What a Synchronicity and USL Partnership Means

A match made in heaven or an unlikely couple? We’ll let you decide. This summer, Synchronicity entered into a 4-year partnership agreement with the United Soccer League (USL), marking a first in the history of hemp (and sports). Yes, a Synchronicity and USL partnership is unprecedented.

Certainly, the partnership is a significant development for both organizations. The hemp and cannabis industry has fought for recognition for a number of years and has finally seen a few breakthroughs in recent times.

Specifically, the 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp production in the United States. Essentially, the new law re-established the production of a crop that hasn’t been grown for decades. Today, 22 states have pilot programs growing hemp. We’ve come a long way since hemp was outlawed in America in the 20th century. By 1931, 29 states had outlawed cannabis. However, the war against hemp paused during World War Two. To fight the Axis powers, the Department of Agriculture launched a “Hemp for Victory” program. Farmers who stayed home to grow hemp for producing parachutes and other military necessities were given draft deferments.

Fast forward to 2020: hemp is everywhere. The first partnership of a Hemp Oil company with a major American sports league may be a harbinger of things to come as hemp gains popular acceptance in the United States and abroad.

So, how did it come to pass? And, why did we enter into such an unprecedented partnership? Join us as we break down our reasons, and what the future holds for us and the hemp industry as a whole.

The Natural Connection Between Athletes and Hemp Oil Products

Active followers of our blog will be familiar with our firm belief in the potential benefits of Hemp Oil, particularly Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. Compared to CBD isolate products offering less than the Whole-Plant benefits of hemp, Full-Spectrum is superior. Today, healthcare researchers have begun to uncover findings that are relevant for injury recovery, sleep health, and mood support.

These potential benefits, in turn, are especially critical for athletes, making the new partnership a natural fit for both parties.

The Synchronicity and USL Partnership Benefits Athletes

As we’ve detailed in a previous post, the advantages of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil for athletes are numerous. Five stand out in particular:

  1. The potential for physical relief. Recent studies have shown significant increases in physical relief thanks to hemp’s ability to act as a natural analgesic.
  2. The potential to recover faster from injuries. Physical stress on an athlete’s body can slow injury recovery, with mental and physical fatigue becoming major issues. A potential for muscle relaxation may help to mitigate these challenges.
  3. The potential for stress relief. Athletes, in particular, suffer from immense pressure to perform. In addition, the fear of failure stalks even the most successful athlete. Add this to the physical and emotional toll of constant travel and the probability for prolonged stress increases. The natural stress relief potential of Hemp Oil may help.
  4. The potential for healthy weight maintenance. One study on the subject found that Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil helps to restore balance to the endocannabinoid system. In other words, hemp supports optimal physical performance and frees up energy for health maintenance.
  5. The potential to help promote better sleep. The need for sleep exists for everyone but is even more critical for athletes whose minds and bodies require significant recovery time. One study found that Hemp Oil produces a calming effect on the central nervous system, promoting better sleep. Athletes who enjoy better sleep quality make fewer mistakes and have faster reaction times.

How Much Sleep Does An Athlete Really Need?

Do you count the proverbial sheep to fall asleep? If you struggle with sleep issues, it may surprise you to know that athletes also experience similar challenges. Most athletes need to sleep at least seven to nine hours per night. Some athletes resort to protein drinks and fruit juices to induce sleep. Others, like Tom Brady, take naps whenever they can. The popular athlete famously took a pregame nap in the locker room before his first Super Bowl win.

For athletes, the importance of sleep is paramount. And, hemp can help. In a 2019 study, almost 70% of participants reported better sleep after ingesting 25 milligrams (mg) of CBD in capsule form each day.

What the Experts Say About the Synchronicity and USL Partnership

The medical community is still studying the connection between hemp and health. Still, the connection between a natural product and the active sports community is almost too obvious to ignore.

That’s probably why our CEO, Andrew Campbell, was so excited about the partnership when discussing the initial announcement:

Athletes—young and young at heart—are looking for natural and organic remedies and supplements to improve performance, and professional athletes specifically are adopting these types of products into their regimen. This is beyond a sponsorship for us, it’s an opportunity to continue to educate consumers on the incredible benefits of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil and spread the message of Wellness Through Oneness.”

In other words, it’s not just about the athletes playing in the league. It’s about the countless fans watching, imagining themselves on the field. It’s about young people playing youth or recreational soccer in their hometown leagues.

A good partnership, of course, goes both ways. Josh Keller, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Partnerships at the United Soccer League, was similarly excited about this newly forged partnership:

The USL is thrilled to partner with Synchronicity, as both of our organizations are at the forefront of growth in our respective industries. This partnership is not only pioneering in the space but also takes into consideration the wellness and recovery of our athletes and fans. We look forward to accomplishing great things together and believe the future is very bright.”

Synchronicity and USL: Two Organizations on the Move Find a Common Goal

As both of the above quotes show, it’s not just about an abstract connection between a product and an audience. More specifically, it’s about two organizations with common goals moving closer together and looking towards the future.

Both are national leaders in an industry that’s growing rapidly. The still relatively recent full legalization of hemp has led to rapid industry growth, with retail revenue projected to almost double between 2020 and 2024. Plus, the increasing medical evidence of its benefits along with growing demand for natural products are among the many reasons for hemp’s growing popularity.

Soccer, meanwhile, is on a similar growth path. This exciting game has always been beloved around the globe, but its popularity in the United States has been traditionally more muted. That’s beginning to change. Between 2003 and 2019, participation in high school soccer grew by more than 30%, with similar increases in both youth level and professional sports attendance.

On that growth trajectory, both USL and Synchronicity™ are finding new and creative ways to move into the future. They’re unlocking new consumer bases with new messages and innovations.

In fact, innovation is among the core tenets of the USL as it seeks to compete with other professional sports leagues. Meanwhile, Synchronicity™ has blazed new paths with its True Entourage Effect™ to fully unlock the potential benefits of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. Add in the natural connection between their audiences, and it becomes less surprising that the two organizations find mutual benefit in a partnership.

Synchronicity and USL: A Partnership That Benefits Both the Sports and Wellness Industries

It’s not just about our own company, of course. Despite positive trends and the recent legalization of hemp, products based on the cannabis plant still have to battle significant biases from large parts of the general population. As a result, major brands across industries (including professional sports leagues) have yet to embrace a potential partnership opportunity with the hemp sector.

Increasing scientific evidence of hemp’s potential benefits is beginning to change that sentiment, however. As a result, the partnership with the United Soccer League may be the first of many to come in bringing hemp products to not just individual teams but also entire sports leagues. The natural health benefits will also make hemp difficult to ignore for competitors and others watching the USL’s growth.

In other words, it’s a signpost: hemp-based companies are appropriate and ethical financial partners, and the advantages for sporting leagues are worth exploring.

Bringing a Natural Wellness Product to the Public's Attention

Another reason for the partnership is to introduce Synchronicity™ products to a vast audience. After all, the USL has a significant audience across the United States. It’s also the fastest-growing provider of soccer on live TV. Effectively, the USL consists of professional, amateur, and youth leagues all across the United States and Canada. In total, the league is home to 47 professional clubs and another 180 clubs in the amateur and youth ranks.

Thanks to a television rights contract with ESPN last year, team games are available to millions of households across the United States. Through LED screens and digital channels, this new partnership will enable us to educate a broad part of the American population about the potential benefits and viability of natural wellness products.

This campaign, of course, goes beyond simple revenue generation. Our goal is to continue educating consumers across the nation about the hemp industry. We want to talk about the history of the hemp plant and how it has promoted healing throughout the ages. We also want to highlight the differences between Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil and CBD.

The legalization of cannabis has brought with it an explosion of CBD products of potentially questionable quality. That crowded environment requires innovative measures to cut through the advertising clutter. We remain focused on studying and highlighting the efficacy of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products, regardless of the specific brand. Or, as our CEO puts it, “We are always educating consumers on the reality given the noise in this category.”

What Does the Future Hold for Synchronicity and USL?

Welcome to the world of hemp, where the evidence-based benefits continue to exceed conventional predictions. And, we’re just getting started. The partnership, which will initially last four years, is a great opportunity to break into the soccer market and professional sports field. But, as mentioned above, the sky’s the limit when it comes to hemp.

After all, more medical research will likely deliver more positive news about the plant. In addition, the more we move beyond the legalization of cannabis, the more its acceptance will accelerate in society. And of course, other brands and products will likely follow in our footsteps, further advancing the unlocking of the hemp market.

For now, we’re excited about a partnership that promises untold benefits for physical relief and improved athletic performance. And, we’re ready to look to the future and to share the full power of Synchronicity™ products with the whole world.

Do you have a hemp story to share? To learn more about the Synchronicity and USL partnership, contact us today. And, if you want to sound off on the subject, share your thoughts with us on Twitter or Facebook.

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11 Ways To Find Joy at Home

Spending more time at home can lead to increased feelings of isolation. However, making a few changes can add joy to your life and turn your home into a restful sanctuary. If you’re like many of us, you may be looking for simple ways to find joy at home and add wellness to your life.

Think happiness is an impossible quest? We’re here to tell you otherwise. Below, we share our best ideas to help you enjoy your time at home. The important thing to remember is that these changes can be tailored according to your needs. So, choose the ones that resonate with you!

1. Declutter Your Space

Not only does clutter make it difficult to get things done, but it can also increase stress levels, as well. With a prolonged stay at home, it’s easy to ignore a haphazard collection of items cluttering up the corners of your home. But, clutter can exacerbate negative feelings. A study shows that women living in cluttered homes have higher cortisol levels. They also experience higher levels of anxiety and fatigue. Meanwhile, another study shows that people living in cluttered homes experience more sleep disturbances at night.

Of course, if you want true serenity, a one-time declutter won’t be sufficient. Without a system to keep things organized, the changes will be temporary at best. Fortunately, there are many podcasts, Netflix shows, and Youtube videos to help you implement tried-and-true approaches to decluttering.

Once you have a plan in place, decide how you want to attack the clutter. Some people do best by scheduling a daily 20-minute decluttering session, while others prefer to set aside a weekend to do a thorough cleaning. Either way, a beautiful home awaits you at the end!

2. Start a Journaling Habit

You don’t have to write a novel to benefit from journaling. Writing is a healthy way to process your most complex emotions and thoughts. If that sounds intense, it doesn’t have to be. Think about it this way: you can either vent your frustrations on the page or lash out at your loved ones. The latter can negatively impact your domestic relationships. Instead, let your journal bear the brunt of your bad moods. Trust us: it won’t mind.

In journaling, refrain from focusing on your struggles alone. Each night, try to list three to five things you’re grateful for. Many people find this practice fulfilling and notice that it puts them in the habit of seeing the good in life.

However, journaling has another surprising purpose. We live in unusual times, so documenting your life is a great way to record your role in history. It may help future historians understand what 2020 was really like, and it will make fascinating reading for your grandchildren someday. In all, journaling is an effective way to find joy at home when the news seems the bleakest.

3. Prioritize Sleep

From a stronger immune function to better emotional regulation, good sleep habits improve your life in amazing ways. When your schedule changes, it can be easy to slide into the habit of staying up late. The first step is to set yourself an earlier bedtime and stick to it. That said, that extra time in bed won’t help if you’re not sleeping well.

To improve the quality of your rest, make your room a welcoming place to sleep. Take a look around and see how you can add comfort to your night-time routine. Do you need a new mattress? How about light-blocking curtains? People tend to sleep better in a cool room, so try to keep the temperature between 60 and 67 degrees at night. Studies show that sleeping in cooler temperatures can reduce signs of premature aging, promote weight loss, and reduce the risk of metabolic diseases like diabetes.

An important way to help yourself settle into a restful state is to put away the electronics. In its place, enjoy a good book or crossword puzzle.

4. Limit Your On-Screen Time​

We rely on technology more than ever to keep us connected to family, friends, and work colleagues. And, that contact can be a lifesaver at times. However, getting a real-time window on the world has a dark side, as well.

The more time you spend scrolling through social media posts and news feeds, the more sedentary your life will be. Too much time sitting can impact sleep quality and leave you feeling sluggish. In addition, keeping up with every news story can increase your stress levels. In fact, headline stress disorder is real, and indulging in a never-ending 24-hour news cycle can fuel feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, and sadness.

So, be sure to give yourself periodic breaks from the constant digital input. This doesn’t mean you have to lock your phone in a drawer for a month. Just make it a point to step away from the screens regularly for a few minutes every day. The break will give your eyes some much-needed rest and remind you that life goes on, despite pandemics, earthquakes, and forest fires.

At the very least, set a nightly screen curfew at least an hour before bed to help you let go of the day’s worries. And, do your best to refrain from checking your email one last time before you doze off. Your emails will still be in your inbox the next morning.

