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Can Hemp Benefit Healthcare Workers?

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
    • Magnesium
    • Potassium
    • Phosphorus
    • Niacin
    • Vitamin B-6
    • Folate
    • Riboflavin
    • Thiamine
  • 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.

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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:

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.

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 on Twitter and Facebook.

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.

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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.

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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.


  • 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.


  • 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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10 Reasons for Hemp’s Rising Popularity

When even NFL athletes advocate for hemp, you know that hemp’s rising popularity isn’t a flash in the pan. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the growth of industrial and consumer-based hemp, driven in large part by strong public demand. According to a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, a single month in 2019 saw 6.4 million searches for CBD on Google alone. 

And, CBD represents only a small part of the larger hemp industry. Hemp and CBD differ from each other. Specifically, the latter makes up only about 23% of the industry. And, that larger industry is on a clear upward trajectory. 

In fact, global hemp retail revenue, estimated at $3.7 billion in 2018, is expected to hit $5.7 billion in 2020. By 2024, it’s expected to almost double to $10.3 billion dollars. 

So, what’s fueling hemp’s rising popularity? The answer isn’t as simple as it appears. Instead, a convergence of a number of factors has all contributed to the industry’s rapid (and sustained) growth. Let’s break down the 10 most important reasons hemp is getting more popular, seemingly by the day.

1) The Evidence Behind Hemp's Rising Popularity Is Clear

In terms of medical benefits, the science behind the efficacy of hemp and Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is still young. However, an increasing number of studies are beginning to reveal the potential of the compounds in hemp. This includes the potential to:

All of this evidence, of course, is still in the early stages. Studies that have arrived at these results will need to be confirmed by others. But, the evidence before us is notably encouraging. Add to that the Entourage Effect of terpenes (oils within the plant that maximize its positive effects), and the future looks more promising than ever. 

Increasing publicity behind these studies is a major driver for the growth of hemp. As science begins to confirm the claims many producers have made, consumers and health professionals alike are beginning to sit up and take notice.

2) Americans are Looking for Natural Alternatives

Significantly, an increase in scientific evidence pointing towards the effectiveness of hemp has corresponded with a rising interest in natural products. According to Investopedia:

Many of today’s consumers are demanding greater transparency in the products they purchase, including knowing where their products come from and what their ingredients are… The trend of introducing products with a shorter ingredient list and greater transparency is likely to continue for both larger, traditional companies and new, niche competitors who want to cater to this growing consumer base.

That trend is especially pronounced in the personal care industry, where consumers demand transparency and prioritize natural products with fewer toxic chemicals. Enter hemp, a plant farmers have cultivated since 8,000 B.C.

While the evidence mounts about the benefits of hemp, consumers simultaneously look for natural alternatives to existing products. In other words, it’s the perfect synergy of events to drive hemp’s rising popularity.

3) The Opioid Epidemic Has Highlighted the Shortcomings of Modern Medicine

Before COVID-19, the opioid crisis was the most significant health crisis in the United States. It claimed the lives of almost 50,000 Americans in 2018 alone, with millions more suffering from the effects of opioid misuse. 

Cannabis, and hemp, in particular, are not direct solutions for this crisis. But, there’s evidence that the addictive effects of many pain killers have inspired both medical professionals and patients to look for better alternatives. Worried about the negative effects of synthetic drugs, they turned to natural solutions.

There have been several, albeit limited, research on the use of cannabis as a more direct impetus for reducing opioid usage. In a Canadian study, a small population of chronic pain patients in Michigan reported reductions in opioid use by 64%, as well as decreased medication side effects and improved quality of life, after being prescribed cannabis.

More research is clearly necessary. But, it’s important to recognize that as awareness of the opioid crisis has grown, so has the public acceptance of hemp.

4) Social Acceptance for Cannabis Is Fueling Hemp's Rising Popularity

Just a few years ago, the mere mention of “cannabis” or “hemp” would elicit images of smoking joints in people’s minds. However, we’ve come a long way from those days. In fact, today’s opinions about hemp are much more nuanced in nature.

