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MCT Oil Versus Coconut Oil: What’s the Difference?

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In light of prevailing claims, we can’t blame you for thinking MCT oil and coconut oil have magical qualities. After all, celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow continually extol the virtues of raw, organic coconut oil. And, Alicia Vikander relied on coconut oil and MCT oil as fat sources while preparing for her 2018 Tomb Raider role. On the other hand, some people consider these oils saturated fats, no better for you than butter. As is usually the case with nutrition breakthroughs, the truth is somewhere in between. When people debate the benefits of MCT oil versus coconut oil, they often use the terms interchangeably.

It’s an easy mistake to make because coconut oil is made up of approximately 54% MCT (medium-chain triglycerides). In addition, many MCT products are made from coconut oil. Both coconut oil and MCT oil have gotten much attention in the nutrition field over the last few years. However, it isn’t always easy to separate truth from hype. 

What’s undeniable is that both of these oils offer intriguing health benefits, many of which overlap. Below, we reveal what you need to know to weigh the benefits of MCT oil versus coconut oil.

What Is MCT Oil?

Triglycerides are the most plentiful kind of fat found in the body. There are three types of triglycerides, categorized by the number of carbon atoms that are attached. Long-chain triglycerides have 13 to 21 carbon atoms, while short-train triglycerides have less than six.

The type of triglyceride we’re interested in is medium-chain triglycerides or MCT, which have six to 12 carbon atoms. They are technically classified as saturated fats. However, MCTs don’t have the same effect on the body as that of saturated fats from dairy and red meat.

The jury is still out on how these fats affect cholesterol levels. Some evidence suggests that they raise blood serum cholesterol. However, other research suggests that they improve the lipid profiles, so the overall effect is positive. Either way, use moderation when ingesting foods rich in MCT. Some dietary approaches recommend an intake of as many as eight to 10 tablespoons of MCT per day, which may be overdoing it. 

There are four different categories of MCT. The body metabolizes three of them very efficiently, and all four types deliver a range of health benefits. 

You can find MCT in many kinds of oils, such as extra virgin olive oil, grape seed oil, sesame oil, and avocado oil. Even dairy fats contain small amounts of MCT. However, most MCT products are derived from the richest fats, such as coconut oil or palm kernel oil. 

Although the quality of MCT oil derived from either coconut or palm kernel oil is generally comparable, we prefer to use coconut oil derived MCT. Palm kernel oil requires an extra step to purify. Also, palm plantations contribute to more deforestation and are less sustainable than coconut plantations. Finally, coconut oil is a richer source of MCT.

Four Types of MCT Oil

Based on the number of carbon atoms that are attached, MCT can be divided into four different types.

  • Caproic acid (C6). With only six carbon atoms, this is the shortest MCT. So, it metabolizes very quickly. It also delivers some important health benefits. However, it can taste or smell unpleasant on its own, so manufacturers usually remove it from MCT oil. 
  • Caprylic acid (C8). Often the primary MCT found in MCT oil. It has a number of health properties, including anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. And, it breaks down very quickly in the liver.
  • Capric acid (C10). With 10 carbon atoms, this MCT metabolizes a little slower. But, the liver can still break it down into ketones. This is the second most common form of MCT found in MCT oil. 
  • Lauric acid (C12). The majority of MCTs found in coconut oil is lauric acid. Although it metabolizes faster than other kinds of fat, this form is the slowest MCT to metabolize. The stomach, rather than the liver, processes lauric acid. With 12 carbon atoms, it can barely be considered an MCT. In fact, some experts argue it shouldn’t be classified as an MCT due to its notoriously slow metabolism in the body. That said, lauric acid has important anti-microbial and immune-boosting properties. 

The basic thing to remember is that coconut oil contains both of the forms of MCT found in MCT oil: caprylic acid and capric acid. But on the other hand, MCT oil only contains two of the four MCTs found in coconut oil. Because of this, the two oils often provide different results when taken as part of a healthy diet. 

Benefits of MCT Oil

MCT oil contains roughly 50–80% caprylic acid and 20–50% capric acid. The other kinds of MCT, as well as other compounds in the oil, are removed. Both of these remaining forms of MCT metabolize very quickly. Instead of making their way through the entire digestive system, they are shunted through the portal vein, bypassing the intestines. This way they are delivered directly to the liver, so they can be used by the body much faster than other fats.

Once in the liver, they are broken down into ketones, which are an energy source your body can use. The brain seems to function especially well when using ketones for fuel, especially for people who have some form of cognitive decline.

People on low carb diets use MCT oil to achieve nutritional ketosis. When you drastically reduce your consumption of carbs, your glucose levels decrease. Eventually, your body breaks down body fat for fuel. But, adding MCT oil can speed up that metabolism process. Because of this, many people find that burning fat instead of glucose helps with weight loss. When the body achieves ketosis, it also puts the body into a fat-burning mode. 

Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil tincture next to coconut and hemp plant

MCT Oil and Metabolism

For our purposes, the swift metabolism of MCT oil is also a very effective way to help your body absorb our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. Since the body may not assimilate all of the beneficial compounds of the hemp plant, a carrier oil may help facilitate absorption. 