5. Up Your Food Game

Many people describe cooking as a form of meditation. They appreciate the therapeutic effect of rolling out dough or stirring a pot of aromatic stew. If you’d like to find joy at home, try your hand in the kitchen. Have your eye on making puff pastry from scratch or creating the perfect enchilada? How about making knock-offs of favorite restaurant meals? With the pandemic fueling the eat-at-home trend, many are relying on home-cooking to titillate their taste buds.

Cooking is also an ideal activity to boost mindfulness. All that chopping, measuring, and slicing requires focused attention.

And, if you’d like to add more natural foods to your diet, consider Medjool dates. Joolies, a California-based family farm, produces delectable, USDA-certified organic dates. These perfect little treats are rich in iron, have more potassium than bananas, and boast a low glycemic index. This means that they won’t drastically increase your blood sugar levels. Medjool dates are also high in antioxidants. They support healthy digestion and can reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
To produce dates in their prime, Joolies uses sustainable practices at its 500-acre farm in the lush Coachella Valley. When you purchase from Joolies, your treats are guaranteed to be free from pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Grown under the bright California sun and nourished by the pure waters of the Colorado River, these dates are a dream indulgence that promote health.

6. Experience the Glories of Nature

Research has shown that people who spend time in natural settings feel calmer and happier. If you have a park to visit or space to plant a garden, then it’s worth your time to experience these benefits for yourself. Even a few pots of flowers on the front porch or some houseplants can boost your mood.

However, not everyone has space for a home garden, and not everyone has a green thumb. And let’s face it, there’s nothing soothing about a desiccated plant that has seen better days.

Fortunately, you don’t have to grow anything to tap into the restorative effects of nature. Pictures of beautiful landscapes or flower bouquets can trigger the same emotions and sensory effects. Studies show that women who live with flowers report a 5.5% reduction in stress. So, set aside a small area to indulge in the gifts of nature, even if it’s just a single flower in a vase on your kitchen table.

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7. Immerse Yourself in Well-Written Prose

There’s nothing like a great story to make your world a better place. Whether you enjoy reading biographies, poetry, history, or stories about making your own Hemp Oil, a good book is an excellent way to relax. If you’re feeling particularly tense, this may be a good time to skip the grim, dystopian stories.

But, what if you don’t have time to sit down and read a book? We recommend listening to an audiobook as you work. This isn’t only a great time-saver but it can also help you stick with boring tasks like washing the dishes and folding the laundry. An audiobook also comes in handy when you’re decluttering.

8. Give Yourself the Gift of Altruism

Doing a good turn for another should be primarily about what they need. But, it’s also a powerful way to renew a sense of hope for the future. World events like pandemics and presidential elections can leave people feeling overwhelmed and helpless. But, you can overcome negative energy and increase your lifespan by engaging in acts of random kindness.

Find some organizations that are working hard to bring about changes that matter to you, and donate to them online. You can also share some home-cooked meals with a neighbor. Even just making a few encouraging comments on social media can make you feel a little more hopeful. You may not be able to save the world today, but you can certainly make a difference. To find joy at home and make life a little better in your corner of the world, this list of feel-good suggestions should do the trick.

9. Get in a Good Workout

You knew this one was coming, didn’t you? If you aren’t already a fan of working out, it can be a challenge to add exercise to your daily routine. You may not know where to start, and you may feel a little sore the first time you do. However, there’s simply nothing like exercise for reducing stress, boosting energy levels, improving sleep, and giving you something to brag about on Facebook.

You don’t have to run a marathon to benefit from working out, either. The important thing is to find movements you enjoy and then keeping at them until you break into a good sweat. Try an online yoga class or an early morning walk. There are many home exercise videos online, or you can just turn on some music and dance until you’re out of breath. A great way to find joy at home is to dance with your loved ones.

And speaking of music, listening to great tunes or creating your own can give a needed boost to your endorphin levels.

10. Add Music To Your Day

Music is an excellent way to find joy at home. And, you don’t have to listen to an exquisite concerto to impact your mood, either. Any tune that lifts your spirits is a good choice. So, turn up that polka, rap, or vintage Justin Bieber. A recent UK study on mental health showed that 74.3% of respondents found comfort in music, while 64.7% maintained that their favorite music boosted their mood when they were sad.

Even more powerful than listening to music is making music yourself. This can be as simple as singing along to your favorite song or as complex as learning to play the guitar. You won’t regret the time you invest in making music!

11. Add Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil To Your Diet

The biologically active components of hemp, including CBD, are being studied for how they impact a number of conditions, including mood tension and chronic physical discomfort. Many people have found Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil to be an important means of supporting good health.

Also, we fully believe in what our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil can do for people. Some companies will try to convince you that their CBD products are miracle cures for any problem you may have, but we’re not interested in making unrealistic claims. Instead, we’ve been working with hemp for decades, and we know that it offers solid, science-backed benefits that can help you achieve optimal wellness.

Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil can help support your body in a number of ways. Here’s some information on what it feels like to use it. The way hemp’s many components work in the body has been documented by scientific research, and we are committed to staying up-to-date on the latest findings. You’ll find a wealth of information on our blog about how Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil can benefit you and the science behind it.

To ensure that you get everything the hemp plant has to offer, we created our remarkable LipidTrans™ Infusion Process. With this method, we gently hand-press the hemp plant to release the full range of cannabinoids, phytochemicals, terpenes, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals it contains. We developed this meticulous process to protect these important compounds from damage. Thus, our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is exceptionally bioavailable. If you ever have any questions or concerns about our products or manufacturing process, contact us. We’re happy to have a conversation about hemp.

For now, what are your favorite ways to find joy at home? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter or Facebook.

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Is Hemp Oil Gluten-Free?

Judging by the rise in Google searches for hemp-derived products, public interest in Hemp Oil is at a historic high. CBD and hemp products are flying off the shelves, but for gluten-free devotees, an important question remains: Is Hemp Oil gluten-free?

Over three million Americans follow a gluten-free diet — a number that has tripled over the past few years. People who follow this diet do so for a variety of reasons. For example, those with celiac disease — an immune disorder — can’t ingest gluten without damaging the lining of their small intestines. There are also people who follow gluten-free diets for health reasons. Some claim that gluten-free diets are healthier, lead to increased energy levels, and can facilitate rapid weight loss. Meanwhile, others follow gluten-free diets to comply with Paleo, keto, or Primal restrictions. The latter focuses on raw, minimally-processed foods.

Generally, finding gluten-free food products involves looking for the “gluten-free” logo. But, what about consumable non-food products and, in particular, Hemp Oil? Over the past few years, 33% of Americans have tried CBD products like Hemp Oil. Unfortunately, the majority of Hemp Oil product labels don’t offer consumers much information. Yet, if you’re avoiding gluten, you’ll need to refrain from ingesting foods that contain it.

So, is Hemp Oil gluten-free? Well, yes and no. The answer is a little more complicated.

What Is Gluten?

Gluten is the generalized name for the group of proteins, such as glutenin and gliadin, found in grains like wheat, spelt, rye and barley. These proteins are in virtually every food we buy at the market. The low cost and unique properties of gluten make it ideal for nearly every mass-produced food item on the planet. It’s hard to avoid gluten — really hard. In fact, around 32% of restaurant food marked “gluten-free” actually contains gluten. It’s a nearly ubiquitous protein due to its association with wheat — the most commonly consumed food on the planet. Still, pizza enthusiasts no longer have to go without their favorite pie. Due to the popularity in gluten-free diets, pizza chains like Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and Papa John’s now offer gluten-free pizzas.

For those looking to avoid gluten, Googling “Is X gluten-free?” is probably a routine part of your day. To add to the challenge, wheat finds its way into foods you wouldn’t expect. Lunch meats, soy sauce, and salad dressings all commonly contain gluten. So, being vigilant with food choices is crucial for those who need to avoid the pasty, doughy, and sticky protein.

Why Some People Avoid Gluten

For a significant percentage of the population, gluten causes some serious health and digestion issues. These issues include:

  • Celiac disease: Some people avoid gluten to reduce calories or participate in dietary programs. But for those with celiac disease, a small amount of gluten can spell trouble. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that impacts roughly 1% of the world’s population. When people with celiac disease ingest gluten, their own cells and antibodies attack the linings of their small intestines, leading to bloody stools, diarrhea, weight loss, nausea, pain, cramping, gas, and a host of other debilitating symptoms. Currently, there’s no cure for celiac disease, and most physicians recommend that these patients rely on 100% gluten-free diets.
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH): Some people with celiac disease also have dermatitis herpetiformis. When they eat gluten products, their skin can break out in pus-filled sores or blisters. As in celiac disease, the body attacks itself if fed foods containing gluten.
  • Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS): You don’t have to have celiac disease to suffer from gluten intolerance. Some people who consume gluten products regularly report upset stomachs, digestion issues, and constipation. While they don’t suffer from celiac disease, they do have very real symptoms that cause suffering. Doctors aren’t sure exactly what causes NCGS, but they do know that a significant portion of the population (18+ million in America) suffers from this disorder.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): IBS (also called “spastic colon”) is a disorder that affects the large intestines of between three and 20% of Americans. As in the case of celiac disease, the wrong foods can result in a not-so-pleasant trip to the restroom. IBS patients who accidentally ingest foods with gluten can attest to this. Avoiding FODMAP (or “Fermentable Oligo-,” “Di-, Mono-saccharides, and Polyols) foods helps many IBS patients ease their symptoms. Basically, FODMAPs are carbs found in foods like wheat. While FODMAPs generally excludes fructans (another chemical in wheat), many who suffer from IBS must still avoid gluten completely to prevent health catastrophes.

The Importance of Reading the Label

But, here’s the thing: you don’t have to suffer from celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or IBS to enjoy a gluten-free diet. In fact, 72% of Americans who follow a gluten-free diet don’t have celiac disease. They’re eating gluten-free foods to live longer and healthier lives. For most, following gluten-free diets is made easier by modern labeling. Food brands are allowed to use the optional “gluten-free” label if their product contains under 20 parts-per-million of gluten. And, given that millions of Americans follow gluten-free diets, the motivation for brands to produce (and label) foods accordingly is high.

However, non-food consumables aren’t necessarily so cut-and-dried. Drinks, oils, and supplements aren’t always labeled. To make matters worse, hemp isn’t just an obscure plant any more: it’s become a mainstream phenomenon. There are foods, drinks, oils, topicals, and isolates that all come packaged under the banner of hemp. So, what about Hemp Oil? Do those tinctures keep the gluten monsters away?

What Is Hemp Oil?

Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant that contains less than 0.3% THC (the cannabinoid that makes you feel “high” when you ingest marijuana). Cannabis sativa is an incredible plant. People have been cultivating it for thousands of years, and it’s raw versatility allows farmers to breed a variety of plants for diverse uses. Some industries grow long, tall, and fibrous hemp plans to make durable textiles. Others (like us) grow nutrient-dense hemp plants for Hemp Oil or topicals. And, of course, some farmers grow marijuana plants with thick, dense buds for medical marijuana.

But, here’s a secret: hemp is also grown for food. Believe it or not, you can eat hemp. Hemp seeds are an incredible source of fatty acids and nutrients. In fact, here’s a fascinating conversation our Chief Science Officer Tim Gordon recently had with Dr. Joel Kahn on his Heart Doc VIP podcast. Both discuss the nutritional value of hemp plants and their seeds.

So, cannabis is, without a doubt, one of the most widely cultivated and diverse plants on the planet. Luckily, hemp contains absolutely no gluten or any FODMAPs elements.

So, what does hemp have in it? For starters, it has cannabinoids. These are cannabis chemicals that interact with your endocannabinoid receptors. That’s right: You have receptors in your body that hemp specifically binds to.

Hemp also has flavonoids, terpenes, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. We won’t dive too deep into the nutritional profile of hemp. For more, read our post on how we produce our pure, potent, and sustainable Hemp Oil. However, we will say this: hemp contains absolutely no gluten. It’s not a natural compound in the plant itself. So, what about Hemp Oil and hemp products? Well, that’s a different story.

Hemp Oil: A Battle of Standards

Not all Hemp Oils are made the same way. In fact, there are a million ways you can extract oil from hemp. And, trust us, they’re not all equal. Let’s get this out of the way: there are shady Hemp Oil companies out there. From falsifying lab results to contamination and mislabeling issues, the still-young CBD market has its fair share of unscrupulous actors. And, it’s not farfetched to consider that some companies may be using subpar manufacturing methods to produce CBD as cheaply as possible. And, when we look at industry-standards for Hemp Oil production, there’s a wide disparity in manufacturing practices.

Some producers extract oil from hemp using hazardous chemicals. In fact, recent studies show that around 70% of ALL Hemp Oil products on the market contain heavy metals and dangerous pesticides. The industry experienced a recall recently after some manufacturers shipped out CBD products containing lead. The various chemicals used to extract hemp may or may not be gluten-free. There are typically two ways gluten finds its way into Hemp Oil:

  1. The Hemp Oil producer using a gluten-containing oil (hay oil, oat oil, etc.) during the manufacturing process
  2. Gluten contamination in the factory where the product is processed

Why Your Hemp Oil Isn’t Gluten-Free

Due to fast growth rates and high yields, hemp is a very attractive crop. However, this prompts some companies to cut corners in order to leverage the entire yield. If these companies produce Hemp Oil in factories that also handle gluten products, they prevent waste from accumulating. However, this state of affairs also leads to cross-contamination. The result is gluten in your supposedly gluten-free Hemp Oil.