For instance, a survey completed in 2018, showed that almost 60% of medical care providers either strongly or somewhat agreed that medical cannabis was a legitimate medical therapy.  In another survey, most consumers agreed that all forms of cannabis should be legal, with stress reduction cited most often as its primary benefit. Yet another survey found that 46% of American adults were more open to full legalization than they had been a few years ago.

We’re far from full acceptance, of course. A wide range of myths about cannabis and hemp still exist in many people’s minds. However, these results provide yet another piece of evidence behind the continued growth of hemp. 

5) Cannabis Legalization is Proceeding Quickly

Speaking of legalization: public opinion is not the only thing changing in this area. When commodity hemp production was federally legalized in the United States in 2018, the industry saw an almost immediate, dramatic upswing. According to a 2019 New York Times article:

An estimated 285,000 acres of hemp were planted nationwide compared with about 78,000 acres in 2018.

Needless to say, that jump is significant. Now that hemp is no longer treated as a controlled substance, the industry is free to expand its production across a variety of applications. No wonder hemp industry revenues have continued to rise dramatically.

6) Hemp Products Span a Wide Range of Industries

Another reason for the rapid rise of hemp is its versatility. Beyond personal care products like Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil, the plant has also resulted in a wide range of other successful applications:

  • Clothing, which dates back to ancient Mesopotamian times. Big-name brands like Levi’s and Patagonia are beginning to offer hemp-based apparel, which is more durable than cotton.
  • Paper, made of hemp fiber that is four to five times stronger than wood pulp. That tear-resistance has led to applications in filters, banknotes, and art canvases.
  • Food and beverages, where hemp shows up as a component in iced teas, beers, and wines. Hemp seeds, in particular, are a great source of vital nutrients and protein.
  • Bioplastics, which offer many sustainable advantages to traditional plastics. As an added benefit, evidence suggests that hemp can “lock-in” carbon dioxide and contribute to a reduction in climate change.
  • Biofuel and biodiesel, which can offer vital assistance in the fight against our dependence on fossil fuels.
  • Housing, especially insulation materials. The use of natural products makes home construction a sustainable enterprise. Hemp also makes insulation recyclable, resistant to heat flow, and more durable against moisture and rot.
  • Animal bedding, particularly as a low-cost and more effective floor covering for livestock like rabbits and chickens. 
  • Automotive. Did you know that Henry Ford tried building a car made from hemp? More recently, BMW has used the same material to reduce weight in some of its models, and hemp is emerging as a sustainable solution in the automobile industry.

It seems like new uses for this plant are being discovered every day. Is it a wonder that the industry is expanding rapidly?

7) Production of Hemp is (Relatively) Low-Maintenance

For being such a versatile plant, hemp is surprisingly resilient. One study focusing on the clothing industry, for instance, found that hemp requires only 25% of the water required to grow cotton. Hemp also doesn’t need the pesticides that many of its alternatives require and is able to grow in almost any condition. 

That low maintenance is one reason for its explosive growth in some farm areas like Iowa. During hot and dry summers, farmers are able to leverage this plant as a vital crop and addition to their fields.

We have to be careful here. Growing hemp in a way that maximizes its benefit is still a complex undertaking. In fact, sustainable farming, harvesting, and extraction is one reason why high-quality Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is not always cheap. Still, the relatively low cost required, particularly for industrial hemp, has been a major factor in driving growth for the hemp industry.

8) Hemp Oil Creates a Wide Range of Therapeutic Effects

Let’s get specific on Hemp Oil. It’s our specialty, after all. Among the many uses outlined above, it’s still the one we believe in, and that belief has begun to spread elsewhere, as well.

Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil tends to feel natural to our body because of how we react to phytocannabinoids, which are similar in chemical makeup to our own cells. As a result, Full-Spectrum products can make us feel more:

  • Emotionally grounded and less anxious
  • Alert and focused
  • Refreshed and rested
  • Self-reliant in dealing with physical discomfort

The emergence of Hemp Oil capsules has added to these effects by creating a more controlled serving size and easy integration into existing wellness routines. In other words, the mainstreaming of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil has led to significant product improvements, which in turn have led to hemp’s rising popularity.

