A decade ago, no one could imagine healthcare workers using hemp. Sure, many workers experienced stresses on the job — due to the nature of the work, that was to be expected. In 2020, however, COVID-19 took the world by storm. And, in April of the same year, the healthcare industry lost a stunning 1.4 million health care jobs. Meanwhile, those who kept their jobs experienced increased levels of stress.
Approximately half of doctors and 49% of nurses reported suffering from burnout. Meanwhile, 60% of EMS drivers admitted the same. Across the United States, frontline healthcare workers struggled with fatigue, mood disorders, and increased job dissatisfaction.
Suddenly, attitudes about healthcare workers using hemp began to change.
That said, employees in the healthcare sector aren’t the only ones experiencing increased stress. Today, 44% of full-time workers admit feeling burnt out — with 23% admitting they feel that way more often than not. As a society, we’re increasingly plagued by anxiety and mood disorders. To compensate, some people turn to illicit drugs and alcohol. Meanwhile, others try New-Age medicine.
Some even abandon societal interactions altogether and turn to rural living — an increasingly common practice for many in America.
However, other Americans are using a more novel approach to handling fatigue. As of 2020, over a quarter of the population has tried CBD products. So, why is CBD — and Hemp Oil by extension — such a hot trend in the United States? And, why are so many health care professionals turning to hemp to reduce burnout on the job?
The Challenges Frontline Healthcare Workers Face
Today, over 18 million Americans work in the healthcare industry. That’s roughly 11% of the American workforce. In other words, over 1 out of every 10 working-age individuals in the United States work in healthcare. In all, 1 out of every 20 working-age individuals in the U.S. suffers from burnout. It’s a massive problem and one that’s exacerbated by COVID-19.
On one hand, healthcare workers are being celebrated as heroes, their images plastered across the covers of Time, Men’s Health, and Vanity Fair. Travel the highway in any state, and you’ll see their images displayed prominently on billboards. On the other hand, frontline healthcare workers are suffering from unprecedented levels of exhaustion, anxiety, and fatigue.
The good news is that there are plenty of brands looking to help our frontline heroes. From Crocs donating over 80,000 comfortable shoes to healthcare workers to Hilton giving out free hotel rooms to healthcare employees, the world is rallying behind these frontline heroes in their time of need.
What's Driving the Change in Attitude Regarding Hemp for Healthcare Professionals
Burnout is a result of tension. Long working hours and little sleep can have a negative impact on health. Cortisol — the stress hormone — can wreak havoc in our lives. However, not all healthcare workers are giving in to despair. Some are searching for answers. And, many of them are concluding that hemp may be an effective solution.
Specifically, Hemp Oil hasn’t always been a driving trend in wellness. Doctor Sanjay Gupta — a world-renowned neurosurgeon — once wrote an article in TIMES magazine titled “Why I Would Vote No on Pot.”
Three years later, he wrote another CNN article called “Why I’ve Changed My Mind on Weed.” Today, Dr. Gupta enthusiastically touts the benefits of CBD, and he’s not alone.
In fact, Dr. Oz has written several posts about the benefits of CBD. Meanwhile, Dr. Ethan B Russo — a neurologist — popularized the term “Entourage Effect” by extolling the virtues of CBD. As we’ve all seen over the past few years, CBD has become mainstream. And, many doctors are voicing support for its efficacy in promoting health and wellness.
However, the lingering question remains: can Hemp Oil help frontline healthcare workers combat fatigue and mood tension?
To provide a cogent answer, we will focus on key considerations. First, we’ll explain what makes Hemp Oil ideal for mood balance. Second, we explain what CBD is and how it’s connected to marijuana. Finally, we show why so many doctors and healthcare workers have changed their minds about hemp.
What Is Hemp Oil?
Hemp Oil comes from two sources: hemp seeds or hemp plants. Personally, we call the former “Hempseed Oil” and the latter “Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil.” Many companies also market CBD oil as “Hemp Oil.” However, that’s a little misleading. But, we’ll get to that in a second.