The same is also true for “pure CBD” oils. Specifically, CBD oil is made using a harsh CO2 extraction method. It rips apart cell walls and extracts only the CBD from the plant. But, if the company producing the hemp is cutting corners, it’s possible for gluten to make its way into the CBD isolate.

So, the real answer to the question, “Is Hemp Oil gluten-free?” is a little complicated. Hemp itself is gluten-free. And, ethically-made Hemp Oil contains no gluten. But, given the diverse factors in manufacturing, we certainly can’t confirm that all Hemp Oil is gluten-free.

What About Other Hemp Products?

Are you looking to explore the wonders of CBD? If so, you aren’t short on options. There are CBD-infused lollipops, energy drinks, teas, tinctures, sunscreens, and even hand sanitizers (which are now a part of the average person’s daily health regime). Many of these products contain gluten. In addition, many companies add gluten-containing fillers and sweeteners to their hemp products.

For those who avoid gluten, many CBD-infused food and beverage products don’t come with “gluten-free” labels. Want to try out that new CBD beer? Watch out! It may contain gluten. Many CBD-infused beers are brewed with barley.

What about satiating your sweet tooth with a brownie, instead? Most store-bought brownies contain wheat flours. A good rule-of-thumb is to check for the gluten-free label. If the product doesn’t have the label, assume it contains gluten.

Of course, you can always Google the product in question. Most manufacturers will let you know if their products are gluten-free. However, we recommend checking the labels, especially when it comes to hemp-infused food and beverages.

Looking for Gluten-Free Hemp Oil?

Finding gluten-free Hemp Oil should be a cinch, right? How about finding holistic and nutrient-dense Hemp Oil? In fact, why should you settle for harsh extraction methods, subpar crops, and shady manufacturing methods?

At Synchronicity™, we use whole-leaf hemp plants and extract their rich oil using what we call the “LipidTrans Infusion™” method. It involves gently hand-pressing GMO-free hemp with nutrient-rich oils like MCT and coconut oil to absorb all of those rich hemp nutrients. Our patented, one-of-a-kind hemp plant — CBDRx18 — isn’t only the gold-standard in hemp genomes, but it also contains exactly zero gluten. From crop-to-table, our Hemp Oil is completely gluten-free.

We aren’t your average Hemp Oil company. Specifically, we’re a family-owned business that uses best-in-class processes and tight quality control to deliver some of the most holistic Hemp Oil on the planet. Our Hemp Oil is 100% gluten-free. Most importantly, our packaging is made using recycled ocean plastics. Plus, our farm only grows sustainable crops. Some people call us obsessive hemp evangelists. But we’re not using a more expensive, time-consuming infusion process for our benefit; we’re doing it for you.

Consumers shouldn’t have to settle for unreliable Hemp Oil production methods or unknown plant origins. We believe that getting a complete hemp experience starts with the right Hemp Oil. So, whether you’re avoiding gluten, want to preserve the environment, or simply just want to know the quality of the oil you’re ingesting, our Synchronicity product line has you covered.

Want to learn more about our patented hemp plants or sustainable manufacturing process? Curious about our best-in-class products? if so, contact us, and let’s talk hemp. We’re not afraid of questions. We think we make the best Hemp Oil on the planet, and we’re ready to prove it!

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Hemp and Drug Testing: Should You Worry?

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In 2019, the NCAA increased the thresholds for THC testing. Why? Presumably, inhaling second-hand cannabis smoke can cause some student-athletes to test positive for THC. And, over the years, famous athletes like Mike Tyson have resorted to creative means to avoid a positive cannabis test. As a result, many who are interested in the potential health and wellness benefits of phytocannabinoids avoid using Hemp Oil products. Even after learning that Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil can’t cause intoxication, they still have reservations. While the therapeutic potential is clear, many would-be users worry that using Hemp Oil for its CBD and other potentially beneficial phytocannabinoids may cause them to fail a routine drug test.

That concern is understandable. After all, Hemp Oil is a cannabis product. Even in states where recreational use is legal, employers require negative cannabis test results for employment. That’s why it’s important to remember that there are two distinctly different types of cannabis plants. When using products sourced from industrial hemp, most people have far fewer concerns than they may realize. Once you have the facts, you’ll find it much easier to determine which Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products are right for you. And, you’ll worry far less about hemp and drug testing.

Commonly Used Drug Tests Don't Screen for Non-Psychoactive Cannabinoids

While drug testing laws vary by state, most employers who require pre-employment drug and alcohol screening rely on a simple, inexpensive urine test to detect a range of prescription drugs and illegal substances. Urinalysis will reveal the presence of cocaine, opiates, methamphetamines, alcohol, and cannabis long after the effects have worn off. Some occupations require more frequent, randomized testing as a condition of continued employment. However, the employment landscape appears to be changing. In January 2020, Nevada legislators passed a law prohibiting employers from conducting pre-employment marijuana drug testing. And, in May 2020, a New York City law included the same prohibitions.

Whether an employer is relying on the results of blood tests, hair analysis, saliva sampling, or urinalysis, you’ll likely find it reassuring to know that positive or negative test results for cannabis use are based on the presence of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD and the other potentially beneficial non-psychoactive components in Hemp Oil aren’t considered. Essentially, pre-employment testing screens for levels of THC, the phytocannabinoid that causes a psychoactive high.

Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil contains only trace amounts of this potentially intoxicating cannabinoid. So, as long as you use high-quality, third-party tested products like Synchronicity™ Full-Spectrum, Whole-Plant Hemp Oil,  you’re unlikely to test positive on a standard immunoassay urinalysis test.

Understanding Why Moderate Serving Sizes Are Unlikely to Trigger Red Flags

While Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil does contain trace amounts of THC, most employers testing employees and job applicants for substance use abide by the guidelines established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Under the guidelines established by the organization, the cutoff limit for THC detection is 50 nanograms per milliliter. Health officials consider test results at that limit or lower, negative for cannabis use.

At that level of detection, the odds of obtaining positive immunoassay test results from Full-Spectrum hemp extracts are quite slim. A typical Hemp Oil user would have to routinely consume about 1000- 2,000 mg of a Full-Spectrum product each day to ingest enough THC to raise any flags. That’s the equivalent of two to four entire 500 mg bottles. Most Hemp Oil enthusiasts tend to use only a fraction of that amount each day. Although you’ve likely heard of positive drug tests from using high amounts of hemp-derived products, the risk of failing a drug test for light to moderate use is quite low.  

The Low Risk of Positive Test Results Confirmed by a Leading Diagnostic Testing Facility

Quest Diagnostic is one of the largest testing facilities in the US. According to its Director of Science and Technology, Dr Barry Sample, the minute THC levels in Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil won’t be detected in routine drug tests. He also confirms that “CBD itself, on our tests, would not be confused with either THC or THC metabolite.” And, he further clarifies by stating that, “Analytically, we can clearly differentiate the two substances” quite easily.

Still, false positives can happen. While it’s possible to have low levels of THC show up and still pass a drug test, it’s nearly impossible to determine how much Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil every person should use to remain within those acceptable parameters. There are just too many variables to consider, including body chemistry, product integrity, metabolism, and serving sizes. While most people using Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil will likely pass a drug test, there are several possible explanations for an employee testing positive after using recreational cannabis.

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The Top Reasons for Getting Positive Test Results

  • The Testing Methods Used: Each type of drug test has a unique detection threshold. Some testing facilities process pre-employment drug tests using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). This testing method often uses test derivatization to improve the chromatographic separation of the analyte, which increases the accuracy of results. However, one particular reagent used in the GC-MS testing process, trifluoroacetic anhydride (TFAA), converts CBD to THC under acidic conditions. Cannabinoid conversion can theoretically result in THC concentrations above the thresholds set by the SAMHSA. This explains why an increasing number of facilities now rely on liquid chromatography and other more precise methods of cannabinoid detection.
  • Metabolism and Body Composition: Your body eliminates water-soluble substances like alcohol within hours of ingestion. However, THC is fat-soluble. This means weight and body fat percentage plays a large role in how your body eliminates THC. The body stores THC in fat or adipose tissues throughout the body. Over time, THC slowly diffuses into the bloodstream. If fat metabolization releases too much THC, a drug test can return positive results for cannabis use.
  • Lack of Quality Control Standards: Currently, the federal government doesn’t regulate Hemp Oil products. That gives far too many companies an opportunity to sell products that don’t measure up to manufacturer claims. In a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that 43 percent of the CBD products tested contained more THC than specified on product labels. Similarly, researchers at Penn State reported that nearly 20 percent of the products acquired through online merchants contained enough THC to cause impairment. This means unsuspecting customers unknowingly purchased products with enough of the psychoactive cannabinoid to ensure positive test results.

Hemp and Drug Testing: Topical Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Products Won't Influence Test Results

High-quality Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil contains only a small amount of THC (0.3% or lower). Although this amount is unlikely to show up on a standard immunoassay test, many people are concerned about ingesting any amount of THC. That’s why it’s important to recognize that the therapeutic potential of Hemp Oil can be utilized by the body in several ways.  Many Hemp Oil users appreciate the option of using Full-Spectrum Whole-Plant topical products.

When applied topically, CBD and other phytonutrients penetrate below the surface of your skin to deliver the therapeutic potential of hemp-derived phytocannabinoids wherever you need them most. More importantly, the cannabinoids in topical products target key receptors below the surface of your skin without circulating through your bloodstream. So, you can experience the True Entourage Effect™ of our Synchronicity™ Full-Spectrum, Whole-Plant Hemp Oil without worrying that the trace amounts of THC in it will result in a positive drug test.

Consuming large amounts of Hemp Oil can increase your risk of testing positive for cannabis use. With light to moderate use, however, the risk of testing positive is quite low. But, if testing positive is a concern, consider the potential benefits of topical use. Topical Hemp Oil products provide many of the same health benefits as Full-Spectrum tinctures and capsules. However, they won’t show up on a drug test.

Investigating the Health and Wellness Potential of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil

If you aren’t quite sure how you’ll benefit from using Hemp Oil products, the health and wellness titles below may provide further illumination:

  • A Little Handbook About Topical CBD by Kayla Fioravanti. A cosmetic formulator with decades of experience in natural products, Kayla Fioravanti discusses using Hemp Oil topically. A Little Handbook About Topical CBD highlights industrial hemp and its therapeutic potential. In the book, Fioravanti credits CBD as the topical ingredient initiating the most change in the skincare industry.
  • The CBD Oil Miracle by Laura Lagano. The CBD Oil Miracle is written by a clinical nutritionist Laura Lagano. She’s also the co-founder of the Holistic Cannabis Academy. The author details the many health benefits of CBD and helps readers identify which product types best suit their needs. Lagano’s book discusses both ancient and modern uses of CBD.
  • CBD-Rich Hemp Oil by Steven Leonard Johnson Ph.D. Written by a current member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association, CBD-Rich Hemp Oil covers a wide range of topics. It discusses the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes and the therapeutic potential of Hemp Oil. The author also explains how the phytocannabinoids in Hemp Oil work harmoniously with the endocannabinoid system. The latter is the largest regulatory system in the human body.
  • American Hemp: How Growing Our Newest Cash Crop Can Improve Our Health, Protect Our Environment, and Slow Climate Change by Jen Hobbs. In the book, the author clarifies how hemp crops are identified. She also discusses the plant’s historical status as a wartime crop and highlights the environmental impact of expanding hemp cultivation on American soil.

Hemp and Drug Testing: Hemp Oil Quality Can Influence Test Results

Numerous companies are promising to deliver the many health and wellness benefits of Full-Spectrum industrial hemp products. Unfortunately, far too many fail to protect their customers by verifying the THC content of the products they offer. While hemp doesn’t contain enough THC to cause a high, Hemp Oil products of unverifiable quality can contain enough THC to impact a drug test.

So, if you’re concerned about testing positive for THC, buy only from manufacturers who can verify that their products contain 0.3% or lower THC.  This verification process is best achieved by testing products through an independent third-party testing facility.    

Relying On a Reputable Company That Routinely Outperforms the Competition

All Synchronicity™ Full-Spectrum, Whole-Plant Hemp Oil tinctures,  capsules, and topical products are produced in a CGMPC certified facility. Most importantly, they are third-party tested. CGMPC certification guarantees all production processes meet or exceed FDA enforced manufacturing standards. We are also registered with the CDA and CDPHE. By all indications, Functional Remedies Synchronicity™ Whole-Plant infusions are backed by more certifications than other brands.