Although much of the interest in MCT oil centers around its ability to promote ketosis, caprylic acid and capric acid (both found in MCT oil) offer significant health benefits, as well. For example, studies show that caprylic acid can inhibit virulent factors in Candida Albicans.

Antimicrobial and Other Benefits of MCT Oil

Caprylic acid has unusual antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It seems to be effective against yeast infections and skin conditions such as psoriasis. And, it may have beneficial impacts on cholesterol levels. 

In the body, capric acid is converted to monocaprin, which shows promise as a defense against encapsulated viruses, which are notoriously hard to defeat. 

Both of these MCTs, along with caproic acid, may have anti-carcinogenic properties as well. One study showed that they can reduce cancer cell viability by 70 to 90%. In the study, researchers treated human colorectal, skin, and mammary gland cancer cells with various concentrations of caproic, capric, and caprylic acids. However, the research wasn’t conclusive. So, the researchers called for further research to validate the claims of their study.

Because of all these benefits, many consider MCT oil a superfood. It provides a number of health benefits beyond serving as an instant source of energy. 

Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains all four MCTs. The former consists of about 42% lauric acid, 10% caproic acid, 7% caprylic acid, and 5% capric acid. As highlighted, coconut oil contains the lowest percentages of the two types of MCTs found in MCT oil.

The most plentiful MCT in coconut oil is lauric acid, which is the longest MCT and the slowest to metabolize. Some companies market MCT oil as “liquid coconut oil.” However, lauric acid (the largest source of MCT in coconut oil) isn’t found in MCT oil. So, that’s a misleading claim. And, although lauric acid contains healthy properties, many consider it the least beneficial of the four MCTs. 

Nonetheless, lauric acid does offer some intriguing benefits. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. In fact, it has even been studied as a defense against many viruses, including the swine flu and herpes simplex. Studies show its usefulness as a topical remedy for acne and atopic dermatitis.

The next most plentiful MCT in coconut oil is caproic acid. However, it isn’t included in most MCT oils because of its unpleasant smell and taste. That said, caproic acid may have anti-carcinogenic properties, as previously mentioned. 

The full array of MCTs, plus the polyphenols they contain, may be responsible for the anti-oxidant effects of coconut oil. 

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Which Is Better: MCT Versus Coconut Oil

As with many things, the answer is: it depends. Both forms of oil offer significant health benefits, but they are effective in different ways.

Coconut oil has many benefits when applied to the skin. It’s an effective topical treatment for conditions such as eczema, dry skin, and acne. If you’ve been struggling with the latter, read more here about how Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil can help. Coconut oil also has a high smoke point. So, it doesn’t break down under high heat, making it a good oil to use for stir-frying and baking. The taste of coconut oil varies, depending on what you’re using it for. Virgin coconut oil will have a stronger flavor than refined coconut oil.

On the other hand, MCT oil offers a convenient way to take advantage of the fast-absorbing benefits of MCTs. The oil serves as an instant source of energy and possibly, ketones for people on low-carb diets. It’s also an extremely effective carrier oil for the beneficial compounds in the hemp. In addition, our gentle hand-pressed processing allows you to derive the most benefits from each dose.

MCT oil stays liquid at room temperature, while coconut oil remains solid. Either form may prove convenient, depending on the application. Like all fats, both coconut oil and MCT oil can serve as instant sources of energy. However, large doses may serve more harm than good. If you’re watching your weight, MCT oil (more so than coconut oil) can suppress your appetite, leading to lower caloric intake. According to a study, MCT oil facilitates greater fat mass loss than olive oil.

Gently Infused MCT Oil

While we don’t consider either MCT oil or coconut oil to be magical health-promoting substances, we do find that coconut-derived MCT is an important part of what makes our exceptional Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil special. 

To bring you all the benefits of the remarkable hemp plant, we use a careful method called Whole-Plant Lipid Infusion. Instead of harsh chemical extracts, we submerge all the aerial parts of the hemp plant in MCT oil, in order to release the most beneficial nutrients of the plant, including cannabinoids and terpenes. This results in a product that exceeds broad-spectrum qualities.

In light of our focus on using the best possible ingredients, our Hemp Oil is gently infused with MCT oil and then hand-pressed. This keeps the important compounds intact. Our MCT oil starts as premium coconut oil, which allows for maximum absorption. After all the care we take to ensure our hemp plants are free of contaminants, we wouldn’t submerge them in anything but the purest, best form of MCT oil. When you combine the highly concentrated nature of our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil with the bioavailability of MCT oil, you get a product with unparalleled potency. 

At Synchronicity, we remain fully committed to bringing you the best in Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. Take a look at our carefully crafted line of products, and see what Wellness Through Oneness feels like. We’re passionate about the science behind what we do. So, feel free to contact us for more information about the True Entourage Effect of our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. 