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9) High-Quality Products are Getting Easier to Find

The accessibility of high-quality products is the impetus spearheading the evolution of a particular industry. As the hemp industry continues to grow and mature, high-quality brands and products are essential to its success. 

That, in turn, leads to a circular effect. The benefits and effects of high-quality products are more pronounced, leading to more acceptance and advocacy by consumers. The same products also help build the reputation of hemp companies, which they can leverage into further growth for themselves. Though product prices are still higher for these brands, a hemp brand that can prove the quality of its products can carve out a growing share in the market.

Of course, finding these high-quality products is still a crucial part of the larger equation. According to The Consumer Brand Association, 70% of consumers prefer purchasing hemp products from a well-known, established brand. And, more than 55% believe that big brands have better safety controls in place. Still, you’ll need to do careful research to ensure you aren’t overpaying for Hemp Oil (or buying a poor product). Through that process, every consumer plays a part in the continued and rapid growth of the hemp industry.

10) We're Only Scratching the Surface of Potential Hemp Benefits

We’re just getting started. The hemp industry is not showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. If anything, with legalization in the United States out of the way, it will only continue to grow exponentially.

Part of the reason for this is undoubtedly the fact that we still don’t know everything about the vital hemp plant. Many of the applications above, from automotive to housing, are still in the testing phases. As they move from the prototyping phase to mainstream use, the hemp industry will only benefit.

The same is true for the personal care product industry, as well. The medical evidence cited above is promising but requires further confirmation and exploration. However, there is little reason to believe that the next studies, already underway, will be anything but positive. If the trend continues, we will uncover more of the plant’s benefits than we’re currently aware of.

If you’re looking for more information about hemp’s rising popularity, we can help. At Synchronicity, we believe that we’ve played an important role in hemp’s rapid rise, and we look forward to being a strong influence in its continued growth. Our products are designed to benefit you in a variety of ways. So, tell us: In exploring the use of hemp, what areas do you need help in? Contact us to talk about all things hemp or share your thoughts with us on Twitter and Facebook.

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12 Best Wellness Podcasts for Mind, Body, and Spirit in 2020

According to Forbes, there are now more than 800,000 podcasts with over 54 million episodes currently available worldwide. This popular media format offers bite-sized chunks of content that can be consumed anywhere and are perfect for busy routines. Many of us are looking to become more informed on current events, or to be distracted from them. Either way, this relatively new form of edu-tainment is here to stay. Our team has compiled a list of the 12 best wellness podcasts for 2020, so you can use your spare time to improve in mind, body, and spirit!

What Are the Best Wellness Podcasts?

The Wellness Mama

The Wellness Mama is a weekly series covering the topics of holistic health, real food, stress, sleep, fitness, toxins, natural living, DIY, parenting, motherhood, and other health tips to give you actionable solutions to improve your family’s life. It’s brought to you by mom of six Katie Wells of, an online resource for women and moms who want to live healthier lives.

This Week in Wellness

Every week, Brett Hill scours the globe to find the health news highlights you need. In just five minutes, he gets you up to speed on all the latest health and wellness news and shares what it may mean for you. As a chiropractor and public figure in Australia, he has inspired thousands of people over the last decade to live long, happy, healthy lives full of energy and vitality.

Science Vs

There are a lot of fads, blogs, and strong opinions, but then there’s science. Wondering whether you should drink detox teas like an Insta-celeb, or believe your drunk uncle’s rant about gun control? This science-based podcast strives to find out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between. These friendly fact-checkers do the hard work of sifting through all the science, so you don’t have to. The current season tackles football concussions, heartbreak, 5G networks, sleep, free healthcare, police use of force, asteroids, and more.

>> Listen to the latest episode: “Coronavirus: Are We Back Where We Started?”

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What Are the Best Fitness Podcasts?

