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Two Decades In the Making: The Story Behind Our CBDRx18 Plant

We’ve come a long way since the advent of CW2A, the first hemp plant patent. At Functional Remedies, we have a singular, driving vision: Wellness Through Oneness™. And, that begins with our proprietary CBDRx18 plant.

All things considered, the human body is an incredibly complex bundle of nerves, cells, and microorganisms. At Functional Remedies, we believe that holistic, natural, and sustainable products can help us live happier, more well-rounded lives. However, we didn’t arrive at this mission statement by accident. Our vision isn’t some catchy phrase we cooked up in boardroom meetings to explain our obsession with all-natural hemp products. Wellness Through Oneness™ is a result of decades of passion for the hemp plant, health, and wholeness.

Recently, we went through the rigorous process of patenting our one-of-a-kind, sustainable, and nutrient-dense hemp plant—CBDRx18. Not only are we one of the first hemp producers to patent our own plant, but the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) has also recognized CBDRx18 as the qualifying standard for the cannabis genome sequence.

So, how did we get here? What’s CBDRx18? And, why did we go through a long, complex process to patent a plant genome.

What Drives Us at Functional Remedies​

The future of hemp and CBD will disrupt commercial, consumer, industrial and agricultural industries in a way the world has never seen.” ~ Tim Gordon, Chief Science Officer at Functional Remedies

For over two decades, we’ve been invested in Hemp Oil. When scientists were still carefully weighing the benefits of Cannabidiol (CBD), we were listening with open minds. And, when we first started to hear of individuals leveraging the raw power of hemp for mood and nervous system support, we were in the background taking notes. At its heart, Functional Remedies is built on a foundation of listening. This allows us to create and curate our best-in-class sustainable, GMO-free hemp products for anyone seeking wholeness.

In essence, health was the driving force behind our creation. At Functional Remedies, we knew we could do better than producing CBD isolate or using harsh CO2 extraction processes like everyone else. But, at first, it wasn’t easy. Everyone associated hemp with THC. In the minds of lawmakers, scientists, and casual users, hemp was interchangeable with the psychoactive element. Let’s face it: proof of the endocannabinoid system didn’t exist until 1990. So, despite promising results in scientific studies, hemp was still the THC-infused “drug” everyone feared.

Tim's Story

Our Chief Science Officer (CSO) Tim Gordon has been heavily involved in the hemp scene for decades. He was a guest on PBS’s 60 Minutes to discuss the groundbreaking Farm Bill in 2018. He’s also been featured in hemp magazines. And (more recently), Tim was appointed as a board member of The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®).

Tim (and Functional Remedies by association) has been a key figure in the hemp field since the early 1990s. And, we mean “field” literally. Tim didn’t start as a suit-wearing CSO. He began by growing hemp seeds in rural cornfields. While the rest of the world remained hyper-focused on THC, Tim explored the non-psychoactive ingredients in hemp products. Deep down, he believed in the versatility of the hemp plant. At the time, many growers cultivated hemp for THC or cloth production. But, Tim wanted to grow hemp to extract all of its beneficial non-THC molecules.

Tim’s driving mission was to better the lives of others. And, it’s our company’s mission, as well. More importantly, it’s what we aim to accomplish every single day. But, to really understand how we went from a rural cornfield to a massive R&D company focused on wellness, let’s talk shop.

The Powerful Components of the Cannabis Plant​

The cannabis plant has around 426 unique chemical entities. For around 100 years, America grew hemp that focused on one single compound: THC. You’ll find this psychoactive compound in medical marijuana. But, what about all of the other compounds in hemp? Below, we provide an overview of them.