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Terpenes and the Entourage Effect

Terpenes and the Entourage Effect: The Engine That Drives Health

Browse any selection of CBD products on grocery store shelves, and you may come across terpenes on the ingredient list. You may have also heard about terpenes on the news, as celebrities increasingly champion its benefits. On April 27, 2019, Kim Kardashian held a “CBD and Meditation” baby shower to celebrate the impending birth of her fourth child with Kanye West. Kardashian handed out terpene-rich CBD gifts to guests and even served terpene-infused teas during the event. But, why was the event significant? Essentially, it propelled terpenes and the Entourage Effect into mainstream news.

If Kim Kardashian wanted to draw attention to the benefits of CBD, she couldn’t have done a better job. The star’s refusal to down Xanax or Ambien for stress has earned her admiration in light of the rising opioid crisis in the United States.

So, what is significant about terpenes and the Entourage Effect? That question, as you may expect, has both a long and short answer. The short answer is that terpenes are essential oils found in many plants, including hemp. You can find hundreds of terpenes in anything from basil to citrus fruits. Essentially, terpenes give plants their unique aromas and flavors.

But, there’s more to the answer. In fact, the long answer provides crucial insight into the benefits of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil as well as the differences between Hemp Oil and CBD oil.

How Hemp Terpenes Magnify the Full-Spectrum Advantage

Terpenes exist in hemp in parallel with CBD. In fact, there are hundreds of organic compounds within a hemp plant, with multiple terpenes and multiple cannabinoids.

The CBD trend is making waves and has rapidly moved from a fringe product to a legitimate restorative for holistic health. According to Gallup, 14% of Americans now say they use CBD products. Many proclaim its therapeutic benefits and say the lack of THC content makes it an important choice for balanced mood and nervous system support. Without terpenes, the rise in popularity of CBD products wouldn’t have been possible. In fact, these organic compounds are, in many ways, the engine that has driven the acceptance of Hemp Oil.

And yet, according to some experts, the rush to stock shelves with CBD oils has left American consumers with many products that don’t actually contain terpenes. Fortunately, that’s beginning to change. Studies are increasingly focused on the intrinsic benefits of these organic compounds as well as their importance in optimizing the potency of hemp supplements.

These benefits are available in Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products. CBD oils that isolate the full-spectrum of phytonutrients for the sake of the label won’t deliver the benefits of terpenes, as we explain in more detail below. 

The Core Benefits of CBD Terpenes

Traditionally, many believed that terpenes delivered similar benefits to other essential oils. Their scent stimulates our olfactory system, sending pleasant signals to our brains and putting us at ease. 

More recently, however, studies have begun to uncover more direct health benefits in these compounds. For instance, a recent study published in a Chinese medical journal found promising (albeit early) evidence that terpenes may prove useful in helping Alzheimer’s patients.  And there may be other benefits, as well. According to Dr. Josh Kaplan, a neuroscientist at the University of Washington, high doses of the terpene linalool, which exists in hemp in high concentrations, has shown promise in providing extensive nervous system support to patients.

Other more general benefits of terpenes have included mood support and improved cognitive performance. More studies are needed to confirm these findings, but early results have been positive. Many of these benefits are due to what experts call the Entourage Effect.

Understanding Terpenes and the Entourage Effect

In 2011, British scientist Ethan Russo unveiled a groundbreaking study in the British Journal of Pharmacology. His work led to the discovery of what he called the “Entourage Effect.” 

Russo discovered that the hundreds of organic compounds found in a hemp plant don’t work in isolation. Instead, they merge together in perfect synergy, amplifying each other’s beneficial properties. In layman’s terms, Russo found that the “whole” was truly greater than the sum of the parts in hemp plants. Basically, the Entourage Effect delivers optimum health benefits when we ingest the full-spectrum of phytonutrients present in hemp.

Other scientists had already found similar effects in other plants. Russo began to realize that terpenes are the key drivers behind the Entourage Effect. While CBD on its own provides some limited health benefits, terpenes supercharge those benefits and maximize the effectiveness of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil.

Some of the individual terpenes found in hemp work with cannabinoids like CBD to deliver extensive health benefits, and we discuss them further below. Since Russo’s findings nine years ago, we have continued to gain more understanding of how to heighten the Entourage Effect in Hemp Oils.

Terpenes and the Entourage Effect: 8 Types That Provide Tangible Health Benefits

A close, molecular examination of hemp finds hundreds of terpenes in the average plant. Essentially, terpenes give various plant strains distinctive aromas and flavors. Eight of the terpenes exist in high enough concentrations that they can deliver benefits both in isolation and through the activation of the Entourage Effect. Let’s discuss each of them in more detail.

Caryophyllene

Recognized for its spicy scent, this terpene is also found in black pepper and cinnamon leaves. It can reduce health discomfort levels and provide balanced mood support.

That’s not where it ends, of course. Caryophyllene is one of those terpenes responsible for the Entourage Effect. When present in a hemp product, it activates the cannabinoid receptor CB2 to deliver the Entourage Effect and ensure that the beneficial qualities present in other hemp compounds are heightened. In other words, it acts as a catalyst in products like Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil.

