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Led by Laura Freeman, the founder of Laura’s Lean Beef, Laura’s Mercantile is the online store for Mt. Folly Farm, one of Kentucky’s largest USDA-certified organic farms. At Laura’s Mercantile, you will find Laura’s Homestead Alternatives Full Spectrum CBD products, Laura’s Hemp Chocolates, and other award-winning regional specialties.
Laura is a well-known agricultural innovator and long-standing player in the health and wellness arena. Read more about Laura.
Laura’s Homestead Alternatives is a line of full spectrum CBD oils, CBD topicals, CBD candies and sweets, CBD softgel capsules, and more made from USDA-certified organic hemp grown at Laura’s Mt. Folly Farm. Our CBD is tested by ISO-accredited third-party labs to ensure each product we place in your hands is true to label. See our hemp and CBD certifications.
The hemp grown to make our products is sourced from a single farm, Laura’s Mt. Folly Farm. We work closely with a local extractor who uses supercritical CO2 extraction, among the safest, cleanest methods of extracting plant material. We have rigorous quality assurance measures in place to ensure what we say is in the bottle is what’s actually in the bottle.
In this industry, we understand many companies don’t take product quality and safety as seriously as they should. We’re not a fly-by-night CBD company as most are. Laura has spent decades in the health and wellness arena creating authentic, healthy farm products, which she personally uses daily.
Learn more about our extraction and testing processes here.
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We use supercritical CO2 extraction, which is among the safest, cleanest methods to extract plant compounds.
Full spectrum CBD stays as close to the plant as possible, which means the product contains many cannabinoids beyond CBD, along with other compounds of the cannabis or hemp plant, like naturally-occurring terpenes, essential vitamins, fatty acids, proteins, and more.
CBD isolate is what it sounds like – the CBD is chemically isolated from other parts of the plant and results in a powder substance. Isolate products contain no traceable amount of THC and are stripped of other compounds of the cannabis or hemp plant.
Researchers in a 2015 study conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Hadassah School concluded full spectrum CBD was more effective at treating inflammation than CBD isolate, on the basis that other components in the full spectrum extract synergized with CBD in what has been dubbed “The Entourage Effect.”
See a more detailed explanation on our blog: What Full Spectrum CBD Means and Why It’s Important
There are three common ways to take CBD: orally, sublingually, or topically.
Taking CBD orally is often in the form of capsules, or softgels. This is just like taking any other over-the-counter pill and can make it easier to monitor your dosage since capsules are pre-measured. However, a 2009 study reported CBD taken orally resulted in only a 4% to 20% bioavailability rate (the rate at which a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream). This means if you were to take 100mg of CBD, only about 4-20mg will reach your bloodstream.
Sublingually is best when you’re using CBD oil. When taking CBD oil sublingually, you’ll place the oil under your tongue and hold it there for about 90 seconds. This allows your saliva to dissolve the oil, which then passes into your bloodstream. Since this method bypasses your digestive system, CBD taken sublingually has a higher bioavailability rate. Reported rates range from 12-25%.
Aside from our CBD oil, you can try Homestead Alternatives CBD Caramels – best eaten slowly to allow the candy to dissolve and CBD to be absorbed by your saliva glands.
Another method of experiencing CBD is topically, which is said to be good for targeting specific parts of your body to relieve joint pain or aching muscles. CBD topicals come in the form of creams and lotions.
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