  • Cannabinoids: These unique compounds are only found in the hemp plant. Cannabinoids interact directly with endocannabinoid receptors throughout our bodies. The most popular of these compounds are THC and CBD. But, there are plenty of others (113 different ones to be precise) that have been identified in hemp plants.
  • Terpenes: These are the unique compounds that give hemp its sweet smell and slightly tart taste. Almost all plants contain terpenes, commonly found in food products, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.
  • Flavonoids: These phytonutrients are thought to be a primary driver of the health benefits associated with plant consumption. Flavonoids directly influence cellular pathway signaling, and there’s a deep body of research surrounding these nutrients that we urge you to dive into.
  • Vitamins: Hemp naturally contains vitamins A (via carotene), B, C, and E. Of course, there are also plenty of phytosterols and phospholipids — which play a similar role to vitamins.
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  • Minerals: Hemp also contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, zinc, and iron.
  • Amino Acids: Along with omega-3-linolenic and omega-6-linoleic fatty acids, hemp contains methionine, cysteine, and GLA (gamma-linoleic acid). These are prevalent in the seeds and oil derived from the hemp plant.

Understanding the True Entourage Effect™

That was a lot to digest! At Functional Remedies, we ask an important question: why are so many hemp growers focusing on just one or two compounds? The majority of CBD producers extract CBD as an isolate. If you go to the store and pick up a bottle of CBD, there’s a good chance that’s exactly what you’re getting — CBD and nothing else. But, what about the other phytonutrients in the hemp plant?

The chemical composition in hemp plants is breathtaking. When you isolate one single compound, you’re not getting the full benefits of the whole plant. Terpenes (also called Terpenoids), flavonoids, and the tsunami of vitamins in hemp all work together holistically. For example, linalool (a terpene found in hemp) may balance mood and provide cognitive support. Meanwhile, Cannaflavin A (a flavonoid in hemp) may help reduce aches and soothe tense muscles.

Together, all of these cannabinoids, phytonutrients, flavonoids, and terpenes work to produce what we like to call the True Entourage Effect™. Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and Dr. Shimon Ben-Shabat were the first scientists to note this effect in scientific literature. They described the full combination of hemp’s natural compounds as synergistic and noted that they all played a role in homeostasis in our bodies. Most importantly, both doctors specifically related these compounds to our endocannabinoid system.

The Magic of the Endocannabinoid System

Let’s look at this system in action…

The human body contains an endocannabinoid system (a complex system of receptors in the nervous system). This system creates its own cannabinoids to help the body communicate effectively and holistically. The two primary receptors of this system are CB1 and CB2—which are some of the most abundant receptors in the human body.

Contrary to popular belief, CBD doesn’t actually bind to CB1 or CB2. It influences the receptors (possibly creating its own micro-endocannabinoid system in the process). Since these receptors may play a role in pain, mood, or digestion, CBD offers a unique host of potential benefits. But, alone, CBD isn’t as powerful as we think.

Researchers found that CBD is significantly more effective when ingested with all of the other compounds prevalent in the hemp plant. Terpenes like Beta-caryophyllene actually bind to CB2 receptors. In conjunction, these terpenes and flavonoids seem to increase the efficacy of CBD — leading to homeostasis.

We always like to compare choosing hemp products to eating veggies. For example, you can take a daily veggie-based multivitamin. But, unless you actually eat real veggies, your body won’t be able to access their full nutritional benefits. After all, you can’t just pop multivitamins, eat cheeseburgers, and expect to be as healthy as the person who eats salads daily.

So, two decades ago, we set out on a journey. We wanted to cultivate a hemp plant that contained below 0.3% THC (meaning its non-psychoactive), had plenty of CBD, but also had plenty of other rich nutrients. We wanted to create a hemp plant that fully embraced the Entourage Effect, providing our customers with a complete, holistic, and harmonious hemp product.

CBDRX18: A Patent-Pending, Full-Spectrum Hemp Plant Bred for Its Superior Genetic Sequence

“We have spent over two decades naturally breeding higher-quality hemp plants and meticulously crafting our process to deliver the purest, potent, and safe products to consumers” ~ Andrew Campbell, CEO at Functional Remedies

Our CBDRx18 hemp plant is the result of years of cross-breeding, dedication, and science. We’ve created a one-of-a-kind hemp plant that’s recognized as the qualifying standard for the cannabis genome sequence by the NCBI. Our plant is a CBD-centric hemp plant that incorporates over 100 additional hemp molecules we believe are crucial for creating a True Entourage Effect™.