Curcumin

This terpene found its fame by being the active ingredient in Turmeric, a plant that has been lauded as the most effective natural supplement in existence. Much of the plant’s reputation (including its bright yellow color) is due to this ingredient. Curcumin delivers a range of health benefits. To cite a few:

  • Balanced mood and antioxidant support
  • Potential ability to increase brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which has been linked to improved brain function and lowered risk of cognitive diseases
  • Possesses physiological properties that may thwart the risk of lifestyle-related conditions like heart disease, the single biggest cause of death in the world today.
  • Potential to prevent the proliferation of abnormal cells by building powerful antibodies
  • Noted ability to treat nervous system disorders
  • Potential to fight age-related chronic illnesses

These are strong claims, of course, and more studies need to be done. Still, new research continues to emerge that shows just how powerful curcumin may be in promoting physical and mental wellbeing.

Humulene

This terpene is most famous for its prominent presence in beer brewing, as hops can contain up to 50% humulene. However, it’s commonly found in cannabis strains as well, and you’ll recognize it easily from its hoppy scent.

Humulene may be counterintuitive for those who have yet to experience the health benefits of Hemp Oil. That’s because this terpene actually acts as an appetite suppressant and is used by some experts to promote weight loss. Like many other terpenes on this list, it can also act as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Limonene

If you smell citrus, you’re likely in the presence of limonene, which is why this is actually the oil used in many food flavorings and cleaning products. But of course, like the other compounds on this list, it delivers more than just a good scent.

This terpene, in fact, has been shown to act as a stress reliever and mood enhancer. It may also inhibit the growth of abnormal cells. In one study, 43 women who had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer saw an average tumor reduction of 22% after taking a small amount of limonene for up to six weeks. Other studies have also highlighted limonene’s potential cardiovascular benefits, as well.

Linalool

When isolated, you’ll easily recognize this terpene by its scent; it’s most commonly found in lavender. Its major presence in hemp, of course, leads to some unique benefits that are worth exploring in more detail.

The stress and anxiety-reducing benefits of lavender are due to the presence of linalool and thus are thought to apply in hemp, as well. Moreover, studies have begun to highlight its effectiveness in supporting and strengthening the immune system. Finally, some studies have also shown it to reduce lung inflammation that occurs as a result of cigarette smoke.

Myrcene

This is the most common terpene in most hemp plants; in fact, if you could extract essential oils from hemp, about 50% of them would be myrcene.

Known for its musky, fruity scent, myrcene is also common in mangoes, hops, and basil. It’s been shown to be effective as a muscle relaxer, health-booster, and temporary sleep aid. In one study, myrcene increased sleep duration 2.6 times. Due to its analgesic properties, some doctors also recommend it as a natural pain killer for migraines and arthritis.

Pinene

Much like linalool, this terpene will be familiar to you through its scent; after all, it’s a major ingredient in the plant that gave it its name, the pine tree. There are two types of pinene: alpha and beta. Alpha-pinene is most prominent in hemp plants, so we’ll focus on this variety here.

Pinene boasts properties that can reduce inflammation, but studies also show it to be effective in countering short-term memory loss. Other benefits may include asthma relief, by improving airflow to the lungs and opening up air passages, as well as protection against harmful viruses and bacteria that cause respiratory infections. Studies have even shown alpha-pinene to be pivotal in inhibiting abnormal cell growth and reducing the size of malignant tumors.

Terpinolene

You’ll find terpinolene in nutmeg, apples, cumin, and lilacs. Of course, it appears in screenings of hemp organic compounds, as well. It’s close in scent to pinene. However, it delivers slightly different benefits. In fact, this is one of the most popular terpenes for scientific research.

Terpinolene also offers strong antioxidant qualities and antibacterial benefits. Let’s not forget about the antimicrobial properties, either. Evidence shows that terpinolene can help slow the growth of abnormal cells, and one study even found it to be especially effective in improving cholesterol levels. Presently, more studies aim to determine its benefits in providing balanced mood and nervous system support.

When You Shop for CBD Vape Oil or Other Hemp Products, Look for Terpenes

In 2019, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), funded nine research awards to study the pain-relieving properties of cannabinoids and terpenes in hemp. Essentially, the scientific community has begun to coalesce around an important fact: Terpenes are the driving force behind the power of CBD.

That may be one reason why many store-bought CBD oil products have failed to deliver on their promises: they don’t include the full range of phytonutrients and terpenes found in hemp. Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil, extracted naturally to maintain the balance of terpenes within its ingredients, is the best way to truly leverage the benefits described above.

Of course, the hemp plant also contains other elements that, amplified through the above-mentioned terpenes and the Entourage Effect, have the potential to benefit your life in a variety of ways. We’ve covered many of these benefits in previous articles on our website. However, it’s important to keep in mind that only enhanced CBD oil with terpenes can truly maximize the benefits of the hundreds of organic compounds found in our products.

Enjoy the Full Entourage Effect With Synchronicity Full-Spectrum Hemp Products

Essentially, products derived naturally and with the greatest care are more likely to preserve these important compounds in their entirety. This is in keeping with our promises regarding our Synchronity line of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil.

