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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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Reinvent Your Look With Natural Hemp Oil Facial Cream

It’s safe to say that CBD is the trending new ingredient in skincare. You’ll find CBD in prepared foods, drinks, and even sports balm. Simultaneously, the celebrity world is abuzz with rumors of A-list actress Kristen Bell launching a CBD skincare line in fall 2020. Meanwhile, the skincare industry is taking note of the buzz and paying more attention to products like Hemp Oil facial cream.
However, our focus isn’t the latest fad. Instead, we base manufacturing decisions on the best available data.
So, what are the facts? Is it worth adding Hemp Oil to your skincare routine? The first thing to know is that the science around Hemp Oil facial cream is still in its infancy. Researchers continue to document the results of using it topically. But, the jury is still out on the actual pathways that lead to positive results. Still, one of the thrilling things about science is its rational and objective nature.
In that light, we’ll share the best available information about Hemp Oil and its skincare benefits.

How Homeostasis Benefits the Skin

Although the use of hemp is being studied for its mood and immune system benefits, the overarching way it works is by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, which maintains homeostasis in the body.
Homeostasis is simply the regulation of physiological processes in the body. However, everything the body does can be “overdone.” For example, inflammation constitutes an immune response to harmful stimuli like tissue damage. Although such a scenario aids the healing process, inflammation can cause health issues when it becomes chronic in nature. However, have no fear. The body can maintain homeostasis through actions like reducing fluid loss during dehydration or modulating the cascade of processes that cause inflammation.
It turns out that the skin also has its own endocannabinoid system, as well. Similar to the rest of the body, problems arise when the cutaneous endocannabinoid system experiences a disruption. Acne, psoriasis, allergic dermatitis, scleroderma, and pigment disorders may occur as a result of an imbalanced cutaneous endocannabinoid system. 
However, just as Hemp Oil can help balance internal systems, it can also positively impact the endocannabinoid system. Below, we look at some ways Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil can help restore balance and soothe skin conditions.

Hemp Oil Facial Cream and Acne

There are three main ways hemp can help skin heal from acne. The first centers on its anti-inflammatory nature. Many acne treatments are harsh and can irritate the skin, leading to redness, swelling, and scarring. However, hemp decreases irritation, which then facilitates healing.
Another fascinating factor is the way hemp regulates sebum production. We know that excess oil manufactured by the skin is an important contributing factor to acne. This oil, known as sebum, builds up over time. And, it not only blocks pores but also gives bacteria a cozy hiding place to proliferate, leading to inflammation and infection.
However, hemp has been shown to normalize sebum production levels. One of the ways it does this is by inhibiting the overproduction of certain skin cells called sebocytes. These cells produce sebum, and people who have acne often have an over-abundance of them. Instead of a healthy level of sebocytes, the skin produces more than needed, leading to excessive amounts of sebum.

How Hemp's Antimicrobial Properties Help Dispel Acne

Hemp seems to reduce the over-production of these cells. However, it’s important to note that it won’t eradicate sebocytes altogether. After all, the skin needs to produce a certain amount of sebum to remain healthy. Destroying all the sebocytes will result in dry skin and other problems. Specifically, hemp helps by restoring balance so your skin can maintain a healthy level of sebum production.
Hemp has also been shown to contain substances that have antimicrobial properties. Unquestionably, bacteria is a huge contributor to acne. However, every part of the hemp plant can offer a defense against it. To be clear: a True Entourage Effect can only be experienced by leveraging all the beneficial compounds of the whole hemp plant. Using an isolated form of CBD won’t produce the same results.

Hemp Oil Facial Cream and Autoimmune Skin Conditions

An overactive immune system can cause skin disorders that damage the tissues of the body itself. One such autoimmune skin disorder is psoriasis. This is an inflammatory disease, causing redness, itching, and irritation. The skin also overproduces skin cells called keratinocytes, causing patches of thickened, flaky skin.
Many studies suggest that hemp has an anti-inflammatory effect, which may help reduce irritations from psoriasis. However, there’s also evidence that it may directly affect the proliferation of keratinocyte cell lines. Although it isn’t exactly clear how this happens, hemp appears to modulate this type of cell production. By tamping down on overproduction, the body can produce a normal level of keratinocytes.
This is one of the areas of hemp-based skincare that’s woefully understudied, possibly because of the complex nature of autoimmune disorders. At this stage, scientists will continue to gather information about hemp as a basis for further clinical trials.

