the intention of creating a negative association with Mexican Americans.

Cannabis had some defenders including Fiorello La Guardia, the mayor of New York City at the time. La Guardia commissioned a study that showed no negative effects from cannabis usage, no indication that it was addictive, or that it was a problem among New York City youth. In spite of any evidence to the contrary, Anslinger remained firmly committed to his campaign.

What Was The Marihuana Act Of 1937?

Congress enacted the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 thanks to Harry Anslinger’s highly successful campaign against marijuana, which placed a tax on the sale of cannabis. The Marihuana Act enforced heavy taxes on every side of hemp production, making it much less economically viable to import or produce hemp in the United States resulting in a severe reduction in hemp production in the United States. Following the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 cannabis was also removed from the United States Pharmacopoeia in 1942.

What Is The Controlled Substances Act & What Does It Have To Do With Hemp?

The Controlled Substance Act was a federal statute that to this day regulates the importation, production, possession, use, and distribution of drugs, from pharmaceuticals to substances such as cannabis and LSD.

President Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act into law in 1970 as a part of his “war on drugs.” This act designated all forms of cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, the most restrictive classification a drug could receive. No differentiation was made between the varying forms of cannabis, and as a result, hemp production and use became as restricted as that of marijuana. Schedule 1 classification was reserved for drugs that were considered highly dangerous and which were determined to have no accepted medical use. Cannabis shared this classification with heroin and hallucinogens such as LSD and was classified in a higher category than cocaine, which was classified as a Schedule 2 drug.

This act ignored and prohibited the therapeutic use of cannabinoids in medicine and effectively prohibited research and production of all types of cannabis including non-psychoactive forms, completely disregarding the distinction between cannabis and hemp which would go almost entirely unrecognized for the next forty-plus years. It also contributed to the existing social stigma around cannabis as a dangerous substance and a gateway drug to other substances.

How Was Hemp Historically Viewed In The United States?

Hemp was an early agricultural product of the colonies and was a highly valued crop for almost three hundred years. When the Jamestown colony of Virginia was established, colonists were required to grow hemp to help reduce Britain’s reliance on outside sources. Despite its lower cash value for the colonists, the government often imposed mandatory hemp cultivation and by 1630 most colonists’ clothing was made from hemp.

Hemp’s position as a valuable crop in the United States would last well into the 20th century. In 1735 Massachusetts residents were even allowed to pay their taxes in hemp and in 1850 Hemp was added to the United States Pharmacopoeia in 1850, meaning that it was a legally recognized drug used for medicinal purposes.

What Changed Public Opinion About Hemp And Cannabis?

As the benefits of cannabinoids began to be more widely understood and acknowledged and the fear and misinformation stirred up by the War on Drugs lessened, public opinion and legislation began to change. By the 1990s the severity of the Substance 1 classification of cannabis began to be questioned more and more loudly, as did the call for growing industrial hemp again within the United States.

Views on marijuana also began to shift at this time. In the 1990s five states and D.C. passed medical marijuana laws, and in the 2000s eight additional states joined them. As of 2019, a total of 33 states and D.C. had legalized the medical use of marijuana.

What Is The 2014 Farm Bill And What Does It Have To Do With Hemp?

2014 Farm Bill began the process of once again legalizing hemp in the United States. The bill allowed institutions of higher education and state agriculture departments to grow hemp under a pilot program. It also defined the THC threshold which would define industrial hemp as under .3%.

What Is The 2018 Farm Bill?

The 2018 Farm Bill expanded on the work done by the 2014 Farm Bill, most importantly removing hemp from the controlled substances act. This allowed farmers across the United States to grow hemp agriculturally, rather than the few select groups which the 2014 Bill had opened it up to.

The 2018 Farm Bill also allows for the transportation of hemp across state lines.  While there continue to be restrictions on growing hemp (for example, if your hemp goes above the THC threshold even marginally your crops are no longer considered hemp) the 2018 Farm Bill essentially put hemp back into the category it belonged: an agricultural crop.

Since the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, hemp production increased by more than 300% and is expected to continue growing.

When Were The Medicinal Properties Of Hemp Discovered?

In 2800 BCE Chinese Emperor Shen Nung listed cannabis (i.e. hemp)  in his pharmacopeia, using it to treat rheumatism and poor memory. Several hundred years later hemp was recorded as being used to treat dysentery and fever in India and by 1,500 BCE its usage is recorded in Persia, France, Germany, and Greece. In 1649 the English herbalist Nicholas Culpeper wrote about using the seeds, roots, and the whole plant to treat inflammation and joint pain.

Cannabis was introduced to the western world in the early 19th century by Sir William Brooke O’Shaughnessy. O’Shaughnessy discovered the medical uses of cannabis while living in India and introduced it into Western medicine. He had used it to successfully treat pain in rheumatism as well as several significant incidents in which he used it to treat convulsions or seizures.

From this time forward, tinctures containing the plant became common in Europe and the United States (it’s even rumored that Queen Victoria herself used a tincture to reduce pain from menstrual cramps.) During this period, cannabinoids had not been individually identified and so the tinctures were probably made from hemp or cannabis that included both CBD and THC in equal parts.

