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Hemp and the 2018 Farm Act

Friday, April 20, 2018

According to Nutritional Outlook, a new bipartisan Hemp Farming Bill of 2018 officially debuted on the Senate floor on April 12. If passed, industrial hemp will be regulated as an agricultural crop and will finally be removed from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act.This is great news. The hemp plant (first classified as cannabis in Greek and then Latin etymology) includes a compound called cannabidiol (CBD) with significant endocannabinoid system health benefits, but, without the psychoactivity of the cannabis tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compound found in marijuana.The last Farm Act, signed into law in 2014 by President Obama, legalized the growing of hemp for research purposes only, mostly by state departments or universities.The newly proposed bipartisan part of this Farm Bill, introduced last week by Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and supported by Oregon Senator Democrat Ron Wyden classifies hemp ingredients (with THC levels under the 0.3 percent threshold) as an agricultural commodity and removes federal roadblocks to the growth of industrial hemp across the US.The hemp phytocannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) would also be considered an agricultural commodity.Items included in the bill:Removing hemp—specifically the parts of the Cannabis sativa L. plant with THC concentrations less than 0.3 percent, from the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that these hemp parts would no longer be considered US Schedule 1 drugs.The bill specifically unschedules all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, and seeds of hemp, as long as those portions of the plant remain below the THC threshold. This assures hemp-derived CBD will be considered an agricultural commodity, not a controlled substances.”States will be able to oversee hemp growth and cultivation, expanding growth beyond what was allowed under the 2014 Farm Bill’s pilot programs. The bill also legalizes hemp growing in tribal lands, reservations, and US territories—areas previously excluded by the 2014 Farm Bill.As an agricultural crop, hemp would fall under the regulatory jurisdiction of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Not only that, hemp would be eligible for USDA research funding. In addition, the bill proposes that hemp farmers be eligible for crop insurance.State departments of agriculture would be required to provide the FDA with details about their hemp program plans. “The states would submit a regulatory plan to USDA.The bill also clarifies that nothing in this Bill authorizes interference with the interstate transportation or commerce of hemp or hemp products—an important statement to protect hemp farmers and businesses from misguided regulatory overreach.Mitch McConnell said this from the Senate floor, “Today, with my colleagues, I am proud to introduce the bipartisan Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which will build upon the success of the hemp pilot programs and spur innovation and growth within the industry. By legalizing hemp and empowering states to conduct their own oversight plans, we can give the hemp industry the tools necessary to create jobs and new opportunities for farmers and manufacturers around the country.”We find this news exciting for a number of science-based reasons: The first being the emotional community-health benefits of seeing our elected officials cross the aisle and actually work together again for the greater good of the people they represent.The second being the growing numbers of international studies that support the use of cannabis cannabidiols to improve health.The third being that leading groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union are calling for passage of the bipartisan House and Senate bills that remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, empower state agriculture programs, and unleash an exciting new industry.

Tocotrienols: Too Long The Red-Headed Stepchild

Friday, April 13, 2018

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. —GoetheVitamin E was recognized as an essential vitamin in 1922. It’s a family of compounds consisting of two categories: tocopherols and tocotrienols.

March for Science, Not Silence

Friday, April 06, 2018

The second nonpartisan March for Science will happen on April 14, 2018, with more than 70 satellite events around the world registered to participate. Since Biosyntrx strongly supports evidence-based policy making and government supported funding for scientific research, today’s Friday Pearl will focus on agricultural practices of particular interest to the Union of Concerned Scientists. When improving nutrient intake from food is the subject; we support science, not silence.

Addressing a Public Health Crisis

Friday, March 30, 2018

Biosyntrx strongly supports the passionate, cross-country, bipartisan young people driving the Never Again, March for Our Lives movement.Because of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, even more questions on how to prevent gun violence are resurfacing among public health officials, citizens, and politicians, therefore we felt it appropriate to feature a February 2018 Aspen Institute Ideas to Go podcast featuring a 2017 PBS Judy Woodruff interview with the former surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, MD.

Niacin (B3) Science

Friday, March 23, 2018

Niacin, water-soluble vitamin B3, and its derivative nicotinamide, are dietary coenzyme precursors of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide NAD, which can also be a phosphate derivative of an organic coenzyme molecule called NADP.

Fish Every Friday Tales

Friday, March 16, 2018

Now that Ash Wednesday has come and gone and our souls have been cleansed by not eating meat, Lent has officially started for millions of Catholics around the world. Fish on Friday is back on the menu until after Easter Sunday. My entertaining conspiracy theorist friends will, no doubt, sink their teeth right into an NPR spoof suggesting that a powerful medieval pope made a secret pact to prop up the Italian fishing industry by requiring all Roman Catholics to eat fish every Friday, with the goal of getting millions of Catholics around the world to alter global economics.

Nerve Growth Factor and Why We Love Science

Friday, March 09, 2018

Neurotropins are exciting blood stream-signaling proteins that induce the survival of neurons. They are capable of stimulating specific cells to survive, differentiate, or grow. This can be particularly important to those suffering from age-related loss of optimal eye and brain function.

What To Look For as Our Eyes Grow Older

Friday, March 02, 2018

The purpose of our Friday Pearl column continues to primarily discuss nutrition science as it relates to eye and body health, and to frequently remind our readers about the importance of regular eye exams by an eye care professional.

Vitamin D2 or D3?

Friday, February 23, 2018

Mid-February is a time when many folks who do not enjoy cold weather outdoor sports will want to consider vitamin D supplementation. Today's Friday Pearl speaks to the two different types of vitamin D available in supplement form.

Vitamin A: Low Hemoglobin, Iron Overload & Neurodegeneration

Friday, February 16, 2018

Low hemoglobin levels leading to fatigue, loss of energy, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, and poor health is one of the most important public health problems in developing and developed countries, according to the World Health Organization. It affects many children, women of reproductive age, and older people.

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