Hemp's Regulation of Protein Expression in Cells That Produce Keratin

Meanwhile, a recent study tracked patients with a rare blistering disease called epidermolysis bullosa. These patients independently decided to use topical hemp oil and reported that it improved their condition in multiple ways. For example, they experienced faster wound healing, had fewer blisters, and felt less pain. In fact, some patients were even able to stop using the opioid pain medication they’d previously relied on.
Although there isn’t enough information to explain exactly how hemp affects autoimmune processes, we see rising evidence that it does.

Hemp Oil Facial Cream and Atopic Dermatitis

Also known as eczema, atopic dermatitis is a condition where the skin becomes prone to itchiness, redness, and roughness. It can be frustratingly resistant to treatment. Atopic dermatitis is also associated with allergies, which can be chronic in nature. In serious cases, doctors often treat patients with steroid creams, which are effective at reducing skin irritation. However, these creams can’t be used for very long because they lead to thinning of the skin over time.
Given hemp’s anti-inflammatory effects, it’s probably no surprise to hear that it may help reduce skin irritation. But, that’s not the only way it helps. By all appearances, hemp also repairs the skin’s barrier, often degraded in those with atopic dermatitis. The breakdown of the skin’s barrier is one of the factors that cause the skin to be extra sensitive to external stimuli.
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Hemp also seems to decrease histamine production and reduce the over-proliferation of immune-boosting mast cells. Reducing an over-active immune response is especially helpful for anyone whose atopic dermatitis is linked to allergies. Specifically, when an allergen triggers an immune response, it can exacerbate the skin condition. However, hemp can help impede immune system over-activity.

Hemp, Sebum, and Chronic Skin Disease

The regulation of sebum production mentioned earlier may be another benefit for those with atopic dermatitis, albeit with a twist. In this case, the skin tends to be too dry, with insufficient amounts of sebum. Thus, restoring balance may help soothe and heal the skin. While CBD can help reduce the over-production of sebum, other hemp cannabinoids like CBG and CBGV can help increase the skin’s production of oil when the skin isn’t making enough. Note, however, that these other cannabinoids aren’t present in skincare products labeled as CBD isolate.
Many of these cannabinoids also seem to reduce scarring, not just from the damage caused by atopic dermatitis but also from injury. All things considered, reducing inflammation and promoting healing will reduce the production of scar tissue. In addition, sufficient sebum production also keeps the skin moisturized. This helps prevent the formation of thicker scars.

Turning Back Time With Hemp Oil Facial Cream

Almost all of the above mentioned suggestions can help reduce the signs of aging. Decreasing inflammation, balancing sebum production, and promoting efficient healing are all important ways to keep skin luscious and resilient. When studying the effects of a hemp ointment on atopic dermatitis and scarring, researchers also found that study participants showed increased skin elasticity.
Hemp is a powerful antioxidant. One glance at the skincare aisle will tell you the important role antioxidants play in the battle against premature aging. All things considered, antioxidants offer restorative benefits, whether they’re taken internally or applied topically.
Yet, healing skin blemishes isn’t the only way to keep one’s youthful looks. Another way hemp helps reduce the signs of premature aging is by preventing UV damage. In fact, UV radiation breaks down collagen. However, studies show that hemp has a cytoprotective effect on the skin. It stimulates an antioxidant response, reduces inflammation, and also activates signaling pathways that work to protect skin cells.

The Hemp, the Whole Hemp, and Nothing but the Hemp

It’s vital to mention here that other compounds in the hemp plant may prove beneficial (other than CBD). The study that showed an increase in skin elasticity, for example, noted that it may be the result of other hemp-derived substances in the ointment, including essential fatty acids and phytosterols.
Meanwhile, another study explored the antioxidant properties of hemp by evaluating oils that were infused with it. Researchers say that antioxidant levels in hemp often don’t correspond to CBD levels. This is important because it shows that hemp’s antioxidant properties come from other substances besides CBD. Thus, we insist on the unique range of benefits afforded by Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. CBD is a powerful compound, but it’s not the only one hemp has to offer. 

Replenish and Renew With Synchronicity Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Facial Cream

The way CBD seems to interact with the skin is an excellent example of what we love about our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. It doesn’t just target a single symptom but supports the overall health of the skin. Simply reducing fine lines isn’t enough. We harness everything hemp has to offer to help you achieve enduring results.
For example, we perfected our unique hand-pressed LipidTrans™ Infusion Process to help you access all the beneficial compounds in hemp. This process gently extracts all of the phenolic compounds to deliver excellent bioavailability in every product you buy from us.
Our patented and gentle hand-pressed processing methods also make it possible for you to benefit from a wide range of phytonutrients. These naturally occurring nutrients include omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, terpenes, and cannabinoids. All of these beneficial nutrients in our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil interact synergistically to deliver a True Entourage Effect™.
To see what hemp can do for your skin, we recommend customizing the products you already use with our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. Or, make it easy on yourself by choosing one of our carefully crafted topical Hemp Oil products. We truly believe in the benefits our products offer. So, if you have any questions or concerns, contact us. We’d be happy to provide answers.
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Hemp Oil and Its Effects: What Does Taking It Feel Like?

