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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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Explaining Hemp’s Potential to Your Loved Ones

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

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

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

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

Hemp, an Original Natural Commodity and Herbal Remedy

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

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

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

Explaining Hemp's Potential as a Curative

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

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

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

Hemp's Other Promising Benefits

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

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

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

Hemp Oil and Our Endocannabinoid System

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

  • Appetite
  • Fertility
  • Memory
  • Mood
  • Sleep

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is Hemp Oil Legal?

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

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

Is Hemp Oil Addicting?

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

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

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

What is the Recommended Serving Size for Hemp Oil?

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

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

Are All Hemp Oils the Same?

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

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

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

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

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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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Industrial Hemp: The Revolution Continues

Despite the modern war on marijuana, the herb wasn’t always verboten in the New World. In fact, domestic hemp production actually flourished from the 16th-19th centuries in America. Today, a total of 33 states allow the use of medical marijuana. Meanwhile, 11 states have legalized the use of recreational marijuana. Today, calls abound for its complete legalization. Proponents of legalization have long cited the unfair criminalization of marijuana, maintaining that the latter is preferable to alcohol, tobacco, and “hard” drugs like cocaine and heroine.

In spite of a concerted effort to ban the use of marijuana and its incredible byproduct hemp, we are closer than ever to nationwide legalization of its use. In 2018, the Farm Bill gave the greenlight to broader hemp cultivation and “puts no restrictions on the sale, transport, or possession of hemp-derived products.” In fact, legitimate hemp oil products for a wide variety of uses can be found on store shelves nationwide.

Cannabis, Hemp, Marijuana: How They Are Related

Many people confuse the terms “cannabis,” “hemp,” and “marijuana.” They often presume the three mean the same thing. However, the terms differ in relation to taxonomy classification or chemical composition. So, let’s get a quick rundown of the differences between them.

  • Cannabis: This refers to a group or genus of flowering plants (Cannabaceae) that contain compounds like THC and CBD, which make it of great value to humanity.
  • Hemp: Hemp is derived from a cannabis plant that has been cultivated for commercial and industrial uses and, by legal definition, contains less than 0.3% of THC content.
  • Marijuana: Although once derided for its popularity among Mexican immigrants in the American Southwest, marijuana simply refers to any cannabis plant containing more than 0.3% of THC.

As can be seen, cannabis can be divided into two categories: hemp and marijuana. Because THC has psychotropic properties that noticeably affect cognitive performance and behavior, it remains a controversial subject for many. However, CBD continues to gain popularity precisely because it lacks the very properties that deliver a “high.”

History tells us that people used cannabis for pleasurable recreation as far back as 500 B.C. From the cannabis plant, we get hemp, a specially cultivated strain with little to no THC content.

Fortunately for American consumers, some businesses recognized the importance of Hemp Oil early. For instance, Functional Remedies has two decades of experience cultivating proprietary hemp plants and continues to expand its knowledge base and product line, all while refining its already superior sustainable farming practices. Such longevity in the competitive field of hemp commercial products is rare, earning the company a reputation for being a respected voice in the industry.

Hemp Oil and CBD Oil: They're the Same, Right?

Once more, understanding cannabis nomenclature is essential. You’ll actually run across three terms which seem interchangeable but aren’t.

  • CBD Oil: Oils that contain CBD and be sourced from either cannabis or hemp. CBD can be in full-spectrum, broad spectrum, or isolate form.
  • Hemp Oil: This includes any natural nutrients or chemicals gleaned from the aerial plant portions of a hemp plant. This product includes terpenes, CBD, other cannabinoids, and flavonoids, which means it includes all the beneficial nutrients hemp offers.
  • Hemp Seed Oil: Created by cold pressing hemp seeds, this oil contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which aid cell, muscle, and organ functions. It doesn’t contain any CBD or other cannabinoids.