So, the next time you shop for CBD oil, look for terpenes on the ingredient list. Better yet, learn more about our products and their benefits to your health and wellbeing. Many plants contain terpenes. However, it is their unique characteristics and combinations in strains of cannabis that make them especially effective.

Are you looking for more information on terpenes or Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil in general? If so, contact us to learn more. We’d love to have a broader conversation about your health concerns and the right products for your situation.

Why Hemp Oil is so expensive.

Why Is Hemp Oil So Expensive?

As Hemp Oil continues to gain traction across the globe, more consumers are making room in their budgets for it. Today, nearly one in seven Americans use Hemp Oil and other hemp-related products to address a range of health concerns. Not surprisingly, 61% of people who are familiar with hemp want to see it on store shelves. Still, if you’re thinking of trying Hemp Oil for the first time, you may find yourself suffering from sticker shock and wondering why Hemp Oil is so expensive.

In fact, as you explore the Hemp Oil range of products, you may find yourself asking the following questions: 

  • “Why are some Hemp Oil brands more expensive than others?”
  • “Can I find less expensive Hemp Oil?”
  • “What are the risks of buying cheap Hemp Oil?”
  • “How can I be sure that I’m not overpaying for Hemp Oil?”

Asking yourself these questions is a critical first step to ensuring that you procure a top-quality product that positively impacts your well-being. Below are the answers to these questions along with considerations for choosing an effective product at a fair price.

Why Are Some Hemp Oil Brands More Expensive Than Others?

The short answer is that there’s usually a difference in product quality. Branding may also play a role in price variations, with high profile brands generally charging more. While there are some instances where prices are inflated due to mercenary greed or price gouging, a stark variance in price is often due to one of the following factors:

  1. Ingredients

    Products that are made from the whole hemp plant offer greater nutritional benefits than those that feature hemp extract or just CBD. They also tend to be more potent and purer in quality. Not surprisingly, these products may command a higher price than those that feature extracts and filler material.

  2. Product Strength

    A brand may charge a lower price for a product that’s significantly less potent than those produced by its higher-priced competitors. For this reason alone, it’s important to read the fine print on a label before buying.

  3. Farming Practices

    Sustainable farming practices are essential in supporting and preserving our environment. If you ask a five-star Hemp Oil provider about its farming practices, you’ll likely receive a detailed account of its sustainable growing, harvesting, and extraction processes. Companies offering cheaper products rarely provide any level of detail about their farming practices. In fact, they may only be reselling or relabeling products made by another company.

  4. Testing

    While top-tier companies enlist the help of third-party testing agencies to evaluate their Hemp Oil products, companies that sell the cheapest products generally bypass safety and potency evaluations. This lack of testing can increase the risk of safety issues.

Can You Find Less Expensive Hemp Oil?

Absolutely. A quick Google search for Hemp Oil products yields 68,900,000 results and there are thousands of products available for under $10 each. However, there are also many products available for over $100 each. As you compare these product options, you may wonder why some products cost ten times as much as products that appear to be similar.

There’s no simple answer to this question. However, with each price and label comparison, you’ll be one step closer to understanding the risks of purchasing the cheapest Hemp Oil products.

What Are the Risks of Buying Cheap Hemp Oil?

As the Hemp Oil market continues to evolve, the number of unprincipled suppliers and resellers has dramatically increased. Many of these questionable sellers are able to lure unsuspecting buyers by advertising cheap prices for as-yet unproven products. As noted by the FDA, many of these sellers bypass quality, safety, or scientific testing:

“The marketplace for CBD-containing products is quickly evolving and it is critical that we work together with stakeholders and industry to develop high-quality data to close the knowledge gaps about the science, safety and quality of many of these products, as well as further evaluate any potential benefits…” – Stephen M. Hahn M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs, U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

Unfortunately, many consumers are willing to overlook safety and testing in favor of prices that are “too good to be true.” Because of budgetary concerns, they find it difficult to resist a low price tag. Buyers with this approach put themselves at increased risk for the following pitfalls:

  1. Poor Results

    Odds are high you’d be disappointed in a product that failed to make a difference to your health and wellbeing. Even if you paid only $10, you’ll be left with empty promises and less in your bank account. On the flip side, buyers who pay a higher price are more likely to experience the wellness benefits they were aiming for. For example, products that are scientifically developed and tested have greater potential to provide pain relief, mood support, and a better night’s sleep.

  2. Insufficient Product Testing and Safety

    The majority of products with an ultra-low price tag are launched without being tested by an objective, qualified third-party testing agency. On the other hand, the industry’s top Hemp Oil producers proudly adhere to the scientific approach. They highlight their use of third-party testing firms in a highly visible location on their websites. If you search for evidence of third-party testing on a cheap provider’s website, you’re likely to come up short in your search.

  3. Dangerous or Harsh Extraction Practices

    Many of today’s low-priced CBD products involve harsh CO2 extraction practices that can have an adverse impact on the quality of the plant’s nutrients. With a focus on price over quality, these manufacturers aren’t willing to invest in sustainably farmed, whole hemp plants that eliminate the need for these damaging extraction methods.