The mindbodygreen Podcast

This podcast is brought to you by Jason Wachob, founder and co-CEO of mindbodygreen, the popular website that kick-started a new conversation about health and now has more than 5,000 contributors and an audience of 10 million people worldwide. A continuation of the mindbodygreen journey, Jason engages in open, honest conversations with the people shaping the world of well-being. After all, wellness is not a destination, it’s a journey.

Bulletproof Radio

Being bulletproof is the state of high performance where you take control and improve your biochemistry, your body, and your mind so they work in unison to help you execute at levels far beyond what you’d expect. And do it all without burning out, getting sick, or acting like a stressed-out a-hole. Bulletproof Radio was born out of a 20-year, single-minded crusade to upgrade human beings using every available technology. It distills the knowledge of world-class doctors, biochemists, scientists, Olympic nutritionists, meditation experts, and mavericks. Host Dave Asprey has been obsessively focused on discovering, “What are the simplest things you can do to be better at everything?” It used to take a lifetime to radically rewire the human body and mind, but technology has changed the rules. Follow along as Dave and his guests provide everything you need to upgrade your mind, body, and life.

Food Psych

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor Christy Harrison talks with guests about their relationships with food, body image, eating disorders, weight and size acceptance, non-diet nutrition, exercise, body politics, feminism, self-compassion, and self-care. Along the way, Christy shares her own journey from disordered eater and dieter to food writer and anti-diet dietitian, and she offers tips to help you accept your body and let go of guilt about food. Every week, this podcast challenges diet culture in all its forms—including the restrictive behaviors that often masquerade as wellness and fitness. It’s designed to offer safe, non-triggering support for listeners in recovery from eating disorders, weight stigma, and body shame.

What Are the Best Mental Health Podcasts?

Practice Makes Podcast

This self-improvement podcast features Jordy Wofford, a traveled linguist and American immigrant living in French Canada, and Tyler Kingsbury, a personal trainer turned scientist and future author of a self-help book. (Watch her TedxTalk.) Every week, they discuss topics meant to inspire and get you to rethink the way we live.

>> Listen to the latest episode: “Cognitive Distortions”

The Struggle Bus: Self-Care, Mental Health, and Other Hilarious Stuff

This is an advice show about mental health, self-care, and just getting through the damn day. Co-hosts Katharine Heller and Sally Tamarkin answer listener questions about family, friends, work, mental health, love, and literally everything else—no topic is off-limits and no problem is too big, too small, or too weird. Climb aboard and get advice from two friends who have lots of feelings and lots of opinions.

>> Listen to the latest episode: “Everybody Do Less”

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The Dark Place: Honest Conversations About Mental Health, Depression, and Anxiety

This podcast offers a shame-free space where people talk about their struggles, difficult past memories, and what it’s like to live with mental illness. No matter the story, host Joel Kutz treats anyone and everyone with compassion as they discuss common topics like depression, anxiety, abuse, and trauma.

>> Listen to the latest episode: “Steve Austin”

What Are the Best Functional Health Podcasts?

CBD School

School is in session because this podcast is your comprehensive source for learning about how to get the most health and wellness benefits out of CBD products. From news to gossip and fresh discoveries, this podcast covers it all, so you won’t miss what truly matters. Tune in for countless episodes on the favorite compound at CBD School—cannabidiol.

Periodic Effects

Focused on the business and science of cannabis, CEO and Founder of Periodic Edibles Wayne Schwind hosts weekly interviews that give you an inside look at cannabis business operators and the latest studies on cannabis scientific research. If you’re operating in the cannabis industry, a budtender looking to learn more, or a consumer wondering how cannabis can help you, this is the place for you!

>> Listen to the latest episode: “Deep Dive into the Entourage Effect

The Hemp Chat

All about inspiration, education, and innovation of agricultural hemp, this podcast features episodes from Derek Cross, a blogger, writer, speaker, podcaster, and educator, as he sits down to discuss the ins and outs of the agricultural hemp industry. He strives to empower the industry by providing in-depth interviews with farmers, educators, innovators, product developers, and health professionals.