Once again, consider CBD oil to be a broad description of a variety of oils. However, when consuming hemp oil, you are assured of using a product made from cultivated hemp plants. Whereas some CBD products include high amounts of THC, Hemp Oils are guaranteed to contain less than 0.3% of the compound, an amount so minor it delivers no psychotropic effects.

This is the reason why so many discerning users prefer Hemp Oil as a means of improving their well-being while retaining mental alertness.

Industrial Hemp: Serving Humankind in Various Ways

There has been much focus on the health and wellness potential of Hemp Oil. But, we should not overlook its applications in other areas. In fact, hemp has been used for industrial purposes for more than 10,000 years.

And, thanks to scientific advances, humans are discovering more and more uses for industrial hemp. But first, a short history about it.

The Enduring History of Industrial Hemp

As far back as ancient China, you’ll find references to the practical uses and value of hemp as both a food and fiber source. The Mesopotamian culture also took advantage of this hearty, versatile plant; archaeologists found hemp cloth remnants in Mesopotamia dating back to 8000 B.C.

Over time, humans across the world made ropes, fabrics, cloth sails, and manufacturing paper from hemp. The plant made its way to Europe at about 1200 B.C. From that vantage point, it spread throughout the rest of the world.

During the founding of America, hemp was such an essential crop that formal mandates oversaw its production. Presidents Washington, Madison, and Jefferson were hemp farmers, as were Benjamin Franklin and Henry Clay. Contrary to popular rumor, no proof exists that any of these Founding Fathers used cannabis to get high.

The only blot in hemp’s recorded history is courtesy of the 20th century United States government. In its zeal to “eradicate that evil drug, marijuana,” it passed into law the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.

Restrictions on marijuana use continued until the 2018 Farm Bill. The bill was a major victory for hemp proponents. It has helped propel growth in an exciting industry, offering what seems to be unlimited benefits for America and the world. 

Industrial Hemp in the 21st Century

Below, we take a peek at new potential applications for industrial hemp in the 21st century.

Fantastic Fiber

Hemp produces the strongest and longest plant fiber in the world and remains resistant to rot. It’s infinitely superior to cotton, another popular fibrous plant, for these reasons.

  • Production: One acre of hemp will produce more fiber than three acres of cotton.
  • Endurance: Hemp fibers last twice as long as cotton fibers.
  • Texture: Not only is hemp stronger, but it’s also softer than cotton (and keeps getting softer with use)
  • Stretch-Resistant: Thanks to its strength, hemp fabrics stretch less and retain their original shape and size.
  • Water-Resistant: Hemp will not succumb to mildew, a common problem with cotton.
  • Hardy: Cotton needs more water than frost-tolerant hemp. The latter consumes less water, which means it can grow almost anywhere.
  • Environmentally Better: Half of the pesticides and herbicides manufactured today are used in cotton production. Hemp needs fewer pesticides. Also, reputable companies like Functional Remedies offer a COA (Certificate of Analysis) for each product. A COA certifies the purity of the product and the accuracy of ingredients.
  • UV Protection: When it comes to blocking harmful ultraviolet rays, hemp excels for its protective attributes.
  • Holds Colors: Dyed hemp materials retain original dye colors longer than cotton.
  • Versatility: While cotton boasts various uses, hemp continues to distinguish itself with new applications in various fields.

When harvesting hemp fiber, there are two materials to glean from the plant: the outer stem, where the bast fibers are found, and the inner woody core (called the hurd or shiv).  The outer, longer bast fibers are processed and used for high-end applications like furnishings, clothing, and floor coverings. The shorter inner hurd core is converted into hemp tow and used for stuffing or coarse yarn spinning.

Some hemp uses are obvious, but you may be surprised to learn about other materials and products made from hemp.

Clothing

The ancient practice of growing hemp for cloth production continues from Mesopotamian times, making it one of the earliest examples of cultivating the plant for utilitarian, commercial purposes.