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your healthcare provider before use.

Hemp has gone mainstream. You can find it in prepared foods, protein powders, fruit-flavored gummies, and even granola. And, if you’re the adventurous type, you may even whip up some non-dairy hemp parmesan cheese in the kitchen. But, what does taking Hemp Oil really feel like?

When presented with an opportunity for trying something new, some people jump right in and hope for the best. Others prefer to take a more cautious approach, taking time to gather information before making a decision.

As demand and enthusiasm for Hemp Oil grows, people who were previously wary of it are now exploring their use, some for the first time. Eventually, many realize that Hemp Oil enthusiasts have relied on this natural product for years.

If you’ve investigated the therapeutic potential of the phytocannabinoids in Hemp Oil, you may be intrigued by your discoveries. However, you may still be hesitant to try a product you’ve never used before. To help alleviate your concerns, it may be helpful to learn about Hemp Oil and its effects on the human body.

The Regulatory System that Responds to Phytocannabinoids

The many potential benefits of industrial hemp are derived from the plant’s unique composition. Hemp crops produce more than 480 potentially beneficial plant elements, including more than 100 individual phytocannabinoids (1). Significantly, the phytocannabinoids in Hemp Oil have been shown to interact with the receptors of your endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS comprises a complex network of messengers and receptors responsible for regulating nearly every essential function in your body.

Many researchers today believe the continuous communication between your ECS messengers and receptors regulate homeostasis, the internal balance all organisms must maintain to survive. When internal or external forces disrupt that balance, homeostatic processes restore equilibrium (2). Just a few of the many functions regulated by ECS signaling include (3):

  • Moods, emotions, and social behavior
  • Pain perception and inflammation
  • Processes involved in memory recall and learning
  • Thermoregulation, appetite, and metabolism
  • Circulatory and digestive processes
  • Immune system responses
  • Hormone regulation and reproductive processes
  • Neuroprotection and muscle movement
  • Circadian rhythms, REM sleep, and sleep cycles
  • Bone and muscle formation
  • Collagen synthesis, skin cell formation, and oil production

Hemp Oil and Its Effects: The Power of Cannabinoids

The phytocannabinoids in hemp mimic the effects of two of the body’s endocannabinoids: anandamide and 2-Ag (2-Arachidonoylglycerol). Anandamide is predominantly responsible for pain perception, memory, appetite, and reproductive processes. Meanwhile, 2-Ag directly impacts immune system responses. Made as needed, the endocannabinoids produced in your body are broken down by metabolic enzymes once their messages are delivered (4).

Numerous internal and external factors, including stress, illness, and injury, can increase the demand for ECS messengers. If the demand exceeds the supply, urgent signals never reach their intended targets. By supporting your endocannabinoid system with Hemp Oil, you restore essential balance in your body. Many researchers today believe endocannabinoid deficiencies may cause disease (5).  

Understanding the Therapeutic Potential of Phytocannabinoids

Once you have a basic understanding of how the phytocannabinoids in Hemp Oil interact with ECS receptors, you may find it easier to recognize the considerable therapeutic potential of Hemp Oil products. While most of the evidence supporting the use of Hemp Oil tinctures, capsules, and skincare products come from laboratory tests, animal studies, preclinical trials, and user testimonials, people use Hemp Oil for a number of reasons.

Current research shows that CBD and other phytocannabinoids in Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil have analgesic, anti-emetic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties, potential benefits that may have a considerable impact on the way you feel (6). Your results will likely depend on which processes are impacted by a better-functioning ECS. Since ECS receptors are located throughout your body, your Hemp Oil experience may include any number of the following potential benefits.  

Hemp Oil and Its Effects: You May Feel Emotionally Grounded, Calmer, or Less Anxious

Your moods, emotions, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are driven by neurotransmitters expressed in specific chemical combinations. Imbalances can cause a wide range of complications, including stress, anxiety, and depression. Since the processes regulating moods and emotions are influenced by ECS signaling, many people report that Hemp Oil makes them feel calmer, more grounded, and better equipped to face daily challenges. Many user testimonials about hemp oil and its effects are backed by scientific evidence.