But, that’s not the only reason discerning Hemp Oil users select our pure, potent products. We believe that it’s our commitment to preserving the natural composition of our Hemp Oil that sets us apart. At Synchronicity™, we use a unique LipidTrans™ Infusion process to produce our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products. This process allows us to gently infuse our Whole-Plant with organic coconut oil. Gentle hand pressing in small batches ensures that your Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products deliver the full therapeutic potential of the plant through a True Entourage Effect™.

Best of all, using moderate amounts of our Whole-Plant Hemp Oil tincture daily is unlikely to trigger unfavorable test results. That said, it’s important to examine the cannabis laws in your state and find out when an employer can request drug testing. Tell us: Do you worry about hemp and drug testing? If so, share your thoughts with us on Twitter and Facebook. Or, write to us: We read all our emails and will provide thoughtful answers to your questions.

Chemical Compositions of Cannabinoids

Cannabinoid 101: Understanding the Cannabinoid Chart

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Interest in hemp is at an all-time high. Studies show that it lessens the negative impact of skin conditions, mental trauma, and mood disorders. In a recent study, hemp reduced traumatic flashbacks by 51% and mood tension by 57%. Today, scientists continue to study the cannabis plant’s active compounds and their effect on the human body. Of course, we know these compounds as “cannabinoids,” and two come to mind: CBD and THC. However, there are over 100 of these naturally-occurring phytonutrients, and the research into other lesser-known cannabinoids is just beginning. As scientific understanding grows, the cannabinoid chart continues to evolve. Here’s a run-through of the most important cannabinoids on the chart. 

CBD and THC: Famous Cannabinoid Heroes

These two are easily the best-known cannabinoids on earth. They are more plentiful than others and are the most familiar to consumers. For our purposes, hemp has negligible amounts of THC. We also feel strongly that, despite all the excitement about CBD, it doesn’t offer the whole story about hemp’s full benefits. To learn more, read our popular post on the differences between Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil and CBD Oil.

Next, we’ll take a look at some of the other cannabinoids that scientists have identified and studied. 

Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA): Powerful Mood and Physical Comfort Support on the Cannabinoid Chart

CBDA is known as the precursor to CBD. It’s converted to CBD through a procedure called decarboxylation. This process removes a carboxylic acid group from the molecule — the “A” in “CBDA” refers to that acid. Because decarboxylation occurs when the plant has been heated, CBDA is only present in hemp that hasn’t been heated or exposed to excessive amounts of sunlight. And, although its molecular structure is very similar to CBD, the effects are subtly different. 

Research suggests that CBDA primarily works as an inhibitor of the COX-2 enzyme. This enzyme is an important part of the pathway that regulates pain. In effect, COX-2 enzymes contribute to the formation of prostaglandins that, at high levels, cause physical discomfort (11). Because of this, scientists are interested in how CBDA may work as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Studies also suggest that it may help to down-regulate certain genes in highly aggressive breast cancers (2). This reduces the cancer’s spread. CBDA also shows promise in dealing with nausea and mood tension (1). Meanwhile, other research shows that it appears to have anticonvulsive effects and provides superior balanced mood support (4).

Cannabidivarin (CBDV): Robust Nervous System Support on the Cannabinoid Chart

Although this cannabinoid is very similar to CBD in terms of its molecule shape, its unique traits make it especially helpful with neurological disorders (3). In particular, CBDV shows exciting promise in helping with certain disorders that have historically been resistant to treatment. 

Researchers looked into how this cannabinoid affects the brain’s excitatory-inhibitory systems in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). CBDV seems to help modulate this system by regulating the function of the glutamate-GABA system in the brain’s basal ganglia. This has the potential to help ASD patients who experience symptoms such as irritability. What’s more, these effects seem especially pronounced in the brains of people with ASD. 

Another disorder that CBDV is being studied for is Rett Syndrome (5), a rare genetic mutation that affects brain development. Rett Syndrome is devastating and leads to severe mental impairment. This disease affects girls more than boys. CBDV seems to have antagonistic effects on certain brain receptors, which can possibly affect the progression of the syndrome (6). This effect has the potential of improving sociability in people with Rett Syndrome, and it may even reduce brain atrophy. 

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Because these hopeful results show how CBDV impacts brain function, the European Medicines Agency gave this cannabinoid “orphan drug designation” for Rett Syndrome in 2017 and Fragile X Syndrome in 2018. “Orphan drug designation” means that the agency acknowledges the medication has convincing potential and so, will provide financial incentives for its development.

CBDV is also being studied for use in dealing with seizures and as an anti-nausea treatment. 

Cannabinol (CBN): The First Known Phytonutrient on the Cannabinoid Chart

Although it’s not one of the more familiar cannabinoids, scientists isolated CBN in the 1930s, making it the first hemp phytonutrient to be identified. And, although researchers aren’t entirely sure if it has intoxicating properties, they agree that if it does, the effects are mild. 

CBN is very different from CBD in how it relates to the receptors in the endocannabinoid system. CBD activates but doesn’t bind to these receptors. However, CBN binds with both CB1 and CB2 receptors (9). And, CB1 receptors are associated with the nervous system, while CB2 receptors interact with the immune system. 

As you may expect, the fact that CBN binds to both types of receptors gives it wide-ranging effects in the body. Researchers associate it with a mild sedative, although it doesn’t have sedating properties. However, it does seem to prolong sleep time (7), so it may help people with sleeping disorders. It also seems to help people relax, possibly by reducing mood tension. 

As with many cannabinoids, CBN shows promise as a pain reliever, possibly by acting on an endocannabinoid receptor that is a part of the body’s pain pathway. It also seems to be an effective appetite stimulant. 

Research seems to suggest that CBN may be a tool doctors could one day use in the fight against cancer. One study demonstrated that it reduced tumor size in a certain form of lung cancer (10). In addition, it also appears to have antibiotic properties (8). Researchers have shown that it even has promise in combating the antibiotic-resistant pathogen known as MRSA.

Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCA): The Precursor of THC on the Cannabinoid Chart

Just as CBDA is converted into CBD through decarboxylation, THCA is the precursor to THC. Before the carboxylic acid group is removed, the molecule can’t bind with CB1 receptors, so it doesn’t cause intoxication as THC does. Because of this, raw cannabis, even high-THC strands, can’t get you high. Yet, despite its promising health benefits, many people prefer the non-intoxicating version, and some even juice the cannabis plant or eat it raw to get the benefits of THCA. Hemp isn’t able to produce the levels of THC found in marijuana, so THCA levels are also lower. However, THCA is still present in hemp.

THCA seems to have anti-inflammatory effects in the body, and studies have shown that it reduces nausea and vomiting even better than THC does (13). But, what’s most intriguing about THCA is that it may help with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s (12). These brain conditions are notoriously resistant to treatment, so if THCA can help improve the lives of these patients, it will be a huge step forward. 

Scientists have also found evidence to suggest that THCA may help impede the proliferation of malignant cells (15) (18).

Cannabichromene (CBC): The Bliss Factor on the Cannabinoid Chart

CBC appears to function in a very unique way in the body. Scientists believe it inhibits the reuptake of an endocannabinoid called anandamide. The latter enhances mood, so health experts sometimes refer to it as the “bliss molecule.” While CBC doesn’t seem to act directly on the endocannabinoid receptors, it works to keep anandamide levels up. 

Perhaps, unsurprisingly, CBC seems to combat depression. Early research suggests that combining CBC with other cannabinoids results in an even stronger effect. CBC may also help support healthy brain function by battling oxidative stress, infection, and toxicity (14). It also seems to impede the proliferation of malignant cells (20). However, those effects appear to be less pronounced than with the cannabinoid CBG (next on this list).

Scientists remain committed to discovering how CBC supports physical wellbeing, particularly since it doesn’t cause the debilitating side effects associated with NSAID use. NSAIDs can lead to stomach irritation and bleeding problems with repeated use, but these problems don’t seem to come up with CBC (17).

There’s also promising research that suggests CBC may help combat acne, perhaps in part because it seems to be an effective anti-inflammatory agent (16).

Cannabigerol (CBG): The "Mother" of the Cannabinoid Chart

Remember CBDA and THCA? CBG is converted into both of these cannabinoids. Because of this, health experts sometimes call it the “mother cannabinoid.” And like any good mother, CBG is a force to be reckoned with. 

CBG also seems to boost anandamide levels in a similar way to CBC. It also appears to work as a GABA reuptake inhibitor, keeping levels of this amino acid high in the bloodstream. GABA is associated with effects such as calming the nervous system, reducing anxiety, and combating PMS (19)

Public interest in CBG is growing rapidly, but it’s expensive to isolate. The process is labor- and equipment-intensive, and CBG levels tend to be low in cannabis plants. Many contain only 2% CBG, and that amount drops even lower if CBG converts into CBDA and THCA. The result is that it requires a huge amount of cannabis plants to produce even small amounts of CBG, making it more expensive than most cannabinoid isolates. 

But, despite the expense of CBG, researchers are very interested in it. It appears to function as a neuroprotective agent, and if further research shows that to be true, it may help treat Huntington’s Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders (22)

It also appears to strengthen the immune system and impede the proliferation of malignant tumors (20). If that’s not enough for you, it appears to be a powerful antibiotic that’s effective against MRSA (21)

Better Together

As mentioned above, the research on these cannabinoids is still in the early stages. CBD and THC received the lion’s share of public attention in the past, and researchers have only begun to scratch the surface of their potentialities. Today, scientists are working hard to expand their understanding of other cannabinoids and how they function in the body. 

Still, the march of scientific progress is reliably slow. And, much remains to be done before we understand exactly how these compounds work together.

What we do know is that the whole of the hemp plant seems to be greater than the sum of its parts. Not only do the different cannabinoids seem to boost each other’s strengths, but the other compounds in hemp contribute to their efficacy, as well. In other words, the Entourage Effect is real.

Gently coaxing all of the beneficial compounds out of the hemp plant is exactly why we’ve worked so hard to perfect our LipidTrans™ Infusion Process. This unique process carefully hand-presses the hemp plant to release as many of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytochemicals as possible, without damaging them. Our manufacturing phase creates a Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil that’s not only potent but is also full of bioavailable compounds, so your body can actually use them. For research purposes, it’s important to isolate different cannabinoids to understand how they work. However, to experience all of those benefits for yourself, they’re best taken together. 

We’re passionate about hemp, and we’d love to help you discover what it can do for you. Want to learn more about the cannabinoid chart? Send your questions to us here or connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Is Hemp Oil Legal in America?

Since 4,000 B.C., China has grown hemp, oil, and rice along the Wei and Yellow rivers. In Europe, hemp has been cultivated since 1,200 B.C. Meanwhile, farmers grew it on fertile lands near the deep, dusty deserts of Ethiopia in the 14th century. Needless to say, humans have been using hemp for a long time.

In essence, world history intersects with the hemp narrative. Hemp has been grown, nurtured, and cultivated for thousands of years. Today, hemp and its oils are used across the globe for a variety of medicinal purposes and as a supplemental aid for mood support.

But, what about America? The ever-changing legal landscape can make it difficult to decipher the legality of Hemp Oil. After all, Hemp Oil was bundled with marijuana as a Schedule I drug a mere 10 years ago. So, is Hemp Oil legal? Well, the answer is — it depends. To truly answer the question, we’ll have to talk about Hemp Oil, its origin, and its various forms in the marketplace.

What Is Hemp Oil?

Many people think that the question “What is Hemp Oil?” should have a straightforward answer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. Technically, there are three products marketed under the banner of Hemp Oil:

  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil
  • Cannabinoid (CBD) Oil

All three of these oils come from the Cannabis Sativa plant — an incredibly unique plant genome. It’s essentially a flowering herbaceous plant from Asia. Like most plants, Cannabis Sativa contains a variety of unique chemicals that make up its genome. We call these chemicals cannabinoids or to be more specific, phytocannabinoids. The primary active cannabinoid in Cannabis Sativa is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). However, the plant also contains 113 other cannabinoids.

So, what’s the difference between the three types of oils? Essentially, each is made from different parts of the hemp plant. For example, Hemp Seed Oil is processed using only the seeds of the plant. Meanwhile, manufacturers isolate one cannabinoid — CBD — to make CBD oil. Finally, Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is made using the entire hemp plant.

So, with Hemp Seed Oil, you’re getting several cannabinoids and nutrients from the hemp plant. Meanwhile, you get only one cannabinoid with CBD oil. In contrast to both, you get over a hundred cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, phytonutrients from Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. That’s why it’s sometimes known as The Plant of the Thousand and One Molecules. 

Are CBD and THC the Only Cannabinoids in Hemp?

When it comes to cannabinoids, most people know only two: THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive compound in marijuana, while CBD is the non-psychoactive compound that’s readily available in most CBD products in stores. But, they aren’t the only two cannabinoids in the hemp plant. The plant contains well over 100 phytonutrients. And, each of them plays a unique role in our bodies and in the hemp plant itself.