What Research Has Been Conducted On The Medicinal Properties Of Hemp?

The properties of hemp have been the subject of research for hundreds of years. Cannabinoids were first identified in 1898 when researchers Dunstan and Henry managed to isolate a cannabinoid (or cannabinol as they called it) within hemp oil, but it would be almost a hundred years before additional research would further uncover what cannabinoids are and the role they play in a very important system in the human body.

In 1940 THC was synthesized for the first time in the United States in the laboratories of R. Adams and from that time on, researchers examined the effects of isolated cannabinoids on rats and mice in their laboratories. Although some researchers did not believe they existed, speculation that there were cannabinoid receptors in the body propelled much of the research in the latter half of the 20th century.

In the mid-1980s Allyn Howlett and William Devane provided conclusive evidence that cannabinoid receptors do indeed exist. In 1988 they identified that the brain has specialized receptors for cannabinoids. In 1990 the first receptor Cb1 (the receptor for THC) was identified in the brain, and 1993 the next cannabinoid receptor Cb2 (or as we know it, the receptor for CBD) was identified and found to be throughout the immune system and peripheral nervous system.

These cannabinoid receptors and the chemicals endocannabinoids produced by the body, constitute the ‘Endocannabinoid System’ (ECS for short.) Through continued research following these discoveries, scientists have become increasingly knowledgeable about how cannabinoids affect our bodies and the role that the ECS plays in regulating our systems.

Research has shown that the ECS may play an essential role in certain diseases and conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorders, some intestinal and cardiovascular diseases, excitotoxicity and traumatic head injury, and application of cannabinoids could provide a reduction in the severity of symptoms or slow down disease progression. Extensive research on CBD as a treatment for epilepsy has also been conducted, and the FDA recently approved the first CBD prescription drug Epidiolex for the treatment of two forms of epilepsy.

Why Don’t We Know More About The Properties Of Hemp & Cannabinoids?

Following the enactment of the Controlled Substances Act, scientific research on hemp or cannabis was fairly limited and a significant portion of the research that did happen was subsidized by NIDA (the National Institute on Drug Abuse) and devoted to researching negative effects of cannabis and THC.

Due to the restrictions of the CSA on growing Cannabis Sativa (cannabis for research purposes was available only through the NIDA Drug Supply Program) the quality of the hemp and marijuana plants used for research at this time was also very low and often included using plants that were moldy or were stored improperly which limited researchers’ ability to ascertain accurate results.

What Is Next For Hemp?

With the legalization of industrial hemp production and an ever-expanding market, research on the properties of hemp is an important next step as is an increased public understanding, education, and regulation around hemp products that contain CBD. Economic growth through hemp production continues to be explored and developed in the United States and we can expect to see market share continue to grow as the United States vies with Canada and China for the top spot in hemp production.

Barriers to research on cannabinoids are slowly but surely coming down as hemp becomes widely available and more and more studies on the therapeutic effects of CBD and THC receive funding. The legalization of hemp production not only opened it up as a consumer product; it also means that researchers can finally get their hands on quality hemp for research as well as sustainability studies and studies around hemp farming practices.

Research initiatives such as The UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative are committed to filling the gap of scientific knowledge surrounding cannabis, particularly its potential for therapeutic uses on the body, brain, and mind as well as societal impacts, while initiatives such as the New York State Industrial Hemp Research Initiative are focused on economic development and growth through hemp. New York State alone has committed $10 million in funding to this research with the goal not only of increasing the economic viability of hemp but also providing education.

Companies are also addressing sustainability and farming practices such as the initiative to research regenerative organic hemp farming announced by Charlotte’s Web in partnership with the Rodale Institute & Natural Care in July of 2019.

Conclusion

With almost limitless applications and possibilities the renewed interest, production (and legal status!) of hemp makes this an incredibly exciting time. There are still many questions regarding hemp and its properties that need to be answered, particularly its medical applications, however preliminary studies of the medical benefits of cannabinoids are opening up new possibilities for difficult to treat chronic illnesses, pain relief, and general wellness. Whether you’re looking for new clothes, health benefits, or a more sustainable plastic hemp has a lot to offer. It is an unquestionably beneficial plant whose applications we can only expect to see grow in the coming years.

Hemp In Colorado

Why The Highest Quality Hemp Grows In Colorado

Colorado produces some of the most important research on hemp farming practices, cutting edge legislation, and the highest quality hemp products in the world. Have you ever been curious about how Colorado became the state known for its legislation around cannabis? And what exactly are the laws surrounding hemp cultivation in Colorado?

Read on for a history of hemp in Colorado, information on the laws around hemp as they stand today, who is growing hemp in Colorado, and more.

Public Opinion On Hemp In Colorado

It’s no secret that Colorado has been hemp and cannabis-friendly for decades. As one of the earliest states to pass medical marijuana laws, and later to legalize recreational use of cannabis, Colorado is known internationally for its relaxed attitude towards cannabis.

For over twenty years, citizens of Colorado have been fighting to overturn the designation of cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug. In the 1990’s activists in Colorado began petitioning for legalization and in November 2000 Colorado passed the first statewide medical marijuana law.