First, let’s talk about Hempseed Oil and Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil.
Hempseed Oil comes from crushing hemp seeds and extracting oil from them. Hemp seeds are nutty, flavorful, and rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. However, they don’t contain all the terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids from the stems and leaves of the hemp plant.
Meanwhile, Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is derived from the entire hemp plant. It includes all the major cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes from the plant.
A Quick Refresher on the Major Chemicals in Hemp
- Cannabinoids: These are naturally occurring compounds in the Cannabis Sativa plant. There are well over 100 of these found in the plant, and each of them interacts in unique ways with the human endocannabinoid system.
- Flavonoids: Have you ever wondered how fruits and veggies get their bright, vibrant colors? Flavonoids are phytonutrients that (along with carotenoids) provide color to plants. These unique phytonutrients play a role in cellular pathway signals, and there are plenty of studies detailing the antioxidant properties of flavonoids in fruits, vegetables, and wine.
- Terpenes: Aromatherapy is based on these tiny plant molecules. Terpenes are the phytonutrients that give plants their aromas. In the case of hemp, terpenes provide the slightly sweet, acidic, and earthy smell of the typical hemp plant.
- Vitamins & Minerals: Hemp contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, including:
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B-6
- Fatty acids: Hemp contains a variety of fatty acids that make up its fat profile, including omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid), omega-6 (linoleic acid), and alpha-linolenic acid.
Hemp Seed Oil doesn’t have many of the above, since the seed doesn’t contain the full spectrum of hemp chemicals. CBD oil also comes from the leaves of the hemp plant. But, unlike Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil, CBD oil predominantly contains just a single cannabinoid — CBD.
CBD is isolated from the rest of the hemp plant’s nutritional profile and packaged into a bottle. That’s why we don’t consider CBD oil “Hemp Oil.” It’s really just an isolated compound in a bottle.
CBD, Hemp Seed Oil, and Hemp Oil are usually extracted using harsh CO2 gas processes. These extraction methods can damage cellular walls and strip vital nutrients from the end product. At Synchronicity™, we use our patented LipidTrans™ Infusion Process, which leverages a gentle hand-pressing process to extract all the vital nutrients without damaging the cellular integrity of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, minerals, or vitamins.
So, why is this important? And, how does that relate to CBD?
Understanding Cannabinoids and CBD
Without a doubt, Cannabidiol (CBD) is the biggest trend of the decade. But, believe it or not, CBD is one of over a hundred cannabinoids present in the hemp plant. Some other popular cannabinoids include:
- Cannabigerolic Acid (CBGA): This cannabinoid actually helps synthesize all of the other rich cannabinoids like CBD in hemp plants. Early research suggests that CBGA may help with mood and digestion issues, physical discomfort, and apoptosis (the destruction of malignant cells).
- Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA): Typically, cannabinoids interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body. But CBDA actually acts as an enzyme that prohibits your endocannabinoid system from creating COX-2 enzymes — which may play a role in inflammation. COX-2 enzymes control processes like blood clot formation and blood flow in the event of an injury.
- Cannabigerovarinic Acid (CBGVA): This is another cannabinoid that helps synthesize CBD.
Each of these cannabinoids offers unique benefits, and we strongly recommend that you do independent research and discover the benefits of these compounds for yourself. When you purchase a product marketed as “CBD Oil,” you’re getting CBD — and that’s it! To get all of these other cannabinoids, you need Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil.
What About the Elephant in the Room — THC?
While we’re talking about cannabinoids, let’s quickly touch on THC. For healthcare workers, we suggest avoiding THC. Depending on laws in your state, you may be regularly tested for substances like THC. CBD and THC are both cannabinoids in the hemp plant.
That said, THC has psychoactive properties. It’s the chemical that makes you feel “high” when you smoke marijuana. Hemp, by definition, contains less than 0.3% THC. Reputably sourced Hemp Oil products also contain under 0.3% THC. In contrast, many popular medical marijuana strains contain up to 15% THC.