CBDA, CBD, and CBN

  • Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA): This particularly interesting cannabinoid doesn’t actually attach to any endocannabinoid receptors in your body. Instead, it plays a role in reducing COX-2 enzymes — which are produced by the endocannabinoid system and are thought to play a role in reducing physical discomfort.
  • Cannabidiol (CBD): The “golden child” of hemp, CBD remains the most researched and widely known cannabinoid outside of THC. We consider CBD the “selling point” of cannabinoids. It’s easy to discuss, has plenty of research supporting its efficacy, and is almost a household name. At Synchronicity™, we love CBD, but we aren’t ignoring the other incredible cannabinoids, either. Remember, humans have known about the endocannabinoid system for approximately 40 years. We believe there’s a good reason hemp contains all of them.
  • Cannabinol (CBN): We like to call CBN the “hidden hero” of hemp. It’s an incredible cannabinoid that has some amazing research supporting its efficacy.

CBG, CBC, and CBDV

  • Cannabigerol (CBG):  This is another cannabinoid with promising research extolling its benefits. According to the National Institutes of Health, CBG can provide strong nervous system support and may be a potential treatment against oxidative damage.
  • Cannabichromene (CBC): On the singular level, CBC isn’t well understood. But, there’s plenty of research suggesting that it plays a role in The Entourage Effect. This means it interacts with other cannabinoids to provide a synergistic hemp experience.
  • Cannabidivarin (CBDV): When CBD first gained widespread public interest, it was due to its ability to impact the lives of epilepsy patients. In fact, Epidiolex is an FDA-approved medication for epilepsy that contains CBD. But, it’s not the only cannabinoid that appears to have promising seizure-fighting capabilities. The same company behind Epidiolex — GW Pharmaceuticals — is also working on GWP42006 (CBDV — Cannabidivarin), an epilepsy medication that contains CBDV.

In essence, cannabinoids are unique chemicals that exist in the Cannabis Sativa plant. And, there are hundreds of them.

The Other Elements in Hemp

Cannabinoids aren’t the only beneficial chemicals in hemp. There are also phytonutrients (plant nutrients) like:

  • Flavonoids
  • Terpenes
  • Vitamins & Minerals
  • Amino acids

Each of these phytonutrients plays a role in hemp’s genetic makeup. Flavonoids are plant metabolites that also exist in veggies, while terpenes are the chemicals that give hemp its particular smell. Hemp also contains riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6), folate (B9), vitamin E, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, omega-3, and omega-6.

When all of these magical compounds combine, we get a True Entourage Effect™. In other words, all of these chemicals play a synergistic role in the body’s endocannabinoid system. That’s why, here at Synchronicity™, we only use GMO-free, whole-plant hemp to make our Hemp Oil through our nutrient-retaining LipidTrans™ Infusion process.

From hand-pressing each batch of our Hemp Oil to growing our own patented GMO-free hemp plant, we take our hemp seriously. And, for good reason: we don’t want to destroy any of the precious phytonutrients in it. They’re in hemp for a reason, and humans have been consuming them for thousands of years. At Synchronicity, we are committed to preserving the full goodness of the plant for you.

The Legal Status of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil

The legal status of cannabis has been an ever-evolving situation in the United States. Nixon’s War On Drugs resulted in the Controlled Substances Act, which listed marijuana (and Cannabis Sativa by extension) as a Schedule I drug. In the 1970s, no one really understood CBD. In fact, medical experts didn’t even know that the endocannabinoid system — a complex set of receptors, nerves, and enzymes in the human body — existed.

For years, CBD was intrinsically attached to THC. Hemp and marijuana were the same as far as the law was concerned. Between the 1970s and the present day, hemp research has come a long way.

The Endocannabinoid System: From Historical Oddity to Iconic Status

From Dr. Raphael Mechoulam’s epilepsy studies in 1980 to the discovery of the endocannabinoid system at St. Louis University Medical School in 1988, hemp’s storied history is well-substantiated. Today, researchers and scientists continue to be fascinated by the full-spectrum of cannabinoids in hemp and their potential in the field of medicine.

We won’t delve into an exhaustive exploration of hemp’s history at this time. But, we will say this: Hemp Oil is now 100% legal in almost every state. That’s right! As of 2018, the Farm Bill completely legalized hemp (and Hemp Oil by association). However, legislators can still make laws to render the sale of CBD illegal in their states. This discrepancy between federal and state laws has led to increasing confusion about the legality of hemp.

If you read about this topic on other websites, you may find statements like, “CBD is now legal in every state, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill.” However, that’s not necessarily an accurate statement. We explain why below.

Is Hemp Oil Legal in My State?

Presently, Hemp Oil is legal in 48 U.S. states.

However, there are two states where Hemp Oil sits in a gray area:

  • South Dakota
  • Idaho

Here’s where things get tricky. In South Dakota, CBD oil is still in a state of legal limbo. In 2019, Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg stressed that, despite the 2018 Farm Bill, “South Dakota law makes industrial hemp illegal and all forms of CBD oil illegal.” He based his observations on House Bill 1191 — which made cultivating hemp illegal in South Dakota.

However, in March 2020, South Dakota passed House Bill 1008, which appropriated funds for setting up a state industrial hemp program. Still, producers and CBD entrepreneurs held back from planting the crop. In August 2020, South Dakota submitted its industrial hemp plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for final approval. As of this writing, it looks like South Dakota hemp enthusiasts won’t get the chance to grow the green herb until 2021.

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A similar challenge abounds in Idaho. According to Idaho law, CBD oil is only legal if it’s made from mature stalks of CBD plants. That sounds simple enough. However, the law also clarifies that the oil can’t contain any THC. Hemp, by nature, has a minuscule amount of THC (albeit less than 0.3%). So, there’s certainly some friction surrounding CBD oil in Idaho. By all indications, Idaho will have to enact legislation to address the provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill, which removes certain hemp-derived products with THC levels of 0.3% or less from a Schedule I designation.

Hemp Oil Versus Marijuana

In short, Hemp Oil is mostly legal in all 50 states across the United States. But, let’s talk about nuances. Marijuana isn’t legal in all 50 states. To be considered “hemp,” Cannabis Sativa plants have to contain under 0.3% THC. So, as long as the Cannabis Sativa strain has under 0.3% THC, it’s legal federally.

Hemp can also be grown for textiles, food, plastic, and paper. But, those strains are grown differently than hemp strains like our patented CBDRx18. That’s the magic of hemp. You can grow it in a million variations.

One of those ways is marijuana, which contains a hefty amount of THC. We won’t dive into the marijuana debate. It’s dominated the national conversation for years, and we’re sure you have your own opinions about THC. But, we will say this: hemp can change lives. Not only does hemp not induce a high, but it’s also an incredible crop that has important uses in healthcare and manufacturing.

The Future of Hemp Oil in America

Here are Synchronicity™, we have a custom strain of hemp made exclusively to maximize the benefits to your health. But, we also support all of our brothers and sisters growing industrial hemp for rope, textiles, and plastics. We believe that South Dakota and Idaho will address the hemp issue. And, within the next year, we fully expect explicit clarity on the legality of Hemp Oil in those states.

For now, Hemp Oil is legal to ship across the United States. And, Hemp Oil is legal to consume in 48 states. We know: the prevailing gray areas contribute to great uncertainty. But, in all honesty, the ambiguity surrounding hemp and marijuana isn’t new. That said, the benefits of hemp are too powerful to ignore at this point. Public opinion is slowly (but surely) beginning to change. After all, 33% of Americans have tried a CBD product over the last year. It’s more than just a trend; it’s a revolution.

Grab Your Bottle of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Today!

At Synchronicity™, we ship CBD oil across all 50 states. The Farm Bill has legalized the shipping of CBD to all 50 states, and we fully intend to bring the raw value of our GMO-free, whole-plant Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil to you — regardless of which state you live in. Whether you’re looking for tinctures or capsules, we can help you find a Hemp Oil solution for you. We also carry a full line of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil topicals and skincare products to help you look great and feel great.

Breaking News: Are you looking to include Hemp Oil in your daily regimen during the COVID-19 crisis? We now offer our powerful Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil hand sanitizer. It kills 99.9% of germs while keeping your hands fresh and hydrated with tons of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.

Have any other questions about Hemp Oil? Check out our Hemp Oil FAQs. Are you interested in learning more about our values, missions, products, or quality assurance process? If so, contact us. We’re always happy to help you find answers to your most pressing questions.

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Ask A Scientist: What Are The Facts and Myths Around Hemp Oil

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More Americans have begun to include Hemp Oil as part of their daily routines, whether as a nutritional supplement or in cosmetic applications. According to estimates from Hemp Business Journal, the Hemp Oil market is projected to grow from $190 million to $646 million by 2022. In fact, hemp has become so popular that celebrities are now touting its inclusion in consumer products. From CBD lotions to organic hemp juices, the sky’s the limit for the green herb.

Despite this dramatic growth, however, many consumers are still unclear about what Hemp Oil really is. That’s why wisdom from experts like Synchronicity Chief Science Officer Tim Gordon is critical to public awareness. An international expert with more than 25 years of experience working with the hemp plant, Gordon serves as the board president of the Colorado Hemp Association. He’s also an advisor for the National Hemp Association and is a sought-after speaker and expert in all things hemp.

To set the record straight, Gordon laid out the facts and myths around Hemp Oil:

Myth #1: Hemp Is Just a Variation of Marijuana

It’s one of the most common Hemp Oil myths out there: hemp is just medical marijuana. What you smoke in a joint and take in a capsule is either one and the same or at least comes from the same origins.

The Truth: Hemp and Marijuana Are Different Forms of the Cannabis Plant

In reality, hemp and marijuana aren’t the same. Quite the opposite, in fact. They’re two forms of the cannabis plant that are actually very different from each other. That difference is especially apparent in their chemical makeup. The main distinguishing factor centers on a lower proportion of THC and a much higher proportion of CBD in industrial hemp, compared to its marijuana counterpart.

Myth #2: Hemp Can Make You High

This myth is closely related to the first one. Marijuana and cannabis are known for their psychoactive properties. It’s why the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 banned all forms of cannabis as illegal drugs. As a result, many Americans still think hemp (which is a form of cannabis, after all) can make you high.

The Truth: Hemp Contains Only Trace Amounts of THC

The reason the above is a myth: the lower levels of THC present in the hemp plant and Hemp Oil. While marijuana can contain up to 30% THC, hemp only contains less than 0.3%. That’s not nearly enough to activate its psychoactive properties, get anyone high, or even show up on a drug test. In fact, the FDA specifically defines hemp as a cannabis plant containing less than 0.3% THC.

Myth #3: Hemp Is Illegal

Under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, it used to be. So, it’s easy to assume that hemp, despite any potential benefits you read about, is still illegal. What good is a natural supplement if you risk breaking the law?

The Truth: Hemp Was Officially Legalized in 2018

It may be a recent development, but the statement that “hemp is illegal” is officially a myth. When the U.S. Congress passed the Farm Bill in 2018, it allowed farmers across America to grow hemp legally. In today’s justice system, hemp is no longer considered an illegal substance but as an agricultural crop that can be grown, sold, and transported without restrictions.

Myth #4: Higher Doses of Hemp Oil Are Always Better

It’s easy to leap to conclusions. Hemp is a natural supplement, so taking more shouldn’t be a problem. To people who believe this myth, higher doses of Hemp Oil isn’t damaging because their bodies already have a high tolerance for the natural substance.

The Truth: Serving Sizes Differ By Person

Tempting as this may sound, it’s far from the truth. As with anything, careful usage is best. The ideal serving size for Hemp Oil isn’t defined but differs for everyone. The strength of the product and your own body’s chemical makeup can influence that size. It’s best to start with small doses, record your reactions, and only increase the dosage in small increments.

Myth #5: CBD Is the Only Element That Matters in Hemp

Too many people conflate Hemp Oil with CBD Oil. It’s a tempting conclusion, given that CBD is one of the core chemical compounds present within hemp. Still, the two aren’t identical, making this assumption another common hemp myth worth busting.

The Truth: CBD Is Just a Small Part of Hemp Oil

There are actually a number of significant differences between CBD Oil and Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. The most significant one: CBD is just one ingredient in the larger plant, while a Full-Spectrum product contains all of the plant’s phytonutrients. That includes compounds like terpenes, which are in large part responsible for the Entourage Effect that makes Hemp Oil so successful.

Myth #6: NO Medical Evidence Exists for the Benefits of Hemp Oil

It’s true that scientific evidence for the benefits of Hemp Oil lags behind that of more established drugs. It’s a myth, though, to say that no medical evidence exists to substantiate its benefits.

The Truth: Medical Evidence IS Growing

In reality, scientific research on the benefits of both CBD and hemp is accelerating. The FDA, in particular, has begun to fund new research on the topic, and existing evidence is starting to build, as well. Studies have shown potential benefits for nervous system, sleep, and balanced mood support.