  4. Costly Scams

    With consumers still becoming acclimated to Hemp Oil products, scammers and fraudsters continue to prey on unsuspecting consumers. In some cases, the buyer pays for an order but never receives the product. In other cases, the consumer pays for what they think is an effective Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil product. However, they end up receiving gelatin-filled capsules or a product that fails to deliver any results. In either case, buyers who initially think they are saving money by purchasing a cheaper product end up feeling frustrated while their bank account takes a hit.

How Can You Be Sure You Aren't Overpaying for Hemp Oil?

If you’re frustrated or appalled by the tactics outlined above, you aren’t alone. In fact, third-party lab tests often find Hemp Oil products offering only 60-80% of the advertised dosage. But as a savvy consumer, you have the power to differentiate between legitimate and spurious Hemp Oil products. Here are some steps you can take to make sure you are purchasing an effective product at a fair price:

  1. Read the Label Carefully

    Be sure to compare potencies when evaluating Hemp Oil products. For example, you may wonder why one bottle of 30 Hemp Oil capsules costs $89.99 while another bottle of 30 capsules costs nearly twice as much. A closer look at the label on each bottle confirms that the lower-priced bottle contains capsules with a 25 MG strength while the more expensive bottle offers a 50 MG strength. Here are some key things to look for when scanning a product’s label:

    • Strength: A product’s strength should be clearly noted on the front of the bottle or container. Strength is typically measured in milligrams (mg).
    • Quantity or size: The number of capsules or ounces should also be visible on the product label. 
    • Ingredients: The key ingredients found in capsules, serums, and lotions should be listed on the back of the bottle.

    Another way of confirming this information is to visit the supplier’s website and click on the “product details” tab. If a product’s strength, quantity, or ingredients aren’t clearly stated, proceed with extreme caution. Good reasons exist for why Hemp Oil is so expensive.

  2. Browse Online Customer Reviews

    Scanning customer reviews is one of the best ways to ensure you’re investing in a safe, effective, and properly priced Hemp Oil product. Look for feedback posted by verified buyers. Pay special attention to comments from health care providers and industry professionals who have likely sampled similar products. Here is an example of a helpful review:

    “As a doctor of natural medicine I have been offering [hemp oil] products to my patients for some time now and the reports I am receiving from patients is even better now that I switched to using Synchronicity PRO line. Most effective [hemp oil] I’ve used!” –  Dr. Bryce Fennell, Fort Collins, Colorado

    In addition to reading customer reviews, you can also request references. This is especially important if you’re a healthcare provider or plan to purchase products in bulk for use with your own customer base.

  3. Check the Return Policy

    Overpriced products or those that fail to deliver results are often sold by sellers who lack a fair return policy. Before you move forward with a purchase, scan the provider’s website for its return policy. Top Hemp Oil providers often have a link referencing their return policies. You’ll generally find this link at the bottom of the home page under the shopping section. All things considered, the best providers will express full confidence in their product quality with the following offers:

    • A full refund if you return the unused portion of your product within a specified time frame (usually 60 days)
    • A Return Authorization Form (RMA) that will ask you to describe why you aren’t satisfied with the product
    • A contact email address to use when requesting a return or customer support
    • Written communication that your returned item has been received along with the status of your refund request
  4. Ask for a Discount

    Leading Hemp Oil suppliers value their customers and are often willing to offer a discount with a bulk purchase. Some also offer loyalty programs designed to reward you for your continued business. The key to maximizing your savings is to ask your provider about any discounts and promotions for which you may be eligible. Otherwise, you will likely end up paying the full price for your products.

What Are Your Options If You're Interested in Trying Hemp Oil?

Now that you have a good working knowledge of Hemp Oil products and pricing, you can confidently move forward with a purchase. The final step is to find an established Hemp Oil provider you can trust to provide outstanding products and services. Ideally, the provider you choose should possess decades of industry experience and show a commitment to producing affordable, high-quality Hemp Oil products.

The Synchronicity Difference

The single best way to choose a trusted provider is to schedule a complimentary consultation with an industry expert. As a global leader in hemp oil product development, Synchronicity is firmly committed to exceeding your expectations as a customer. Our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products are specially formulated using our own homegrown proprietary hemp plants to maximize potency and purity.  When you choose Synchronicity as your trusted Hemp Oil provider, you can expect the following:

  • Sustainable Farming Practices: The path to our product success begins with natural farming and sustainable practices. Our hemp plants are grown on a sustainable farm in the sunny Colorado sunshine.
  • A True Entourage Effect™: Our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products feature the entire range of phytonutrients, flavonoids, and cannabinoids to offer an “Entourage Effect” that promotes your health and wellbeing.
  • LipidTrans™ Infusion Process: We use gentle but effective methods to infuse MCT-rich organic coconut oil into the Whole-Plant. We never use harsh chemicals or solvents. Our gentle hand-pressed processing methods help retain all of the plant’s nutrients. 
  • Product Certifications: In addition to our registration with the CDA (Colorado Department of Agriculture) & CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment), our lab has earned Good Manufacturing Practice Certifications for food, cosmetics, and dietary supplements.