True Entourage Effect™
We know that CBD Oil typically contains only one cannabinoid (CBD), while Hempseed Oil contains several cannabinoids. Still, the benefits of having all of the phytonutrients together are considerable. We call this the “True Entourage Effect™.”
All of these rich phytonutrients and compounds exist in hemp for a reason. And, we believe that they work synergistically in the body’s endocannabinoid system to produce unparalleled benefits.
There’s a wealth of research on the Entourage Effect, and we strongly recommend checking out some of these interesting research papers:
- The Case for the Entourage Effect and Conventional Breeding of Clinical Cannabis: No “Strain,” No Gain
- Cannabis Pharmacology: The Usual Suspects and a Few Promising Leads
- The Diverse CB1 and CB2 Receptor Pharmacology of Three Plant Cannabinoids: Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, Cannabidiol, and Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabivarin
- Cannabis, a complex plant: Different Compounds and Different Effects on Individuals
All of these studies (through different methods) arrive at the same conclusion: hemp compounds act synergistically in the body. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Is it better to take a multivitamin or eat a nutritious meal rich in fruits and vegetables? Obviously, the latter is the better choice.
That’s because fruits and vegetables offer far more than just vitamins; they contain thousands of other phytonutrients that your body craves.
But, there’s a problem. Traditional hemp extraction methods destroy the integrity of some of these nutrients.
Synchronicity's LipidTrans™ Infusion Process
At Synchronicity™, our tagline is “Feel The Full Effect” for a reason: We believe in the True Entourage Effect™. Our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil extraction process starts with the whole plant. Our patented CBDRx18 strain of hemp is a world-standard for cannabis genomes. We take our GMO-free crop, and we gently hand-press the plant to get a pure and potent Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil.
In the process, we strive to avoid damaging any cellular walls, degrading key phytonutrients, or losing any valuable minerals and vitamins. So, instead of using harsh CO2, we hand-press each batch of Hemp Oil using MCT and coconut oil. Sure, it takes longer (a lot longer). However, we believe that quality Hemp Oil isn’t derived from harsh chemical processes. You deserve better. We’ve spent decades cultivating the perfect hemp strain, and based on customer testimonials, it was worth the effort to do so.
The Benefits of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil for Frontline Healthcare Workers
Sure, there’s much research backing up the use of CBD for mood balancing. We’ll list a few studies below, but they are far from comprehensive.
- The Biology and Potential Therapeutic Effects of Cannabidiol
- Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series
- Cannabidiol as a Therapeutic Alternative for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: From Bench Research to Confirmation in Human Trials
- Could Cannabidiol be Used as an Alternative to Antipsychotics?
And, many healthcare professionals are already enjoying CBD as part of their everyday routines. However, CBD isn’t the only beneficial component in the hemp plant. Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil unlocks all of the synergistic and holistic value of hemp and delivers it to you in one, easy-to-use package.
In today’s ecosystem, frontline healthcare workers face many challenges. From providing intensive care during the COVID-19 pandemic to comforting the families of patients, they experience a variety of pressures on a daily basis.
Whether you’re an EMS worker, nurse, doctor, or a member of the janitorial staff keeping healthcare facilities clean, you’ve probably encountered work-related stress. And, that’s understandable.
Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil can help you relieve mood tension, stress, and bodily imbalances. In fact, studies are already underway to see just how effective hemp has been in preventing burnout among healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. At Synchronicity™, we believe that rich, nutrient-dense hemp has the power to impact people’s lives in profound ways.
Don’t believe us? See for yourself. If you’re a frontline healthcare worker dealing with burnout, check out our line of tinctures and capsules. Need something a little more COVID-19-focused? We’ve recently launched a Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Hand Sanitizer, as well.
Finally, if you have any questions about the quality of our plants, products, or extraction process, contact us. As always, we invite you to share your thoughts with us about our Full-Spectrum CBD Products on Twitter and Facebook.