Do More Than Listen About Wellness

Take what you learn and start improving your mind, body, and spirit in a way that works for you. Like the podcasters above, we push ourselves to improve because we recognize the positive impact that natural supplements have on people’s lives. Learn how Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil has many potential benefits that allow you to build a healthy lifestyle. Contact us today to learn about our products and how we can help you prioritize health and wellness.
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Moisturizing and Hydrating Skin With Sodium Hyaluronate

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Your skin is a remarkable organ, with a complex configuration of cells and tissues. Still, much happens far below the surface. Here, new skin cells form, proteins are converted into collagen, and oil glands produce sebum (a slightly waxy substance). Together, these functions keep your skin smooth, supple, and resilient.
However, your skin is also susceptible to numerous internal and external factors that can impair healthy function. For example, the sun’s UV rays break down collagen, and the natural aging process slows oil production and cell renewal. Meanwhile, the over-use of harsh skincare products can inhibit your skin’s natural ability to repair itself. While most of these damaging effects are beyond our control, we still have reason to be optimistic. Below, we talk about the benefits of moisturizing and hydrating skin with sodium hyaluronate.

The Power of Sodium Hyaluronate

Not too long ago, experts believed that the outermost layer of the skin formed a nearly impenetrable, water-resistant barrier. However, we now know antioxidants, fatty acids, and herbal extracts can boost skin cell renewal and moisture retention. So, to keep your skin looking fresh and radiant, consider investing in skincare products infused with sodium hyaluronate.
Sodium hyaluronate is a moisture-binding skin lubricant, a natural humectant that delivers essential nutrients to cells far below the surface of the skin. Once you understand the strengths of this hyaluronic acid derivative, you’ll see why the combination of sodium hyaluronate and Whole-Plant, Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil can help you nurture, protect, and rejuvenate your skin.

Understanding the Health and Wellness Potential of Sodium Hyaluronate

Sodium hyaluronate is a purified form of hyaluronic acid, a thick gelatinous substance found in nearly every cell of the body. Specifically, hyaluronic acid is the substance that keeps your eyes moist, joints lubricated, and connective tissues pliable. Most of this naturally occurring substance can be found in your skin.
A substance that can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, hyaluronic acid nourishes and protects collagen fibers. This gives your skin structure and volume. In youth, the body makes all the hyaluronic acid the skin needs to stay firm, plump, and resilient. But, over time, sun exposure, environmental toxins, and the natural aging process deplete the skin’s hyaluronic acid reserves. As production declines, so does the skin’s ability to retain moisture.
If you’ve been following some of the latest trends in skincare, you may have noticed the inclusion of hyaluronic acid in products like cleansing wipes, nurturing skin serums, and anti-aging moisturizers. What you may not realize is that hyaluronic acid molecules are actually too large to penetrate the surface of the skin. To fully replenish the skin’s moisture, sodium hyaluronate (a sodium salt) must be extracted from hyaluronic acid. The former has a smaller molecular weight, which allows it to penetrate the sub-dermal layers. Sodium hyaluronate also has many possible applications in the medical field and cosmetic industry.

Injectables for Face and Body

The synovial fluid that fills the knee joint typically contains high amounts of hyaluronic acid. However, diseased joints often contain less than they should. When other treatments prove ineffective, sodium hyaluronate injections can restore synovial fluid in joints that have been compromised by osteoarthritis. 
Also, when injected as a biological lubricant, sodium hyaluronate reduces the friction between adjacent tissues. To put it another way, sodium hyaluronate has the potential to minimize discomfort and improve range of motion considerably. 
Similar injections have also proven effective for patients living with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). To fight premature aging, sodium hyaluronate dermal filler injections can improve the appearance of the nasolabial folds, soften deep facial wrinkles, and plump thinning lips.