Myth #7: All Hemp Oil Is Created Equal

It all comes from the same plant, which generally consists of the same chemical compounds. So, all Hemp Oil should be the same or at least similar, right?

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The Truth: Quality Varies Dramatically by Manufacturer

Wrong. Let’s continue the myth-busting. Hemp Oil quality can vary drastically. Even something as simple as the growing method can impact the quality and benefits hemp affords. The extraction process, particularly when it comes to Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil, is another major variable. As a result, you get vastly different hemp products on the market that don’t all provide the same benefits.

Myth #8: Hemp Oil Is Easy to Produce

Let’s call this one a cousin to the above myth. Hemp has long been lauded as an easy crop to grow, thriving in most environments and needing few natural resources. It stands to reason, then, that the same is true for Hemp Oil. 

The Truth: Producing Quality Hemp Oil Is a Complex Process

This may be a common myth, but it’s still a misconception. Take our patented hemp plant, as an example. It’s the result of a decades-long research and development project, designed to ensure that the most important and beneficial compounds within the plant are maximized. The extraction process for the oil is just as complex, refuting the claim that Hemp Oil is easy to produce. 

Myth #9: Hemp Oil Is a Recent Fad

Sure, it was just legalized recently. And yes, CBD has been sweeping the nation (and local pharmacies) in large part as a result of that legalization process starting in 2014. However, it’s still a myth to assume that the rise of hemp and Hemp Oil is a recent development.

The Truth: Hemp Has Been Around for Thousands of Years

The first mention of the medicinal benefits of hemp date back to 2,800 B.C., when a Chinese emperor used it to treat rheumatism and his poor memory. Mentions of hemp’s benefits can be found throughout history. If anything, the demonization of Hemp Oil in the 20th century is a more recent (and temporary) development.

Myth #10: Most People Have a Deep Prejudice Against Hemp

Given all of the above, especially the recent legal struggles, it’s easy to assume that public opinion is stacked against hemp. After all, if so many people think it synonymous with marijuana, they surely have a negative opinion of it, right?

The Truth: Public Acceptance of Hemp Is Growing

Not quite. In fact, we’ve already seen the majority of Americans swing positively towards hemp and Hemp Oil treatments. In one survey, 61% of respondents said that all forms of cannabis should be legal. According to another, 46% of respondents are more open to legalization than they were a year ago. This increasing recognition is a positive sign for the future growth of hemp and Hemp Oil.

Myth #11: Most Doctors Warn Against Hemp as a Treatment

Of course, public opinion matters little if medical professionals disagree. Surely, doctors and health care providers recommend against natural supplements like Hemp Oil?

The Truth: A Majority of Medical Care Providers Support Hemp

Wrong. Surprisingly, according to one survey, 60% of healthcare providers support cannabis as a legitimate medical therapy. Of course, there’s still a long way to go to achieve consensus on the topic. However, it shows the growing acceptance of hemp and cannabis among the public and within the medical profession, as well.

Myth #12: You Can Easily Make Your Own Hemp Oil

Search for it online, and you can easily find DIY instructions for making your own Hemp Oil. Surely, it’s as simple as infusing coconut oil into the hemp plant?

The Truth: The Making of Quality Hemp Oil Is Best Left to the Experts

The truth, as always, is more complex than that. It’s true that you can make your own Hemp Oil. However, the quality of the product you get may not live up to your expectations. Too often, making DIY Hemp Oil becomes an adventure with uncertain outcomes. That’s why in general, and especially if you’re looking for its potential medicinal benefits, the production of Hemp Oil is best left to the experts.

Myth #13: You Cannot Take Hemp Oil While Taking Other Medications

This is one of the most common Hemp Oil myths out there. People assume that Hemp Oil and many natural supplements will interact poorly with doctor-prescribed medications. They tend to be taken as either/or equations: if you take one, you can’t take the other without potentially harming your health.

The Truth: You May Be Able to Take Hemp Oil With Other Medications

It’s true that Hemp Oil can interact with other medications. It may render some ineffective and cause others to become more potent than you’d prefer. Research is still in its early stages, and effects have been limited so far. Still, the best thing to do if you take other medications is to talk to your medical provider and start with small serving sizes to avoid unnecessary risks. 

Myth #14: There’s No Way to Know Whether I’m Buying Quality Hemp Oil

We already touched on the drastically differing qualities of Hemp Oil above. But, it’s also true that this product has only recently been legalized. So, it’s only natural to assume that it’s difficult, if not impossible, for the average consumer to determine whether they are buying a high-quality product. 

The Truth: You Can Make Sure You’re Buying Quality Products With a Few Simple Steps

Yes, you’ll need to do some research. But there are in fact a number of steps you can take to ensure that you’re buying a quality Hemp Oil product. Most importantly, you can look at the Hemp Oil COA (certificate of analysis), which credible brands will be happy to provide. It’s based on independent, third-party analysis and touches on potency and the presence of pesticides, mold, harmful bacteria, or toxic chemicals.

Myth #15: Hemp Oil Is Always Beneficial to Take

Let’s end with one of the biggest myths in circulation. After reading all of the above, you may assume that there are no downsides to Hemp Oil. It’s always beneficial to take, can lessen the impact of a number of conditions, and provides little to no harmful side effects.

The Truth: The Benefits of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Differ for Everyone

We’d love for the above to be true, but hemp isn’t a wonder drug. First, even quality Hemp Oil has potential side-effects that, while rare and minimal in intensity, are important to keep in mind. It’s also true that, at high doses, Hemp Oil tends to produce negative side effects in children. However, those side effects disappeared when serving sizes were halved. Still, studies show great promise for hemp in pediatric nervous system support.

That said, your body’s reaction to Hemp Oil may differ from that of others. So, starting with a small serving size is important. It also helps to write down exactly why you’re taking it, and document the differences in how you feel day-by-day. If you’re new to the product, this process facilitates an understanding of your body’s reactions and allows you to adjust your serving size accordingly.

And, that’s a wrap regarding the Hemp Oil myths out there. To be sure, Hemp Oil has endured its fair share of misconceptions, and we’re proud to do our part in dispelling them. If you’re curious about hemp and how it can help you, contact us. Let’s start a conversation: Share with us your favorite Hemp Oil myths, and we’ll debunk them with science.

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10 Wellness-Focused Books Worth Reading

Reading good books can benefit your health and wellbeing. And, a healthy lifestyle delivers the same benefits. So, why not combine the two? Over the years, and especially in the last decade, a number of authors have released a wide range of wellness-focused books that have wowed both critics and audiences. These books have garnered critical acclaim, topped bestseller lists, and become cultural icons.

Each of them focuses on a different wellness trend or aspect of healthy living that you can embrace. We’ve gathered them in a single list of the top 10 wellness-focused books ever written. This list has a little something for almost everyone. So, dive in: borrow or buy the books, and start walking the path towards happiness and wellbeing.

Disclaimer: the list below isn’t ranked in any way. The quest to find the best “wellness-focused book” on earth is an impossibility. Instead, each of the books featured below stands in its own right and deserves consideration.

1) Lifespan: Why We Age, and Why We Don't Have To (2019)

by David A. Sinclair

Aging and wellness are almost indisputably connected. Much of what we learn about living a healthy lifestyle is designed to help us live longer. In this book, however, one of Time magazine’s most influential people takes a different approach.

In his book, Sinclair — a Harvard-based researcher by trade — doesn’t just focus on living longer. He focuses on the elements that help us stay healthy for longer, and he highlights surprising truths about the connection between stress and the ability to keep our minds fresh. 

Like so many other relatively recent wellness-focused books, this tome also explores the topics of intermittent fasting and its potentially healthy benefits. Sinclair is careful, of course, to avoid making outrageous claims that can easily be refuted by medical professionals. In fact, the science-based research and the candor with which he discusses his topics are one of the main reasons why the Scientific Inquirer had many positive things to say about the book:

After 400 pages of Sinclair’s solid research and blunt social commentaries, most readers may feel that Lifespan is promising us the equivalent of Ponce de Leon’s “Fountain of Youth.” Sinclair’s message, however, is startling simple: “There is no biological law that says we must age… it takes radical thinking to even begin to approach what this will mean for our species.”

2) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2014)

by Marie Kondo

This is the book that inspired the Netflix series, itself on our list of top streaming shows related to wellness. So, you may be familiar with the book’s basic concept: that decluttering your home (and your life) can change both for the better.

The book that made Marie Kondo a mainstream influencer became a #1 bestseller on the New York Times list upon its release. More comprehensively than a TV show ever could, it takes its readers through each step of her KonMari method of de-cluttering and de-stressing. If the show was about entertainment, this is the self-help guide to your own wellness.

Does it work? Ultimately, that depends on your personality. No wellness advice is a magic bullet that solves all the problems in the world. However, some of the tips are so profound, straightforward, and eloquent, that it’s well worth a read. As the Today Show puts it when trying out the KonMari method:

The best part about Kondo’s book is her advice on how to deal with the hardest items to get rid of: those things that make you feel guilty. That dress I bought five years ago and wore just once, because it makes me feel dumpy? It’s survived many a purge because I can still remember how much it cost, and it’s in perfect condition — even though I know I’ll never wear it.

3) Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (1970)

by Shunryu Suzuki

Not all wellness-focused books are from within the last decade. Perhaps, no book exhibits that more than Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, a transcription of teachings by the late Shunryu Suzuki, the monk who popularized Buddhism in America.

Few words describe this book better than the word “wisdom.” In particular, the teaching on mindfulness will stick with you, focusing on simplicity not as a starting point but a worthy goal. Truly achieving that calm, clear simplicity is the guide behind much of what Suzuki teaches in this book.

The underlying message: trust in yourself. Let go of the things that could harm you. Discover who you truly are, and leverage that knowledge to live a more satisfying life. This isn’t one of those books you read once and put away, either. As a Patch.com reviewer puts it:

It’s interesting to note, as time goes by, which parts of the book speak to me. As a middle-aged parent almost twenty years removed from that reciting newlywed, I am struck by Suzuki’s, or perhaps Zen’s, insistence that if we remain steady within ourselves, everything outsides of ourselves will be steady as well. He offers what may well be the best parenting advice I have ever encountered.

4) 10% Happier (2014)

by Dan Harris

Zen Mind takes on meditation at its most profound level. On the other hand, 10% Happier makes it more of an everyday activity. This is the personal story of Dan Harris, the former ABC News correspondent whose on-air panic attack caused him to rethink and change his life.

This book is helpful but also funny. In fact, the lightheartedness with which Harris details the journey to mindfulness makes you fly through the pages without realizing that all his points are substantiated by real science.

In a nutshell, this is a “learning-by-doing” book. As Psychology Today points out, the title deliberately highlights the experience of someone who doesn’t fanatically practice meditation but has found more joy in life as a result:

Harris is a skeptic who has found something that works. It may seem grand and overly ambitious to imagine a world in which everyone meditates. But, as Harris points out, before World War II, most people didn’t brush their teeth. If we could have a revolution in dental hygiene, then why not a revolution in mental hygiene?  Why not a world in which everyone is 10% happier?

5) The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time (2017)

by Arianna Huffington

This celebrity-authored tome is one of the most influential wellness-focused books on the market. Written by the founder of the Huffington Post, it focuses on sleep (or the lack of it). Forget about the advice you read about successful people waking up at 4 a.m. every morning. Here, Huffington outlines how her daily eight hours of sleep and regular power naps have helped her productivity take off.

It’s all backed up by science, of course. The book offers many actionable tips, including stretches to do before going to bed. The simple takeaway: if you don’t get the sleep part right, you may negatively affect your health and every other portion of your life. 

Overall, it provides a good read at 300 + pages, even if some of the advice may sound similar to what you’ve heard before. Or, as Publisher’s Weekly described the book in its 2017 review:

Much advice is familiar—put aside the electronic devices, exercise more, and meditate—but some is less so, including suggestions on how to use the latest sleep-tracking devices and sleep-optimizing hotels. Huffington proves herself a powerful advocate for those suffering from what she identifies as the current “sleep crisis.”

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6) The Telomere Effect (2017)

by Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel

Get ready to learn about biology and chemical compounds. We’re fans of research that digs deep — have you heard about terpenes? —so, naturally, The Telomere Effect had to make the list.

Co-written by a Nobel Prize winner, the book highlights the source of Blackburn and Epel’s winning research: a biological enzyme called telomerase that scientists say is a core component for living longer. Here’s why: telomerase promotes healthy cell regeneration. As it turns out, this enzyme is activated through diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle.

All of this sounds complex, but Blackburn and Epel manage to explain it in an approachable, casual way. We’ll let Psychology Today explain it for us:

Blackburn and Epel end their wonderfully informative and readable book with what they call “The Telomere Manifesto”. They urge us to “Mind…Maintain…and Connect Your Telomeres” as well as to “Create Telomere Health in Your Community and the World (which focuses on the social determinants of our health and mental health)”… The result, as has been said, will be priceless.