Ready to explore the health benefits of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil? We invite you to contact us at Synchronicity to discover why health-conscious consumers across the globe trust our Hemp Oil products. We look forward to becoming your trusted provider for all of your Hemp Oil needs!

The Arthritis Foundation: Recommends Hemp Oil (CBD) for Arthritis Relief

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.

In a recent press release published on PR Newswire by the Arthritis Foundation titled, Arthritis Foundation Releases First CBD Guidance for Adults With Arthritis, revolutionary information is being shared on the medicinal benefits of hemp oil ingredient CBD (cannabidiol). This news is massive for both the medical community and for the cannabis industry. 

The Arthritis Foundation has released recent stats that 50 million Americans suffer from some degree of arthritis, and that this is a leading cause of disability. Previously, CBD was reserved only for the states who have legalized medical marijuana. But now that CBD is going mainstream and is available for purchase online, more and more people who live with the crippling symptoms of arthritis are now able to access this remedy.   

Recognizing CBD as a remedy for adults with arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation has even published a guide to CBD for relief stating that, “Our July 2019 survey of 2,600 people with arthritis shows significant use of and interest in CBD (cannabidiol).” In addition to the results shared in the survey, “The Arthritis Foundation also sent a formal comment to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July urging the agency to expedite the study and regulation of CBD products to help make them a safe option for the 54 million people with arthritis.”

We are intrigued by the potential of CBD to help people find pain relief and are on record urging the FDA to expedite the study and regulation of these products. While currently there is limited scientific evidence about CBD’s ability to help ease arthritis symptoms, and no universal quality standards or regulations exist, we have listened to our constituents and consulted with leading experts** to develop these general recommendations for adults who are interested in trying CBD. 

This is huge news! CBD hemp oil has been reported to help so many with inflammation and pain, and this is a step in a direction that could open up the potential benefits to so many.

What is CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is an active chemical compound found in the marijuana plant and industrial hemp plant called a cannabinoid. It is one of the most dominant of over 100 cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are a diverse class of chemical compounds that occur naturally in the body (endocannabinoids) and in several plants including cannabis. CBD impacts the endocannabinoid system which is responsible for maintaining the balance in normal body functions. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is composed of endocannabinoids (cannabinoids naturally produced in the body such as anandamide and 2-AG), enzymes that synthesize and degrade the cannabinoids, and cannabinoid receptors (primarily CB1 and CB2) found in the central and peripheral nervous systems. The main purpose of the ECS is to maintain homeostasis in the body.

Whole-Plant Hemp Oil for Arthritis: What Science Says

Whole-plant, full-spectrum hemp oil is derived from the aerial parts and the whole plant, but primarily the leaves and flowers NOT the stalks and seeds. This type of cannabis plant does not contain significant amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive element present in the cannabis plant. This type of oil contains the medicinal benefits of hemp oil including the terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids.

Arthritis is the inflammation of joints, which whole-plant hemp oil has been reported by users to decrease. Because whole-plant hemp oil impacts the endocannabinoid system, inflammation can be decreased, bringing potential relief to painful and inflamed joints. While direct claims cannot be made, as CBD is still not approved by the FDA, there have been many animal studies that lend insight to how CBD also affects humans. 

In addition to the scientific research that has found rats to experience decreased inflammation from CBD, there is a lot of advocacy for CBD to be approved by the FDA. Creakyjoints, and arthritis support community, conducted a survey 77-item survey to 1,059 patients with arthritis to further understand their usage of marijuana and CBD and the benefits they’ve experienced. 

Here are the findings in a tidy infographic:

Within this survey, it was found that hemp oil and/or cannabis was useful to relieve the following symptoms associated with arthritis:

  • Pain
  • Inability to sleep
  • Relaxation
  • Depressed mood
  • Nausea
  • Physical function
  • Fatigue

Additionally, the survey found, “The vast majority of arthritis patients who reported using marijuana or CBD said it helped their symptoms: 97% of people who tried marijuana said it improved symptoms; 93% of people who tried CBD said it improved symptoms.”

While the scientific research and direct understanding as to how and why hemp oil works is still in early stages, it seems that the only thing standing between wide-spread usage of hemp oil for arthritis is money and legislation. 

How to Use Hemp Oil

“Low and slow” is the general rule of thumb with any new substance or dietary supplement. Hemp oil can and will affect everyone differently, so it’s best to start with a low dosage over a few days and closely monitor the effect. You can keep a journal to make this easier, and write down what you feel 45 minutes to 3 hours after taking a low dose of hemp oil. This will help you keep track of pain level, inflammation, mental state, sleep, etc. 

There are many different ways to use and consumer whole-plant hemp oil including a tincture, edibles, capsules, and topical ointments. Hemp oil tinctures are typically going to be the strongest, with the most direct results. Topical creams and balms can help to soothe direct, localized pain at the source. It is easiest to monitor and control consumption with CBD hemp oil tincture.