Hydrating Facial Serums

Facial serums fulfill a need previously unaddressed by other types of skincare products. Specifically, that’s the ability to deliver beneficial skin nutrients to the tissues deep below the epidermis (top layer of the skin). Today, many facial serums are lightweight, highly concentrated, and easily absorbed by the skin.
When included as an ingredient in facial serums, sodium hyaluronate can improve moisture retention and thus, revive distressed skin. And, in view of recent studies, continued use can result in noticeable improvements in skin elasticity. By and large, sodium hyaluronate constitutes a “must-have” anti-aging ingredient in skin care products. Here’s why: It improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture, resulting in fewer fine lines and wrinkles.

Facial and Body Moisturizers

While serums can deliver a boost of moisture and nutrients to the tissues below the surface, moisturizers keep the outermost layer of the skin smooth, supple, and hydrated. Although moisturizers generally don’t penetrate as deeply as skin serums, the emollient oils and lipids in moisturizers fill the spaces between skin cells, creating a more even appearance.
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The sodium hyaluronate in moisturizing creams and body lotions seals moisture in the skin. However, applying products containing sodium hyaluronate to dry skin will likely not provide the effects you’re looking for. For best results, moisturizers containing sodium hyaluronate should be applied to still-damp skin.

Hyaluronic Acid Hair Care

Many of the same product ingredients that benefit the health and appearance of your skin can also be helpful for your hair and scalp. Sodium hyaluronate is no exception. The hair follicles on your scalp are embedded deeply into the dermal layer of your skin. As the hyaluronic acid (HA) content in your skin declines, it can have a detrimental effect on hair growth and appearance. 
As you age, your tresses may thin, and you may experience hair loss. Restoring lost moisture to the scalp with sodium hyaluronate can help stimulate hair growth and add volume to the hair. You may even find your hair less susceptible to breakage. Gentle enough for regular use, sodium hyaluronate serums can be added to shampoo, hair conditioners, or leave-in hair care products.

Renewing and Hydrating Skin With Sodium Hyaluronate and Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil

If you’re intrigued by the idea of hydrating skin with sodium hyaluronate, you may be equally fascinated by how well this hyaluronic acid derivative and Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil can work together. As the sodium hyaluronate fortifies your skin and seals in moisture, CBD and other phytocannabinoids in the Hemp Oil interact with the receptors of your skin’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).
You’ll find ECS receptors in nearly every type of skin cell. This means the phytocannabinoids in Hemp Oil will prove useful in many ways. For example, they can relay urgent messages to the receptors that regulate oil production, moisture balance, skin cell formation, and collagen synthesis. Just a few of the many potential benefits of adding Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil to your skincare routine include:
  • Reduced redness and skin irritation
  • Decreased dryness or excess oiliness
  • Reduced frequency or severity of acne (anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties)
  • Improved skin tone and texture
  • Increased collagen production
  • Protection from free-radical damage (antioxidant properties)
  • Decreased inflammations that can break down collagen and cause blemishes
  • Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
  • Replacement of natural skin lipids to increase skin elasticity

Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil (Not CBD Isolate) Works Best With Sodium Hyaluronate

Although Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil contains CBD (cannabidiol), it’s important to know that a considerable number of hemp products labeled as “CBD Oil” don’t contain the full range of phytocannabinoids, plant terpenes, and other potentially beneficial phytonutrients found in the original plant. Instead, CBD isolate products feature nothing more than a single cannabinoid.
While CBD isolate does have potential skin benefits of its own, most Hemp Oil users find Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products the better option. As Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil penetrates the surface, your skin also absorbs the full range of phytocannabinoids, phytonutrients, and amino acids contained in hemp. All in all, the combined effects of these plant elements contribute to a fascinating phenomenon called the Entourage Effect. This effect takes the concept of synergy to an entirely new level.

How the Entourage Effect Can Impact Your Hemp Oil Experience

Synergy is a term used to explain how the combination of active components delivers a stronger effect than individual elements on their own. It’s kind of like saying 1+1=3. 
In any case, it’s important to realize that the inactive plant components in hemp only activate when combined. Basically, 500 plant elements combine to magnify and multiply the impact of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. This theory of the Entourage Effect explains why so many Hemp Oil enthusiasts find Full-Spectrum products more potent than those made with just CBD isolate.