While ECS signaling has a direct impact on your moods and emotions, the anxiolytic and antidepressant potential of Hemp Oil is likely explained by the way CBD and other phytocannabinoids interact with several non-ECS receptors, including the serotonin, dopamine, and GABA receptors (7).

Activating GABA receptors calms overexcited nerve impulses. And, dopamine pathways influence muscle movement, the pleasure and reward centers of the brain, and pain perception. Meanwhile, serotonin receptors initiate an excitatory or inhibitive response depending on the chemical composition of the message received. Thus, many of the medications most often prescribed for the symptoms of anxiety, depression, migraine, and nausea work by increasing serotonin levels (8).

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Hemp Oil and Its Effects: You May Feel More Alert and Focused

Brain fog is a laymen’s term used to describe a type of mental fatigue. Rather than feeling sharp and focused, brain fog can make you feel as if you’re lost in a haze. While episodes of brain fog are relatively common, the resulting cognitive dysfunction can be debilitating.

The somewhat disturbing symptoms are usually the result of stress, hormonal fluctuations, lack of sleep, dehydration, or nutritional deficiencies. However, it’s important to know that brain fog can also be a symptom of several medical conditions, including autoimmune disorders, inadequate liver function, kidney disease, or thyroid disorders (9). Even with treatment, many people still experience symptoms. Up to half of all lupus patients and nearly 80 percent of those living with fibromyalgia report lapses in memory and difficulty concentrating (10).

Current research seems to suggest that the phytocannabinoids in Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil have the potential to address numerous factors that contribute to decreased mental clarity and brain fog. Since ECS function regulates memory, sleep cycles, metabolism, and emotional responses, supporting ECS function with the phytocannabinoids in Hemp Oil may help you feel more clear-headed and focused. Plus, Hemp Oil is a significant source of omega-3 fatty acids, essential lipids that support brain function (11).

Hemp Oil and Its Effects: You May Feel More Refreshed and Rested

During sleep, your muscles relax, your breathing slows, and your body begins the process of rejuvenation. By and large, many people drift off to sleep within minutes of slipping between the sheets. They wake feeling refreshed and rested. On the other hand, if you experience difficulty falling asleep, you may suffer daytime sleepiness, chronic fatigue, headaches, digestive disturbances, or food cravings.

Losing as little as an hour of essential sleep each night can raise your blood pressure, slow your reflexes, or impair your powers of concentration. As crucial as sleep is for physical and emotional health, research suggests that most adults don’t get enough to meet their needs. While occasional sleeplessness is unlikely to cause significant harm, chronic sleep deprivation results in cumulative long-term effects, thus increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. In addition, sleep deprivation may also impair your ability to fight viruses and infection (12)(13).

Once sleep cycles are disrupted, it can be difficult to get back on track. If caffeine restrictions, new hygiene habits, or counting sheep aren’t giving you the results you seek, maybe it’s time to try the therapeutic potential of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. As phytocannabinoids in Hemp Oil influence the receptors that regulate sleep cycles, they can also improve your capacity for REM sleep. Hemp Oil also has analgesic, anxiolytic, and antispasmodic properties that can calm your mind and alleviate muscle tension. This leads to improved sleep quality, which may help you feel more rested.

Hemp Oil and Its Effects: You May Experience Fewer Physical Discomforts

Pain has many potential causes. Generally, pain signals function as a warning, an alarm that sounds in response to illness or injury. As the damage heals, the discomfort typically subsides. However, discomfort sometimes lingers. More than 20 percent of our population lives with moderate to severe chronic pain caused by health conditions like arthritis, autoimmune disorders, nerve damage, migraine, and fibromyalgia (14).

While research investigating the potential benefits of Hemp Oil is still ongoing, numerous studies have explored the pain-relieving potential of phytocannabinoids. In particular, many of these studies focus on a single plant element, CBD. Based on the research, the phytocannabinoid appears to have considerable potential for alleviating several types of physical discomfort, including nerve, muscle, and joint pain (15).  

In laboratory tests and animal studies, CBD has been shown to inhibit the production of the metabolic enzymes that break down anandamide. It also shows effectiveness in increasing anandamide production. You may remember that anandamide is one of the two main endocannabinoids produced in your body. Research suggests that increasing anandamide levels alleviates pain. According to a report published in Current Neuropharmacology, researchers determined that CBD may be as effective as over-the-counter or prescription pain killers (16).