The Arthritis Foundation recommends hemp oil or edibles in their official CBD guide. It is important to note that hemp oil is not a substitute for disease-modifying treatment for inflammatory arthritis and anyone looking to try hemp oil for arthritis relief should consult their medical doctor before adding it to their relief routine. 

The Bottom Line

Using hemp oil for relief from symptoms of arthritis is a personal choice. Until there is more research done on humans, or approval by the FDA, no real claims can be made on the subject. All we can do is educate the public on what users are experiencing and provide the highest quality, whole-plant full-spectrum hemp oil on the market. Function Remedies maintains incredibly high standards, proprietary lipid infusion, and has years of development and third-party certification. When shopping online for hemp oil, it can be confusing to find the right brand at the right price. Synchronicity is proud to not only be in the business of creating a high-quality product, but we are also doing the work behind the scenes to bring real world evidence to the masses, and the FDA.

Explore our multiple hemp oil and products for relief!

How Hemp Oil Activates the Endocannabinoid System

You may have heard a great deal already about the health benefits of hemp oil and its main component CBD, especially in regard to its effects on stress, inflammation, immunity, pain, mood, and more. But to answer the question of how and why CBD works in the body means diving into a vastly complex system that doctors and scientists are only just beginning to make sense of. And that’s the endocannabinoid system.

The Endocannabinoid System and Hemp Oil

The endocannabinoid system is a biological network located throughout the body that regulates various physiological functions, including sleep, appetite, mood, and inflammation. The prefix “endo-” is short for “endogenous,” meaning that the endocannabinoid system is comprised of endogenous, or naturally occurring, cannabinoid receptor cells throughout the body.

Cannabinoids

Hence, when you consume hemp, the plant’s chemical compounds — known as cannabinoids — activate the receptors throughout your endocannabinoid system. These receptors can engage with both phytocannabinoids — compounds that occur in the hemp plant — and endocannabinoids — compounds that occur naturally in the human body. Anandamide, for instance, is an endocannabinoid that the body produces. Also known as the “bliss molecule,” anandamide plays a vital role in functions such as pleasure, motivation, and appetite.

CBD is Found in Hemp

CBD, on the other hand, is a phytocannabinoid, found in hemp. One of the reasons hemp can be therapeutic is the way CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system:

The body only makes endocannabinoids, such as anandamide, when it needs to, or if it’s running low. To break down these endocannabinoids, the body releases enzymes such as FAAH (fatty acid amide hydrolase) and MAGL (monoacylglycerol lipase) to break them down. In some people who experience endocannabinoid system imbalance, their bodies create too much FAAH and hence are deprived of the benefit of their endogenous bliss molecule, anandamide. CBD, however, inhibits FAAH, so when the enzyme is blocked and can no longer break down anandamide, it can accumulate in the body and lead to relief from anxiety, depression, and even inflammation.

This illustrates why hemp oil may be integral to a balanced, healthy endocannabinoid system — compensating for the body’s natural ebbs and flows. Moreover, beyond CBD, other phytocannabinoids bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the endocannabinoid system.

Why Whole-Plant Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Is So Much More Than CBD

When people think of hemp oil, the first thing they are likely to think about is CBD or cannabidiol. But CBD is only one of the many hundreds of beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant. Polyphenols, Phytonutrients, and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Hemp Agricultural hemp contains polyphenols, which can help combat cell damage due to their antioxidant properties, and other beneficial phytonutrients like flavonoids, carotenoids, resveratrol, and others. In addition, hemp oil is also an excellent source of polyunsaturated fatty acids  omega-3 and omega-6.

Cannabinoids in Hemp & True Entourage Effect™

Meanwhile, hemp’s phytocannabinoids, or naturally occurring cannabinoids, act synergistically with the body’s own endocannabinoid system. These combined cannabinoids work together to create what is called “true entourage effect™,” which means that cannabinoids work best when in conjunction with one another — rather than as isolated compounds working alone. The true entourage effect™ is singular to the hemp plant, It’s only the cannabis plant — there is no other plant on this earth that we have this synergistic relationship with.” CBD is one of the many different naturally occurring cannabinoids in the hemp plant. So essentially CBD is one of the many compounds found in the hemp plant.

Whole-Plant Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil

A whole-plant, full-spectrum hemp oil like Synchronicity delivers benefits far beyond CBD alone and allows the body to access the full range of beneficial compounds including phytocannabinoids, polyphenols, fatty acids, and other potentially healthful benefits.

The key to this high-level efficacy is in the process. Unlike all other hemp oil companies, Synchronicity employs a proprietary lipid infusion process by which a carrier oil (usually coconut) is used to transfer all of the plant’s compounds like essential fatty acids, phytonutrients, and cannabinoids into the final product while preserving nature’s intended balance. “We understand the extensive benefits of the true entourage effect™, and how the hemp plant has all these phytonutrients that work synergistically,” says Synchronicity Chief Science Officer, Tim Gordon. Phytocannabinoids, like those in cannabis, cacao, and other plants, work in tandem with the human body’s endocannabinoid system, which is tasked with creating an environment of homeostasis, where body systems like digestion, mood, reproduction, sleep, and many others are kept in a state of balance.