Not All Full-Spectrum Skin Care Products Deliver a True Entourage Effect™

As you search for Hemp Oil skincare products, you’ll likely find numerous companies claiming their Full-Spectrum products contain all the phytocannabinoids, plant terpenes, and plant compounds in the same ratios as the original plant source. Despite the claim, many of these companies use harsh extraction methods that compromise the integrity of the Whole-Plant.
By the same token, if you’re purchasing Hemp Oil products from a company using potentially harmful solvents or extreme heat, you may not experience the True Entourage Effect. Many of these “Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil” products turn out to be Broad-Spectrum at best.
To experience a True Entourage Effect™, you need a production process that preserves the full range of phytocannabinoids, plant waxes, essential fatty acids, and plant fibers in hemp. Many of these phytonutrients are damaged or removed by aggressive extraction methods.
That’s exactly why Synchronicity™ Full-Spectrum, Whole-Plant Hemp Oil products are crafted with oils obtained through LipidTrans™ Infusion. This unique process gently infuses organic coconut oil into our Whole-Plant Hemp in small, hand-pressed batches. Since our production methods preserve the integrity of our plants, our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil provides a True Entourage Effect™.     

Hydrating Skin With Sodium Hyaluronate, Sustainably Sourced Hemp Oil, and Plant-Based Botanicals

Generally, the skin on the face and neck is thinner and more reactive to internal and external influences than the skin on the rest of the body. That’s one of the many reasons we’ve formulated our Synchronicity™ Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Youth Serum to include sodium hyaluronate and an impressive number of natural plant oils and extracts.
As the sodium hyaluronate helps transport the therapeutic potential of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil far below the surface of the skin, the other natural botanicals deliver an impressive list of potential skin benefits of their own.
With daily use, the rosehip oil in our hydrating serum can balance skin pigmentation, soften imperfections, and soothe sun-damaged skin. We also add natural argan and other plant oils to help restore your skin’s natural lipid barrier. In short, we’re particularly proud of our facial serum. The lavender oil in it also protects against free radical damage, reduces skin discoloration, and calms the senses.
Unquestionably, each Synchronicity™ Facial and Body Care Product in our topical line can elevate your beauty routine by leveraging the therapeutic potential of our Full-Spectrum, Whole-Plant infusions.  

Explore the Benefits of Sodium Hyaluronate With Synchronicity’s Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Facial Cream

If you’re intrigued by the possibility of hydrating skin with sodium hyaluronate and leveraging the therapeutic potential of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil, consider trying our Synchronicity™ Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Youth Serum or Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Facial Cream. Then, Ask Your Body™ how our products work for you. 
Finally, all Synchronicity™ topical products, capsules, and Full-Spectrum, Whole-Plant Hemp Oil tinctures, are third-party tested and produced in a cGMP certified facility. That cGMP certification guarantees that every production process meets or exceeds FDA manufacturing standards.


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Why Infuse Body Oil With Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil?

When used regularly, body oil can help keep your skin feeling soft and smooth—and it can take moisturized skin to the next level when combined with nutrient-packed ingredients like coconut, jojoba, lavender, and even hemp. So what happens when you infuse body oil with Hemp Oil? We’ll take a closer look at the benefits of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil—and the synergistic effects of essential oils—when applied to the skin.

What Is Body Oil?

Body oils are highly concentrated liquids that can enhance the appearance of your skin by creating a healthy balance of moisture. Along with their exceptional ability to hydrate your skin, the best body oils are extracted from roots, leaves, flowers, and fruits. Some body lotions contain unhealthy chemicals and can evaporate more quickly, reducing their ability to lock moisture into your skin for a meaningful amount of time. Body oils can help your skin feel soft and supple longer, so you look good and feel even better.

What Are the Benefits of Coconut Oil?