Fashions may change by the season, but hemp maintains its own steady trend. These days, finding hemp clothing is a breeze, no matter what you’re looking for. Hats, shirts, pants, shoes, sports clothing, sweatshirts, tank tops, t-shirts, and hoodies: All can be made from hemp. Even the big-name manufacturers are getting in on the hemp clothing game, such as Levi’s Wellthread Collection and Patagonia’s Hemp Clothing Collection. You can even find clothing made from a blend of hemp and fine materials like silks.

Finally, hemp clothing is more durable than cotton ones. When you buy hemp clothing, you can help the planet. Hemp production uses less land, water, and pesticides.

Paper

People have used hemp to make paper for centuries. In fact, the oldest surviving piece of paper comes from China. It’s 2,000 years old and made entirely from hemp. This is because hemp fibers are four to five times stronger than wood pulp fibers.

The material used for common paper products like shopping bags, newspapers, and books is wood pulp, via an admittedly wasteful process. Unfortunately, industry cost analyses have determined that manufacturing conventional paper products with hemp isn’t profitable. So, no potential changes will likely occur in this area in the near future.

While it hasn’t yet replaced a paper production process that decimates forests, hemp continues to be used for banknotes, filters, and cigarette papers, thanks to its tear-resistant properties. For those who appreciate fine stationery and a sustainable lifestyle, high-quality hemp paper is available on the market. 

Food and Beverages

Hemp oil makes up one-third of the content of hemp seeds. It’s nutritious and packed with essential fatty acids. It also delivers more Omega-3 than walnuts and remains an excellent source of iron and calcium. Each seed contains approximately 25% protein, making hemp an ideal food and dietary supplement.

Hemp is also gaining popularity as an ingredient in iced teas, beers, and wines. Some alcoholic brews are even called “hemptails” (instead of cocktails). For those who don’t imbibe alcoholic beverages, hemp milk or even pure hemp juice may be good choices.

Synchronicity Hemp Oil next to Cup of Green Juice

Plastics

Hemp bioplastics may upend conventional, non-recyclable fossil fuel plastics. Many experts tout hemp plastic for its natural ability to produce lots of cellulose, which is 100% biodegradable. More importantly, hemp has a healing rather than polluting effect on the planet.

For instance, hemp plastics (and other hemp-derived products) can absorb and “lock in” carbon dioxide. This is due to simple biology. Plants absorb carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, converting it into life-giving oxygen. As a bioplastic, hemp still absorbs carbon dioxide, but it doesn’t release it back into the air. With non-degradable plastics littering our beaches and killing sea life, hemp plastic is a viable option. Many consider hemp plastic a game-changing opportunity to bring healing to our planet.

Fuel

With the need to reduce fossil fuel dependence, countries are considering the use of hemp by-products to produce cleaner-burning fuels.

Hemp has the potential of delivering two fuel sources:

  • Biodiesel: from oils in the seeds and stalk of hemp
  • Biofuel: from the fibrous stalks

With interest in alternative energy resources growing, hemp is perfectly positioned as a viable fuel source.

Housing

Environmentally-conscious Europe has discovered hemp’s dual purpose in the housing industry. Hemp (rather than wood pulp) can be used to produce insulating materials and fiberboard. The result is reduced deforestation and an increased ability to meet growing demands for new housing.

Insulation constructed from hemp fibers is formed into rolls, batts, and solid panels. This is becoming the preferred insulation method. Hemp batts are bound together with natural rather than chemical binders. Furthermore, hemp insulation offers these benefits:

  • Recyclable
  • Pest-Resistant
  • Moisture-Resistant
  • Thermal-Resistant
  • Absorbs Noise
  • Won’t Rot

Hemp particle boards are particularly ground-breaking. They are stronger, lighter, and more moisture-resistant than typical fiberboards. Most people aren’t aware that conventional particle boards use formaldehyde-based adhesives (a suspected carcinogen). Meanwhile, hemp-based fiberboards are safer for the environment and humans. There is no risk of off-gassing (dangerous gasses released into the air) with hemp.

