Third Party Certifications
Here at Mt. Folly, Laura’s Mercantile, and Homestead Alternatives, we have numerous third party certifications. We want to walk you through them all, to show the standards we exact from field to product.
We Start on the Farm
We can’t grow hemp without approval and licensing from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Each year, we submit a detailed plan for our crop, with field coordinates and our research plan. We agree to field testing for THC levels by an outside hemp inspector prior to harvest. THC is the compound that produces a “high,” and by law our hemp floral material can have only a trace amount, no more than 0.3%.
Below is our license for participation in Kentucky's Hemp Research Pilot Program.
To ensure that we’ll be in compliance with the THC limit, we are careful to avoid “varieties of concern,” which have been shown to exceed THC levels at harvest. If our crop fails this test, it is confiscated and destroyed.
USDA Organic Certification
Crops at Mt. Folly are certified USDA organic.The certificate is provided below, and includes our hemp CBD crop. This certification means no chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides are used on the hemp. Frequently, you’ll hear that “all hemp is organic,” because no pesticides or herbicides are approved for the crop. While technically this is correct, many pesticides and herbicides are in development for hemp and the lack of approved pesticides and herbicides doesn’t prevent farms from using chemical “burn downs,” such as Round-Up, before planting. We do NOT do this.
Our fields have to be managed organically for three years before the field, and thus the crop, can be certified organic. In addition to field histories, through each season we maintain detailed records regarding each field and crop. We also have an organic inspection each year.
Processing and Making Our Hemp and CBD Products
There are a number of tests and certifications performed from hemp harvest to a Homestead Alternative CBD product.
In the fall, we harvest our hemp and hang it in a re-purposed tobacco barn to dry. At this point, we conduct a confirming test for pesticides. Since the product is organic, this is redundant, but some customers want it, so we are happy to provide. Below is a sample report showing non-detected (ND) pesticides.
Once the product is dry, we send a sample of flower material from our plants for a CBD test at a third-party lab. Below is a sample of our CBD flower tests:
Next, we strip the floral material from each plant into a “super-sack,” weighing about 100 pounds. This material is transported in a farm truck to our hemp extractor. Our extractor is not certified organic, but it is on the docket for the upcoming months. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has agreed to do the certification, but as of this fall no one had successfully completed an organic application. We have great confidence that our extractor can do so.
Before our hemp extract, which is formulated at 25mg / mL, is released for sale, each batch is tested for CBD levels and THC levels. Below is a sample test, with highlights on the critical measurements.
Our popular CBD caramels are tested, too. Our caramels are hand-made, cooked, cooled and wrapped in small batches. The batch tests ensure each caramel is within a proper tolerance of 20mg of CBD per piece. Below is an example of a CBD Caramel test:
Lastly, our lotions and creams are also third-party certified. This test ensures that each container of our CBD lotion, made in small batches by Kentucky herbalist artisans, does indeed contain the correct amount of CBD. Below is an example of a CBD topical test result.
As we add new products, we are consistent on the formulation and testing, and we'll post a sample test here.
Remember, to see the test for your lot or batch, use the search function at the top of this page and follow the instructions highlighted on the sample tests provided above.
Laura's Hemp Chocolates contain 0.00% THC. Hemp seeds may be regarded as “THC free,” because if there is any THC present, the level is so small and so close to zero that it often falls below the level that most scientific instruments can detect.
The hemp grown for our Homestead Alternatives CBD products naturally has a trace amount of THC. By law, this can be no more than 0.3%. We test and post online the results for every batch of hemp oil, hemp caramels and hemp lotion.
These analytic tests are completed at an accredited third party lab, and routinely our products come in even lower than the 0.3% limit. For example, a recent test for THC in Homestead Alternative Hemp Extract was 0.13% by weight. A recent test on a full-spectrum hemp caramel showed 21 mg CBD and no THC was detected!
WHY DON'T WE REMOVE 100% OF THE THC?
We intend to stay as close to the plant as possible, and will not contract with chemists to turn our plants into powdery white isolate. The data is good that full-spectrum hemp has more benefits than isolate, and there is emerging science regarding the entourage effect.
Because our hemp is full-spectrum, there is a small chance that a person using Homestead products could test positive in a drug screening. This depends on how sensitive the drug screening is, and how your body works. If you have concerns, talk to your company’s HR Director first.
To make sure you are in the know, on the bottom of your Homestead Alternative CBD oil, on the back of a package of caramels, or on the hang tag that goes with the CBD oil, you’ll find a lot number, which connects the product to its batch test. Search your lot or batch number using the search bar above.
Feel free to contact us with questions at (859) 474-8218 or you can contact Laura directly at Laura@LaurasMercantile.com.