7) Medical Nemesis (1974)

by Ivan Illich

Prepare yourself for some controversial prose. Medical Nemesis (also known as Limits to Medicine) has been criticized for not taking the modern medical establishment at face-value, preferring instead to question its inflexibility. Still, this isn’t an anti-establishment manifesto. Instead, it’s an embrace of the uniqueness of every human being and the need for personalized treatment as a result.

Crucially, Illich isn’t a medical practitioner but a philosopher. As such, his book should be read not as medical advice but as an inspiration for listening to our bodies. That said, it’s important to know that some of his more controversial views, like the warnings against the over-prescription of drugs, have found prominent support from members of the medical community.

Illich’s treatise is one of the most important wellness-focused books of the 20th century. He invites us to examine the human condition. Or, as the New York Times puts it in 1976:

He uses medicine to ask us what we want from life, and he questions our dreams of reason. He cares deeply about the human condition, and he has maintained the essential ingredient of that oaring, a capacity for outrage. If we can confront his outraged—and outrageous —questions, we will, inevitably, begin to change.

8) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (2016)

by Mark Manson

Certainly, the title is attention-grabbing. So, you reach for it on the library (or digital) shelf. However, the wisdom in this book goes way beyond the tongue-in-cheek title. According to Manson, wellness is about letting go of the things that don’t really matter and focusing only on the things most important to us. 

Granted, it’s a bit ironic that an online influencer with a six-figure social media following advocates against distractions like Facebook and Twitter. But, it’s just as refreshing to hear Manson’s recommendations against being positive for its own sake. Instead, he advises taking a more realistic approach to things that are “f**ked up” and learning how to live with them.

Essentially, Manson’s theme is: Life is imperfect. So, make the best of it. If that’s not a wellness lesson, we don’t know what is. And, as Huffington Post maintains in its book review, the crude language is just a cover for the profound life lessons in this book:

There are no soft puffy cloud prancing unicorns offering hugs on colorful rainbows, only F-bomb explosions and brutal smack-you-in-the-face reality slaps. But by the time you finish reading it, you’ll find yourself tingling with promise. The world suddenly seems brighter and lighter. You’ll feel free, and oddly, good, despite the shit sandwiches served throughout the book.

9) The Rhythm of Life (2016)

by Matthew Kelly

What does it mean to thrive? How can I feel empowered in a world that engulfs me in seemingly endless busywork? Those are exactly the types of questions you’ll find in one of our favorite wellness-focused books.

Kelly maintains that wellness is about slowing down. It’s about looking around and reflecting on what our eyes see and what we experience. Most importantly, it’s about finding that rhythm that lets us live a more successful, reflective, and fulfilling life.

Kelly calls it “the habit of thriving.” He prescribes a diet of the mind, from the books we read to the thoughts we focus on. Solitude becomes an asset, not a thing to avoid. From a 2016 Entrepreneur.com review:

I came across this book during a very dark time in my life. I just reached an injury settlement with the Chicago Bears, and I was very uncertain about what was in store for me at the time. After reading the book, I was very eager to put into practice all that I had learned and started to really pay attention to my needs and give them the attention that they needed in order for me to truly thrive.

10) Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (2012)

by Greg McKeown

Out of all the books on this list, Essentialism comes the closest to examining the true meaning of life. It focuses on the parts of everyday life that make it worth living and offers actionable tips to help you cut out those things that don’t.

This isn’t a book about how to get more accomplished. It’s about how to get the right things accomplished, the things that truly add value to your life. McKeown masterfully explains that success can actually be a detractor because it also leads to more distractions away from what is truly essential.

How did McKeown get to these insights? After leaving his wife and newborn in the hospital room for what turned out to be an unproductive business meeting, he had an epiphany. It changed his life considerably. Instead of taking on everything asked of him, he began to commit only to those projects that held meaning for him and that he had time for. The result was greater peace and more satisfaction with his life. This book is an easy read full of actionable tips, as Publisher’s Weekly points out:

By making better choices, and not taking on the weight of other people’s problems, readers can realize the non-essential nature of virtually everything in life, and learn to be present and spend more meaningful time with family and friends. This is a smart, concise guide for the overcommitted and under-satisfied

Enjoying Wellness-Focused Books and Practicing Mindfulness for a Healthier Life

Reading wellness-focused books like the above is immensely satisfying. They teach fundamental lessons and tend to inspire life changes that are just as fundamental. In a nutshell, they correlate with our concept of achieving optimal wellness

How we get there, of course, differs from person to person. You may want to orient your attention toward the world’s most innovative wellness companies. That alone will introduce you to products that can help you live a happier and healthier life.

Speaking of products: as you look for ways to increase your wellbeing, consider using Hemp Oil for relaxation. We believe our sustainable farming methods and LipidTrans™ Infusion Process produces the highest-quality Hemp Oil on the planet. In addition, its effects on the body tend to line up well with many of the concepts highlighted in the books above, helping you transition to a healthier life.

Either way, we’ll be glad to be at your side as you embark on a journey of lasting health. Tell us: what are your favorite wellness-focused books? Share your thoughts with us, and let’s have a conversation about mindfulness and relaxed living.

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Explaining Hemp’s Potential to Your Loved Ones

So, you’ve done your research and conclude that hemp is a miracle plant. You may even have used Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil and experienced a noticeable difference in your wellbeing. However, explaining hemp’s potential to your loved ones can be an uphill battle. The hard truth is that, for close to a century, the United States waged a bitter war against the cannabis plant. Unfortunately, the campaign incriminated the non-psychoactive hemp plant, tarnishing its centuries-old medicinal reputation. 

Fortunately, overcoming objections to hemp is easier today, especially considering its growing acceptance in America and across the world. Public recognition of hemp follows new studies unveiling its value to the human body. With the normalization of hemp as a versatile plant, many are finding even its staunchest opponents championing Hemp Oil and its potential wellness benefits.

The best way to share one’s own experience with Hemp Oil is through a reasoned approach. Granted, it’s easy to get overly enthused about the power of Hemp Oil. However, many skeptics correlate such enthusiasm with naivety. Even though there’s much to tell, developing a simple framework that introduces hemp and then expands to illustrate how Hemp Oil is created, makes the larger story more credible.  

Most importantly, in explaining hemp’s potential, be sure to tell your personal story about why hemp works for you.

Hemp, an Original Natural Commodity and Herbal Remedy

It’s important to view the larger picture of hemp as a valuable commodity for most civilizations around the world and throughout recorded history. This perspective highlights the plant as one of the most important natural resources on earth, able to produce a variety of products such as:

  • Building Materials: Eco-conscious builders use hemp as insulation and in finishes. In particular, they use it to produce hempcrete, a biocomposite construction material.
  • Drinks: You can now find hemp milk and hemp energy drinks in health food stores. And, in 2019, FIFCO USA (the parent company of Genesee Brewery) produced the first hemp-infused flavored malt beverage in America.
  • Foods: The hemp seed is an excellent food supplement and serves as an important ingredient in crackers, protein powders, and cheese substitutes.
  • Fuel: The hemp plant serves as raw material for producing biodiesel, ethanol, and methanol.
  • Paper: Hemp is superior to wood for paper pulp and also grows much faster than other types of plants.
  • Rope: For centuries, hemp was synonymous with rope, as its strong fibers perform admirably well for binding goods together. 
  • Textiles: Today, many sweatshop-free consumer brands use hemp as an eco-conscious and sustainable material for clothing and shoes.

Historically, ancient peoples relied on hemp for curative purposes, and this practice has been revived in modern times.

Explaining Hemp's Potential as a Curative

Here’s the truth: every medicine produced and consumed today is either natural or synthetic in nature. For instance, people used the bark of several varieties of willow trees as a natural pain reliever for centuries. Today, manufacturers produce their chemical equivalent in the form of over-the-counter pain relief products. With the rising costs of pharmaceutical drugs, coupled with the tragedies of the opioid crisis, many consumers prefer natural remedies. They consider them safe, superior alternatives to the chemical concoctions portioned out to patients daily.

In the midst of the rising interest in natural, sustainable living, Hemp Oil plays a significant role in today’s health and wellness industry. Many with specific ailments and others looking for a general improvement in well-being tout the benefits of Hemp Oil. While CBD and Hemp Oil manufacturers make no definitive medical claims, many consumers use Hemp Oil for the following:

  • Lessening the Impact of Pain: CBD helps reduce high physical discomfort levels and often alleviates minor aches.
  • Easing Anxiety: Anti-anxiety drugs often produce severe side effects, while CBD eases anxiety without such negative results.
  • Providing Balanced Mood Support: CBD interacts positively with our serotonin receptors, the neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior.
  • Supporting Heart and Circulatory Health: By reducing anxiety and lowering stress, CBD contributes to a healthier circulatory system.
  • Reducing Acne: Both its anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to control sebum production make CBD a popular acne treatment.
  • Offsetting the Effects of Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy: Patients undergoing treatment for chronic illnesses often find CBD eases nausea, vomiting, and physical discomfort.

Hemp's Other Promising Benefits

Other promising benefits which Hemp Oil may deliver (according to studies currently underway) include:

  • Fighting Tumors: Recent studies with animals show CBD preventing tumors from spreading.
  • Preventing Negative Side Effects From High Blood Glucose Levels: In mouse-based trials, CBD cut the incidence of diabetes by more than half (56%).
  • Reducing Psychotic Episodes: New studies indicate promise in treating individuals with schizophrenia and other mental health conditions.
  • Mitigating the Effects of Substance Abuse: Rat-based studies show that CBD reduces morphine dependence and typically addictive behaviors.

If the virtues of Hemp Oil seem too good to be true, a brief overview of the human body’s endocannabinoid system is in order.

Hemp Oil and Our Endocannabinoid System

Compounds from the hemp plant work synergistically with the cannabinoid receptors in the human body. In particular, it is our endocannabinoid system which integrates intelligently with the cannabinoids from the hemp plant. This recently-identified system regulates important functions within our body, including:

  • Appetite
  • Fertility
  • Memory
  • Mood
  • Sleep

When we place our bodies under great stress (a common situation in today’s fast-paced society), our endocannabinoid system goes into overdrive. The phytocannabinoids in hemp connect naturally with our cannabinoid receptors to recharge and deliver synergy to our endocannabinoid system.

Continuing research about hemp points to a potentially healing, symbiotic relationship between our endocannabinoid system and the hemp plant. Simply stated, hemp appears to be the plant most chemically related to our own bodies. It may well prove to be the botanical species most beneficial to our health and well-being. In light of this, explaining hemp’s potential becomes an easier task.

Common Concerns and Questions When Explaining Hemp's Potential to Loved Ones  

As mentioned, the misinformation campaign against hemp in the 20th century precipitated public unease against the plant. Even among experienced users, terms are often used interchangeably. Yet, hemp and CBD products offer more nuanced qualities than most people realize.

Hemp, CBD Oil, Hemp Oil, and Hemp Seed Oil: Are They the Same as Each Other?

Much confusion arises because of terms which appear interchangeable but actually refer to specific aspects of the hemp plant. Below, we discuss the most commonly used terms and provide clear definitions for them. The following list provides answers so that explaining hemp’s potential to your loved ones will be a walk in the park.

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  • Hemp: This is the actual plant cultivated from the cannabis sativa strain. During the cultivation process, the amount of natural THC in the plant is limited to less than 0.3%. In contrast, a normal cannabis sativa plant may contain as much as 30% THC content. This means the hemp plant effectively produces non-psychoactive compounds that won’t get you high.
  • Hemp Oil: This is extracted from every part of the hemp plant except the seeds. Effectively, the leaves, flowers, and stalks all contain important and healing compounds (called phytocannabinoids). The latter include cannabidiol (CBD), which is extracted from the plant and converted into oils and other products.
  • Hemp Seed Oil: This comes only from the hemp seeds. It does not contain any phytocannabinoids or CBD. However, it is rich in Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids. These fatty acids improve heart and brain health, increase HDL cholesterol, and reduce high blood pressure.
  • CDB Oil: CBD (cannabidiol) is present in all cannabis plants. However, natural cannabis plants also contain higher amounts of THC. By selecting Hemp Oil (not hemp seed oil), the buyer receives all the valuable phytocannabinoids while avoiding any possibility of ingesting THC.

Astute and informed consumers prefer Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil over CBD oil. The former contains minimal THC (less than 0.3 %) but retains all of the useful phytocannabinoids during the extraction process. Consumers also appreciate the fact that hemp is specifically grown and harvested for its health benefits. 

Is Hemp Oil Legal?

Some people get confused about medical cannabis and hemp products. Presently, the legality of cannabis products varies from state to state. Some states allow for its recreational use, while others approve it for medical use only. Still other states — albeit a shrinking number — declare all cannabis products illegal. That said, hemp is 100% legal throughout the United States. This means that not only can you buy it in retail outlets, but you can also purchase it online and have it delivered right to your home. 