This superb, GMO-free, whole hemp plant is grown on our state-of-the-art farms in Colorado as well as our rural farm in northwest Iowa. It’s a tall (36 – 50 inches), water-hungry (up to three gallons a day per plant) hemp plant that’s taken us years of rigorous R&D and backbreaking labor to cultivate. Originally developed in 2015, we’ve refined CBDRx18 over the past few years to create, what we believe is, the most holistic CBD-centric plant that incorporates the right phytonutrients, cannabinoids, minerals, and omega acids to drive our mission statement—Wellness Through Oneness™.

Currently, CBDRx18 is the cornerstone of our product. Furthermore, it’s currently used as a gold standard to compare cannabis genomes. Or, as our CEO Andrew Campbell puts it: “Thanks to the due diligence of Functional Remedies’ President, Dr. Steven Kraus, and Chief Scientist, Tim Gordon, this acknowledgment proves that all other cannabis strains are measured by the standard of our hemp plant strain.”

But, creating the perfect hemp plant is only half the battle. You need to get all of those rich nutrients out of the plant and into a consumer-friendly bottle. So, how do we go about extracting the oil from our best-of-breed, nutrient-dense CBDRx18 plant?

How the LipidTrans™ Infusion Process Preserves the Essential Goodness in Our CBDRX18 Plant

“Functional Remedies delivers the highest quality products on the market today and sets the industry standard. Their products are truly exceptional and my patients have seen remarkable benefits using them. Functional Remedies uses a different process of extraction that captures the whole family of compounds that are in this plant and you can tell just by smelling it.” ~ Dr. Joel Kahn

Across the hemp industry, almost everyone extracts CBD from hemp using CO2. And, we certainly understand why. It’s cheap. But, what’s the point of growing best-in-class, proprietary hemp that’s been carefully and meticulously bred to provide wholesome and natural phytochemicals if you’re going to use high pressure, high heat, and/or chemical solvents to extract the chemicals?

We take a different route. At Functional Remedies, we extract Hemp Oil from our CBDRx18 plant using LipidTrans™ — a proprietary CBD extraction method. We ditch the high heat and harsh chemicals, gently infusing our CBDRx18 plants with MCT oil for maximum absorption and then hand-pressing to naturally extract all of the rich nutrients.

Sure, CO2 may be cheaper. But, it’s also less efficient. Those high heats and harsh chemicals erode cellular walls, deteriorate phytonutrients, and impact the integrity of those rich terpenes and flavonoids. Our process preserves those rich nutrients — providing a more complete oil profile. Certainly, the process is more time-consuming and expensive. But, the results speak for themselves.

What's Next After CBDRX18?

At Synchronicity, we’ve put thousands of R&D hours into developing the most complete Full-Spectrum CBD Hemp Oil on the market. We like to say that it’s “more than CBD.” Unlike our competitors, our Hemp Oil comes from a single plant source, is extracted using our best-in-class LipidTrans™ infusion method, and is built on the backbones of sustainability, integrity, and science.

But, we’re not done yet. Recently, we launched a line of hemp-infused skincare, which packs a powerful punch of phytonutrients for your skin. We also have Aromatherapy products (which contain those wonderful hemp terpenes) and Sports Balm for achy muscles. Essentially, we want you to experience the true power of hemp.

At Functional Remedies, we don’t distill chemicals or use harsh extraction methods. We start with premium-grade seeds during the planting process. And, we’ll continue to innovate, experiment, and develop incredible products for our loyal customers.

Interested in learning more about Functional Remedies? Contact us, and let’s talk about how CBDRx18 can infuse wholeness and health into your life.