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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.

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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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From menstrual cramps to menopause, CBD can help. A known and demonstrated anti-inflammatory compound, CBD and other cannabinoids from full-spectrum CBD have been shown to ease pain naturally.

Plant-based medicines are welcomed by many who are concerned about pharmaceuticals. Research scientists funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health are studying full-spectrums’ cannabinoids and terpenes for their known analgesic effect on neuropathic and inflammatory pain.

Because of these known and demonstrated analgesic effects, as we age, CBD can help with the discomfort of osteoarthritis, old dance or sports injuries, and general stiffness. 

In addition, full-spectrum CBD also seems to be helpful for anxiety, working two ways. It interacts with brain receptors in ways which enhance serotonin, and it increases cerebral blood flow. 

Again, researchers are now at work to discover the mechanisms behind these effects. 

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