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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.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally-occurring, non-addictive, and non-psychoactive compound found in hemp. CBD is one of more than a hundred phytocannabinoids found in hemp, which endow the plant with its therapeutic profile.
Unlike THC, another well-known phytocannabinoid in cannabis, CBD does not make a person feel “high” or intoxicated. The therapeutic benefits of CBD are being tested and confirmed by researchers today. As detailed on our Hemp Science resource, the research to date indicates CBD can help with pain, inflammation, sleep, and neurological conditions.
Learn more about how CBD works in the brain and body.
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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
We use supercritical CO2 extraction, which is among the safest, cleanest methods to extract plant compounds.
Full spectrum CBD is derived from hemp and contains many cannabinoids beyond only CBD, including THC, along with other elements of the hemp plant, including naturally-occurring terpenes, essential vitamins, fatty acids, protein, and more.
The alternative to full spectrum CBD is CBD isolate, which contains only CBD – the CBD molecule is chemically isolated from everything else in the plant. CBD isolates have no identifiable amount of THC, the well-known chemical found in cannabis that creates that euphoric high, and they’re stripped of the other beneficial and nutritional compounds, like terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, and protein mentioned above.
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.
Full spectrum CBD oil is most often reported to reduce inflammation, which can lessen joint pain, nerve pain, and muscle soreness. There is also some research indicating CBD can aid with anxiety, depression, PTSD, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and traumatic brain injuries, though conclusive studies are to be longed for. Finally, CBD’s anti-inflammatory qualities, as referenced in the National Institute of Health’s patent, are being researched for their impact on overall brain and cardiovascular health.
Explore more benefits of CBD oil.
Every cannabinoid and terpene found in a hemp plant has a specific biochemical effect, and studies have indicated there is a greater benefit when the full spectrum of compounds work together in what is known as the “Entourage Effect.”
In particular, 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.
The time CBD remains in your body depends on several factors, including metabolism, frequency of CBD use, CBD dosage, and method of administration (sublingual vs. topical vs. edible). While research is lacking on the toxicology of CBD and how long it remains detectable in blood or urine, existing conclusions indicate CBD will likely leave the system within 1-2 weeks.
CBD itself is non-intoxicating. Full spectrum CBD products taken at commonly recommended dosages have no practical chance of making you “high,” as you might experience with marijuana. Since full spectrum CBD oil contains such a low concentration of THC, the risk of intoxication isn’t present.
With any ingestible full spectrum CBD product which contains THC, there is a risk of being flagged on a drug screening. Though the likelihood of failing a drug test with CBD depends on a few factors, including metabolism, frequency of dose, dosage, and method of testing.
If it is what’s called a dip stick test, you will usually fail, especially if you’ve consumed CBD in the last 24 hours. The reason is because that is a weight based test and CBD and THC weigh virtually the same, so the test could be picking up the CBD more than the THC. The only way to delineate the two would be a true toxicological urine test where they can separate out the masses of THC vs CBD.
Unfortunately, to prevent a failed drug screening, abstaining from ingesting any product that contains THC is the only guarantee.
The only caveat to this is our CBD topicals. Because they only interact with receptors in the application area, they don’t reach the bloodstream and won’t flag a drug screening.
There are different strengths of CBD oil. Generally, CBD oil is sold in bottles containing a certain number of milligrams of CBD, so you may see 750mg, 1500mg, 3000mg bottles and so on. This number references the total milligrams of CBD in the bottle, not per dose.
Measuring strength is dependent upon the size of the bottle. For example, a 2oz. bottle that contains 1500mg of CBD is half as concentrated as a 2oz. bottle that contains 3000mg of CBD. This means a 1mL dose of the 1500mg bottle is half as “strong” as 1mL from the 3000mg bottle.