However, the phytocannabinoids in Hemp Oil don’t just have the potential of reducing physical discomfort. They may possess the ability to promote better digestion, balance hormone production, ease painful muscle spasms, and soothe skin irritations.

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Hemp Oil and Its Effects: The Excellence of Full-Spectrum Products

While it’s true that Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil contains CBD, it’s important to know that most hemp products labeled as “CBD Oil” don’t contain the full array of phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other phytonutrients found in naturally cultivated hemp plants. Most CBD oils are made with CBD isolate, a flavorless, powdered version of CBD.

Although CBD does show potential when used on its own, many Hemp Oil enthusiasts find Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products the better option. Generally, Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is far less processed than CBD isolate. When you use Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil, the large number of phytocannabinoids, plant terpenes, flavonoids, and other phytonutrients combine to magnify and multiply its therapeutic potential (17). Basically, the synergistic properties of individual plant elements combine to produce the Entourage Effect.

Since so many Hemp Oil companies offer Full-Spectrum products, you may be surprised to learn that most products labeled as “Full-Spectrum” qualify only as “Broad-Spectrum” at best. Most often, these products don’t make the grade because manufacturers use harsh extraction methods, pressurized chambers, or potentially harmful solvents that compromise product integrity. Once compromised, the plant oils cannot deliver a True Entourage Effect™ in the body.

Maximizing Your Hemp Oil Experience with a True Entourage Effect™

A True Entourage Effect™ requires a production process that preserves the natural composition of the plant. This generally includes the full range of phytocannabinoids, essential fats, flavonoids, and fibers commonly altered or removed by aggressive extraction methods.  

At Functional Remedies, our Synchronicity™ Full-Spectrum, Whole-Plant Hemp Oil is crafted with oils obtained through a unique process, LipidTrans™ Infusion.  This process allows us to gently infuse organic coconut oil directly into the Whole-Plant in small, hand-pressed batches. Since we never use chemicals or solvents, our plant oils retain more nutrients that can be utilized by your body. In addition, our safe, gentle production method allows our Full-Spectrum, Whole-Plant Hemp Oil to provide a particularly True Entourage Effect™.

Adding Synchronicity™ Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil to Your Daily Routine

It’s easy to add Synchronicity™ Full-Spectrum, Whole-Plant Hemp Oil to your daily routine. If you feel comfortable using a simple, no-fuss product, consider the convenience of our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Capsules. Available in 25 mg and 50 mg strengths, capsules are discreet and easy to use. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about getting the right serving size. If you find product versatility more appealing, you may prefer using one of our Full-Spectrum, Whole-Plant Hemp Oil Tinctures.

You can use your Hemp Oil tincture to add phytocannabinoids to your morning coffee or your favorite recipes. In addition, you can also create DIY Hemp Oil topicals by adding our tinctures to your favorite cream or lotion. While each of these methods delivers the therapeutic potential of phytocannabinoids to the requisite receptors in your body, many Hemp Oil users find the sublingual method delivers the fastest results.  

Taking a Hemp Oil tincture sublingually is easy. Simply shake the bottle, measure your serving size, and place the tincture under your tongue. Hold the liquid in place for 10-20 seconds before swallowing. This method allows your body to absorb the phytocannabinoids in the Hemp Oil through the blood vessels under your tongue. Specifically, this results in reduced amounts of phytocannabinoids lost through digestion. While capsules and edibles can take more than an hour (sometimes two) to reveal their true potential, the effects of the sublingual method can be felt in as little as 15-20 minutes.

Finding Your Ideal Hemp Oil Serving Size

A number of factors may influence how much Hemp Oil you should ingest at any one time. This includes product potency, your body weight, and body chemistry. Since phytocannabinoids affect everyone differently, first-time Hemp Oil users should start with a small serving size, generally just a few milligrams. Ask Your Body™ is the best approach. If you don’t experience the effects you seek, add more tincture drops with each subsequent dose until you’re happy with your progress.

While there’s no harm in sticking with the serving recommendations on your product label, there’s also no additional benefit in ingesting more Hemp Oil than your body needs. A serving size that works well for someone else may be less than ideal for you. So, focus on identifying the smallest tincture dose necessary to achieve the needed results. Using a larger serving size will simply increase your cost of daily use.

We encourage you to try our unique lipid infused products to experience how Synchronicity™ Whole-Plant Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil can make you feel. However, if you have a medical condition or currently take prescription medication, please consult your health care provider before adding Hemp Oil products to your daily routine. 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 non-prescription medications. 

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