With its high smoke point and numerous health benefits, coconut oil is a popular alternative to traditional cooking oils that can also be used for moisturizing skin and conditioning hair. The secret to this superfood lies in its unique combination of fatty acids. Coconut oil is high in MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides), a type of fat that your body metabolizes very quickly, so it can be used by the body much faster than other fats. MCTs are responsible for many positive effects coconut oil can have on your health, such as:

What Are the Benefits of Jojoba Oil?

A perennial plant that grows in North America, jojoba thrives in harsh desert climates. It produces a nut that can be made into an oil. Gentle enough to mix with other essential oils, many people use jojoba oil as part of their skin-care routine—and for good reason. Research supports the use of jojoba oil as a remedy for acne, dry skin, and other skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

What Are the Benefits of Lavender Oil?

One of the most widely used essential oils and an important component of aromatherapy, lavender oil has many extraordinary properties. Extracted from the flowers of the lavender herb, lavender oil has a fresh, floral scent that has the power to calm restless minds and promote relaxation.

What Are the Benefits of Arnica Oil?

Derived from the arnica flower, arnica oil helps reduce inflammation. Its topical use can alleviate pain and swelling associated with bruises, sprains, pulls, muscle aches, and even arthritis. Because arnica oil helps boost circulation and speed up the healing process, it can help you stay in motion to work, move, and play.

What Are the Benefits of Hemp Oil?

Full-Spectrum Hemp Body Oil, which contains hundreds of cannabinoids including CBD, taps into the nutrient-rich hemp plant and the aromatic properties of popular essential oils—coconut, jojoba, and lavender—to create a topical treatment that’s fragrant, relaxing, and full of beneficial compounds.

Is Hemp Oil Good for Anti-Aging?

As you age, your skin gets drier and thinner, making it more susceptible to environmental factors such as damage from free radicals that can make you look older. Topical Hemp Oil is packed full of antioxidants that have proven anti-aging properties. Along with moisturizing and soothing your skin, Hemp Oil helps improve skin quality to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and protect the skin to prevent signs of aging from even developing.

Is Hemp Oil Good for Puffiness, Dark Circles, and Acne Scars?

You can also use Hemp Oil on your face to combat puffiness, brighten dark circles, and fade stubborn acne scars. The plant nutrients in Hemp Oil have highly effective anti-inflammatory properties shown to reduce inflammation of the skin around the eyes to prevent or relieve puffiness, even out skin tone under the eyes, and help prevent scarring by taming acne before it starts.
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How Often Should I Apply Body Oil?

You may think that oil is heavy and will leave your skin feeling greasy. The truth is that body oil soaks in quickly and easily to leave your skin feeling moisturized all day long. Body oil can be massaged into damp or dry skin below the neck every day for an instant shot of hydration as part of a natural skin-care routine. Because everyone is unique, we recommend starting with a small amount of Full-Spectrum Hemp Body Oil to gauge your response.

Why Infuse Body Oil with Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil?

When you infuse body oil with Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil, the large number of phytocannabinoids, plant terpenes, flavonoids, and other phytonutrients combine to magnify and multiply its therapeutic potential. Basically, the synergistic properties of individual plant elements combine to produce a True Entourage Effect™.
We use sustainable methods and clean processes to retain all the benefits of the whole hemp plant, including CBD. Our rich, hemp-infused body oil is a balancing blend of essential oils and our signature Hemp Oil for softer skin and a relaxing end to your day. Adding hemp-infused body oil to your routine is an easy way to enhance your self-care ritual and whole-body wellness. Use the body oil on its own or create DIY Hemp Oil topical treatments by adding our body oil to your favorite cream or lotion.

Experience Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil for Yourself

We encourage you to try our unique lipid-infused products to experience how Full-Spectrum Hemp Body Oil can make you feel. While this natural plant product is well-tolerated by most people, the phytocannabinoids in Hemp Oil are known to interact negatively with several prescription and nonprescription medications. Always check with your doctor before adding Hemp Oil products to your daily routine.

Still not sure Hemp Oil is right for you? Schedule a FREE one-on-one session with one of our knowledgeable Hemp Oil consultants today. Plus, get a 30% discount just for chatting with us.