In 2005 Denver voters passed a bill that decriminalized possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults, and in 2006 a bill to decriminalize marijuana statewide made its way onto the ballot but failed after it received only 41% of the vote.

In November 2012 Amendment 64 passed in Colorado, legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults over the age of 21 making Colorado one of the first states in the country to legalize recreational marijuana. The economic benefits of cannabis production in Colorado began to sway even some of its strongest detractors, and after the 2018 Farm Bill passed, the rush to grow hemp and produce hemp products in Colorado has sometimes been referred to as a second “Gold Rush.”

How Long Has Colorado Been Growing Hemp?

Colorado farmers have been growing industrial hemp since 2014. Colorado’s Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana and passed in 2012, also included a directive to create legislation around the production and cultivation of industrial hemp. This meant that in 2013 – a full year before the 2014 Farm Bill passed to allow hemp pilot programs across the country – Colorado began working on laws around hemp production, designating the Colorado Department of Agriculture to be in charge of regulating all hemp production.

Colorado hemp production began in earnest in 2014 after the Colorado State Hemp Program was formed and, thanks to Amendment 64, Colorado was able to issue licenses for hemp cultivation to both research institutions and commercial growers, unlike most other states.

How Does Colorado Regulate Hemp?​

The 2018 Farm Bill gives states the right to regulate the production of agricultural hemp themselves, and Colorado is poised to do so. To this end, the Colorado Senate unanimously adopted a resolution to reduce federal regulation of hemp farming in the state and adjust the regulations proposed by the FDA regarding hemp production. From the beginning, hemp farmers in Colorado have had a say in legislation around hemp cultivation and much of the legislation around hemp in Colorado has been written or informed by the people themselves who are producing hemp and this resolution was no different.

Since 2014 Colorado has focused on creating policies that treat hemp as an agricultural product and that protect both farmers and consumers. The DEA poses some of the most challenging issues facing hemp farmers and producers in Colorado, particularly the mandate to destroy any hemp crops that exceed the 0.3% THC limitation designated by the 2018 Farm Bill. (The DEA continues to be involved in industrial hemp production due to the presence of traces of THC in hemp and THC’s continued classification as a Schedule 1 drug.)

Like the 2018 Farm Bill, Colorado state law requires that industrial hemp tests at or below 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis. However, given the variability of hemp crops and the challenge of keeping THC levels consistent across growing and storage conditions Colorado lawmakers propose a more lenient approach, allowing remediation for hemp crops that test at a higher level of THC.

How Much Hemp Is Grown In Colorado?

Since 2018 Farm Bill passed hemp production has skyrocketed in Colorado. In 2019 hemp production nearly tripled, going from 30,000 to over 80,000 acres of farmland devoted to hemp, making Colorado the highest producing state in the United States. Production is only expected to increase in 2020, as the so-called “gold rush” or “green rush” continues.

Who Is Growing It?​

Hemp is being grown all over the state, in fact, as of January 2020 more than 3,000 registrants were active in 52 of the 64 counties in Colorado. While some farms were started exclusively to grow hemp, many hemp farmers in Colorado were growing other agricultural products and have converted some or all of their land over to hemp farming. To grow hemp in Colorado, you must be licensed through the Colorado Department of Agriculture – it is still illegal for individuals to grow hemp without a license.

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How Is Hemp Processed In Colorado?

Hemp products such as raw hemp or hemp seeds are fairly straight forward and do not require any special licensing. However, hemp that is intended to be used for cannabinoid-based products (CBD isolate or full-spectrum hemp oils) involves a special form of processing, which in turn requires a separate license from that of growing hemp. Many farmers whose crops are grown for that purpose simply use a hemp processor, an industry that is growing quickly in Colorado which just saw the construction of the largest hemp processor in the country. Others (like Synchronicity) control the entire process from growing it to producing the end product.

Resources On Hemp In Colorado

  • Colorado Department Of Agriculture – The Colorado Department of Agriculture regulates the production of hemp across the state and is the best resource for learning about the laws and regulations governing hemp cultivation.
  • The Hemp Resource Center At Colorado State University – An organization that spearheads some of the biggest research projects on hemp in the state, the Hemp Resource Center at CSU is a great source for academic information pertaining to hemp growing in Colorado. They will also be hosting the National Hemp Research & Education Conference in March 2020.
  • The Colorado Hemp Project – The Colorado Hemp Project is an organic farming consultancy based in Denver, Colorado. They assist farmers throughout the United States with industrial hemp seeds appropriate for farming as well as research and information on growing hemp.
  • Synchronicity Hemp Blog – Of course, no list of Colorado hemp resources would be complete without including our own blog! Synchronicity strives to provide the highest quality information about all things hemp and hemp oil. From the history of hemp, to how it works, to hemp recipes we’ve got you covered.

Conclusion

Due to early advocacy of industrial hemp, Colorado hemp producers and legislation are leading the way for the rest of the United States. From experienced farmers and processors to a thoughtful, invested legislative system, the state is in an excellent position to continue leading in the hemp industry for years to come.