Since December 2018, the sale, transportation, and possession of CBD products have been legalized at the federal level and across all 50 States.
As a result, we have seen an explosion of CBD products since 2019, ranging from edibles, gummies, chocolates, and cocktails to tinctures, capsules, pills, and vapes. Thousands of CBD and Hemp Oil recipes are now available online and the world is slowly discovering how Hemp can affect their lives and wellbeing.
This was the direct result of the 2018 Farm Bill that regulated the cultivation of industrial Hemp as well as its processing and distribution as a finished product.
Although there are still limitations, regulations, and rules that apply, this law liberated Hemp growers and let CBD producers develop wider product ranges that can be available across the US.
Here’s how the 2018 Farm Bill changed the market and how you can choose the right Hemp Oil product for you.
The 2018 Farm Bill
CBD from industrial Hemp used to be categorized as a Schedule 1 substance. Since 2018, however, the consumption, sale, transportation, and possession of CBD that is produced from industrial Hemp have been legalized as long as the content of THC—the psychotropic compound of cannabis that is responsible for a sense of high—is under 0.3%.
What Is Industrial Hemp?
The cannabis genus has several species, like Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis.
Industrial Hemp has been selectively grown from cannabis to provide flowers, leaves, and stalks that contain less than 0.3% of THC. Growers and plant breeders started selecting those cannabis plants that had the lowest THC content and interbred them. Progressively, they developed industrial Hemp.
There were many reasons why industrial Hemp was developed for particular commercial reasons. Its fibers are very strong and growers favored long Hemp stalks which could be turned into rope and other useful materials.
From China to Europe, industrial Hemp used to be grown for textiles, rope, paper, and even sails—the Mayflower had sails made of Hemp and George Washington grew industrial Hemp in Mount Vernon.
However, lawmakers in the early 20th century failed to make a distinction between industrial Hemp and marijuana. As a result, CBD and other cannabinoids were suddenly made illegal in large parts of the world.
What Does the 2018 Farm Bill Say?
The 2018 Farm Bill distinguishes between marijuana and industrial Hemp. While marijuana is still illegal to be grown, the cultivation of industrial Hemp is legal, although only licensed growers may grow it.
The Hemp crop that is produced must contain less than 0.3% of THC on a dry weight basis. Anything above this threshold is considered illegal.
Hemp Oil, CBD, and other cannabinoids that are produced from industrial Hemp are legal. A crucial point in the bill is that CBD and other cannabinoids produced from marijuana remain illegal even if they contain less than 0.3% of THC. Only products made from industrial Hemp are legal from the lawmaker’s point of view.
CBD and Health Claims
Many people have reported achieving their targeted health goals with Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products. However, and while the sale of CBD has been legalized, the FDA remains highly suspicious of any health claims related to CBD products. There have been several instances whereby the FDA clamped down on CBD producers who were making zealous health-related claims about their products.
Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil supplements are aimed at healthy people who want to support their health. Anyone suffering from a health condition or ailment should take the appropriate medicine instead.
That’s why CBD and Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products do not fall under the jurisdiction of the FDA. Despite the many health claims online, CBD has not been scientifically proven to heal or treat specific health conditions. Crucial information including dosage, contraindications, and interactions with other medicines need to be determined before that can happen.
While an increasing number of studies show great potential for CBD and inflammatory conditions such as asthma, Crohn’s, arthritis, etc., large-scale trials have yet to prove its efficacy.
Similarly, ongoing trials are revealing promising results about CBD and mental conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and social anxiety. However, without clinical trials proving the beneficial effects of CBD on mental conditions, it is illegal for producers to make any such claims.
A positive outcome of the 2018 Farm Bill is that it paves the way for further research around the possible health benefits of cannabinoids. As the market opens up and industrial Hemp cultivation is liberalized, the demand is growing for scientific proof of its effectiveness in treating several health conditions.
How Should I Choose My CBD Product?
The 2018 Farm Bill helped establish a clear framework. However, the Hemp Oil market remains highly unregulated.
Since Hemp Oil can only be sold as a food supplement, there is no supervising body testing Hemp Oil products for purity and potency. Likewise, there is no official recommended daily allowance, and determining the right CBD dosage takes some trial and error.