And then, there’s hempcrete. This is a simple blend of industrial hemp hurds and a lime-based binder. Together, it creates a lightweight yet strong building material. Hempcrete is low allergenic, recyclable, moisture absorbent, as well as termite- and mold-resistant. When used properly, the lifetime of hempcrete is measured in centuries, not decades.

For a promising future, hemp delivers safety, longevity, higher construction quality, and increased environmental protections.

Animal Bedding

Humans aren’t the only living creatures to benefit from the miracles of hemp. Thanks to human ingenuity, hemp bedding is trending as the best alternative to floor coverings for rabbits, chickens, horses, and other livestock. In comparison against wood shavings and straw, hemp comes out on top (as usual) in the following areas:

  • Absorbency: Neither wood shavings nor straw absorbs droppings and urine very well. However, hemp excels at absorbing them, making clean up easier.
  • Ventilation: Thanks to its great absorption capacity, hemp bedding can keep animals dryer. Your animals will breathe cleaner air, as the hemp bedding absorbs odors much better than wood shavings or straw. The loose structure of hemp also prevents bedding from fermenting and producing rank odors.
  • Composting Rate: Hemp beats wood shavings and straw, delivering the fastest composting rate of all three.
  • Cost: Wood shavings are the most expensive, while hemp presents a low cost alternative.
  • Economics: Hemp is cheaper than wood shavings, lasts longer than both wood shavings and straw, and is more effective. So, you can use less, which adds up to real money savings.
  • Pest Repellant: Hemp also serves as a deterrent to pests that may be attracted to animal bedding, such as flies and mites. For extra protection, spray the hemp bedding with eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, or apple cider vinegar.
  • Softer: Hemp bedding delivers greater comfort for animals, and yes, it’s also soft enough for a hen to lay an egg in.

If you have feline friends, you can now get hemp cat litter. It’s lightweight, absorbent, and uses no fillers or toxic clays. Hemp is versatile and safe for all pets.

Automotive

As far back as the 1940s, automobile manufacturers experimented with hemp in car production. In fact, Henry Ford built a prototype automobile with a body made from hemp and soy plastics. It never reached production, thanks in part to lobbying efforts by the DuPont corporation. Ford powered his first eco-conscious cars with hemp ethanol. Unfortunately, the knee-jerk fear of cannabis and hemp shut the door of opportunity for carbon-negative cars for decades. 

In 2013, BMW used hemp to reduce the weight in its i3 model, resulting in a car 800 pounds lighter than similar models from other makes. Two years earlier, Canada’s Motive Industries designed the world’s most eco-friendly car with its Kestrel, made entirely from hemp. The crash test showed that the car would weather impacts well. Finally, Motive Industries visualized the Kestrel as a 100% electric vehicle. It would reach top speeds of 90 miles per hour and range up to 100 miles before requiring a recharge. 

By all indications, the transportation industry has come to appreciate the importance of green technology. So, look for more hemp vehicles in the coming years!

Soil Contamination Cleanup

Although little known, the cleanup effort at Chernobyl (the infamous nuclear disaster in Ukraine) in the early 1990s used hemp to reduce soil toxicity. Thanks to its fast growth rate (up to 400 plants per square meter growing to a height of 15 feet each), hemp shows great promise in the field of phytoremediation. The latter describes the process of using living plants to remove hazardous contaminants from soil, air, and water.

The Miracle of Hemp Fiber

Impressed by the vast range of uses for which hemp can be applied? If so, get ready for an even more amazing fact. Harvested hemp fiber represents only 4.5% of the hemp plant. Of that small percentage, three-quarters of the fibers are converted into dry line fibers, with the remaining quarter becoming dry tow.

This leaves the majority of the hemp plant available for uses beyond industrial purposes. New advances will continue in the world of hemp, all of them delivering promises for a healthier and happier planet.

Do you have your own hemp success or revolution story to share? If so, we would love to hear from you!