That said, you should be aware that many companies require drug testing as part of the hiring process. Even though only trace amounts of THC appear in Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil, there is a small risk of it appearing on certain drug tests. If this is of concern for you or a loved one, we offer more information in this article about Hemp Oil and drug testing.

Is Hemp Oil Addicting?

Unlike opioids and other prescription drugs, Hemp Oil does not deliver a high. On the contrary, many substance abuse patients use Hemp Oil as a safe, gentle method of withdrawing from addictive medications. In addition, the curative qualities of hemp assure their continued wellbeing. Even though Hemp Oil is not habit-forming, we recommend establishing a consistent daily routine. With regular usage, most people realize the best personal results.

I'm Already on Medications: Can I Take Hemp Oil Safely?

People taking multiple medications are right to be concerned about adding additional supplements to their current regimen. Unlike many prescription drugs, Hemp Oil does not cause negative side effects and rarely results in negative interactions with other medications. We advise patients to consult with their primary care physicians when deciding to add Hemp Oil to their daily routines. Sometimes, a Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil may slow the metabolism of some drugs, particularly blood pressure medications, blood thinners, and certain hepatic drugs. Also, combining Hemp Oil with sedatives should be avoided. With its natural sedative properties, Hemp Oil delivers a gentler relaxation than synthesized sleep medications.

What is the Recommended Serving Size for Hemp Oil?

Even if the FDA allowed us to list recommended serving sizes, we would not do so. Each person is unique and at different stages of their life journey. However, our clients have found the best success with this simple formula: Start small, measure each succeeding result, and adjust accordingly.

Our Hemp Oil tinctures come in bottles with droppers in the cap, making the selection of precise amounts of Hemp Oil easier. Each bottle holds 40 drops and comes in two strengths: 12.5 mg or 25 mg per dropper of hemp phytonutrients for the 500 mg and 1000 mg bottles respectively. We also offer capsules in 25 mg and 50 mg strengths. These tinctures and capsules, combined with our topical treatments, represent an exquisite, full line of Hemp Oil products. Use them to serve your wellness needs and make the introduction to Hemp Oil an equally satisfying experience for your family and friends.

Are All Hemp Oils the Same?

Due to the increasing interest in Hemp Oil and CBD products, many aspiring hemp entrepreneurs flood the burgeoning marketplace each year. And, because the FDA and other regulatory agencies don’t regulate hemp products, many operators seeking a quick buck have no compunction about acquiring low-quality overseas hemp.

In contrast, at Synchronicity®, we oversee the production of all our Hemp Oils from the growing phase to the packaging process. After growing the finest quality proprietary hemp seeds from our patented strain, we tenderly harvest the flowers, leaves, and stems. Then, we deliver them to our lab for the extraction process. During the manufacturing phase, we place the plant material in a coconut or MCT oil “bath” which initiates our LipidTrans® infusion process. This, in turn, maximizes the collection and absorption of all valuable phytocannabinoids. The result is a superior Hemp Oil capable of delivering a True Entourage Effect, taking advantage of the over 100 phytocannabinoids to which the human body readily responds.   

Other customers who previously tried other Hemp Oils regularly tell us what a difference changing to Synchronicity® products has made. They maintain that all Hemp Oils are not made equal, which is why they have become avid fans of Synchronicity®.

Finally, at Synchronicity®, you always have the support you need and sensible answers to your questions. We commit to assisting you in your efforts at explaining hemp’s potential to loved ones. To that end, we extend an open invitation to contact us at any time to discuss Synchronicity® Hemp Oil products. And, if you’ve used Synchronicity products, which are your favorites? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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What Is Rose Hip Seed Oil?

When people think of roses, the image that usually comes to mind is the bright-red bouquets people give their loved ones on romantic occasions. But, just as an apple starts with a flower bud, the rose also produces a fruit. On a rose plant, a small red, orange, or dark purple fruit manifests itself after the petals fade. It’s smooth, round, and generally between 0.6 and 0.8 inches long. We call this fruit a rose hip, and it turns out to be as nutrient-dense as the hemp plant. What’s more, it also seems to be an ingredient you may want to seriously consider adding to your skincare routine. In fact, many popular brands in the skincare industry now feature rose hip seed oil. In this post, we reveal the reasons why.

What Are Rose Hips?

While it may seem strange to think of a rose plant bearing fruit, all seed-bearing fruit comes from flowers. First, seed dispersal occurs after animals ingest the fruit and excrete it in their feces. Plants grow from the excreted seeds, producing flowers, and finally fruits.

Not all fruits are edible, however. Humans ignore some fruits because they’re poisonous, such as holly berries. Other fruits may simply taste unpalatable to humans. So, they are left for the birds and bears to enjoy. However, rose hips are edible, nutritious, and have been used by humans in a variety of ways for centuries. 

All roses produce some sort of fruit, but a few varieties are especially valued for the size and quality of their fruits. Two popular varieties of these roses are the Japanese rose (R. rugosa) and the dog rose (R. canina)These are wild roses, and they generally have unassuming looking blooms, with just a single row of pink or white petals. When those petals fall away, the fruit manifests itself. It starts out green, then changes from orange to a deep, rich red color (1)

The rose hip is technically considered a “pseudo fruit,” but that doesn’t mean it’s a fake fruit. A “pseudo fruit” doesn’t originate from the flower’s ovary but from some nearby tissue — in this case, the rose stem. Apples, strawberries, and plums fall into the same classification of fruits. Rose hips have been used as both a food and medicinal ingredient for thousands of years — and humans continue to be fascinated by them.

A Historical Food Still Enjoyed by Many

Mentions of the rose plant are found far back in the historical record. Historians say that references to it can be seen on clay tablets from Mesopotamia. The ancient Roman scholar Pliny the Elder recorded a number of ways to use roses, taking advantage of the petals, hips, and seeds. The Greek poet Sappho even wrote about roses in 600 B.C., calling them the “queen of the flowers.” Throughout the ages, humans have revered roses both for their beauty and varied uses. 

Wild roses are found in many parts of the world, so different cultures developed ways to use them in traditional medicines and as a nutritious food source (2).  In particular, rose hips have been used to create medicine to treat ailments such as kidney stones, hypertension, stomach ailments, and respiratory problems (3). As recently as World War II, doctors used them to prevent scurvy, due to their high vitamin C content.

Because these fruits are so high in many nutrients, they’re a popular food for foragers today. People collect, dry, and process the hips. Once the fine hairs inside the fruits have been removed, people use the fruits in a number of ways. They can be steeped to make tea, cooked into a syrup, mixed into a salve, and even turned into jelly or jam. Rose hips have a bright, tangy, and tart flavor. 

But, although there are many great ways to use rose hips, we’re most interested in the oil that comes from the seeds. 

How Rose Hip Seed Oil Is Made

Rose hip seed oil isn’t something that can generally be made at home, because it requires specialized equipment. Commercial producers harvest the hips in October or November. The fruit must be hand-picked, then cleaned, peeled, and chopped. As you can imagine, this makes it a labor-intensive process because so much of it must be done by hand. 

The seeds must be removed from the flesh of the fruit before further processing. Meanwhile, the oil is extracted by one of three methods. Producers can opt for supercritical extraction, which uses a carbon dioxide gas at high pressure. Or, they can try solvent extraction, which involves chemicals such as hexane. The last method comprises a cold press extraction. Based on our mission of Wellness Through Oneness, you can probably guess what our preferred method is. We think that cold press extraction generally produces the highest quality rose hip seed oil. 

If you’d like to explore the positive effects of rose hip seed oil, it’s best to use oil that has been extracted from just the seeds, not the whole fruit. When we extract oil from the whole fruit, we call it “rose hip oil,” rather than “rose hip seed oil.” Although the flesh of the rose hip is very nutrient-dense, extracting oil from the whole fruit dilutes the biologically active ingredients in the seeds.

And as it turns out, there are some very interesting compounds to be found in rose hip seed oil. 

What's In Rose Hip Seed Oil?

Tucked deep inside the flesh of the rose hip is a seed, and for something so small, it packs a powerful punch. Its oil is rich in a number of phytochemicals, the biologically active compounds found in plants. These substances protect plants from things like UV damage, and so they have potent antioxidant properties that make them especially healthy. 

The phytochemicals that are found in rose hip seed oil include phenolic compounds, carotenoids, provitamin A (naturally-occurring retinol), and vitamin C. This special oil also contains iron, copper, and tocopherol, which is a form of vitamin E. And, it’s lipid-rich, composed of roughly 50% polyunsaturated fatty acids, including the omega 3 fatty acid linolenic acid and the omega 6 fatty acid linoleic acid. 

Rose hip seed oil has been demonstrated to have a high antioxidant capacity. This, combined with its high levels of essential fatty acids, makes it resistant to oxidative damage (4). Basically, not only does the oil contain a number of beneficial compounds, but it also protects itself from breaking down. This is important because polyunsaturated fatty acids can be very fragile and easily oxidized (5)

Researchers have discovered that these compounds offer extensive health benefits to humans. 

The Many Benefits of Rose Hips

Scientists continue to study the effects of rose hips on a number of health conditions. A powder form of the dried fruit has been shown to reduce osteoarthritis pain better than a placebo when taken as a supplement (7) (9). Rose hips are also being studied for their possible anti-inflammatory effects (6). Scientists focus on rose hips because don’t seem to irritate the stomach or cause the internal bleeding that often accompanies heavy NSAID use. 

There’s a movement in research to study traditional remedies, so scientists can identify properties that can be used to improve or even replace modern medications. Considering how widely they’ve been used in traditional medicine, rose hips are garnering significant attention. Scientists have already identified potential neuroprotective properties in the fruit (11). And, multiple studies are looking into how rose hips may be used to combat cancer, diabetes, obesity, and gastrointestinal disease. 

Clearly, this oft-overlooked fruit has more to offer than many people realize. One of the promising areas of study is looking into what rose hip seed oil can do for the skin. 

Rose Hip Seed Oil and the Skin

With devotees that include supermodel Miranda Kerr and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, rose hip seed oil is an extremely popular skincare product. When Kerr mentioned in an interview that she uses the oil religiously, consumers took notice. Indeed, both Kerr and the Duchess have beautiful skin, and we believe that science supports their devotion to rose hip seed oil.

The high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids that it contains make the oil a non-greasy moisturizer. But, the effects of these lipids go beyond that. They also help soothe inflammatory skin conditions by repairing the skin’s barrier (6).

The vitamins that are found in the oil, especially vitamin C and tocopherol, have strong antioxidant effects. Antioxidants are the subject of a lot of interest in skincare because they help combat premature aging (10). The combination of anti-inflammatory polyunsaturated fats and antioxidants can help restore collagen in the skin, reducing wrinkles as well as smoothing scars. 

Research also suggests that rose hip seed oil may even prevent UV damage to the skin. This seems to go beyond repairing injuries to the skin after the fact. Rose hip seed oil actually prevents the sun’s rays from causing damage. The same phytochemicals that work to protect the rose plant from UV damage may be able to shield the skin, as well (8)

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In addition, the provitamin A that rose hip seed oil contains is a natural form of retinol, which dermatologists maintain is the “gold standard” for fighting signs of premature aging. 

By all indications, rose hip oil’s reputation as a skin-nourishing, anti-aging beauty aid has good scientific backing. And, that explains our interest in it, as well.

Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Facial Cream

Given all the promising research that centers on what rose hip seed oil can do for your skin, we’re excited to include it in our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Facial Cream. Of course, we’re big believers in what hemp can do for the skin, and to amplify those benefits we’ve added carefully selected ingredients to deliver impressive results. Soothing aloe vera juice and the skin-pampering extracts of rice bran and rosemary leaf are just a few of the potent but gentle ingredients in our skin cream. 

In particular, rose hip seed oil is one of the more important ingredients you’ll find in our nutrient-rich, antioxidant-packed facial cream. Our focus on hemp began long before the current public interest in CBD products. Just as we base our products on a scientific understanding of hemp, our decision to include rose hip seed oil is based on fact, not hype.

Having considered the research, we feel that rose hip seed oil makes our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Facial Cream a superior product. This unmatched facial cream is a nourishing blend of oils and botanicals that delivers the best of hemp to your skin. 

Experience the Synchronicity Difference

To ensure we can deliver all of hemp’s beneficial compounds, we’ve developed our unique hand-pressed LipidTrans™ Infusion Process. This technique creates a Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil that is highly bioavailable, and it gently pulls the cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytochemicals out of the hemp without damaging them. 

This careful handling also makes it possible for us to remove the full complement of important phytochemicals from the plant, including omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. All of these beneficial compounds interact in special ways to give our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil a True Entourage Effect. 

Thus, the inclusion of rose hip seed oil in our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Facial Cream is one more way Synchronicity cares for your skin. Try it today and see the difference it can make. If you’re no stranger to rose hip seed oil, tell us which products you’ve used and whether you were happy with the results. Share your thoughts with us or check us out on Twitter and Facebook for more information about the world’s best beauty products.

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