Some people ask their doctors and physicians to help them establish the proper dosage for their body while others try out different products until they reach the desired effect. This runs the risk of coming across substandard products before consumers can discover a reputable and trustworthy brand that produces Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products they can trust.
Here are our top five tips for choosing the best products in the market.
1. Buy from an American Producer
Whenever possible, choose American growers and producers. The American framework for growing and producing Hemp is tightly controlled. This means American Hemp is of particularly high quality as producers must adhere to strict rules and regulations.
Here at Synchronicity, we grow our proprietary Hemp plants, CBDRx18, locally in Colorado using sustainable practices.
2. Choose Sustainable Growers
Thanks to its deep roots, Hemp is a so-called bio-remediation plant. This is why growers have used it since ancient times to clean up their soils before planting their next crop. Unfortunately, this also means that Hemp will soak up any toxins in the soil.
No one likes letting pesticides, heavy metals, and other dangerous pollutants into their body. Whenever possible, choose Hemp from responsible growers who grow their crop sustainably.
3. Check the Certificate of Analysis
Because there is no central regulatory body, it’s up to Hemp Oil producers to check the quality and veracity of their content and labels.
Reliable and dependable producers test their products to ascertain their final content in cannabinoids—including THC, which has to be under 0.3%—flavonoids, and other compounds, as well as heavy metals and other harmful ingredients. All products should carry a Certificate of Analysis (CoA).
Our labs at Synchronicity run several tests throughout our production process, not just on the final product. This helps us keep track of the quality of our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products. We have chosen a CBD-certified third-party lab for our tests.
Our customers can check the Certificate of Analysis of their Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil product online using the batch number.
4. Choose Full-Spectrum, Not CBD Isolate
You will find many CBD products; if anything, you will be spoilt for choice. However, not all products are the same.
As a responsible and innovative producer, we always advocate for Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil rather than CBD isolate.
Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil contains CBD, which is the most abundant cannabinoid in industrial Hemp. It also contains other cannabinoids like CBC, CBN, CBG, CBDV, and CBDA, as well as flavonoids, terpenes, fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins.
Cannabinoids and other botanical compounds carry their own benefits: some of them are anti-inflammatory, others are anti-stress, and some are anti-microbial or anticonvulsant.
Instead of giving our customers just CBD, we offer the full wellness of Hemp. Research suggests that when all these natural compounds work together, they enhance each other’s effectiveness and produce superior results compared to consuming them individually. This is the so-called entourage effect.
Experience the True Entourage Effect™ with Synchronicity Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products.
5. Choose Hemp Oil, not Hemp Seed Oil
Some labels misleadingly mix the terms Hemp Oil and hemp seed oil.
Hemp Oil is produced from the whole plant, including the flowers, stalks, and leaves of Hemp. It contains cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and all the other natural compounds found in Hemp.
Hemp seed oil is produced from hemp seeds alone. It contains helpful fatty acids and minerals. It’s produced in a similar way to sunflower oil—by cold-pressing—and gives us a nutritional oil that is often used in cooking as well as cosmetics. However, hemp seed oil contains no CBD or any other of the more than 100 cannabinoids found in Hemp.
Synchronicity produces Hemp Oil through a patented infusion process called LipidTrans™. Whole-plant Hemp is infused into coconut oil or MCT and gently hand-pressed to produce Hemp Oil that is brimming with all of Hemp’s holistic goodness, including cannabinoids and other beneficial botanical ingredients.
Hemp seed oil should be far cheaper than Hemp Oil. When choosing your Hemp products, make sure you are truly buying Hemp Oil. Check the label for cannabidiol (CBD) and ensure you are buying the right product for you.
Join the Synchronicity World of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil
Our online Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil shop contains our complete Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil product selection. You will find products for your face, body, skin, joints, tinctures, capsules, and sunscreen, as well as product pairings for optimum wellbeing. You can also try out our trial kit to test several of our products and decide which ones work best for you.
Everyone at Synchronicity has made it their personal mission to deliver superior Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products for your optimum health. We are fully licensed by the FDA and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and have received our GMP Certification. We also carry an ISO 9001-2015 Certification—the gold standard for quality management.
Feel the Full Effect™ with Synchronicity and enjoy the purest Hemp Oil.